Happy Community Day!! You all rock!!
6 months agogeoff
Howdy Ya'll (which is a thing we say in Texas, without irony)
Tomorrow we're having a "Geoff Line" drop, but this one is a little different than the usual fare. It's called "Simple Geoff", and it will be the first stocked shirt in my line.
The idea behind the Geoff line of merch, is that the limited nature of the items A) appeals to my love of collecting things, but more importantly B) allows us the flexibility of trying out new and different ideas, while limiting the risk associated with buying large amounts of stock (as we traditionally do), freeing us up to be more creative.
To that end, I know there are a lot of you that can't be parked on the internet on a Friday, waiting for my dumb stuff to drop, so we've come up with this idea.
Completely in addition to the normal Geoff stuff that drops in limited quantities, we will have one constant shirt, a "Simple Geoff" shirt if you will, that is continually available for purchase, and rotates out on a quarterly basis. So, Feb 16th will be the first iteration of that. It's a knife logo pocket tee in green (shown below), that will be for sale until roughly Q2 2018, where we will refresh and change it in some way, and sell that version.
Does that make any sense? I'll try a TLDR: Normal Geoff line will continue to function as always, with the addition of a quarterly "Simple Geoff" shirt you can pick up whenever, and not have to worry about missing the drop. Hopefully this will satisfy collectors and non-collectors alike! If you have any questions about this journal (and only this journal), please ask them here and I will try and answer.
P.S. There's a hat dropping tomorrow that IS LIMITED.
6 months agoBoringGeoff Stuff and/or Things!
You may have heard that our friends at VIZ Media released the newly localized version of the RWBY Manga last month. We are incredibly pleased by how the book turned out - and apparently so are you because it is selling like hot cakes!
The RWBY Manga debuted at #2 on the NPD BookScan charts. It's tracking just behind the latest volume of Brian K. Vaughan's ultra awesome SAGA series. This is huge news. We know how much y'all love RWBY and we know how much y'all love manga, but we never could have predicted how much y'all would love a RWBY manga! Thanks for all the support.
This bodes incredibly well for the other upcoming RWBY manga localizations. The adventures will continue when RWBY Official Manga Anthology 1: Red Like Roses hits store shelves on May 15, 2018.
In the meantime, go pick yourself up your very own copy of the RWBY Manga. It's out now wherever fine manga are sold - and (even cooler) will be available on our RT store very soon!
Stay tuned for more updates as they come in. Until then, happy reading!
LuckE Gainfully Employed
If you are like me, it's hard to resist the sweet sirens call of alcohol, especially after a long work week. Most of the time I am pretty good about not getting hammered, but on occasion it happens. The next thing I know I'm waking up in bed, covered in bits of cheese and lettuce, surrounded by the wrappers of the many poor choices I made the night before.
So! I have compiled a short list of drinks that will minimize your regret AND your waistline.
Vodka Soda: 96 cal
Not only is Tonic gross, but it also adds extra calories to your drink!
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- Club Soda
Bloody Mary: 89 cal
A cold reminder of the night before
- 1 ounce vodka
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 dashes Tabasco
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (optional)
- 1 stalk celery, trimmed
Moscow Mule 100 cal
This Mule kicks the simple syrup!
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 4 oz diet ginger beer
Pomegranate Martini: 110 cal
For when you are feeling a little classy
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 2 Tbsp. sparkling water
- 1 orange slice, squeezed
- 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Tom Collins: 122 cal
It's no Rob Roy
- 1 oz Fresh Squeeze Lemon
- 1.5 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz Club Soda
- 1.5 oz Gin
Rob Roy: 145 cal
Fuck Tom Collins
- 2 oz Scotch whisky
- 3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes bitters
Irish Coffee: 80 cal
Learn to drink it black, your thighs will appreciate you for it
- 1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
Whiskey: 70 - 100 cal
6 months agoericvespe
The hype is strong for Black Panther. I certainly felt the weight of it as I sat down for the press screening. Not only was this movie supposed to be an all-timer, but it's also super duper important culturally and anyone who doesn't love it probably hates black people and donates to Donald Trump on the regular.
Thankfully the movie is really damn good so I don't have to question my own progressiveness. Phew, that was a close one.
Is it in danger of being overhyped? Yeah, for sure. At the end of the day it's a good superhero movie, but I didn't walk out of it feeling like I did after credits rolled on The Dark Knight or even The Avengers.
To be fair, Black Panther is about something way different than either of those films. Avengers was a big feel good ass-kicking actionfest that was all about dazzling you with the first ever superhero team up of that scale and The Dark Knight was a dark, gritty examination of how good people deal with the injection of chaos into their world. Black Panther isn't going for either of those two feelings, falling somewhere between the two, actually.
There isn't much action in the movie. In fact it plays a little more like a modern era James Bond film than a typical Marvel superhero story for almost all the action in the first half. The fights are one on one as T'Challa proves his worthiness for the throne and there's a mission to a South Korean underground casino that reminded me a ton of Skyfall in how it was shot and the political intrigue on display.
This film is more concerned with character and world-building than it is on dazzling you with an action set piece very 15 minutes. Instead it cranks up the emotional stakes until you get the big final action scene, filled with warring tribes on the ground, dogfights in the skies and, yes, armored rhinos, that leaves you exiting the theater feeling fulfilled on that front but when you look back you realize just how little action is actually in the movie.
That's a testament to a few things working very well. There's the wonderful direction from Ryan Coogler that keeps the pace going and puts an emphasis on bringing out the most personality he can out of his actors. There's the incredible production value on display. Wakanda is bright, detailed, vibrant and just about every single shot, interior or exterior, offers a visual feast for the eyes. From cinematography to production design to wardrobe to makeup, all departments are way on point.
I suppose there could be human beings in this world that will be upset that Black Panther is isn't wall to wall kicking and scratching and stabbing and punching, but they'd be overlooking some pretty great character work to complain about it. Hard to believe comic book fans would complain about the little stuff, though, right?
Oddly enough Black Panther himself is one of the least interesting characters in this film. He's not a bad character by any means and Chadwick Boseman is more confident in his performance than he was in Civil War, but the very nature of T'Challa's place in this story forces him to be a bit more serious. He's taking on the mantle of King. There's no conflict about that even if he does feel the weight of the throne. His struggle in the movie is all about his desire to be a good King, but not knowing if he can be. He's terrified of letting his country down, but even from early on he doesn't let that fear control him.
So as a character he doesn't grow too much. He's steadfastly good-hearted, a rock for his people, but with the weight of that responsibility on him the whole time.
That allows the movie to get stolen by some more colorful, looser performances. Everybody is going to walk away from this movie adoring Letitia Wright's Shuri. She's T'Challa's sister and kind of Q from James Bond folded into Tony Stark. She's smart, but young and so, so full of smart-ass that she brightens literally every scene she's in just by being there.
Then there's Danai Gurira, playing Okoye, the head of the royal guard and loyal to the throne above all else. Gurira could have played this more serious and been badass and intimidating, but by going the more human route she becomes so much richer. She's cocksure and an incredible warrior, but she's also kind and funny and willing to call it like it is, no matter who she's talking to.
Okoye also happens to have the most internal conflict in the movie. She's incredibly loyal, but her oath is sworn to the throne, not a specific king. So when the big bad guy comes in and challenges T'Challa to the throne her alliance is tested. She knows Erik Killmonger is bad news and doesn't like his politics. She also knows that T'Challa is a better king, but that's not her choice to make.
It's a fascinating place to put the greatest warrior asset in this film and Danai Gurira sells every aspect of it; the doubt, the resolve, the badassness, the conflict... it's all there and Gurira makes it look effortless as she somehow expresses it all from scene to scene.
I brought up Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, who we know is the bad guy because he spells his name with the evil 'K' instead of the heroic 'C'. Another of this film's strengths is we actually have a good, well-rounded villain. That's not to say Killmonger isn't diabolical at certain points. There definitely fun had and some rhetorical mustaches get twirled, but you can see things from his point of view.
In many ways he's a stronger leader than T'Challa. He may not be as wise and good-hearted, but he has a plan to save his people... not just the safe, hidden world of Wakanda, but all repressed people of color all over the world. It's time to shift the power away from those who enslaved and back to the people who were wronged. He's not wrong that societies are built to prevent that power from shifting and his plan isn't about making him ruler of the world, really. There's an altruistic undercurrent to the reason he wants the power.
The easy comparison is that T'Challa is MLK and Killmonger is Malcolm X. They have similar goals and desires, but Killmonger is impatient and willing to use more aggressive tactics. This leads to a faceoff that is actually very dramatic and not just CGI dudes punching each other a lot. There's that, too, of course, but there's meaning behind it and the stakes for winning or losing this fight is high. The result will define the conscience of a whole nation.
Coogler brings all this to screen in an authentic way that can't be denied. The Afrofuturist look executed so well and automatically makes this a different kind of superhero film. The uniqueness is a fresh flavor for the MCU and on a deeper societal level carries with it a level of representation previously unseen. Yes, we've had great roles for people of color in tentpole cinema, but this isn't just about having a strong black man in a costume, it's about embracing a culture and giving it the same love and signal boosting attention as we do with our traditional European heroes.
I know I started this review kinda making fun of the woke reviewers, but it is something you can not separate when watching this movie. At least I, a white man quickly approaching middle age, couldn't. That feel of something new is so tied in with the character and the story being told and the world they've built is unquestionably at the forefront of this movie, which could piss off a lot of the more right-leaning white folks that see the movie, but the counter to that is it's going to inspire so many more people on the other side of that coin for exactly the same reasons. Black Panther doesn't hide its differences. It celebrates them. That is the takeaway here and that is what feels revolutionary about the whole project.
I hope this if the first of many like giant mega blockbuster films. The box office predictions seem to indicate it might be. There's one thing Hollywood like above all else and that's money. If it become financially safe to make these kinds of movies with this kind of diverse cast then the door will be blown wide open.
That's exciting, not just from a politically progressive standpoint, but also a cinema-loving standpoint. More diverse voices means more diverse storytelling, which means better, less predictable movies. Also, as a comic book movie fan, it means at least Marvel is still in the business of changing things up. Guardians of the Galaxy changed the feeling of what superhero movies could be. Black Panther does it as well. That will be why Marvel succeeds for another 10 years.
6 months agoKaraAnn Content Ops Manager
Hey everyone, hope you're having a wonderful week!
I'm getting better with updating this as I go, so thanks for sticking with me! Not sure if I'll find a theme for posting, but for now, let's just roll with it.
How about we talk about movies? I've recently been spending a bunch of time just going to see any movie I can these past few weeks. Since I've moved down here, one of my new favorite things is to do is go to the Master Pancake nights. I hadn't had the chance to really experience something like that before while in NY, but now I love them. Any other fans here, what have been some of your favorite past shows?
6 months agor_quinny
I just wanted to write a quick note about how amazing you guys are that make up our community! The product and e-Comm team is having so much fun creating products and seeing reviews and what everyone is liking....or not liking. We are dedicated to making this an awesome year for everyone. We have a ton of fun projects and upgrades that we will be implementing throughout the year and can't wait to share more! I myself have been absolutely blown away by the support and interaction I've seen so far. Not even to mention the product ideas, fan art, shirt designs and so much more all over social media - such a creative community, I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at our RTX coming up in August and at the live events throughout the year. You guys rule and we love you!
6 months agorevelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser
Hello, Rooster Teeth Community! For those who don’t know me, I’m John and I work on the product and engineering team here at RT helping to create our brand spanking new video platform. We’ve been in closed beta for a few weeks now, and I can’t thank those community members enough who helped us put the site through its paces and provided amazing feedback. Today we have some pretty exciting news - we are now opening up the beta to EVERYONE. Yes, all of you can now head over to svod.roosterteeth.com and watch videos on our new platform until your eyes bleed (if your eyes actually bleed please stop watching videos and go see a doctor).
Access to content will be the same as on the current site - FIRST members get to watch live broadcasts and see FIRST only shows, and community members signed into their Rooster Teeth accounts will have access to features that anonymous viewers won’t have. Speaking of features... while you’re on the site here are a few things we definitely want you to check out:
You can chat with friends and staff on all live streams!
The video player saves your spot so you can jump back in anytime
Improved search so you can find the content you’re looking for
Get notifications about new episodes being added to your watchlist
Explore content from all of our channels right on the homepage
Please remember that this site is in beta, so you may run into a bug here and there. Click the feedback icon on the beta site to report bugs and we will work through them as fast as we can. Interested in hearing other users opinions on the new site? Join the forum and start talking!
We’ll keep you updated in the coming weeks about bug fixes and new features planned for the video platform, news about what we’re doing with new mobile apps, a full site launch date, and even information on what we’re planning for the future of the community site (community is going to be so great, and we can’t wait to show you more in the coming weeks and months). Thank you all for your patience as we get this new site rolled out.
Enjoy the open beta and have a happy Mardi Gras!
6 months agoezracooperst President
Burnie texted Matt and me this morning and pointed out that the construction crew working on the Mueller development has made it's way past the dividing fence and into our parking lot. Yikes!
(photo credit Burnie)
You should know that none of this existed when RT moved into the Austin Film Studios (AFS) campus just a few years ago. Austin Film Studios is a gem and it has served RT very well. I often talk about our campus as a huge strategic advantage. There are very few companies in digital space that have this type of facility.
Slowly the the parking lot has gotten smaller at AFS and houses have gotten closer. The good news is we do know where the dividing lines ultimately sit between AFS and encroaching development. With that said I can't help but think we in a real life version of Goonies /Batteries Not Includes / Up.
6 months agoericvespe
I'm still flabbergasted that this movie is actually real and is coming out soon. Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg is so batshit crazy as a concept that it's either going to be a massive train wreck or something amazing. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground on this one.
Today they debuted a new poster that is very much in the Spielberg/Struzan style although I don't think the legendary Drew Struzan actually did this one. It's good enough to be one of his, but I don't see his distinct signature anywhere.
UPDATE: This is the work of the great Paul Shipper whose work you might know from those awesome Scream and Shout Factory Special Edition Blu-Rays. For years he's been the heir apparent to Drew Struzan and I guess he's finally arrived if I even questioned whether or not this piece was a Struzan! Check out more of his work here!
Check it out:
That's a way better poster than the previous one, which features star Tye Sheridan with a Go-Go Gadget extra long leg that you can't unsee once you see it.
I still have no idea if this is going to be great or awful, but if there's one thing I've learned in all my years being a movie geek it's that you never, ever bet against Steven Spielberg.
6 months agoMaggie
Hello! It's been a while since I've made a journal post and I don't have any new insights or announcements or anything BUT...
I want to say thank you to everyone who supports what we do here. I can't believe the heights I have seen Rooster Teeth reach in even just the last few years that I've worked here and I've never been more excited for the future. Thank you for watching our videos, or leaving comments, or engaging with us on social media, or coming to a live event, or telling your friends about us, or buying merch, or laughing at us. However you engage with the content we make, we just can't thank you enough for engaging. We'll continue to strive to be the best we can every single day and in every single way - you are the motivation that pulls us through the sludge and helps us shine with pride!
Anyway - thank you!
6 months agoericvespe
Words I didn't expect to see today were "Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff are going to co-star in..." But that's exactly what I saw.
Looks like Michael Fassbender will take center stage for a feature length Kung Fury film. Yeah, that Kung Fury.
Tracking-Board got the scoop and I'm still not sure if someone somewhere is playing an elaborate pre-April Fool's Day Joke or not, but it seems legit.
The people who produced IT are behind this feature and this is either going to be the worst thing ever made or a stroke of a genius. I can't tell, which is pretty exciting in and of itself, but I'll believe this is real when I actually see it.
6 months agoericvespe
Welcome friends and neighbors to a new edition of Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! Lots of birthdays today, February 12th, but I'm narrowing it down to three so this doesn't turn into a novella.
The two going to ignore are Josh Brolin and Michael Ironside. Sorry fellas! But naturally for Brolin I have to go with Inherent Vice (not my favorite movie, but it's probably my favorite Brolin performance... just the chocolate covered banana scene by itself is the best thing he's ever done) and for Michael Ironside... this is tougher. He's been great in so many things... Scanners, Total Recall... But my gut is saying Starship Troopers because he gets to be his usual tough-ass self, but not a villain.
Addams Family Values (1993) – I was going back and forth between two Christina Ricci performances in my mind. The one I was more inclined to focus on was a film called Black Snake Moan. It's great, she's amazing in it and it's not something everybody has seen. But it's also a movie where she spends 2/3rds of it chained to a radiator while wearing nothing but a cut-off shirt and panties, so any image from the movie I wanted to use looked like I was objectifying her. The movie's more than that, so seek it out if you can, but I went with a little bit of a safer pick.
Both early '90s Addams Family movies are great, but I think I may like the sequel better and a big part of that is because of what they do with Wednesday Addams. Addams Family Values splits up the family in more ways than one. Uncle Fester is preyed upon by a money-hungry husband killer (a great turn by Joan Cusack) who gets in-between him and the rest of the family. At the same time the kids are sent to a summer camp.
I was Ricci's age when this movie came out and I'm pretty sure I fell in love while I was in that movie theater. Wednesday's outsider status combined with her gleeful darkness would pretty much define my ideal girlfriend throughout my teenage years. It's no surprise to me that my first longterm girlfriend bore more than a passing resemblance to Ms. Ricci.
The jokes in the movie come at you lightning fast and there's so much charm on display. The chemistry between Raul Julia and Angelica Huston was so note perfect it really does make me sad Julia passed so young and kept us from getting another half-dozen more of these films.
Walking Tall (1973) – Joe Don Baker is one of my favorite character actors. He's probably best known for being Bond's charming American connection in the Pierce Brosnan era (funny since he played a completely different character, a villainous military leader, in The Living Daylights) or the redneck dad in Mars Attacks! Or, for you, MST3K fans, the star of Mitchell, one of the most popular episodes of that point and laugh at bad movies show.
I kinda like Mitchell... it's silly, but typical of the drive-in action fare of the day. But that's not the one I'm going to recommend on Mr. Baker's 82nd birthday. Nope, the one I recommend is called Walking Tall. The Rock remade it with Johnny Knoxville a few years back in one of the most bizarre adaptations in cinema history. They turned it into a PG-13 action film which is absolutely a disservice to the original story.
Walking Tall is a true story based on a real life Southern Sheriff named Buford Pusser. He was a bit of a crime-fighting folk hero known for protecting the people of his small Tennessee town with a hunk of wood. He fought low level crime and corruption in his local government. Mr. Pusser was alive when this film was made and was even supposed to star as himself in the sequel, but died in a car crash. The sequels ended up starring Bo Svenson and did cover his death, framing the car accident as the result of him taking on the corruption in this small town.
Baker is front and center here and force to be reckoned with. He's angry, he's brutal and he's just kind of a regular guy. That was the beauty of the era... character actors could be leads and Joe Don Baker was a great lead here.
Walking Tall was a massive success on the drive-in circuit and for reasons I don't know Baker was one-and-done with it, instead moving on to two truly great '70s films: The Outfit (starring Robert Duvall) and Charlie Varrick (starring Walter Matthau).
You can rent Walking Tall on most of the steaming outlets (YouTube, Amazon, GooglePlay and iTunes). Just make sure you're getting the good one. Remember, it's Walking Tall not Rocking Tall.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) – This one was an easy call. Before his death, the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln was brought to the '80s thanks to a time traveling phone booth to appear in a documentary called Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Mr. Lincoln did a lot of good in his life. He delivered inspiring speeches that are still remembered today, he fought to end slavery, and put in motion a reconstruction effort that would hastily mend a deeply divided nation. It doesn't surprise me he'd help out a couple time traveling kids with their history project. He was just a good dude, you know?
There have been plenty of talented people who have played Lincoln, like Henry Fonda and Daniel Day Lewis, but this marks the only movie where Lincoln was able to play himself and he pulls it off without any camera shyness or awkward line delivery. Obviously all those years giving political speeches prepped him for this, perhaps his greatest moment.
That's it for today. Here are the trailers for all three films we talked about:
Happy birthday Joe Don Baker, Christina Ricci and Abe Lincoln! Party on, dudes!
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6 months agoQholtz VFX Artist Rooster Teeth
Out of nowhere, last week ended up being full of new things for me. I took a last minute flight out to Orlando to see the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. Growing up I was obsessed with space but, this was actually my first experience of a launch. With some family we set up in Jetty Park which was about 13 miles South of the launch pad. It's such an odd feeling to see the rocket with your eyes fly though the air and then hear the sound about 1.5 minutes later. If that wasn't cool enough we were only 5 miles away from the landing pad that both the SpaceX boosters landed at simultaneously. Seeing 16 story tall Rockets dive though the sky and then light up to land softly is mind blowing. I can't recommend enough that if you have the opportunity to see a rocket launch you definitely should! Elon Musk put his Tesla into Space?!?! How cool were those pictures? He really is getting America excited about space again and its awesome to see the amount of attention it is getting.
Flying back into to DFW I took the opportunity to check out a Model 3 in person. If you haven't noticed SpaceX, Tesla, Elon Musk has been my jam lately. Having the opportunity to get into a Model 3 instead of just seeing pictures was great. I'm hoping to get one at some point this year!
Anyone else feel like Elon Musk in a walking Tony Stark? Did y'all see the Rocket launch coverage?
6 months agoBoringGeoff Stuff and/or Things!
No, not that one.
I'm the younger, fatter, balder Geoff. I guess you could call me the New Geoff on the Block.
I'm also the new Licensing Manager here at Rooster Teeth. I'm incredibly excited to join the team. My mission is simple: I'm here to put more cool RT stuff into your hands!
I'm a near-native Texan, having spent most of my life zipping back and forth between DFW and Austin with brief stints in Oklahoma and New Zealand. I also spent a fair amount of time in California working at Pixar on various consumer products lines, including managing the toys for the *most* beloved film of all time: Cars 2. Lucky me.
I'll be using this feed to fill you in on the latest/greatest news with all of our super cool licensed products. I'll also be using it share the stuff that I geek about: toys, animation, video games, music, comics. The Works. And because I'm a parent to three incredible-but-completely-insane kiddos, I'll probably pepper in a pinch of dadstuff every now and then. Alls I'm saying is: I hope you gals and guys like hearing about baby poop.
So welcome to my little corner of Geoffdom! I can't wait to get to know everybody.
6 months agoelliemainey Survivalist
Hello beautiful Rooster Toothers! I can't believe this is my first journal post?!
*slaps own hand*
As you may have seen from social media and the end of the BurnieVLOG *sob*, myself and a small, incredible crew have been working our butts off making five episodes of "Skill Tree", where we take an unskilled British executive assistant (it me) and transform her into a battle-hardened femme-fatale, RPG style!
I'm super excited about this project and I hope you guys are too - its due to release in March but I can't give you anything more specific just yet. I'm going to be sending you updates, posting little teasers of the show and there might be a few opportunities for you guys to collaborate with us on this, if you're interested!
6 months agogus Elite Staff
Hey there! I’m here to update you all on a partnership we’re kicking off with Full Sail University. We have a lot planned for the next year, and I thought you all might be interested in hearing about some of the cool things we have planned.
First off, Rooster Teeth has a pretty deep connection with Full Sail University. We have a large amount of their alumni working here, including Ryan Haywood, Brian Reilly, and Will Hyde. It’s always nice to work with institutions that have results we have seen first-hand and can vouch for. We know that a lot of you may have thought about careers in game development, animation, or production, and we see this as a cool way to give you information about programs that can help you get started in those fields.
Now on to the nitty gritty. This partnership will have several different components. For the first part, Brian Reilly, Chad James, Alfredo Diaz, and I are attending Full Sail’s Hall of Fame event this week. We’ll be filming the whole thing, including my keynote to students and behind-the-scenes footage of the introduction to an exciting project we’re working on with Full Sail (more info on that in a bit). We’re also hosting a special livestream about that project on the Rooster Teeth Facebook page on February 14.
So, what is this project? We’re calling it the “Super ‘80s Fighter Project,” and it’s as radical and totally tubular as it sounds. (I’m so sorry for that.) Basically, Rooster Teeth will be working with Full Sail students to develop an ‘80s fighter game, providing them with our annoying opinions and advice. After we introduce the project in the livestream on February 14, we will check in about once a month to focus on different parts of the game and the students’ progress. It’s a great way to learn more about what all goes into developing a video game.
Full Sail will be at RTX Austin this year (FYI, it’s August 3-5), and attendees will have a chance to play the finished “Super ‘80s Fighter Project” game on the expo floor. Full Sail will also be the presenting sponsor of Indie Alley. They’ll bring the Full Sail Mobile Experience (a big rig truck loaded with gear) to the floor for RTX attendees to explore and learn more about the university and the project we worked on with them, so make sure you check it out.
I’m looking forward to everything this partnership has in store for us. Stay tuned!
6 months agoericvespe
Five Nights At Freddy's is fucked up. And I love it. Even more than the game itself, I love how it has become a staple for young gamers. My nephews (10 and 7) act as my informants in what the kids of today are interested in. Lots of YouTube personalities, Minecraft, Pokemon and this thing, a creepy game about a kid's pizza place that certainly bears no resemblance to Chuck E. Cheese's where the messed up animatronics come to life every night to torment the overnight security guard.
Blumhouse picked up the property a while ago when Monster House's Gil Kenan was attached. Mr. Kenan isn't on board anymore, but he's been replaced by an interesting director: Chris Columbus (per Deadline).
Columbus made his name in the Amblin circles in the '80s. He wrote Gremlins and Goonies for Spielberg, went on to direct Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire in the '90s and then hit the jackpot when he was the first to bring Harry Potter to the big screen. You can argue the quality of those first two Potter movies all you want, especially compared to the later, more mature, films, but there's no question Columbus did a masterful job casting the characters and setting up a visual language that would define the series.
He's been in a bit of a slump post-Potter. I'm not a fan of his Percy Jackson film and his last directorial outing was Pixels, so... yeah.
There's a question to tone, but since the Five Nights At Freddy's adaptation is at Blumhouse I imagine they're not going to shy away from the horror side of this story. To ignore that would be to completely miss the point of the game's success. The imagery can be soft, it doesn't have to be an R-rated movie or anything, but the reason the game became a phenomenon was the tension it built as you looked from camera to camera as you tried to keep an eye on the horror show slowly creeping toward you.
A Gremlins tone is actually pitch perfect for this thing. Take the horror seriously, but keep it fun and not too emotionally scarring. But how much of that perfect Gremlins tone was Joe Dante and how much was the script? Can Columbus do it?
I guess we'll find out!
6 months agokriss Community Manager
My two cents.
6 months agoKerry
Howdy RWBY Fans!
Thanks to all of you who tuned in every week to watch the show and talk about it with your friends! We really hope you enjoyed the most recent entry in Team RWBY's adventure. But of course... now comes the dark times: the dreaded "hiatus" between volumes. It's a time when fan art reigns supreme and crack-ships are at an all-time high. It's a time when people ask questions like, "Who is manlier? Port? Hazel? Or Pilot Boi?" But before we get too deep into the off-season, we wanted to have one more chance to get to talk with you guys, and so we'll be doing an AMA Monday February 12th on the RWBY subreddit! It'll be in the afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. CST and we (Kerry and @Miles) will also be joined by the incredible director of RWBY Chibi, Paula Decanini (@paulalala)!
So come say hi and let's talk all things RWBY and Chibi! We'll drop in the AMA link here on this journal when it goes live so you all can come and ask as many questions as you want.
Thanks again, and we hope to see you there!