Animesh has actually been featured before on the Elysium stage, but not by me. Which means I could not write about it because, having never used it, I was clueless. Tonight was my first dance featuring animesh. That means I have now used it and understand it well enough to type about it. With animesh, you can animate mesh objects in your dances, and make them dance. Just like a backup dancer. Sounds too good to be true, but it actually works and is surprisingly easy. I had a small army of Predators in my dance. Six all up plus me dancing, and a few others wandering about. To use animesh, I recommend getting Keith Ringgold’s system off of MarketPlace. This is the one:
~RE~ Animesh Relay L$500
However, the included instructions are vague and confusing. Therefore, I recommend watching Elayn’s videos on YouTube. They explain everything in three short, compact and easy-to-understand videos. Here is a link to the first one, and follow on from there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0VONI-ECWc&feature=youtu.be Thank you Elayn for all your help and instruction!
Though I think animesh is cool and could be useful, the most I can see it doing for now is, replacing backup dancers. I suppose that saves lindens on costumes, but you lose that feeling of camaraderie from working with other people, which is one of my fave things about dance. A couple of funny stories… I was trying to edit the mover linked to one of my predators, and getting really frustrated because I could not grab it in edit. I tried camming all around, camming INSIDE the creature, I just could not grab it. After like ten minutes, getting increasingly frustrated and wondering WHY CAN’T I EDIT THIS… I even tried a relog!!!! I finally decided to completely delete it and rez a new one. That was when I realised I was trying to edit MYSELF! Couldn’t tell me from the other predators on my set. And then later, I tried to put a rez box script inside myself. I figured it out a lot faster for that one, but it was seriously hard to tell me from my other Predators.
It was my adventure in animesh, and now it is no longer a mystery to me. I recommend trying it just for the fun of learning something new. But I still think having backup dancers is more satisfying than objects. Though I am sure using animesh will prove to be, like so many things in SL… limitless possibilities.
Let’s take a look at some pics of our show, and oh of course: WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND! Thank you to everyone who participated in tonight’s show, whether it was on-stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience!
The Book of Dreams (edit) – Suzanne Vega
1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I found this great book background and thought of the idea of showing as my “dreams” the two things I love most in SL, ballet and Japanese culture.
2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The costume changes and the curtain fades in and out. There are 7 curtains fading in and out and 3 costume changes! And I pray they all work!
3. What does this dance mean to you?
Just a different concept I wanted to try.
4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just enjoy it! And pray with me that it works!
You Say – Lauren Daigle
With Sagia, Paul, Babypea
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video Remastered)
Elderbrook & Rudimental – Something About You
With Taema and Mikiko
Tito Y Tarantula-After Dark
The One I Love – Sugarland
Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Well, it’s October so I wanted to do something Halloweeny (is that a word?). I decided to go with a devil/demon avatar since I have a great avatar I got many years ago. So I made the theme for myself as “fire and brimstone”. So then I started searching for “the” song. I was inspired when I heard REM’s The One I Love on my local 80’s station. I researched it a bit and found out that Michael Stipe did not want to add it to their latest album, Document, because it was too dark and violent. So I had to use it!
Till I Collapse
1. Pitbull-I Know You Want Me
2. Ricky Martin-Shake Your Bon Bon