This is our 20th collaboration!! It’s something we want to celebrate with all of you too!
(Clinks her glass against Natascha’s..Here’s to many more, my creative partner!!)
Only 5 years after we started thinking about doing “The Changes Changes” and 8 months spent in production (only;) we can finally say it’s finished and send it out to the world today:) As I said to Natascha a few times during this process, “What were we thinking? This poem was a very complicated, and visually very hard, to turn into a film..We had to make sure we had the same vision, to even attempt it, and as luck and more than luck would have it,we did have the same vision.. for almost every scene. I guess that is why this one is #20!!. We have and are still garnering experience as collaborators and have many videos behind us now, to draw from. What we didn’t have was a life size lottery wheel, lottery balls that could spin or dice dropping from the sky, or a big city set, moving traffic etc etc. We also had very few prims to work with, so when Mainland got their extra prims first, we asked our favorite scripter and part of our repertory cast, Dale Innis, if he would like to lend us a few… he said, “Sure!” So we started building a Casino set high above his land on Hughes Rise and actually invented the first working lottery ball spinner..(after almost crashing the whole sim with a super uncontrolled spin that sent physical balls raining down over his lands below. (giggle) Nat built a great Casino building, while I worked on the intricacies of trying to spin balls around (on roulette wheels and in big lottery ball machine) Just right after we filmed there, LL announced that Private Regions were getting their bonus prims, and we decided to migrate the Casino and its interior to our home island, LINC Island, this time we were 3500 prims richer.. and in just a few months we upped the prim count again so, we decided to build a permanent working city above our public sim below and share it with anyone who enjoys photography or making machinima. Nat has poured her heart out on this set..It came alive right before our eyes and with the help of Dale’s moving traffic, sounds, and city sights, this is not just a set, it’s a place to visit, explore and enjoy. LINC City above LINC Island can be reached Here: Ground Level Landing Point and choose, “Linc City” as your TP option. So here it is, our healthy baby (almost took the full 9 months:) and we present it to you happily..The proud parents of their 20th!!! bouncing baby machinima ..made by us without interest in contests or festivals, rewards or awards..We do this because we love to and we hope you love it too:) To all our wonderful friends, our cast,and all who have showed interest in our other productions, this one is for you!! We hope you will be entertained, and feel the beat and the message..,because, “Hey, the changes changes everything..” Full screen, HD and Turn up the soundtrack!! Dancing is encouraged:) Likes and comments here or on YouTube, as always, are very welcome.
Thanks to Dale Innis, we have a few pictures of our little screening for cast and crew.
Here is the poem, if anyone did not understand all the words or wants to translate it:
“The Changes Changes”
The changes changes, jingling change in my back pocket,
so shuffle the cards.
Sometimes it seems I was a co-star in this movie before,
when I had my suitcase, and a big bruised ego blocking the door
and each day was a lottery that I didn’t play,
and each minute they never called out my number.
If I had a two, they called out three, and it went on that way.
To state the obvious, I sometimes stand on red and sometimes black
and the little ball goes round, goes round,
and everyone says I’m playing it fine
but I see it stopping… I just see it ending… my bad.
Am I the only one who sees it stopping?..who sees it ending?
Then one and one makes three, and the game is over and I call a cab.
I think the changes changes the billboards and the play,
and along the vacant highway walls, workmen glue a new one up
before they take the other one away.
It begins to look like a collage of some pasted posters present- past,
and the artist wasn’t that good anyway.
Then the shuffle’s in and I’m on the bottom again.
And the Director leaves and no one gives me my lines.
So this show is doomed to play out of town, sporadic, every off -Tuesdays,
and I lost top billing a few weeks back,
and could be out of work and in the streets tomorrow
crouching on the sidewalk gambling with my time.
Because the changes changes everything… I guess it’s all my fault… my bad.
Then one plus one makes three that’s how it adds,
and the game is over and I call a cab.
The changes changes how I see it all,
and what we think is relative, depends upon the flipping of a coin.
Contrary to what we were led to believe, humanity inside a burlap sack?
It makes the sack worth less and I agree,
because that’s an old wise Spanish saying,
but I will take it home with me… every time.
I will nurture scorpions and snakes until my nose is bleeding and my tongue goes numb.
“I’m a fool for love,” I shout it out, while I ride the karma wheel and the little ball goes round, goes round and I think it’s stopping,
but everyone says I’m playing it fine.
Then the changes changes my attitude,
so that it’s hard for me to clearly see.
I don’t see the point.
I don’t see the joke.
I don’t see much hope.
And I don’t see that spirit running around that everyone says
they all see, the one that’s very much a part of me.
Then one day,
when I am looking the other way, at dismal sepia-toned memories,
all of a sudden the changes changes everything.
I’m standing on black and and they call out “Black!”
Without buying a lottery ticket, I win. I win anyway.
I inherit a hope chest and it’s filled with hope.
Seems to be my good luck nowadays… so long…goodbye, my bad.
Then one plus one makes two, and I smile your way,
while you open the door for me, in the pouring rain,
and the driver says “Where to? and we share a cab.
The changes changes everything… It changes everything
May 16, 2012
LINC Island SL