Peter Jurasik, the well known American actor (Londo Mollari in Babylon 5, Sid the Snitch in Hill Street Blues) will be making a special appearance in a special spin off of The Blackened Mirror virtual TV series, to be broadcast on Sunday 14th October 2012.
Death in Velvet is a radio play, based on a short story by David Abbot, writer of The Blackened Mirror. It relates one of the adventures of Harland Quinn, Private Investigator (and the central character of The Blackened Mirror) , and is set in the dieselpunk location of Seraph City. Once again a dame walks into Quinn’s office … and this can mean only one thing – trouble!
“I’m delighted that Peter has agreed to appear,” says Scott Simpson, who plays Harland Quinn. “Peter is an old friend. It’s quite amazing that technology has progressed to the point where we can work together again without actually living in the same city!”
“I worked on a film years ago called Tron that was all about people exploring a virtual world,” says Peter Jurasik. “And now here is a series that is actually being created in a virtual world. Remarkable, when you think about it.”
The radio play will be broadcast as part of a special celebration for Second Life fans of The Blackened Mirror. The event will be a party at the Java Jive – a popular club in Seraph City in Second Life. As well as music from popular DJ Victor Mornington, three installments of the radio play will be broadcast during the course of the party, between 4pm – 6pm Pacific Standard Time.
So – is that the whole story? Not quite, says Saffia Widdershins, the show’s producer.
“The Blackened Mirror is more than a TV series or a web series,” she explains. “It can be accessed via a range of social media – and games are an important part of it. We call this ‘fun noir’. There’s a game for Death in Velvet too – you’ll hear Parts 1 to 3… but the solution is in Part 4 – and we’re asking our listeners to guess what that solution is going to be!”
Although Death in Velvet will first be broadcast inworld, there will be a chance for people to hear the show on the web too. But, once again, to hear the episodes, you will have to be prepared to join in the challenges.
“There will be fun noir here too,” said Saffia. “Each episode will be on a hidden web page, and you will need to solve the clues to unlock the episodes!”
Best known for his work on ‘Hill Street Blues’ as Sid and later in ‘Babylon 5’ as Londo, Peter Jurasik began his professional career as a stage actor working in off Broadway productions in New York and later in tours and regional theaters up and down the east coast. In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles beginning a twenty five year run as a character actor continuing to act on stage, but additionally working in feature films, in nightclubs doing comedy and especially on television with hundreds of TV appearances in both comedies and dramas.
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The Blackened Mirror
The Blackened Mirror is a new show from the major virtual world TV network treet.tv – and a new type of media experience. It is an online series of short episodes, following the adventures of a cynical private investigator, Harland Quinn, who has a broken down office in a Depression-era city. Until one day a mysterious woman walks through his office door with her odd companion … and then things get progressively stranger. And after the episode has been aired there, it is available on its YouTube channel, or you can download it from the iTunes store. Or, of course, you’ll be able to watch it on www.TheBlackenedMirror.com.
But that’s only the start of The Blackened Mirror, because it’s is more than just a virtual world TV show. Viewers/participants are able to find more information and win prizes by following a series of games and puzzles, called Fun Noir, within the virtual world of Second Life or through a variety of social media across the internet.
Seraph City is a location within the virtual world of Second Life. It is also the location for the offices of Harland Quinn, the private investigator at the heart of The Blackened Mirror. It has been created as a 1930s urban environment with stores, clubs, a movie theatre, a diner and a garage. It even has its own newspaper, the Daily Prim! And there is also an element of science fiction in a style known as dieselpunk, where the references are to Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come and other 1930s style visions of the future. The Java Jive, location for this event, is a popular jazz club in Seraph City.
Second Life is the leading 3D virtual world filled with user-created content and immersive experiences. In Second Life, Residents meet and interact with friends around the world, enjoy entertainment from live music to role-playing games, explore unique environments and communities, and much more. Residents can also create, buy, and sell anything they can imagine, participating in the world’s largest user-generated virtual goods economy.