Think of me
Think of me fondly
when we've said goodbye
Remember me once in a while,
please promise me you'll try
The fruits of summer fade,
They have their seasons, so do we.
But please promise me that sometimes
You will think...of me!
My name is Christine Daaé. I am a chorus girl in the Opéra Populaire here in Paris.
Yes, the rumors are true. This is the very building where the infamous Opera Ghost resides.
Very strange things have been happening here indeed. Could this be the work of the Ghost? Our Prima Donna is scared out of her wits! Its fortunate that the Angel of Music has been tutoring me, so that I may fill in during her absence.
This is our chandelier, the centerpiece of our performance hall. Isnt it beautiful? I hope that its properly secured: It would be a shame if anything happened to it...
Come, lets go into town! Im sure the Angel of Music wont mind if I sneaked a break after the performance...
What a pretty French courtyard! With a water fountain and a cafe.
This has to be the best kitchen Ive ever seen! Just up the road from the courtyard.
Oh dear, this is starting to look spooky! I better turn back before the Angel finds out Ive sneaked away...
The Opéra Populaire is part of the Intemptesta Nox (Dead of the Night) sim. The sim is owned by the creator of Serendipity Studios, who brought us all the grand pianos in SL. The Opera house is now the main store for Serendipity Studios. The Opera house appears to be under construction, but the main areas are already complete.
A paved road leads from the Opera house to a number of shops that sell furniture, decorations, and a number of other items. The road eventually leads into the adjacent RELIC sim. The setting is what I think the French countryside would look like. The stores here are really well done and very cute :)
If you are a fan of the Phantom, or just like French stuff, come check out Opéra Populaire and the surrounding countryside. Click on Search, select the Places tab, and enter "opera" as the keyword (select "Intemptesta Nox"). The SLURL is Intemptesta Nox (184,129,76).
Yep, this is one of the beautiful gowns from the movie version of the musical "Phantom of the Opera". :) You have seen "Phantom of the Opera", havent you? I mean its like my all time fav fav musical!
This is the gown Christine wears during her first solo, "Think of Me". No one can accuse Phantom of lacking in costumes, particularly gowns :)
This was a VERY tough gown to create. The main challenge was the skirt. The original gown has a base skirt, and then a sheer layer on top with the star-burst pattern. I decided to do the same thing. I created a base skirt. Then added a second skirt with transparency on top.
I used the trick that Virrginia recommended: make the skirt panels solid grey, then make just 1 face of the panels transparent. This almost eliminated the transparency problem!
Also, I needed to make sure that the base skirt doesnt keep poking out of the transparent layer on top. I ended up using a higher Gravity setting for the base skirt, and a higher Tension setting for the transparency layer on top. This helps to keep them apart.
And the star-burst patterns on the transparent layer are big: they run across multiple skirt panels. That meant matching up the textures between skirt panels, similar to the Poodle Skirt. Except this time, its all the way around the skirt!
Oh, and the top of the skirt is shaped like a "V" up front. That required hand-placing ALL of the panels...twice (once for the base skirt, and once for the transparent layer).
Oh and the earrings! They are 2 star-bursts with clear stones.
So I decided to reproduce them...using prims :) Yes, all of the stones are tiny, tiny prims. Everything is below 0.01M (and really weird things happen when you try placing prims that small :P).
The earrings have 65 prims...EACH. OK, its probably not as crazy as the jewelry that Johanna makes. :P But arent you glad personal attachments dont count towards the prim limit at your house? :)
You alone can make my song take flight.
It's over now the music of the night!