Virtually News with AvaJean Westland
Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” is a mock/spoof news piece machinima created by actress/writer Gameela Wright. Filmed exclusively in Second Life, in the vein of SNL’s “Weekend Update” and “The Onion News Network,” AvaJean’s irreverent take on current events and pop culture pushes the boundaries while using animation as the filter.
“Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” will premiere on YouTube, Vimeo and SLartist Saturday, September 13th 2014. For those of you in Second Life, please join AvaJean along with the talented voice actors and avatar puppeteers who brought this “News Piece” to life at the in-world premiere!
When: Saturday, September 13th 2014 at 2:00pm SLT
Where: Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) Theater
Gameela Wright (pronounced “Guh-MEAL-uh”) is an actress and writer based out of New York. She began acting in theater, then moved into commercials, voice overs, television and film. Some of her on-camera credits include:
(TV) Blue Bloods, The 3 Law & Order series, The Blacklist, Members Only (new series)
(Film) Admission, John Wick, Shelter
(Commercials) Staples, FedEx, Ally Bank, GoDaddy.com
As her Second Life alter ego AvaJean Westland, she performs live theater with the Avatar Repertory Theater Company (ART). She has worked as a voice actor or avatar puppeteer for The Blackened Mirror, Running Lady Productions, Chantal Harvey, Island Rain Studios, and Alfonso Kohn.
She created her own production umbrella, Virtual Girl Productions and has collaborated with Suzy Yue of Running Lady Studios on machinima projects such as “The Twilight Sim” and “Name That Schmuck!”
In addition, she created machinima for the Project Homeless campaign (“The Quiet Dark Wind”) and SciFi Film Festival (“Centuries Past”) in conjunction with Screen My Shorts and The University of Western Australia (UWA). “Centuries Past” took home two awards.
It is her hope to use machinima as a way to bridge real and second life and to help cement machinima as a form of animation that appeals to all.
Virtual Girl Productions