Jessica is in Austin this week for the release of her RT Doc "Becoming Jessica Nigri." Snapped some good old black and white portraits of her. The full album can be found here.
6 months agoburnie
One of the best parts about working at Rooster Teeth is interacting with the community and finding people that are doing amazing work on the Internet. In fact one of our brightest stars in the community just hit 10 million subscribers on YouTube. I think that kid is going places.
So, I am proud to announce that we are launching a new experimental program to make some of our talented hard-working members of the community a bigger part of our RTX events. This year we will be introducing RTX Ambassadors, people from the community who will be the faces and hosts of RTX. We’re launching this in Sydney, so we’re still in the process of figuring out exactly how all this will work, but you can expect to see the ambassadors introducing panels, interviewing people from Rooster Teeth and generally being the online guides of RTX.
Our first ever RTX ambassadors will be the crew from Boneyard Arcade -- a lovable group of
miscreantsgamers based out of Sydney. We’re really excited to be working with Dan, Lucky, Chloe and Josh. We have met them at several events over the years and everyone here has fallen in love with them. We think you will too. If you’re not familiar with their work, please check out their channel Boneyard Arcade and follow them on all the appropriate following places.
After this trial run at RTX Sydney, we plan on opening up the selection process to the community as a whole. We will have more for information about that in the future. If you're interested in being an upcoming RTX ambassador: stay tuned.
And be sure to let the Boneyard Crew know what you’d like to see at RTX Sydney if you’re not attending. I’m sure they’d love the input on what to spotlight.
6 months agoChelsea
*** WARNING. NSFW *** *** MAYBE TOO SAFE FOR WORK? ***
I have a thing about spreadsheets. They're gorgeous, lined, purposeful, and you can bend and twist them to do anything you want to do. All in all, they're pretty damn sexy.
I admit, it's a weird thing to say you're sexually attracted to a spreadsheet, but there are WAY weirder fetishes out there than this. So, put away them judgement hats and be ready to be IMPRESSED.
In addition, I like games. I really like collecting all the things in games. Sometimes, I start a game that has a lot of things and I'm like, "Well shit. How am I going to keep track of all the treasures/Precursor Orbs/radio clips/etc and be able to find everything as I need it?"
Sometimes I luck out and find pre-existing spreadsheets that other Collectors like me have created and I'm able to make a copy and fulfill my collection fantasies to the fullest (read: Stardew Valley). Other times, I'm at a loss and I have to create my own.
For example, you know how Final Fantasy XV had fish everywhere? I created the below spreadsheet that tracks the name, rarity, how much AP you get, the locations, what the shape of the fishing thingy is at different times of the day, and what lures work best, the prizes you get, and then conditional formatting if I've caught it. (Note: Not done in Excel Proper, but this is SmartSheets. Excel on cocaine.)
I'm working on translating this one, the cooking one, collectibles, and side quests into easily shareable and editable Google Sheets to share with the masses.
As for Stardew Valley, this one (found on r/StardewValley) already existed. So all I did was make a copy into my own Drive and edit it as I find things. I could probably change it up and make it a bit more Chelsea-User Friendly, but it already exists so I don't need to do anything. LINK HERE TO THE SPREADSHEET from u/LasagnaTheories on Reddit.
Next up, is I've been making my way through the Jak and Daxter series again since it's relaunched on PS4. Jak: The Precursor Legacy, I've 100% so I don't really need to create myself a spreadsheet namely because I know where everything is. Jak 2, 3, and to an extent, Jak X - I have no idea where all the bits are hiding and how to unlock everything.
So I've started the methodical and slow process of reading through countless GameFaqs articles to create myself a handy dandy guide to completion.
This is where I'm at:
As you can see... Not very far. I also need to make one for the Uncharted Series, Horizon Zero Dawn, Skyrim, and possibly Breath of the Wild (not very far though...)
I know @dizzyblinker is interested in my FFXV spreadsheets, which is the whole reason while I'm translating them over, so I'll be posting again as I finish these up to share with y'all dirty spreadsheet lovers (and if you aren't a dirty spreadsheet lover yet - you will be when I'm through with you.)
6 months agoBethany Head of RT Events
***Today, February 12th Important Update on CODES*** - The process to pull and distribute codes for Double Gold and FIRST members is taking slightly longer than expected. Codes have NOT been emailed today so please do not panic. We will provide an update tomorrow with a better timeline of exactly when DG and FIRST members should expect to receive their codes this week. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the confusion!
RTX AUSTIN - August 3-5, 2018
Monday, February 26 - Double Gold Members onsale *Early Bird* rate
Wednesday, February 28 - First Members onsale *Early Bird* rate
Friday, March 2 - General Public onsale *Early Bird* rate
*Early Bird rates will be available through Thursday, March 8 at 11:59PM CST or until sold out.
PLATINUM (formerly referred to as VIP) - $650 (Early Bird) / $728 (Regular)
- Access to RTX on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Platinum Exclusive attendee bag
- Platinum Exclusive attendee lanyard
- 2 Autograph Codes
- 1 hour early access Friday to Exhibit Hall
- Lounge Access
- Reserved Center Stage Seating
- Priority Panel Line
- Priority Seating in Panels
- Platinum Exclusive Party on Friday, August 3 (**only 18+ allowed**)
WEEKEND PLUS - $300 (Early Bird) / $335 (Regular)
- Access to RTX on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Exclusive attendee bag
- Exclusive attendee lanyard
- 2 Autograph Codes
- 1 hour early access Friday to Exhibit Hall
- Lounge Access
- Reserved Center Stage Seating
WEEKEND - $99 (Early Bird) / $110 (Regular)
- Access to RTX on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Exclusive attendee bag
- Exclusive attendee lanyard
- 1 Autograph Code
SINGLE DAY - $45 Friday/Sunday (Early Bird), $50 Friday/Sunday (Regular) / $50 Saturday (Early Bird), $55 Saturday (Regular)
- Access to RTX on Friday OR Saturday OR Sunday
- Exclusive attendee bag
- Exclusive attendee lanyard
To remedy some of the line issues we experienced in 2017, we will be mailing out badges this year. Woohoo!
All U.S. and Canada residents who purchase a badge prior to July 6th 11:59PM CST will receive their badge in the mail to the address provided upon purchase. All badges purchased after July 7th 12:00AM CST (U.S. and all International) will need to be picked up on-site at the Austin Convention Center between August 2-5, with a valid ID and confirmation email.
Get your questions ready for us! We may answer some questions earlier if we have time, but we'll definitely talk to you at 3:30PM CST today! Looking forward to chatting with each of you!
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6 months agoericvespe
I've been a longtime defender of the Oscars. Sure, the whole cottage industry surrounding the ceremony is ridiculous. Yes, politics plays a big part. Yes, they pick the wrong films to celebrate a lot of the time. But at the end of the day these awards celebrate cinema and bring a broader understanding of the art form to the masses.
When I was a kid the reason I started paying attention to sound design, costumes, makeup, etc was because of these awards. The Oscars were what lifted the curtain in an era before behind the scenes content was as readily available as it is these days. When the Oscar nominations were announced to when the awards ceremony aired suddenly everybody was talking about my favorite art form.
That's very valuable. How many kids these days watch the Oscars and then ask themselves what a costume designer is or what movie was that cool clip of Gene Kelly dancing around a lamp post from or I wonder what other movies that screenwriter wrote? Maybe not a ton, but enough to light a spark.
So even ignoring the very real financial benefit these awards have for many of these more artistic or smaller budget filmmakers I'll always have a big soft spot in my heart for these awards and this year in particular we have an exciting crop of nominated films.
Lots has been made about how much more inclusive the Oscars are this year and that's true on many levels. Women and people of color are getting nominated in higher numbers than before, which is excellent, and you're also seeing a slight diminishment of the typical Oscar bait movie in favor of more interesting genre fair.
The film with the most nominations this year is The Shape of Water, with 13. Get Out is nominated for multiple awards including director, lead actor and best picture. Logan got a writing nomination. That's Fantasy, Horror and a Superhero movie getting top nominations. Usually these kinds of movies are relegated to the “technical categories” like best visual effects or sound mixing, but not this year.
Will this mark a change in the Academy with their new rules in place for existing voter base and a push to bring in a younger, more diverse voting body or is this a one year exception and we'll be back to formulaic biopics nabbing half the noms in 2019? Only time will tell, but I'm optimistic that this is a change of thought for the Academy as a whole. In the past we've gotten windows of genre being accepted, like Silence of the Lambs sweeping in the early '90s and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King sweeping in 2004, so this could be a fluke as far as genre stuff goes, but I have to believe that in terms of diversity the genie is out of the bottle. The more women and people of color nominated, the more the industry is willing to give them work and that means more doors opening for everybody.
I think we'll be putting together something special to discuss the nominations on the whole in the near future, and I certainly have opinions on what should win vs what is likely to win, but in the meantime here's a complete list of the nominations announced this morning.
“Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “Phantom Thread” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World” Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound” Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread” Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito “The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo “Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson “Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha “Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant “Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon “Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray “Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata “Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer
“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory “The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber “Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green “Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin “Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani “Get Out,” Jordan Peele “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh
“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins “Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel “Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen
Best Documentary Feature:
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman “Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda “Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan “Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen “Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes
Best Documentary Short Subject:
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel “Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon “Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon “Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner
Best Live Action Short Film:
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk “The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson “My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr. “The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton “Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen
Best Foreign Language Film:
“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile) “The Insult” (Lebanon) “Loveless” (Russia) “On Body and Soul (Hungary) “The Square” (Sweden)
“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss “Dunkirk,” Lee Smith “I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel “The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory
“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater “Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green “Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King “The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood
“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin “Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill “Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo “The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick
“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer “Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola “Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer “Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis “The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood “The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens “Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Makeup and Hair:
“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick “Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard “Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran “Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran “Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges “The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira “Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle
“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick “Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan “War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist
6 months agoericvespe
One of the reasons I love going to film festivals is because every once in a while you get totally blindsided by a movie. Nearly every movie we go to see in our day to day lives comes with some kind of expectation. You read about it beforehand, you see tons of stills, trailers, TV spots, all that shit. You can still go into these films willing to give it a chance, but there's usually still an outline of expectation in your mind.
At film festivals sometimes all you have to go on is a title, genre, maybe some recognizable cast, director or writer and a single still. Nothing else. I'll never forget walking into see Let the Right One In and somehow thinking it was a ghost movie for some dumb reason.
Hereditary was a movie that I knew was genre of some type, it was playing the midnight slot at the Egyptian theater (the small theater at the top of Main Street where all my favorite midnight movie memories from past fests reside) and that Toni Collette was in it.
It sometimes gets hard to psych yourself up to do a midnight film after a long day of movies. It was literally 7 degrees outside and my condo was nice and warm, so it did take a bit of will power to get my ass bundled up and on the bus downtown, especially since there was no buzz about this film (since no one had seen it yet, obvs). I'm really thankful I did because Hereditary turned out to be the surprise of the fest for me, at least so far.
This is one creepy, dark, way fucked up movie. Some horror movies want to scare you by yelling “boo!” at you. That's a legitimate tool in the horror filmmaker's toolbox. I like a good jump scare, but they have to be used sparingly or it's just a cheap gimmick. Then there are other movies that want to really sink their claws into your psyche. This is much tougher to do, but when they pull it off you get something really special. You get a horror film that sticks with you. This is the shit that gives grown ass men and women nightmares and that's exactly the type of movie Hereditary is.
This thing wants to get under your skin. It wants to push you to the emotional brink. It wants you to feel a sense of hopelessness and despair for the characters you're watching. It wants you to feel like the stuff happening up there is so wrong that it might just seep through the silver screen and become reality.
To steal a phrase from the great, underseen Dudley Moore comedy 'Crazy People' Hereditary doesn't just want to scare you, it wants to fuck you up for life.
I know this is a huge sell and it probably is erring a bit on the hyperbolic side. That happens when you get surprised by something. You want to share your enthusiasm as broadly as possible. Hereditary won't cure cancer or be your favorite movie of the year, but it's the rare horror movie that is scary beyond a surface level and that's just damn exciting.
One of the best things about this movie are the curveballs it throws at you. Just when you think you have a handle on what's going on something giant happens to completely change the direction you think it's going in, which means you're always on your toes until the film finally tips its hat and the real awful shit finally starts happening.
I don't want to tell you too much about the plot, but I will say that the film stars Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Krampus, Muriel's Wedding), Gabriel Byrne (End of Days, Stigmata, The Usual Suspects) and younger actors Alex Wolff (My Friend Dahmer, Patriot's Day, The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie) and Milly Shapiro (Tony winner for Mathilda) as the main family at the forefront of the story.
At the start of the movie their grandmother has just died. Collette's character's mom was senile, suffered from dementia and was apparently pretty damn mean in her life. Also super creepy.
Most of the family is a little on the creepy side, to be honest. The teenage son (Wolff) is morose and distant, the young daughter (Shapiro) draws odd pictures seems to have some developmental issues that frame her as an outsider, the mother (Collette) is an artist that makes truly disturbing dollhouse dioramas and the dad (Byrne) is... I guess just dull. He's almost a blank slate. He's nice, obviously caring, but almost a non-entity in the household.
The very beginning of this film suggests that the dearly departed creepy grandmother might or might not have had some kind of connection to the occult. We do know that the family has a long, dark history with mental illness. Alzheimers and schizophrenia have run rampant in the immediate family, so when creepy stuff starts happening you're left to wonder if there is a supernatural reason for it or if Collette is starting to lose it as she grapples with guilt and grief after the death of her mother.
Writer/Director Ari Aster makes a splash with this movie. His visual style at first seemed to be a bit showy, with camera moves I thought were unmotivated... I'm used to first time filmmakers overcompensating and going crazy with their camerawork, which sometimes makes it feel like the director is making sure you know someone is directing at every moment instead of actually just telling the story. So the first 10 minutes had stuff that I thought was first time filmmaker jitters, but when the story became clearer I realized he was using his camera work and at times stilted blocking to lay tracks for what was to come and to set a particular tone that starts out subtle and grows more and more intense until you get to the flat out edge of your seat, fingernail chewing final 20 minutes.
It's has a smart script, is well-directed and Aster gets some killer performances from his cast. Collette runs through a gamut of emotions here and Aster really lets her shine. Milly Shapiro is great at pulling your empathy while also realizing some crazy, off-putting shit is going on with her character and Alex Wolff is flat out incredible here. They put this poor bastard through the ringer emotionally and he just kills it.
The only one of the cast I felt came off as flat was Gabriel Byrne. His character is so vanilla that it feels like they wasted someone as charismatic as Byrne in this part. Don't get me wrong, he's not bad in the movie I just felt like the character was a bit underbaked, especially considering just how much red meat material all the rest of the family gets. It's important that someone tries to stay grounded and be the glue that keeps the family together, but it felt to me like he was the person the story was least interested in and he just got skimmed over as a character.
But ultimately that's a nitpick. It doesn't hurt the movie much at all and it's still Gabriel Byrne so there's at least a likability there.
I dig Aster's horror sensibilities. In crafting this tale he seemed to pick and choose tonal elements from some of my favorite forms of genre storytelling. There's a little cult panic a la Rosemary's Baby in there, there's a touch of slowburn '70s horror like The Exorcist and there's more than a pinch of some of the creepy slow reveals that J-horror did so well before it burned itself out.
The end result is a truly scary movie that will force images into your head that will threaten to pop up when you're home alone at night and the shadows are deep and dark and just quite possibly hiding an endless stream of unspeakable horrors.
6 months agoSanaart RT Production Artist
So I'm still playing Dangan Ronpa v3, but I wanted to check out this game I found at PAX South. It was pretty short so it wasn't a huge distraction, and I had fun with it.
This game does have a loose narrative but it's largely randomly generated, and I won't be spoiling the endings (there are 7), so this will be a "spoiler free" ramble, but I may reveal certain game mechanics, if you wished to figure those out yourself. So there is your warning.
Anyway, this game is called "The Shrouded Isle," which is a sort of strategy cult simulator? I'm not really sure what this genre is called. I've seen other people call it a "stat balancer," similar to games like Gods Will be Watching, Tharsis, and Reigns. You play as the leader of the cult of Chernobog, and you and your village must endure 5 years of suffering until the glorious return of your god. You must make sure your people are virtuous and houses are satisfied with your performance, all while purging the village of sinners.
This is a game where my thoughts are a bit easier to categorize than something like Doki Doki Literature club, so I shall do that.
Gameplay - This is the kind of game I'm not sure appeals to many people, but it's the kind of game I really really like. Beating the game may take you only about 1 - 2 hours, though you will likely lose multiple times prior to figuring out how exactly everything is working together. I did try looking something up, though the game has added complexity since it's release with a free DLC, so unfortunately research wasn't really helpful. But, it did allow me to figure out everything myself, which was more fun in the end.
By my final play through where I completed the game (where I got an ending, though not the "good" ending), I mostly "got" it, so I don't think I'll be playing it again in the near future. But, I did get 7 hours out of it, and do find it more accessible than some of the other roguelites out there that are much more unfair or complex.
My only major complaint is the bugs I cam across consistently as I played. Sometimes sounds would play without the respective menu popping up, which is a bit annoying, especially for a game like this where all the controls are just clicking buttons. You will also receive missions from Chernobog to sacrifice certain villagers based upon their sinful trait, but some traits as "Rebellious" would always have a blank field. I hope the developer goes back and fixes that, since I went years without finding the specific sinner just because I wasn't given the trait at all.
Art and Music - I really like the visual style of this game and I think that's the strongest thing the game has going for it. It's very distinctive and fits with the cult theme very well. The music is also very good and getting progressively creepier over time is a nice touch.
There's some places where I wish the art had more polish. I'm not a huge fan when two images are obviously just overlayed on top of each other; I might have liked some additional blending, but it's a minor complaint.
Overall - I'd recommend this product if you're at all interested. At 10 dollars I think this game is reasonably priced, I'm not sure where the complaints of it being too expensive are coming from. Then again, I've certainly paid more to get less content. There probably isn't enough variety to replay it once you finally beat it, but that's good enough for me, and I'm glad I decided to check this out. My most fun round (which ending in a loss, tragically), was a round where I named all of the villagers after my friends. Greatly increased my immersion.
I'm interested to see what else these developers make!
And, now I run back off to Dangan Ronpa v3~
6 months agopatrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I would love to be part of the magic that is Rooster Teeth?” Well now is your chance! We are very excited to announce a special week of live recordings, and we want you to be a part of the studio audience. RTX Presents: Live from Austin, February 19th-23rd, 2018. We will be coming at you from the heart of downtown Austin at The Sunset Room, 310 E 3rd Street, Austin TX 78701.
Pretty cool, huh?
You can get your tickets here: >https://www.universe.com/rtxlivefromaustin
-$35 + tax/fees
-GA ticket is good for admittance to the show, cash bar, and photo booth
-$60 + tax/fees
-VIP ticket gets priority seating, a signed RTX Presents: Live From Austin! signed poster, cash bar, and photo booth
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday, February 19th, 2018
RT Podcast Live @ 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Always Open Live @ 5:00 PM
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
On the Spot Live @ 5:00 PM
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Off Topic Live @ 2:00 PM
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Community Meetup/Gus’ Birthday Party @ 7:00 PM
It will be an awesome week! Come on down, take some pictures, have a beverage, buy some merch, and enjoy the laughs!
See you soon!
6 months agoburnie
As I write this, the last vlog is in processing and preparing to post to the Rooster Teeth site. It was A rare treat for me to work on the last video in the series, knowing that it was the end. An odd side effect of all your ongoing support is that not many of our shows come to a conclusion. So, it was a new and enjoyable experience to plan the end of a series.
This final vlog is a little different and I think you will see how pretty quickly. I had this idea for something called a “quiet vlog” and this seemed like a great chance to make it. Since the series started with the Monday vlog, I felt it was appropriate to end with the Friday vlog. This time, we follow just one person through their day. I could easily see us doing it a few more times with different people, if people like the format.
I hope that’s the case. Thanks for supporting me for a year on this project. See you on the next one.
6 months agoLuckE Gainfully Employed
With the last episode finally out and having had a week or so of downtime afterwards, I'm finally able to look back at everything we did. What we accomplished was great. The quality of content we put out, I would say, is the best its ever been. I enjoy all the people who both love and hate what the show has become because it keeps the conversation going.
I think the only issue I have is people who claim to know what Monty would approve or disapprove of. Unless you actually knew him, how would you know? I only worked with him for a short time on season 1, and I don't claim to have known him well at all. But I think people forget that he put a lot of time and effort into creating the characters, not just bad ass fight scenes. I'd like to think that he is proud of the work we have put into the story, as well as the fight scenes we create. For sure he would have some notes on the latter haha.
Moving on, every season we try to push ourselves to do better. Whether it's implementing new software into our pipeline, researching new methods of animation/camera/lighting/compositing, or even bringing on new, talented people to meet the demands of work. I don't think I've worked on a season of RWBY that has been easier then the last! But, I think the quality shows those efforts not being wasted.
I guess the TL:DR is this: I'm proud of the work we all did this season. Some times during production were brutal, but I'm proud of the end product. I can't wait to see what we put out next!
6 months agoemilyweeks RT Office Coordinator
Time for another food journal!
If y'all have been keeping up with the news, you may have heard that Austin has had some uncharacteristically FREEZING COLD days lately. Earlier this week, we had a couple days where many roads around town were closed because they were frozen over and dangerous. (Before you yankees start making fun of us for freaking out about cold/ice - we literally do not have the equipment/infrastructure to handle the extreme cold or ice/snow. So yes, it is a big deal when we have below freezing temps. It's a safety risk to the city.)
BUT ANYWAY. Since I've been freezing my butt off the past couple of weeks, I ventured into some soups with my instant pot. Here are the recipes I cooked!
Instant Pot Pozole
Because I grew up in San Antonio, pozole has always been a comfort dish for me. It's decently healthy, filling, warm, and you can customize it wish all kinds of good shit.
This recipe was so quick and easy to do in the Instant Pot. I got at least 6 servings out of this, and possibly more.. I may have lost count over the days.
2 lbs pork shoulder (I learned that pork shoulder is the same thing as boston roast/butt roast... why are there so many different names for the same cut of meat?!)
4 cups chicken broth
5 cups white hominy
1/3 cup ancho chile powder (this may be hard to find. I found it in my grocer's bulk spices section)
1 tbsp comino (cumin)
1 tbsp oregano
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp black pepper
3 cups cabbage
optional: avocado, or anything else your heart desires
- Chop the pork-of-many-names into 2-inch cubes and throw it in the pot. (I did spray mine with a quick coat of coconut oil first because I was paranoid about sticking.)
- If you bought canned hominy, make sure to drain it, and then throw it in the pot.
- Add your minced garlic and all spices to the pot. Pour in your 4 cups of chicken broth as well. I recommend giving the soup a quick stir to mix things up, but you can do what you want.
- Secure the lid of your pot and select the Meat/Stew option. (I think you could also use the soup function, but I decided to use the stew option because of the pork.) I left the time on the default 35 minute cook cycle. Make sure your pressure valve is closed.
- While that's cooking, you can prep your garnishes (or go play a couple matches of Overwatch while you wait). Slice the radishes into thin circles, and chop the cabbage into thin slices. The lime should be wedged.
- When the cook cycle is complete, open 'er up and give things a good stir. You can use your
spoon/ladle to help break up any chunks of pork if you'd like. Pour yourself a nice bowl of goodness and then add your cabbage and radish on top. Squeeze the juice from one or two of your lime wedges into your soup, and then throw them in the bowl for a little extra flavor. (But I
advise eating around the wedges.. not actually ingesting them. lol)
- DIG IN! I didn't have any avocado on me at the time, but adding a few slices of avocado on top is super good too.
**This pozole freezes great, so if you don't think you'll be able to finish it all quickly, go ahead and portion some out for the freezer. I recommend freezing just the soup part alone, and storing your toppings in the fridge until you've thawed/heated your soup up and are ready to eat.
Vegetable Tortellini Soup
Now that I am obsessed with Instant Pot cooking, I've been lurking the r/instantpotrecipes subreddit. There's not a whole lot on there currently, but there are definitely some gems. I decided to use this recipe (with my own tweaks, ofc) because it looked cheap and delicious. (Living alone in an expensive city, I'm all about budget-friendly cooking... lol)
I've also been trying to work more meatless dishes into my weekly routine, so this was great for that as well. This recipe makes 10 servings, unless you're really hungry. Then maybe it makes 6 or 8...
2 quarts vegetable broth
1 package cheese tortellini
4 medium carrots, sliced into circles
1 can stewed tomato
2 cups green beans (I cut mine into 2-inch pieces to make them more manageable)
3 cups chopped kale
1/2 white onion, sliced
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
dash of salt and pepper
optional spices I added (sometimes I just throw in whatever else sounds good at the moment):
1 tbsp comino
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
- Select the Saute function on your pot and saute your onions and carrots until soft (and amazingly fragrant).
- Throw the remaining ingredients, except for the kale, n the pot. Stir gently so that you don't break your beautiful tortellini.
- Select the soup setting and let cook for about 25 minutes. (This time while you wait, go play something besides Overwatch. Variety is good. I played the Monster Hunter: Worlds beta for a change of pace.)
- When the cook cycle is complete, quickly release the pressure by opening the pressure valve. When you've released all the pressure that you can through the valve, open the lid and smell your beautiful concoction. Gently stir in your kale and let the soup continue heating until all kale is wilted.
- Portion out and ENJOY!
**This is another great freezable recipe. Keep your immediate portions in the fridge and freeze the others until you can get to them.
So there you have it! Some nice, warm, comfy soups for your cold, wintery days. Though, a couple of days after making the vegetable soup, things started warming up a little in Austin.... stupid unpredictable weather.
Just like before - if you have any recipes or suggestions you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below! I'd love to hear the stuff y'all have tried.
6 months agoJon The Risemonger
I found this great post on reddit asking people the best villain performance in a comic book movie other than Heath Ledger and it got me thinking about MY favorite villain roles in movies so far which led to me making my own definitive list, in no particular order, of my favorite comic book villains in movies:
Peter Stormare as Lucifer in Constantine
Brian Cox as Stryker in X2
David Tenant as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones
Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier in Cap2
Ben Kinglsey as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3
Samuel L. Jackson as Richmond Valentine in Kingsman
Vincent D'Onofrio as Edgar in MIB
Alfred Molina as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2
Michael Shannon as Zod in Man of Steel
Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum in Thor Ragnarok
Who did I miss?
6 months agoericvespe
Nicolas Cage hunts down cultists and an LSD demon biker gang. That should sell you on this movie and if it doesn't then I'm not sure you and I going to get along.
Mandy is the newest from Panos Cosmatos, the director of a bizarre cult flick called Beyond the Black Rainbow and stars Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough as a quasi-off-the-grid couple that live in the woods and are happy being close to nature and away from the masses.
Unfortunately Riseborough's title character catches the eye of a creepy cult leader named Jeremiah (Linus Roache) and that starts the ball rolling on an incredibly violent journey that involves the summoning of demonic bikers, all sorts of mind-altering drugs, chainsaw fights and the crafting of a fantasy axe/scythe hybrid that looks like something Worf would wield in battle.
Right up front this movie's weird. I mean, after that description no shit, right? But it's even weirder than that. The cult leader would fit right in with the craziest David Lynch characters in terms of line delivery and crazy monologues. This is not a movie for the faint of heart or anybody with a low tolerance for a little dash of arty-farty in their exploitation.
I personally have a low tolerance for arty-farty so about 20 minutes into the movie I was on the verge of hating it until it shifts gears and becomes a full on crazy-ass revenge flick and I was a very happy boy.
It helps that Cage takes center stage at this point and dials the crazy Cage meter up to 11. If you have the patience to make it to this point you'll be rewarded.
Cosmatos has a singular vision and that vision is fully on display with every angle and every edit. One thing he does incredibly well is embrace that dreamlike/waking nightmare quality of something like Phantasm or the original Nightmare on Elm Street. You're not quite sure what's real and what isn't and that can be very confusing for a general audience, but it's also what sets this film apart from any any other movie of its type.
The colors used in the movie are bright, in your face primaries. Unnatural greens, reds, blues that can possibly exist in the real world, but give this film an identity that is instantly striking and reminded me very strongly of the way EC Comics would present their horror tales. If you rewatch the original Creepshow they use those crazy colors as well to evoke the same feeling as flipping through those dark comics. Dollars to donuts that style had a big impact on Cosmatos.
I think there'll be a fair amount of people who automatically categorize this film as “so bad it's good,” but that's a mistake. This is not Sharknado. There's real artistry at play here and it's fuckin' bonkers, but there's meaning behind it. The thing Cosmatos gets right is he doesn't forget to be fun. Yes, there's character work and crazy visuals and long, long monologues, but it all leads to an incredibly cathartic, out of this world entertaining revenge story.
FYI: There's a fake commercial in this film (which takes place in 1983) for a product called Cheddar Goblin and it's probably the best thing I've ever seen. It's like if you mixed a Kraft Mac commercial with Ghoulies and it's so amazing. Casper Kelly, the guy behind Too Many Cooks, shot it for this movie and that should let you in on how great this tiny aside in an already bizarre movie is.
One caveat: Elijah Wood produced this film and I have been friends with Elijah since 1998. I don't believe this has impaired my judgment of this movie (Spectrevision, his production company, also did The Greasy Strangler, which is a movie that was absolutely not for me and I've been blunt about my opinion on it), but it is something I want to make sure is out in the open. This is becoming a habit with my Sundance reviews, sorry. Kind of a thing that happens when you've been a film journalist for 20 years. I promise not every Sundance movie was produced by someone I know
To those of y'all who have received an invite to be a beta tester for the new video platform for Rooster Teeth, here is a place where you can come and join up with other beta testers.
Share your thoughts, your likes, dislikes and more. Other testers probably feel the same way! The engineers will be checking in here periodically to help clarify and clear up any confusion as well as probe your brains some more as they work through the development of the brand new video platform.
7 months agowesellis Staff Photographer
Hey guys! Last week I shot with Achievement Hunter in their new merch (which you can shop here). There were so many good ones to pick from that we decided to put out some more here. If extra outtakes like this is something you'd be interested in from future shoots (not just AH) then drop a comment and let me know. Anyways, enjoy!
Want more? Just check out this album!
7 months agoBecca RT Torturer
My entire family is going to Disney World in a few days, and I'm super duper excited. It's been 20 years since I last went, so I fully expect everything to be completely different. We are focusing on Magic Kingdom and Epcot. What are your favorite attractions at those parks?
LuckE Gainfully Employed
I won't lie, I don't wake up in the morning and think to myself, "I can't wait to do cardio!" But, I do, because it has a lot of benefits. While I personally am not a fan of prolonged cardio, I do at least 15 minutes before every workout. For me it's a good way to get my body warmed up, while also burning a few calories. I love my gym because it has a spin class set up that is almost always abandoned by the time I get there. So, I turn off all the lights, crank up some music and power through it! After a quick cool down and some stretching, I'm off to hit the weights for the remainder of my workout!
Need some motivation? Checkout my Spotify playlist that keeps me going!
What kind of Cardio do you do? Do you have music or a playlist that helps you stay motivated, to push for that extra mile?
7 months agoericvespe
I've been Sundance at least a half a dozen times at this point, but I have never, ever scored a ticket to the opening night movie. This is a little bit inside baseball, but bear with me a second... The way this festival works is that there are press badges for folks like me that get you into press screenings, but you need a hard ticket for any public screenings
The press screenings are lovely and for opening night they typically run the press screenings at the same time as the first couple of movies play, which is a break from the typical day-after wait we have to do. So I've always done the press screenings. It's less stressful, I see the movies at the same time, etc.
But I was able to request a ticket this morning for the actual premiere at the giant Eccles Theater and low and behold I got one. That meant I could see the film in a giant house and get to watch the Q&A afterward. It also meant that I finally, for the first time in however many Sundances, I got to see Robert Redford in the flesh.
He came out to welcome everybody to Sundance and officially kick off the festival. Being a massive fan of his work throughout the years (no shit, The Entertainer from The Sting played in my head as I witnessed him walk out on stage) this was a legitimate thrill, even if his time up there was brief. You could still feel the passion he had for cinema and his love of this fest and the Sundance Lab that mentors up and coming filmmakers.
You could say I was buzzed and in the right frame of mind to let this movie work on me. That's fair, but I've been in some really exciting screening scenarios in my life (from world premieres to hand-picked-by-the-director months early previews) and felt the air get sucked out of the room right away.
That didn't happen with Blindspotting. Quite the opposite in fact.
It should be noted before I start talking about all the stuff I loved about this movie that I know two of the producers pretty well. That wouldn't stop me from being honest about my opinion of their movie (and certainly hasn't in the past), but I get that it muddies the water a little bit and wanted to be up front about that so you could decide for yourself if that bias shows through in this review.
Blindspotting shifts tones wildly, but it's not at random. It'll be a funny buddy movie one minute and then out of nowhere shit gets real. Writers (and stars) Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal as well as director Carlos Lopez Estrada very smartly used these tone shifts to put the audience off guard.
One minute Diggs and Casal are cruising around Oakland, freestyling raps about their day to day lives and taking the piss out of each other the way that only best friends can and the next minute Diggs witnesses a police officer shooting a black man who is running from him.
We're as stunned as Diggs' character is and we feel his trauma at that moment. We understand his situation. He's a good guy trying to do right by those he loves, but he's also at the tail end of his parole. We don't find out until later exactly what his crime was, but we know he's served time for a felony and is trying his best to play by the rules so he can get some semblance of his life back.
That adds a tension when he witnesses this shooting. He's out after his curfew, just wanting to get back to the halfway house so he doesn't risk adding another year to the parole and this happens to occur right in front of him.
This dredges up all sorts of emotions. Fear, guilt, anger. It's one thing to live as a black man in Oakland and know this is a possibility. It's another to witness it, especially when coming forward would put him in the crosshairs even if it wouldn't automatically trigger a lapse of his parole.
What's interesting about this movie is that as heavy as that is as subject matter it doesn't weigh the movie down. There's emotional payoff to it all, of course, but it's not a preachy movie trying to make all the white folks in the crowd feel guilty and all the people of color in the audience angry. There's way more to it than that.
Blindspotting is a movie about race relations, yes, but it's also about gentrification, cultural appropriation, a deeply complex friendship that is both supportive and toxic in equal measure. All that is there, but it hangs on the two lead characters.
I was quasi-familiar with Daveed Diggs before this movie. I knew he was one of the original talents behind Hamilton and that was about it. I'd never heard of Rafael Casal before last night. Having seen the movie I'm convinced we'll be seeing a lot of both of these guys in the near future. The countdown for one or both of them being cast in a big superhero movie or Star Wars or something is officially on. Their charisma is that good, especially together.
Apparently Diggs and Casal are longtime friends and it shows on the screen. Diggs is the down and out ex-con trying to make his life better and Casal is his white, grill-wearing best friend that is either determined to drag him down or pull him up. You're never quite sure and the truth is he does both, but he's not a malicious dude. He's loyal to a fault and is so smooth he could sell ice to an Eskimo.
The true delight of this film is watching these two together. Director Carlos Lopez Estrada smartly lets the charisma of his fantastic cast carry the film. Diggs and Casal are front and center, but they're surrounded by some great performances.
There's Janina Gavankar (probably best known to The Know readers as the face and voice of Iden Versio in Battlefront II) who plays Val, Diggs' ex-girlfriend who has cut romantic ties after his incarceration. There's obviously still something there between them. She's supportive, helping him in real ways (like getting him a job while on parole), but she refuses to let him get distracted by rekindling the romance.
This role could have been one note and Gavankar could have easily come off as naggy if we didn't see so much unspoken emotion between her and Diggs. The character is written better than most of this type and Gavankar plays it perfectly.
Despite the focus of the movie being on male friendship there are surprisingly many strong female characters. From Diggs' character's strong-willed mother to Casal's wife who absolutely is the glue holding that family together.
Gavankar gets the most screen time of any of the strong women in this film, but even though they don't dominate the narrative the women in this story are complex and multi-dimensional.
That brings us to Ethan Embry who delivers a mostly silent, but hugely powerful performance here as the cop that shoots down the fleeing suspect. I don't want to say much about this part, but Embry does so much with so little that I was flat out floored by a big moment he has.
The effects of the shooting are way more on display than the event itself. There's a little bit of PTSD injected into Diggs' performance and it rocks his character to his core, but more than that it puts the audience in his shoes. For the super white folk (like me) it allowed us to feel a fraction of that fear and tension that people of color live with every moment of every day. I became instantly pessimistic. I saw trouble in every police car that drove by and felt like everything was going to end horribly.
Whether it does or not I'll let the movie tell you when you eventually get the chance to see it, but the fact that it did indeed place me in the shoes of someone with a wholly different life experience than my own proves to me that it was a huge success.
I don't expect everybody to love this one. Some film watchers hate it when tone shifts on a dime like it does here. I love it, personally, because that adds a layer of unpredictability that is always exciting, but it can throw a whole lot of people off. The message of the movie is laid on pretty thick in the final act. If you're on board, it'll have you on the edge of your seat. If you're not then you could find yourself pulled even further out of the film, but I have to believe just about everybody who spends any amount of time watching Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal (and his character's ridiculously adorable young son) play around with each other will be charmed into submission pretty quickly. I know I was.
This was a hell of a start of the festival. We got lots and lots of movies coming up, but I already feel like I'm playing with the house's money, so to speak. I'm ahead of the game with one great movie already behind me. Can't wait to see what else is in store.
7 months agogeoff
So my New Years Resolution has been to post here more often, hence the AMA I did this month. In trying to figure out how to do it in a more structured and regular way, I struck upon an idea. People seem to enjoy it when I occasionally post Songs of the Day to Twitter, so instead of continuing that, why not move it to here? I've decided to create a playlist on Spotify each month, themed around a particular subject, and post it here. I realize I'm starting off a little late, but here we go:
Let me know if you hate the idea, and don't want me to continue.
7 months agoJoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi
One thing I've learned after editing together my first Boomstick Top 10 is that he has a type.
#10 - Lt. Col. Kilgore - So what's the deal here?? Did they really name these weapons after a character in Apocalypse Now? Is the character in the movie based on a real guy? Why? Why any of this?
#9 - Master Sword - I was watching a lot of videos about the Master Sword in prep for this entry. I came across a fun pronunciation of the weapon. I won't name names but now I can only hear it as "Massa Swwurd"
#8 - Hellfire shotguns - I would definitely rack my brain for every non-lethal way to use these guns. You could create pillow-fort-esque fortress in your living room but made with nothing but Hellfire Shotguns. You could have a unlimited source of income if you sold them. You could do professional magic. YOU COULD THROW UP GUNS AND TRY TO SHOOT THEM OUT OF THE SKY BEFORE THEY HIT THE GROUND. Endless joy.
#7 - Icebreaker - Gerardo actually helped me edit this one! Thanks, Gerardo! I don't know anything about this weapon.
#6 - Blades of Chaos - Gerardo did this one too but I still have a question. How hard would you have to spin magic blades chained to your forearms before you lift off the ground like?
#5 - Sniger rifle - I could listen to Boomstick say "tigers" for days.
#4 - Caster Gun - Gerardo. But also, yes. Wand gun? Yes! ACCIO WAND GUN.
#3 - Mjolnir - Again you could use this weapon in so many fun ways. I PUT MJOLNIR ON MY DAIRY, TRY READING IT NOW WHOSOEVER BE WORTHY!
#2 - Sword of Omens - Gerardo actually helped me edit this one! Thanks, Gerardo! I don't know anything about this weapon.
#1 - Green Lantern Ring - This entry is the exact reason the movie was so bad. You could have made anything but you made guns and stuff. Yawn.
#11 - Voltron < Megazord
7 months agoEddy Writer - The Know, Nomad
It looks like Fox wants to ramp up its video games -- and as such, their game division, called FoxNext, has just announced the acquisition of a studio of industry veterans to work on a game set in the Alien universe.
Development on this new game will be headed up by Cold Iron Studios -- with talent from games like Metroid Prime 3, Borderlands, Doom and Bioshock Infinite -- and according to the announcement, it’s going to be a PC and console shooter that explores parts of the Alien universe we haven’t seen yet.
FoxNext studio head Aaron Loeb added a couple more details about the title and Cold Iron Studios, saying: “all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”
Given the recent success of Alien: Isolation, it was only a matter of time before someone went back to the Xenomorph well -- but let’s hope it’s more like that outing, and less like Colonial: Marines.
LuckE Gainfully Employed
Obligatory post about the do's and don'ts, bruh!
- Stay positive! While I'm not claiming for this to be a safe space, we want to promote a positive attitude. General ribbing, trash talk among friends, etc. are all funny until they are not. Remember this is all to support a healthier lifestyle.
- Post pictures of your workouts, meal plans, progress, and anything else that's going to keep you and other motivated. Ask for advice or motivation, anything that'll help keep you going!
- Body shaming is a quick way to get booted. Again, general ribbing is one thing among friends. But calling somebody fat, ugly, or weak (especially somebody you don't know) is one way to get yourself removed.
- We are not certified trainers! Nor are we nutritionists. Any advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Things that work for some may not work for others.
- Pictures are welcome but remember they can be viewed by all. No noods pls.
- On that note, don't be a creep. Be a decent human being, don't leave comments on how hot somebody is or what you would or wouldn't do.
7 months agoGray
2018 IS FINALLY HERE! Which not only means we can tell 2017 to get lost, but we can start making noise about new and returning RTAnimation shows. Check out these Collider and EW articles for the scoop, and Jordan's got a little more on Nomad here. There's more hype headed your way soon! Hope your new year's been starting great - we're gonna do all we can to help with that.