Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator – Episode 1

Quando dico che il digitale è entrato nella vita “reale” delle persone, intendo proprio questo. Conoscete tutti Second Life? Forse è la situazione community più all’avanguardia in questo. Personalmente ritengo che non bisogna rinnegare la possibilità di esplorare un mondo all’interno del quale poter essere realmente quello che si vuole.  Certamente come ho già affermato in altre pagine, il risultato potrebbe essere disastroso, se si considera l’influenza negativa che la frustrazione di dover tornare alla “realtà”, implica. Quale la misura quindi!? quale il limite da non superare!? Difficile dirlo. Il dibattito è aperto e forse di diffilie conlcusione. Rimane il fatto che il “virtuale” esiste! Qundi è “reale” almeno quanto le mani che lo elaborano. A noi tutti le conclusioni.

From Wimeo.
To watch the all episodes documentary go to htp://
For the Northen American Territories go to HBO’s

Molotov’s Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey is a compilation of ten video diaries made by Molotov Alva, who disappeared off the face of the earth in January of this year, only to re-appear subsequently in Second Life. The diaries form the basis of the documentary directed by Douglas Gayeton.

Molotov’s Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey is the first MiniMovie in a series of eight documentaries produced specifically for online video channels, iPods and mobile phones .

Dutch producer Submarine has sold the television rights for the North American territories for the documentary ‘Molotov’s Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey’ – the first documentary to be shot in its entirety in Second Life – to American broadcaster HBO for a substantial sum. The American channel will submit Molotov’s Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey for an Oscar in the Animated Short Subject category.

The first episode of the documentary series was launched on YouTube and was immediately a huge hit. The film was YouTube’s number 1 for several days, which caught the attention of a number of big American channels. As far as is known, this is the first time that a film that premiered on YouTube is bought by a major television channel.

Douglas Gayeton wrote and directed, together with William Gibson, ‘Johnny Mnemonic’, the first interactive cd-rom based movie, for Sony Imagesoft. His digital animated series ‘Delta State’, was named best animated TV series of the year at the 2004 Annecy Film Festival. Gayeton has also created or designed online social networks for such clients as AOL, MSN, Vivendi and Napster

A questo progetto ha lavorato un carissimo amico, Piergiorgio Provenzano. Permettetemi con orgoglio di definirlo uno dei Salentini che si sono fatti onore all’estero. Grazie. Ciao Piergiorgio.

Pier Giorgio Provenzano: From real life to Second Life and back

Small-town boy Pier Giorgio Provenzano grew up in Pistoia, Italy. At University he realised mathematics wasn’t his thing. Then he met multimedia artist Douglas Gayeton and his life changed forever.

He traveled with Gayeton to San Francisco and began a diverse career making music videos for Napster, a documentary for HBO and several animations for companies such as Warner Bros and Toyota.

In 2006 his work with Gayeton led him to make the first documentary shot in a virtual world. “Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey” became a 10 episode series and was screened on TV, video on demand, the internet and iTunes.

Pier Giorgio left the world of avatars and returned to Italy to begin the very real experience of working with disabled people at AIAS Pistoia, a branch of a national rehabilitation centre. There he has supported the people he works with to realise their creativity through films and other multimedia projects films.

Talking via Skype, Pier Giorgio reveals his surprising discovery about virtual filmmaking, the role of film in changing social attitudes, the importance of collaboration in the creative process and how, in his current role, he has been inspired by a freedom of expression unseen in the mainstream world.