HBO has picked up MOLOTOV'S DISPATCHES IN SEARCH OF THE CREATOR: A SECOND LIFE ODYSSEY, a documentary made completely within the virtual world of SECOND LIFE, the trades report. The doc, directed by Douglas Gayeton, follows avatar, Molotov Alva as he traverses the SECOND LIFE world, chronicling the various levels of social interaction engaged by the users.
HBO plans to qualify the 35-minute film for the Oscars in the animated short-subject category. The cable channel will air the production in 2008. The film was produced by Amsterdam-based Submarine.
Gayeton was a member of Propaganda Films, which included Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Alex Proyas. He also co-wrote and co-directed the interactive CD-ROM version of JOHNNY MNEMONIC.
SECOND LIFE launched in 2003 and now includes more than nine million users around the globe.