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  • More Go Nitro backstory: Lattice Light City

    7 months ago

    Jeremy

    Lattice Light City


    New Exeter was one of the largest cities in the U.S.  Located on the eastern coast of Maine, New Exeter became a hub for scientific innovation and advancement.  The most notable of these innovators was Dr. Phillip Redman.  In 2052, Redman introduced the idea of a “Street Grid.”  This Grid was an advanced system that would be installed under every street in the city.  It would guide self-driving vehicles to their destinations, while also powering them using nearby solar and hydroelectric sources.  This eliminated a massive chunk of human dependence on fossil fuel.  New Exeter was the only city in the United States to adopt this system as a standard, with the hopes that other cities would soon follow.  The Grid was installed under every single road.  The way to read whether or not it was functioning correctly, were the series of lights that are visible between the road and sidewalk.  Blue means the section is functioning normally, while red indicates an issue.  When the city is viewed from above at night, the lights from every street are visible, and make a lattice-like pattern.  Photos of this incredible sight were shared around the world and became an international sensation.  Thanks to the rise in scientific interest that this caused, New Exeter was officially renamed Lattice Light City in 2056.  It is, to this day, considered the best place in the world for anyone interested in working in science or engineering.  This attracts two different kinds of people.  People hoping to make large strides in the field of science to better the advancement of mankind, and, unfortunately, people hoping to destroy it.

  • Go Nitro: Rise of the Blades is finally nearing completion!

    7 months ago

    Jeremy

    Hey everyone!  

    That book I've been writing is pretty much finished, and should be available to you guys soon.  If you like owning physical copies of stuff, or just want to support the writing, a softcover, physical version of the book with be available to purchase.  Can't afford it, or just would prefer not to buy it?  No worries.  A month after I release the book for purchase, I will release the book digitally, in full, for free.  Hopefully you guys enjoy it.  In celebration, I want to help introduce you guys to the world of Go Nitro and the characters within it.  I plan on making several posts over the next week or so on this site detailing key locations, events, and characters.  Maybe it will entice you to read.  Who knows?  The first one is written below, and details a key event that takes place before the events of Go Nitro: Rise of the Blades.  Check it out and enjoy!  

    Thanks guys!


    The Explosion at the Faraday Research Center - February 22nd, 2066


    The Faraday Research Center was a chemical laboratory located near the harbor in Lattice Light City.  In 2066, the Center was tasked with guarding a large supply of an experimental chemical called Otrolium, after one of its creators, Dr. Miles Silva, began stealing and illegally distributing it.  While on shift as a security guard, Maximus Bruno noticed an irregularity in one of the cameras.  Upon further investigation, he discovered a man named Scott Cells had broken into the Center in an attempt to steal the Otrolium.  Scott Cells was a low ranking thief within a gang called The Blades, who had made a name for themselves by stealing Otrolium from several labs and warehouses around the city.  Maximus triggered the alarm, alerting the authorities and beginning a full evacuation of the building.  75% of the workers within the building managed to make it outside.  However, one of the guards within the building found himself in a firefight with Scott Cells.  A rogue bullet struck the tanks of Otrolium, causing a catastrophic chain reaction.  The following explosion vaporized the entire Center, along with the 400 people that didn’t make it to the doors in time.  It was considered the biggest tragedy in the history of Lattice Light City.  After the explosion, the entire area was quarantined, as it boasted an extremely high level of unidentified radiation left over from the blast.  Ground zero extended out several miles from the Center, shutting down several warehouses and a power plant.  A memorial to those lost was erected in the center of Lattice Light.  The explosion at the Faraday Center is considered a massive turning point for The Blades, as the shock of it all drove the city into a panic.  This opened The Blades up to steal hundreds of tanks of Otrolium, without any organized police resistance.  This spree is what officially made Project Nitro a necessity.   

  • Getting Into Editing

    7 months ago

    mattpeake

    Hello All,

         

         This is a subject I’ve received a lot of questions about in the past few months so instead of a bunch of fragmented responses in the future, it’s probably better to have one here. How did I “get to where I’m at” today working with Funhaus/Rooster Teeth or how did I transition out of school into full time editing/work? The simple answer is the same one I heard from everyone else that spoke on this: “I got lucky.” I never expected or foresaw any of the “career” I’ve had. I simply aimed to support myself and searched for a job the best I knew how. That is, applying for anything in post production through various film/video/entertainment based websites and doing what I could to investigate any opportunities through people I knew or had met personally. In a word; networking. I was and still am terrible at networking. There is a certain finesse to maintaining good rapport with people you really don’t know and, in truth, people you want to do something for you. I’m bad enough at keeping in touch with my own friends much less someone who is trying to get something from me while I’m trying to get something from them and it rarely ends up meeting in the middle but hey, some folks are really good at figuring out and maintaining that balance. I’m too lazy.

         

         Eventually some guy under the name of some production company got back to me about editing a short film. We talked on the phone and I went to an “interview” at his “studio.” It was his apartment in Hollywood. I did my darndest but I just couldn’t give him what we wanted. He had lots of poorly lit greenscreen footage and wanted “King Kong” levels of compositing. We tried, but after a few weeks of commuting from Ventura to Hollywood, sleeping on my buddy Gary’s couch, and spending all day in this dude’s apartment, we weren’t getting anywhere. He was a cool guy, but I had/have my technical and creative limitations. Keep in mind, during this time I was sending out dozens of resumes/cover letters. Get used to not getting responses, it happens to a lot of people.

         

         Next, I got a random call about a visual effects internship using After Effects and Photoshop. I arrived at a windowless animation studio/stage space that I guessed was once some kind of auto shop or industrial business of some kind. It had character; lots of quirky people packed in there doing all sorts of tasks in various stages of production. I met the post production guys who, at the time, were tucked away in a second story office. The visual effects supervisor sat me down at a computer and asked if I knew how to rotoscope. That was my first task and, I suspect, the real interview. On my screen I saw two well made puppets on a well made stage, or set, with a firehose. “What is this?” I thought. At the time I knew nothing about Moral Orel and had heard of Robot Chicken once. He walked me through the shot and what needed to happen. The firehose was flailing around in front of and behind the puppets. There was no water coming out of it and there was no greenscreen behind the puppets. To have an added water effect appear behind puppets without a way to remove the background (via keying out a green or blue screen), rotoscoping the parts of the puppets the nozzle travels behind was needed. I spent most of the day doing that and was surprised. It worked! I hadn’t done masking or rotoscoping to that extent before.

        

         I liked this place; they were making something that was funded, they provided me with a work station (countless listings for jobs required I have all my own equipment), they seemed like nice people and I felt I would learn a lot doing post-production tasks. So, no paycheck, but it was something to do while I continued to search for paid employment. The sweet spot would have been to find this during the last bit of school. If you can intern somewhere while in school for credit, make sure you do that! Another note; you will likely have to start at the bottom and work your way up. It’s just how life works to some extent. Keep searching for an opportunity until you get one and then be diligent. Don’t ever think you’re special or that you’re owed anything. It’s not true. I knew a few guys in college who refused to do that. They wanted directing and producing jobs, for their own projects, right out of school. To my knowledge, they ended up back at home living with their parents. There isn’t anything wrong with back at home living with your parents if that’s part of your plan. Starting somewhere other than what you were hoping for is okay because any job, or experience at said job, will teach you something useful in life and can lead to something else. That said, don’t jump a situation that has a bunch of red flags. Shady people, dangerous work conditions, etc. This is something each person must judge for themselves.

         

         So there I was, not much of a plan. I had around $2500 in savings and fortunately had found a pretty cool and relatively cheap (for LA area ($500/month)) place to live. It was with complete strangers who had posted an ad on craigslist. I got lucky there too because they ended up being good, respectful people. I think my parents would have helped me out for awhile had I ran out of funds but, as I have said, I got lucky. After a 2 - 3 months of being an intern, they offered me a job doing visual effects cleanup. So, a puppet jumps in the air - it can’t do that on it’s own - often there is a wire or support of some kind that needs to be removed afterward. That’s the general idea of what I was doing except now I had a $500/week (before taxes) check. It was the best thing I could have hoped for at the time. I worked there for about 3 years during which I got a few raises, transitioned into an assistant editor position and learned a lot about life. Sadly, having landed such a neat job, I got into the mindset of, “I made it. I’m on top.” That’s bad news. Don’t ever think that way. It’s great to feel good about where you’re at but it was all too easy for me to get complacent. It was simply a lesson I hadn’t yet learned and I think I learned it the hard way.  Some of the folks I worked with probably don’t have the fondest memories of me and eventually, the management did not bring me back for the following season of whatever was next. There was no singular, dramatic event I’m referring to. Things just slowly eroded over time. It was a great job and I can only hope I didn’t ruffle anyone’s feathers too much. On the whole, all the people I worked with were wonderful and I learned a lot from them.

         

         I thought it wouldn’t be too hard to find another job after this big addition of experience on my resume. Two places interviewed me but I never heard back from them. I spent a year looking for work, sending out many resumes over many moons. Nothing ever came of it. Fortunately, three or so years of employment is a lot of paychecks. I saved and didn’t spend too much on frivolous things and because of that I lived comfortably, and frugally, during that year of being unemployed. It was a glorious time. Granted, by the time my ol’ pal Adam Kovic wanted to have dinner and catch up, the savings were getting noticeably thinner. But, again, I was lucky. Adam was looking to expand his efforts at Machinima and that required more staff. I had met and befriended Adam during college and we remained in touch. As you can see, getting a job “cold” without knowing anyone is unlikely. It’s possible, but unlikely. Most job openings, I believe, are filled by people who are personally recommended. It was because I knew Adam and because he recommended me that I was able to get hired at Machinima. I worked with Adam, Lawrence, and eventually Bruce, James, Spoole, Joel and many others at Machinima for 3 and ½ years as I continued to, again, be somewhat of a head case as I learned life lessons. Fortunately they put up with it and still sort of do. From there you likely know the rest!

         

         In terms of advice for those of you that desire to get into editing: You can see how it happened to me above and I hope it’s clear that there is no definitive way. Like I said, I never had a grand plan and I’m not owed a thing, I’ve just been fortunate enough to come across good jobs and good people. Luck and unforeseen good timing certainly played their part for me. One thing I was doing from highschool onward was editing in some way. Get your hands on software and use it. If you can take a class somewhere at a community college or something like that, I think that would be invaluable to you especially if you’re starting out. When I was at Machinima, we used Final Cut Pro 7. John Yniguez and I, the editors at the time, were already using Final Cut Pro; getting paid to edit videos with it “professionally.” We took a night class anyway and we both learned many useful tips and tools that were right under our noses. Had we known that information earlier it would have only made us better from an earlier point in time. So, I think taking a class is something you ought to do if you can.

        

         Aside from that I would say, “Use what you have.” Your computer comes with iMovie or some other software? Ok, use it. Your phone shoots video? Great! Record video/audio with that and start tinkering around with the editing process. Downloader extensions also exist for Firefox and Chrome browsers. Install one of those and download whatever random video exists on YouTube and edit with that. Don’t go re-posting that stuff because it’s not yours but there is nothing wrong with using it as footage to practice editing. All sorts of sound effects can also be found in this way. If you can’t get extensions to work go to keepvid.com. If you can afford it, Adobe Creative Cloud is a pretty solid service. We use it here at Rooster Teeth. It’s a monthly subscription that allows you to download Adobe software to any computer you are logged on at. You can even download and install previous versions of software if your current machine cannot run the newest version(s). They have some good tutorials as well. Lastly, for now, lots of books exist that are written by editors. “In the Blink of an Eye” by Walter Murch was one I read in school and thought was pretty neat.

        

         Worry about any expensive equipment until after you’ve proven to yourself that you really are interested in editing because you might actually hate it. Perhaps it seems glamorous when you watch Funhaus, but it’s work and we’re only able to do it relatively well for several reasons. The first is because some of us have been doing it for a decade or more. The second is we have each other to learn from day in and day out. The third reason is because we have a company behind us that provides our technological needs and wants. That isn’t to discourage you. I just know in my life there are many activities that interest me but, when it comes time to put in the required work to learn said activities and build experience to do them well, it’s often not very fun and I lose steam. Be aware of this human tendency as you move forward. Remember with any endeavor, “consistency is the mother of productivity.” You really do have to get 4 dimensional and be consistent. That last sentence is me talking to myself as much as you. Good luck!


    Addendum #1 - Just because many of us have edited for "decades or more" does not mean it will take you years to learn to edit your own projects. Also, for those who are trying to figure out what you might do in an upcoming chapter of your life in terms of work, watch the video I've linked at the end. I think it has a lot of good things to say and it's a great reminder that there are many many paths to success. Don't pigeonhole yourself into a goal of 1 specific job at 1 specific company. It's unrealistic and limiting. That doesn't mean it can't happen, but it's better to embrace the idea that there are a myriad of ways to prosper. I tried editing because it seemed like a balance of something I might be good at and something I enjoyed. 


  • On The Spot LIVE at RTX!

    7 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    We're gonna do this...in front of an audience...in the middle of a giant convention center.

    It's gonna be great. Now...PROMPTS!


    CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.

    COME AGAIN? You give me a prompt for a scene and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Moments in history retold by our cast.
    • Hiking shenanigans.
    • Memorable moments from your school days.

    HOLD MY CONTEMPT

    • I need a simple feud people would fight over in a courtroom.
    • Specifically disputes between 2 individuals where one has wronged the other in some way.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you there. xoxo The Risemonger

  • K1 Speed + Extra Life + RTX = Awesome!

    7 months ago

    jack I Like Lego

    Folks!


    How are you doing today on this RTX Austin eve? I don't know about you, but I'm psyched for everything we have coming up this weekend. (Including the Fake AH Crew Heist Escape Room!) 


    But don't forget, tonight is a night for go-karting!  


    That's right, this will be our fourth year in a row I've hosted a charity go-karting event at K1 Speed here in Austin.  It's completely free and open to everyone.  You don't need a badge or wrist band or anything, just show up.  


    More information on K1 Speed including their location and policies are available on their website.


    As far as the charity side of things, like the last few years, we will have a raffle drawing for some kickass prizes from Mondo, Razer, Astro, Ubisoft, Penny Arcade, and of course Rooster Teeth.  Raffle tickets are $5 for 1 ticket, $20 for 5 tickets.  You don't have to be present to win, just make sure we have your contact info on your ticket!  


    Proceeds from the raffle will go to our Extra-Life donation this year and K1 has been gracious to give a portion of proceeds from each race tonight to Extra-Life as well! Good times!


    The actual event begins around 4pm-ish, but the raffle will start closer to 6pm.  Drawing of names for prizing will take place around 10pm and the event will close down close to midnight.


    Whew!  It's going to be awesome and I hope I get to see a ton of you out there tonight burnin' rubber and raising money for charity.


    -Jack

  • RTX 2017, Tacos, Tournaments, and Panels!

    7 months ago

    Skilltacular Producer @ RT Games

    RTX is already here? Let's party!


    I'm super excited to see old friends and make new ones this year at RTX. If you happen to see me at the show, on the street, or at the VIP party say hey! I have a special high five just for you! 


    TACOS:

    This year the Games team will be getting breakfast tacos together. We'd like to invite anyone that wants to along. Say hey, talk games, and be excited about RTX with us! We'll be at Tyson's Tacos this Friday the 7th at 10AM. Super good tacos and easy to get to: Directions to Tyson's Tacos


    TOURNAMENTS:

    We'll be hosting a huge Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars tournament at RTX. This isn't just any tourney, but rather a Pro-AM. Meaning, we'll be pairing amateurs, from the show floor, with pros, from the Rooster Teeth Family, together in a massive event. 


    Starting Friday, July 7 at 1:00pm at the Rooster Teeth Games booth we'll be running several 16-person events. The daily schedule is as follows:

    Friday, July 7th: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm at the Rooster Teeth Games booth

    Saturday, July 8th: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm at the Rooster Teeth Games booth


    Winners from those events have a chance to be paired with our Pros and play on Center Stage. We have high fives and shirts for prizes... oh and Nvidia 1060 graphics cards!


    Practice up! 


    PANELS:

    Along with Jeff and Casey from the Games team, I have another panel this year. Here are the deets! 


    • Friday: Jeff’s “Gaming Year in Review”: Game developers and game players have a friendly (maybe) debate about some of the biggest gaming news of the past year. 
      5:00PM @ ACC-MR6
    • Saturday: Brian’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting (to graduate)”: A panel of creatives talk about going to school, getting their foot in the door, and drop a little advice for the next gen of game/ art/ film makers. 
      10:00AM @ ACC-MR6
    • Sunday: Casey’s “How to Start a Game Company”: Come listen to several folks who have been there and done that when it comes to starting their own companies. 
      3:30PM @ ACC-MR6


  • Relationship Goals at RTX!

    7 months ago

    Mariel Broadcast Queen

    Geoff and Griffon are looking for a few couples to join them on the RTX stage for their Relationship Goals panel! We’re looking for any and all kinds of couples/relationships who have a unique story to share and wouldn’t mind getting grilled by Geoff and Griffon.


    Please send a picture, your names, and your story to rtcasting@roosterteeth.com. You’ll hear back from us if you’ve been selected! 


    Happy RTX! 

  • Double Gold Updates - July Edition

    7 months ago

    Eric_Duncan VP, Marketing

    Greetings to all current and future FIRST Double Gold members! And happy Fourth of July to all of our fans here in the U.S.

     

    First of all, we’d like to apologize once again for any inconvenience caused by the delayed shipping of the June RT Box. We had a few difficulties this time around, including tech issues, sourcing for merchandise, and personnel changes. We’ll do our best to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

     

    On a more positive note, we have some exciting news to share! Beginning in 2018, we’re going to make some pretty big changes to how FIRST Double Gold membership works. With so much planning left, we can’t really give any details yet, but let it be known that as soon as more information is available, we’ll be rolling it out to everyone.

     

    One of the first updates we have to make in order to roll out next year’s changes is removing the 6-month Double Gold membership option. New members probably already saw that there was no 6-month option when signing up.

     

    If you’re a current Double Gold member, I bet you’re wondering how this affects you. Take a look at this handy dandy FAQ…

     

    I’m a 6-month FIRST Double Gold member. What happens now?

    You will be contacted via email before your membership end date with information on how to re-sign up for Double Gold on the 1-month plan, or a regular FIRST membership. If you decide to do nothing, you’ll drop down to whatever your subscription status was prior to signing up for Double Gold.

     

    I’m a 1-month FIRST Double Gold member. What happens now?

    Nothing. You will continue to be a 1-month Double Gold member as long as you have auto-renew on. If things change with our new plan for next year, we’ll let you know well in advance.

     

    I’m a FIRST member. Does this mean I can’t sign up for Double Gold?

    No! You can still sign up for Double Gold, but your only option is the 1-month plan.

     

    If you have any other questions, drop ‘em down here in the comments! @Chelsea and I will be popping in to make sure everyone knows as much as they can right now.

     

    -Eric

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #102

    7 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

     Gonna have some friends over. We're gonna play some games. Stream it live to the internet. Need your help on some of the details. You down?


    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    HOLD MY CONTEMPT

    • I need something people would fight over in a courtroom.
    • Specifically disputes between 2 individuals where one has wronged the other in some way.

    BONUS GAME: GIVING HEADLINES

    • Find an odd story from the recent news with an equally odd headline that we can remove a word or two from for the the guests to fill in the blank.
    • Look for headlines where a blank space would leave the story open to a lot of different interpretations. Ambiguity is key. james

    Thanks. xoxo The Risemonger


  • The Know RTX Meet-up

    7 months ago

    Ashley The Know

    We're holding an official meet up for The Know and our Know Buddies at RTX! Join us Friday from 6PM to 8PM at Bar 96 on Rainey Street (walking distance from the convention center!) for casual drink and chats. It's right between the last panels for the day and the VIP party so no excuses for not coming to say hello!


    If you can't make it we've got panels and signings throughout the event where we'll be giving away fun stuff, and we'll do our best to meet as many people as possible.


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  • Just realized something...

    7 months ago

    Dave Occasionally Bearded

    Time sure does fly, huh? I just realize that today is my official 2 year mark here at Rooster Teeth! Can't thank @Adam enough for originally extending me the opportunity. It's certainly been a very interesting 2 years and I'm looking forward to more to come!  

  • 7 months ago

    revelsrouser Product / Design
  • On The Spot Submission Thread #101

    7 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    I asked if we could have a bunch of Dalmatians in this episode but was turned down because they said the contestants make enough mess at it is, we don't need a bunch of puppies on the set too.

    CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.

    ASS SWIPE

    • We need suggestions for personality traits of the worst date ever.
    • Submit 1 trait or a even a set of 2 that play off of each other.
    • Feel free to get weird with this one, you've seen how the game goes ;)
    • Also, we need people to write these profiles for so let me know in the comments if you want some love-life help.

    COME AGAIN? You give me a prompt for a scene and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Conversations you'd prefer not to have in the car.
    • When a job interview goes wrong.
    • Bad times while on a boat.

    BONUS GAME: MYSTERY TITLE TO BE REVEALED

    • I need something people would fight over in a courtroom.
    • Specifically disputes between 2 people

    Kirk & Nick are in town this week too. So that's fun. xoxo The Risemonger

  • Holy Shit, Andy Serkis???

    7 months ago

    gus Elite Staff

    It hurts to admit this, but I’m really proud of our events team for taking over an event that means so much to all of us at Rooster Teeth. RTX Austin has somehow gotten even bigger and better despite the fact that I stepped down from overseeing it. In fact, this year is shaping up to be our biggest, best RTX ever. We have already announced tons of exciting events, guests, and panels, but today I have the special honor of talking about one of our most exciting guests/events/panels.

     

    Wait for it… 


    Andy Serkis, star of War for the Planet of the Apes, will be a keynote speaker at RTX Austin 2017 in a special panel hosted by Gray Haddock and Kerry Shawcross! You might also know him as Gollum and Snoke, among many other roles.


    But wait, there’s more. We are also hosting a special screening of War for the Planet of the Apes at 7:00 pm on July 7 at the Paramount Theater. That’s right – RTX attendees can see it before it hits theaters this summer!

     

    Hold up, though, because there’s even more. Serkis and four-time Academy Award-winning Senior VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri will also host an exclusive Q&A after the screening! All of this is completely free for RTX 2017 attendees – all you need is your RTX Austin 2017 badge. (VIP attendees get priority admittance, by the way.)

     

    If you want to get in on this, single-day and weekend passes for RTX Austin 2017 are still available at http://rtxaustin.com, starting at just $35.00.

     

    PS:

    This was all my idea and I remain the true king of RTX.

    PPS:

    I forget, is it PPS or PSS?

    PPPS:

    Oh, I remember now.

  • The Making of "Better Than You"

    7 months ago

    Miles Miles

    Howdy Campers!


    I hope you guys have all been enjoying the new season of Camp Camp! It's been an absolute blast getting to work on this show with Jordan, Kerry, and Gray and I'm SO happy it's back.


    One of the things I wanted to do this season was write a new song, as I had a ton of fun writing "The Camp Camp Song Song" which plays at the start of every episode. I've always been really interested in music. In school I played violin, saxophone, and guitar... and I was terrible at all of them. HOWEVER, I've really developed a love for working with musicians on the shows we make (like Nico and David for RvB). The only problem is... I can't read or write music.


    Throughout the production of the Chorus Trilogy, I would often call Nico and have to sing melodies to him and describe the kind of instrumentation I was hearing in my head because I simply didn't speak the language. It sounded just as silly as you'd expect, but it got the job done, so I did something similar for David and Daniel's song "Better Than You"!


    It started with dozens of voice memos saved to my phone of me just humming different melodies, adding to them, and then eventually settling on one that I liked! After that, I moved onto the lyrics. Turns out writing lyrics for songs is INCREDIBLY fun. It's this cool word puzzle where you have to not only make sure the words rhyme, but that they all have the right number of syllables AND are hopefully funny/clever/cute/etc. I got my first taste of it on the RvB Musical from Season 14, then again with Camp Camp, but THIS time I wanted to flex my teeny, tiny music muscles and take on a duet!


    The song was originally titled "When Daniel Went Down to Camp Camp" (but I changed it as it was a little too on-the-nose), and these are the lyrics:


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    I wrote David's verse first, Daniel's second, then had to write their simultaneous parts for the finale and figure out how to harmonize with myself. It took a LOT of voice memos, but I finally figured it out, practiced it, and walked into our sound booth one day and asked our mixer Alena for a favor.


    This was the end result.


    The children are horrifying. I know.


    We sent that off to Camp Camp's composer, Benjamin Zecker, and HE. MADE. THAT. SHIT. DOPE. Re-recording the song with ACTUAL music to listen to made the whole experience way more fun, and he made a slight suggestion to change the melody that actually works a lot better with all of his supporting instruments, BECAUSE HE'S A MOTHERFUCKING BOSS.


    After that, Daniel was cast! You might know Evan Gregory from the musical group The Gregory Brothers. Not only was he a great voice actor for our creepy cult leader, but the son of a bitch can SING. Like Benjamin, Evan added his own ideas to some of his lines that really helped elevate the entire song and we were super grateful to have him come on board for the role.


    Soooo YEAH! Thanks to the amazing work of Ben and Evan, our sound team, our animators, our producer, our director, and plenty of other incredible folks, we were able to take a silly little recording of myself and turn it into something awesome!


    Here's to hoping we can do it again sometime...


  • Always Open Happy Hour @ RTX!

    7 months ago

    Barbara

    I mentioned briefly on Twitter, but at RTX this year, we're hosting an Always Open Happy Hour with fellow cast & crew from the show!


    Date: July 8th

    Time: 7 - 8:30 PM CT

    Location: Rain on 4th


    A few things:

    - No, this is not a live show or panel. Just hanging, having some drinks!

    - 21+, since it's at a bar. Sorry, youngins! 

    - This is a ticketed event - not a "first come, first served" event. 

    - You will also need your badge to get in. This is not open to the public. 


    Tickets will go on sale this Tuesday (June 27) at 7 PM CT RIGHT HERE.


    Another important detail: tickets for this will be $5, and ALL proceeds from ticket sales will be going to Out Youth, which serves the Central Texas LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults. (For more info, go to https://www.outyouth.org/


    Sadly since this is a smaller venue, we have very limited capacity. If you don't manage to snag a ticket, not to worry- we're also doing an Always Open PANEL at RTX, with much more space for everyone to join us! That is happening Saturday (July 8th) at 11:30 AM in Ballroom D (in the Convention Center). 


    Hope to see you there, or at our panel on Saturday! <3 

  • RTX AUSTIN - MORE AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS ADDED TODAY AT 10AM CT

    7 months ago

    Bethany Head of RT Events

    Hi everyone! 


    We've managed to add additional autograph sessions each day of RTX! These sessions will be available starting TODAY June 23 at 10 AM Central Time, at this link. The @RTXEvent Twitter will post the link at 10 AM Central Time as well. 


    If you've already redeemed your code, you will sadly not be able to obtain an additional code or trade your session. If you have not yet used your code, you will be able to redeem it for the new sessions being released, or any existing session that has not yet sold out.


    Click HERE for the autograph session link. 


    ADDITIONAL SIGNING SESSIONS 

    Friday

    12:30PM - 2:00PM - Jon Risinger & Andrew Blanchard 

    2:30PM - 4:00PM - Bethany Feinstein & Becca Frasier

    4:30PM - 6:00PM - Jessica Nigri 


    Saturday 

    10:00AM - 11:30AM - Chris Demarais & Josh Flanagan

    12:00PM - 1:30PM - Ryan Haywood & Jeremy Dooley 

    2:00PM - 3:30PM - Joel Heyman & Adam Ellis 


    Sunday 

    10:00AM - 11:30AM - Vic Mignogna (guest will be charging $20 for autographs) 

    12:00PM - 1:30PM - Lannan Eacott (Lazarbeam) 

    2:00PM - 3:30PM - Aaron Marquis & Lawrence Sonntag 


    ***AUTOGRAPH CODE LINK***

    Click HERE


    If you have any questions or concerns when using your code, please contact Front Gate support ASAP: 1-888-512-7469


    See you in 2 weeks!


    <3 

    B and the Events Team

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #100

    8 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Episode 100. Let's make it a good one.


    GIVING HEADLINES

    • Find an odd story from the recent news with an equally odd headline that we can remove a word or two from for the the guests to fill in the blank.
    • Look for headlines where a blank space would leave the story open to a lot of different interpretations. Ambiguity is key. barbara

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    QUICK THINKING

    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.

    BONUS GAME: ASS SWIPE

    • We need suggestions for personality traits of the worst date ever.
    • Submit 1 trait or a even a set of 2 that play off of each other.
    • Feel free to get weird with this one, you've seen how the game goes ;)

    Thanks for letting me make 100 of these. I am very proud of this show to be honest. And thanks for helping along the way.Couldn't have done it without you. Literally.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Click the Bell on YouTube! Our new schedule will treat you nicely.

    8 months ago

    ebregman Programming/Distribution

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    I’ve talked a lot so far about FIRST and RT.com, which is and always will be the first and foremost distribution outlet for us. But no doubt many of you use YouTube as the primary way you watch our content – in fact thanks to you, the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel recently hit 9MM subscribers, and 5 BILLION lifetime views, which puts us in the top 90 most viewed YouTube channels of all time. So let’s talk a bit about YouTube strategy, and a few experiments we’re about to try that are mostly geared toward our performance on YouTube.


    If you subscribed to any of our YouTube channels in the last few years, did you click the bell? It’s the icon next to the Subscribe button that turns on mobile notifications for our channel, and it might be the second-most significant platform update YouTube has ever made. When the bell launched in 2015, it was an acknowledgement that mobile devices were YouTube’s biggest traffic driver, and it brought the YouTube app and all of our content to your phone’s home screen. This was the beginning of a major shift in the way people use YouTube.


    We can’t see a raw number of people who’ve clicked the bell, but evidence says many of you probably do get mobile updates every time we post on YouTube. We see it most when we look at views over time for shows we posted in the Before Bell Era (2005-2015) compared to shows posted in the Bell Era (2015-present). Videos in the Before Bell Era had lower viewership peaks on day 1, and more day-to-day viewership as time went on. Videos in the Bell Era hit harder on the first day or two, and then the viewership settles more quickly. Here’s what that looks like for Camp Camp S1 episodes posted in 2016 (blue line), compared to RWBY Vol 1, posted in 2013 (orange line). Considering both shows received about the same number of views in a similar time period, the change in viewer habit is easy to see.


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    This means a YouTube posting strategy necessarily has become a notification strategy. We don’t have the ability to filter which videos send notifications, so we have to make sure every time our subscribers see a notification from the Rooster Teeth YouTube channel, they want to click it and watch. I was talking through this line of thinking with two of the most knowledgeable YouTube strategists I know, Bruce at Funhaus and Ashley at The Know, and both of them gave me specific examples that showed them how to use the bell most effectively. Post two videos close together, they told me, and viewership for the first video sees a drop almost immediately upon the second video posting. Post too many videos in one day, especially close together, and we become that annoying friend who texts you 13 emoji in a row (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).


    Rooster Teeth on YouTube has traditionally posted 2-3 videos per day (sometimes more), with one hour between posts. Tomorrow, we’re going to start trying something different.


    First off, we’re making it a rule to post no more than 2 videos per day on YouTube. There will always be exceptions, and it will take us some time to get there, but we can at least gear our regular schedule toward it more specifically. Second, we’re going to space out premiere times for videos on the Rooster Teeth channel, and do the same for Achievement Hunter and Let’s Play (we generally think of those two channels as one and the same, since there is a ton of audience overlap).


    Third, and this is important: we’re trying to take a stab at what type of content you generally might want to watch at certain times of the day (in US-based time zones, at least). Cartoons will launch early so you can start your day with a quick bite of Camp Camp or RTAA or RWBY Chibi. Short form live action goes out around lunchtime, when you can take a break and see what we’ve been up to behind the scenes or watch Blaine sacrifice his body for comedy. Last but not least, longer length videos will go up in the evening just in time for you to get home from school, start your evening commute, or jump into happy hour with your friends here at RT.


    Given the various different windows for our content, the fine folks in the marketing department made a handy graphic for you to reference. This indicates days and times when shows will launch on FIRST, and we’ve included a note on windows for each as well.


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    In sum, if you’ve never turned on notifications for our YouTube channel, now is the time to do it! We promise we won’t blow you up.


    As always, I’ll be here answering questions in the comments for a bit.


  • I should probably write something

    8 months ago

    Daniel Writer/Director

    What should I write about?

  • Three Year Anniversary & E3 Excitements!

    8 months ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    Instead of posting twice today, once about my self-absorbed excitement in being with Rooster Teeth for three years and another about my love for E3 games/hatred towards my wallet, I'm just doing a big ol' hodge-podge of stuff about ME!!


    Three Years 

    I don't think I'll ever get over the thrill of working here at RT. Six years ago, I had just attended my first ever RTX (and the first one, period) out in the field at the old 636 Office. My now-ex-boyfriend, best friend and I all managed to snag tickets. So, we all attended and fangirled/fanboyed a bit when we met the founders - including fat Burnie. 


    Three years ago (June 6, 2014) I had just graduated college with a degree in Business, turned down a position in Houston, Texas and was floundering with what to do because I was set to move out of my apartment in San Angelo on June 10th and had no where to go. The stars aligned and I was able to pick up a temp gig as a Front Desk Coordinator at RT. WHOOO - wait, don't freak out too much Chelsea. (My first day is another story that may be told one day...)


    Then, the stars decided to align some more and this really massive, terrifying, colossal project fell into my lap courtesy of the one and only, Burnie Burns. This project was something known as Lazer Team and that crowdfunding campaign that was about halfway through. THAT, that massive writhing creation of community and excitement fell into my lap with no one to train me on how to handle it. It was my first toe (okay, first head dive) into community and what the RT Community was like. 


    The first day we had an email address set up for the campaign, I received over 2500 emails. Do you know what that was like? INCREDIBLE. Some of the best emails were literally, "This is so cool! I can't believe that RT is finally making a movie!" There was no anger, no hatred or disdain. Even the emails were fucking excited. I think I responded to someone with nothing but emojis at one point...


    I loved it. So, over the last couple of years it's been a part of me, who I am and what I'm aiming for. 


    Thank you to everyone who's been around, who's been my online friend, helped me out with podcast recs, or just chatted for a bit about one thing or another. I'll still be here, not going anywhere anytime soon. 


    Now, onto the GAEMS -- 


    E3 Excitement!!!!


    Seriously. I'm fucking rock hard after the last couple of days and I don't even have a working penis that can do that. Here's a relatively short list of some of the games that I'm most excited about. 


    A Way Out - It's couch co-op. I have been waiting for this day to sit down with a buddy and just play a split screen game again. Such excitement. 


    Anthem - I hadn't heard of it before the conference, but I'm interested in seeing more. Looks like what I wanted No Man's Sky to originally be. 


    Assassin's Creed Origins - Never played an Assassin's Creed game, I know horrific, but being in Ancient Egypt? Gimme. 


    Far Cry 5 - Also never played a Far Cry game. Dog picking up a gun kinda sold me on it, though.


    Monster Hunter: World - Been playing MH for a while now, but was never able to concentrate for more than a few minutes because the screen was so tiny. If I get to hunt dinos now on a 65", I'm all about it. 


    Skull & Bones - Pirates are cool. BUT IN THE TRAILER, the man with the jaw line - he sold me. 


    Skyrm PSVR - I'd have to demo this before committing to buying a VR setup considering how nauseous I get with VR, but becoming Dragonborn in VR? Yasss


    Super Lucky's Tail - It's for XBone, but I kinda still want to play it... Adorable little fox.


    Ori and the Will of the Wisps - Only if I play Ori and the Blind Forest at some point... (Once again... Xbone... killin' me)


    Beyond Good & Evil 2 - The cinematic trailer was fucking gorgeous. And the loud-mouthed ape. I'll be picking up the first one before I decide to do the sequel or not. 


    The Crew 2 - Early 2018... but I wanna race boats noooow


    Other mentions: Detroit: Become Human, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Metro: Exodus and Destiny 2 - all things I'm interested in but it didn't get me freaking out in my desk chair or on my couch with an immediate need to purchase everything. 


    And that's it for the moment! I've gushed about the community and my anniversary, freaked out about new games and... well... That's what I've got.


    [Because asking questions on a double-topic journal is weird... I'm going to ask anyways: What was your favorite game to come out of E3 this year?]


     heart

    Chelsea

  • Headset Recs?

    8 months ago

    emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

    So I've been gaming with a Tritton Kama headset for a few months and it's time to invest in something new. This was my first headset, so I chose to go with something affordable, and not flashy. I have no functionality complaints with audio, but this headset hurts my ears! Especially after extended amounts of time. The ear cups are pretty small to begin with, and I have several piercings in both ears that get super squished and uncomfortable...


    So here's what they look like, for reference. 

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    Anybody have any headset recommendations?

    I mainly play on PS4, but occasionally PC.

    I'm not looking to invest into anything crazy or expensive right now, but I really want something that won't hurt my poor ears anymore :( 


  • New ScrewAttack Schedule!

    8 months ago

    chadscrewattack

    Hey Everyone! ScrewAttack has a new posting Schedule! All videos post at 12:00 PM Central and DEATH BATTLE Cast is LIVE Fridays at 4:00 PM Central! DEATH BATTLE Commentaries air the week of a DEATH BATTLE. See the image below for more details!


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  • Camp Camp Season 2... TOMORROW!

    8 months ago

    Barbara

     waveHeeeeello, Campers!  sunny evergreen_tree

     

    It’s summer, which can only mean one thing: CAMP CAMP IS BACK... BACK!


    The second season of Camp Camp kicks off tomorrow morning, with an all-new time: 8 AM CT. We know you’ve been in the habit of getting up early for school, so why not keep that trend going by waking up early for CARTOONS? Much better than school, am I right?


    Another change to the release schedule is that now Camp Camp will be exclusive to FIRST members for 7 days, meaning non-FIRST members will get the first episode NEXT Friday (June 16th) at 8 AM CT.


    If you’re not a FIRST member, this is a great time to sign up. Camp Camp Season 2 is hilarious and fantastic, especially that Nerris character. We know you’ll want to see each episode as soon as it's released, so you should sign up. Like, now. You can even get a free 30-day trial!

     

    See you tomorrow morning! Don’t forget your snacks and sunscreen.