Jack and Belinda: Ascension

Jack and Belinda: Ascension, is a short video that I made for the Season Close of Kendall Person’s “A Star is Born.”

Ascension One
Jack and Belinda was an ongoing narrative fashioned by Kendall.

I was first introduced to them while playing #TAG.

The two avatars in these images are representations of two of my alternates, Mateo and Sara.

The making of this video represents progress because the alternates that use Second Life learned to collaborate with each other.

Ascension Two

Mateo, represented by the African-American avatar, took the lead.

His video deviated a bit from Kendall’s story line.

In Kendall’s version (if I recall correctly, and there is a 10% chance that I do) Jack and Belinda have never met and Jack dies before they do.

Ascension Three

The thought of separating Jack and Belinda horrified Mateo.

As Mateo imagined it, Jack and Belinda are both dead, but Belinda doesn’t know that she’s dead.

Jack comes down to take her up with him in a dance of ascension.

RG (c) 2015

The outfits on the avatars are designed by Gizza.

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22 thoughts on “Jack and Belinda: Ascension

      1. So diverse and talented. Thank you for sharing more. Thank you for sharing The Dance of Mateo and Sara…even if it may have been inspired, this dance is theirs.

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      2. It’s interesting that you mention that the dance is theirs..The alternates that use Second Life started to go into Second Life to dance together in 2010. At first I didn’t understand why but I eventually realized it’s a way for them to ‘talk’ to each other. Contrary to the stereotype dissociative alternates aren’t always extremely different. When I was in my 20’s and thirties I would go clubbing and dance for hours…and I still dance when I’m alone..(with the shades drawn and the lights off)…it seems that they all love to dance and it is one of the features of Second Life that they like best.

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      3. I’m glad I made you laugh. That’s awesome about Led Zepplin at the senior place. I joke that when I’m 80 you never know what kind of music will play. It could be something beautiful classical like Mozart…or dance clubby like Erasure…or metal like Gravity Kills…just depends on the day.

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      4. Yep, me too. Funny you mention The Sex Pistols. I saw their reunion tour. Gravity Kills opened for them…the show kicked butt.

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    1. Boo me. I need to finish my thoughts. Inspired by Jack and Belinda but the dance is Sara and Mateo. Lol at dancing with shades drawn and lights off. I used to club in my 20s. I can draw the shades and dance but if I turned off the lights I would fall on my face. Singing? Never.

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      1. LOL…your reply made me laugh which always makes me feel better. For some reason I’m reminded of a few years ago when I spent some time working in a mental health facility for seniors. The facility was housed in a Victorian mansion in San Francisco. As I climbed the stairs I heard ‘Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Love” and looked through the bay windows and
        saw a few of the clients dancing and I thought…ok! Right on! 🙂

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  1. Very exciting ending, the way you created the gravatars, Rob is fascinating. I like that you give credit for the costumes. I have always liked the rather different way Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson performed this story.

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    1. Thank you for your comments…I often don’t know who designed what they wear because I remember so little about the time they spend in SL…but they have begun to leave noted about some of the costumes…and it helps that they usually only wear products from one designer. I do know that they have no patience for products that they have to spend hours re-designing. I think that for something like this it’s only proper to give credit to the costume design when possible.

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