Find out the latest from The Blackened Mirror – and see if you can solve the puzzles!
Season Two of The Blackened Mirror launches today, Sunday 1st December, at 2pm PST/SLT, 10pm GMT and 5pm EST.
Having left our heroes surrounded in their enemies’ lair at the the end of Season One, The Blackened Mirror returns with news of their fate. The season premiere finds private investigator Harland Quinn suffering the consequences of his earlier bravado and wondering not only what is to become of him, but also what has become of his companions, the enigmatic Alais Alleyn and her redoubtable factotum Mister Biggins.
This animated series, created in a virtual world, brings together elements of film noir, steampunk, classic Lovecraftian horror – and more in a standalone ten-minute show.
The first season took Quinn from his seedy office in 1930s America to a history that never was, and on to strange worlds as he awoke trouble from his past; trouble that hit him at home, trouble that forced him to face the evils of his youth. The means was Miss Alleyn’s: a strange device known as a Resonator that turns any mirror into a door across dimensions, enabling the possessor to travel wherever they may wish to go, leaving no more than scorched glass to mark their passing.
In season two we discover more of Quinn’s dark past and the origins of his chilling doppelganger, learn what becomes of the friends he left behind in Seraph City and see the price that comes with secret knowledge, leaving one of our heroes with a terrible choice that must be made…
Find out what happens next in Season Two of The Blackened Mirror!
If you are in Second Life, you can join us to watch and discuss the show at The Crescent Theater in Seraph City, The Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams or at the Prim Perfect Head Offices on Pointe LaRue Isle.
You can also see the show on the web on the Treet.TV Blackened Mirror Channel, on The Blackened Mirror channel at Aview TV, on The Blackened Mirror YouTube Channel. It will also be shown live on Metaverse Week in Review!
Afterwards, there will be dancing and discussion at the Seraph Club in Seraph City, Second Life – and everyone is very welcome to join us!
Oh, and do make sure to keep watching until the very end – because there’s a real zinger in the tail!
Quinn returns to the place he dreads above all others … as Season 1 of The Blackened Mirror reaches a climax!
There’s one place, one reference that has made Harland Quinn, private investigator, more twitchy than any other. And in the final of episode of Season 1, he sets sail for that destination, with Alais and Biggins at his side. But will Quinn take on and defeat his demons, or are they sailing into terrible danger?
This is the last episode to catch up with – before Season 2 begins later today, Sunday 1st December at 2pm PST/SLT and 10pm GMT.
Quinn is back in Seraph City again – but he’s discovering that there’s no safety for him anywhere. And Miss Alleyn has just another little job for him – but will he take it? Or does the whisky bottle seem more inviting?
Don’t forget – the new season of The Blackened Mirror will be starting on Sunday 1st December at 2pm! In the mean-time you can catch up with Season 1 on the <a href=”http://www.theblackenedmirror.com/” target=”_blank”><strong>Blackened Mirror website</strong></a>, on <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/theblackenedmirror” target=”_blank”><strong>our Facebook page</strong></a><strong></strong> – and also on the <strong><a href=”http://treet.tv/shows/blackened-mirror” target=”_blank”>Blackened Mirror Treet channel</a></strong> too!
The new season of The Blackened Mirror will be starting on Sunday 1st December at 2pm, but in the mean-time, here is Episode 3 of Season 1. Miss Alleyn says it’s a safe house – and Quinn has a chance to ask some questions. But will he get the answers he needs?
The Blackened Mirror Season 2 starts on Sunday December 1st at 2pm. But in the mean-time, why not check out Series 1? This is how it all began …
Or try our poll question for today …
And here is a sneak peek at Series 2 …
But in the mean-time, here is a trailer to whet your appetite:
See more about The Blackened Mirror on the web, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, – and catch up with previous episodes from Season 1 on treet.tv.
This season of The Blackened Mirror is going to be extraordinary. If you liked last year’s story, this one will blow your mind. Everything is being elevated; the scripts, the production values and the expanded audience.
We need you to help make this work!
A vital part of the atmosphere, and the ability to lend credibility to any film, is the presence of characters providing background, veracity and texture. They’re known as “extras”, but they’re essential.
We have created an open group inworld, Blackened Mirror Extras Green Room. If you’re interested in being a part of something magical, please join!
We’ll post notices of the various people we need and when, we’ll give you specifics on wardrobe and timing. We’ll provide support, if you need it, to ensure that you have exactly the right look.
This is how it will work:
- The requirement will be posted in a notice. We are working to source free wardrobes for each character – so, we’re not asking you to spend money.
- If you are interested, and will be available, contact Honour McMillan so she has you on her list.
- If you have issues or a scheduling problem, just let Honour know so that she can make adjustments.
- On the filming date there will be a “call” – this means a specific time you will be expected to arrive at the staging area. We’ll finalize any wardrobe components (if a special skin is necessary for example), help you with adjustments if needed, and explain in detail what and how you are needed in the filming.
- We’ll all move to the set and create movie magic.
I want to be completely honest with you. There is a dark side to this work. Being an “extra” is one of the hardest jobs on any film set. You might think I’m kidding, unless you have my memories of; standing in temperatures hovering around zero degrees, in a slushy storm, with my feet in freezing water, with far too few clothing layers, waiting while the stars lazed around in their trailers and the technical team set up the lighting. Then, after an hour of misery, we had to look excited and enthusiastic for the camera.
The virtual world eliminates many of the hardships, but there are still some things you should be prepared to experience. There is often a lot of waiting around – without knowing exactly why. You won’t be able to hear the Production Team dealing with a technical issue or debating some aspect of a camera angle. We will be working very hard to make sure that the schedule is followed as closely as possible. If we say we need you for two hours – that’s what we’re trying to achieve. Stuff happens though – you may be asked to stand there while things totally beyond your control are sorted out.
If I haven’t scared you off then please add Blackened Mirror Extras Green Room to your group list. I promise you’ll be able to share the results with your friends and family and point to your name in the credits. Be part of something wonderful and help us make it the best it can be!
Today, Wednesday 24th July at 11.55am, there will be a presentation about The Blackened Mirror at the Conference for Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education in the Main Auditorium.
Entitled Turning Film Noir into Fun Noir – Creating a Narrative-driven Interactive Online Environment, Saffia Widdershins will be talking about the techniques used to create the series, the use of various forms of social media in publicising the show and driving the narrative forward (with characters having their own Twitter or Live Journal streams). She’ll also be talking about the evolving nature of the games and how they moved from practical rewards to rewarding with information with the ultimate prizes being the opportunity to enter the environment.
It will be a chance to find out more about the show and the principles we followed in creating it, to ask questions – and maybe to find out something about Season 2!
Sadly, with the end of Season 1, the time has come to bring the inworld games for The Blackened Mirror to an end.
The games that run purely on the web will continue, but we will be ending the games that are played on the Second Life grid at midnight on December 31st 2012. Announcing this now will give you the opportunity to play any of the games that you might have missed.
Why are you closing the inworld games?
Region and parcel owners have been very generous both in donating gifts and in hosting our prims for the games. But they need the freedom and flexibility to change their areas, which could invalidate or even remove clues in the games. If we are doing this for one area, it seemed right to do it for all, so that there should be no confusion.
Why are you keeping the web games open?
Although the first season of The Blackened Mirror is now over, the episodes continue to be available through The Blackened Mirror and Happy Hunting websites, and through The Blackened Mirror page at Treet TV and The Blackened Mirror You Tube site. So it’s possible that even at a period when we are not launching regular new episodes, people might be coming to the show for the first time and – if they are – we want them to learn that The Blackened Mirror is more than a TV show (and more than a game). We hope that keeping the web games open will give people who discover the show the fun of also discovering the challenges!
We’ll be republishing details of all the web games shortly. But for now … make sure you get the last of the information about The Blackened Mirror inworld games in our Fun Noir section!
At the end of season party for The Blackened Mirror, we held draws for all special games that we have been running throughout Season 1. The prize for each of these games is a chance to appear as a character in the world of The Blackened Mirror, not on the show, but referenced in The Blackened Mirror materials!
We will not reveal answers here, as people will still be able to play the games on the web!
The questions (and winners) were as follows:
From Episode 1 – the A Day in the Life of Harland Quinn game
As part of the clue in the diner (where we showed a copy of The Daily Prim newspaper, with its racing news), we asked:
What links Quinn’s bet with a Broadway musical?
The very first person to get this right won the chance to appear in The Blackened Mirror world. This was Kyle Beckett, who chose to become a good character and a reporter on The Daily Prim newspaper.
But we continued the game till the end of the season, and the winner was:
From Episode 2: Secrets from Quinn’s past
This game was first launched at the HP Lovecraft Festival in Second Life, where a special playbill was located. It was subsequently included as part of the jigsaw game associated with Episode 3. We asked:
Tell us the connection between the poster, the newspaper report and a famous Hollywood film about the world of theater …
No-one has been able to answer this question correctly!
From Episode 4: Death in Velvet Game
In this game, readers (and later listeners) were able to find the first three parts of Death in Velvet, a special Harland Quinn short story written by David Abbot, the author of The Blackened Mirror. They then had to tell us who the murderer was (and how they dunnit too!).
The winner was:
From Episode 4: The Link between the Seekers of Truth and a famous 1930s novel (and film)
This game asked players to find out what linked Episode 1.4 of The Blackened Mirror with a famous novel of the 1930s, made into a very famous film, by the author of Goodbye Mr Chips and Random Harvest.
The winner was:
From Episode 5: The Police Report game
This was part of an inworld game that asked people to trace copies of the police report that revealed what had been happening in Seraph City while Quinn had disappeared after the Unpleasantness at the Java Jive. One of the places people visited on the Hunt (or through the inworld quiz) was a rather exclusive apartment block, which had a doorman … and we asked:
Why is the name Carlton Garfield a very appropriate one for a doorman?
The winner was:
Congratulations to all our prize winners!
We will be contacting Chris, Orpheus, Garnet and Maeve shortly to find out whether they want to be good or bad characters and how they can best be incorporated into the world of The Blackened Mirror!