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  • An Open Letter and an Introduction

    7 months ago

    RTSamStarr Marketing Coordinator

    Dear Rooster Teeth Community,


    This past weekend, I had the immense honor of joining some wonderful people in the RTX Sydney live chat on our new video platform. I tuned into the stream mostly for some background noise as I made dinner, and to see how my coworkers were doing in The Land Down Under. Until this weekend, I had only browsed through the live chat once or twice, but never fully participated.


    I should preface this by saying that I am still relatively new to the RT community - my first true experience and introduction to Rooster Teeth was RTX Austin 2017. One of my old coworkers had left my previous job to work for RT, and after asking her about RTX, I got a weekend pass to see what it was all about. 


    I had never been to a con before, nor was I familiar with any of RT's content.


    BOY WAS I IN FOR A RIDE!


    I went to panels, made friends in lines, got some awesome swag, and danced the night away at the VIP party. I was so impressed by how welcome I felt in a sea of people united by a common cause of which I was relatively unfamiliar before that weekend. I felt at home from the moment I walked through the door, and was so sad to leave on the final day.


    So when I started working at RT last fall, I had a sense of how great this community was, and I was 100% on board with it.


    But this weekend - it was different.


    After I finished up with dinner, I jumped into the chat to see what was going on. The stream was between sessions, but people were still actively chatting. What I thought would be a simple hello turned into two days of amazing interactions with people from all over the world.


    I saw RT members jump in and out of chat who already knew each other and I saw new groups of people come together and make new friends. I saw people give out endless advice and help each other, build each other up, and bring nothing but positivity to each other. And even in the midst of routine stream errors and new site mishaps, I didn't witness a single person get upset by the chaos, but rather saw people giving constructive feedback and many thanks to our engineering team for their hard work to put together something amazing for all of us to use. 


    Just because I work for this amazing company, doesn't automatically make me an authority on our content or a star in the gaming world. But in this community, I feel accepted and loved regardless of how many shows I've seen or how good I am at the games I play. Y'all accept me, and every one of our community members no questions asked. You make this world a positively beautiful place to be.


    We're all united by our shared love of everything Rooster Teeth, and I want to thank all of you for welcoming me with open arms into this crazy community.


    Each one of you is a part of the reason we all find a little bit of home in Rooster Teeth, and for that, I am forever grateful.


    <3 Sam

  • Here's My The Cloverfield Paradox Review!

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

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    It's almost impossible to separate the circumstances around The Cloverfield Paradox's release from a review of the movie itself, for good or ill. We didn't even know the title of this movie 24 hours ago and now just about everybody has seen it.


    That's groundbreaking and something only Netflix can get away with. I don't think even Hulu or Amazon has the clout (and deep enough pockets) to pull something like that.


    The critics are savaging the movie and they're not entirely wrong. On a script level The Cloverfield Paradox is a mess. The science is sloppy and inconsistent. The film is filled with eye-rolling conveniences and “just because we need it there” plot points, but it's not the worst thing you've seen. Hell, it's probably not the worst thing you've seen this year.


    Are critics upset about it wholly because it's a sci-fi/horror flick that doesn't have a rock solid script or is there something deeper there? It's interesting to note that this kind of surprise drop takes the film critic out of the equation, at least when it comes to first blush impressions. That might rub some the wrong way on its surface and just maybe that resentment sneaks its way into some of the more vitriolic hot takes that have come out over the 16 or so hours.


    Now, I don't buy into movie critic conspiracy theories, mostly because I've been in that world since I was 16 and have seen very little evidence of just about every accusation (from studio bribes to opinions being influenced in major ways by access), so I won't say this is true for everybody who didn't like this obviously super flawed movie, but it is an interesting question as we face a rapidly evolving feature film distribution landscape.


    Personal taste always comes into play as well. For instance, I have a great big ol' soft spot for sci-fi horror and may be more lenient toward the genre than some critics. I also put a lot of weight in high production value and can forgive some plot issues if there are characters I like in the mix.


    Not everybody wants that out of their cinematic adventures. I get that, which is why a good review, whether positive or negative, is at its best when it communicates context. You know my context so when I say I actually liked The Cloverfield Paradox you should have a handle on why.



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    Yes, they once again shoe-horned a Cloverfield tie-in to another completely unrelated script and yes, it shows. It feels like this movie should have had an A and B story. The A story being the sci-fi horror film following Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Hamilton in space as her scientific experiment on board a space shuttle goes wrong and the B story being her husband Michael's story on Earth as the accident above triggers the events of the first Cloverfield movie.


    Either you do that or you keep it a Twilight Zone twist like they did with 10 Cloverfield Lane. You can't have it both ways. They spend just enough time with Roger Davies on Earth to distract from the space story, but not enough to actually have a story reason to divide the narrative like that.


    I like the idea of Davies on a parallel story to the first Cloverfield film while his wife is dealing with some very heady ideas about their relationship in what's going on in space, but it's only that: an idea. If it had been fully integrated then the movie would have been significantly better, but as it is it's just there.


    Or you double down on the formula 10 Cloverfield Lane established and have the big twist be that the energy test that goes wrong in space creates the events of the first movie and have that revealed at the end. As much as the final shot of the movie gets shit on by many of my colleagues I think it could have been a great reveal. It may be a bit typical of these darker sci-fi/horror films (Life had a similar dark ending), but if you're going to stick to a formula do one that has a good pay off.


    The reason I can't hate this movie is because I just like the characters too much. The performances from Mbatha-Raw, Inglourious Basterds' Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo and Chris O'Dowd are all notable. I like their chemistry, I like their characters, so I actually gave a shit about what was going on in the space ship.



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    Even when the plot falls into the generic sci-fi/horror movie formula I still liked the characters enough to not let that kill the movie for me. There is one beautiful stretch where things start getting reeaaaaaallllly weird and if that had been the turning point of the movie and they'd fully committed to some of those big, trippy, bizarre ideas the movie would have been much better for it. Sadly it never does, but again I was invested enough by this point to see it through to the end.


    I can't argue the many, many plot conveniences and stuff that made little sense save for that it was needed to push the story along and that could be a movie killer for you. It was indeed for many of my colleagues, but I guess my expectations were more in line for what the movie actually wanted to give me so I was able to leave satisfied.


    Also the price was right. I didn't pay $15 for a ticket and was able to watch it by firing up my Xbox and clicking on the Netflix app, so I find it hard to get all worked up like the movie personally insulted me.


    This isn't the death of the Cloverfield franchise... it might be a warning that people might want to see a movie that, you know, starts out as a Cloverfield movie and isn't retrofitted late in the game to be one, but it's not the end of the line. It's not an affront to the sterling legacy of cheesy sci-fi/horror movies. It's a well-shot, sometimes interesting and risky, goofy character piece about what happens when you fool with mother nature. 



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    The plot is pretty much a copy of about a dozen Star Trek episodes, but with a little taste of the nastiness of something more akin to Event Horizon or the '80s schlockfest Galaxy of Terror. Both of those examples are way more successful at hitting that mark, but I guess at the end of the day I give The Cloverfield Paradox point for even aiming to be that kind of movie.


    What do you folks think? Am I being too easy on this one? Or is everybody else being too tough?

  • A "Yes, And..." Approach to Collaboration and Editing

    7 months ago

    dan_dan Editor | BLOOD FEST

    What's up, RT fam? Have you heard about the concept of "Yes, And.."?

    You improv comedy fans might already be familiar with this, but for those who aren't, "yes, and..." is the idea that when you interact with someone you accept what they say without judgement (yes), and then expand on it (and...). This framework moves things forward in a way that's highly collaborative and arrives at some very interesting results.

    The cool thing is that this can be applied beyond improv comedy. When I got my head around this, it changed the way I approached edit sessions. By accepting someone's premise or note, and moving things forward I help them (or myself) expand on that line of thinking. More often than not we arrive at some amazing solutions to complex problems. Once you've arrived at a solution, then you can make up your mind on if it works better than the alternative or not. The best idea should always win. 

    In editorial (and in life too...I guess), there are essentially limitless possibilities. Being open to what could be a better possibility is going to help make your work better, make you a better person to work with, and make things more fun. At least that's the case with me. Have you experienced that too?

    - Dan 

     

  • RTX London - Save the Date

    7 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    You may be wondering if we were thinking about doing another RTX London. Well stop it! We are!! 


    We will have more information for you soon, but as of now we just want you to save that date!


    RTX London 2018

    ExCeL London

    September 15th-16th, 2018


    Save it! It is going to be rad. 


    See you soon,


    -P


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  • Here's Solo: A Star Wars Story's Full Trailer And Nifty Character Posters!

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    Yesterday we got a small TV spot for Solo: A Star Wars Story and this morning we got the first full trailer, which actually doesn't reuse much of that Super Bowl spot footage. I have some thoughts, but let's get to the trailer in case you haven't seen it yet:





    Here's what I like: All the western elements, particularly that Sergio Leone-ish holster shot. Any second of Donald Glover as Lando. Woody Harrelson looking like he's having a ton of fun as the mentor-ish character known as Beckett.


    My concern is that Han Solo will be the least interesting character in the Star Wars prequel spin-off movie called "Solo." 


    I wasn't particularly onboard with idea of these spin-offs being nothing but "Young Fill-In-The-Blank" films. To paraphrase Patton Oswalt, just because I like ice cream doesn't mean I need whole movies to tell me how it was made. At best a young Han or Yoda or Boba Fett movie will feel like fan fiction, at worst it'll completely demystify the characters we love. 


    But I am a Star Wars fan, born and bred. I'll see any Star Wars movie so even if I'm wary of the approach I'll always be hoping for the best. I like a lot of what I saw in the Solo trailer, but if I'm honest it has me the least curious of just about any Star Wars movie since the prequels.


    I will say the poster campaign is pretty on point, though. The character posters put out today are sweet. Check 'em out:



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    Yeah, they do look a tad like toy packaging art instead of your typical character poster, but hey, I'll take it. Plus, I always like it when they try to weather and age the look of a Star Wars poster. One of my favorite original Star Wars posters did just that:



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    What do you folks think?

  • Who I Am

    7 months ago

    toddwo32 Creative Producer

    Hey! I pop up in Rooster Teeth videos here and there but I haven't properly and officially introduced myself to the community here. And since this is the Year of Community at RT, there's no time like the present. 


    My name is Todd Womack, and I've been working in entertainment for about two decades. Most recently, I spent five years as a writer/performer/director at Barely Political, one of the early big YouTube channels, now called The Key of Awesome. My job there was to make viral videos. In that time, we made hundreds of fake commercialssketches and music videos, and I'm proud to say that I had a major part in bringing in over 2 billion views there. Around a hundred million of those views feature me playing the performer Pitbull in parodies of his "songs." While I had fun doing that character, I never wanted to be known as a Pitbull impersonator, so don't bring it up. But that's what Josh Flanagan calls me. 


    One of my favorite things I made there was a series of fake commercials for a fictitious product called New Zealand Style Deck Sealant. That series of 3 videos is up to about 10 million views total. It's a type of comedy I like to call Dumbclever, in that it's a dumb concept that's been executed well. And I just learned that every Aussie knows this video, and I have like a million free drinks waiting for me there. If you're ever at RT headquarters I still keep the original can of Deck Sealant on my desk. 


    One fact I think is interesting about that whole experience is that our YouTube channel was owned by a company called Next New Networks, that in 2011 was bought by YouTube, which is of course a subsidiary of Google. So we were doing all these comedy videos while being guinea pigs for YouTube itself, testing out new elements, making corporate videos, and feasting on the free gourmet food there. So my job before this one was actually at Google. My parents were finally okay with me going into comedy. At some point Google released Barely into the wild and it was time for me to leave New York, where I had lived for 11 years. I moved back to my college town of Austin, got married, and started working at Rooster Teeth as a producer in the broadcast department after working on a TV show with Joel Heyman and Brandon Farmahini made by RT for Verzon's Go90 as a writer/producer. 


    Before that I spent about 12 years as a standup and sketch comedian in New York and L.A., traveling the U.S.A. and the U.K. making jokes. I still do some standup and weird character pieces around Austin, and at the moment I'm working on some new shows here at Rooster Teeth. You can see me every once in a while on the RT Podcast and On The Spot. Drop me a line if you want I'm a friendly dude :)  

  • Solo's Movie

    7 months ago

    Steffie AH Social

    Excited but cautious. I'm legit mostly interested in this movie cause of Lando. He's such an interesting character and we get so little of him. His characterization in Star Wars: Rebels sealed him as one of my favorites.


    Also, I will probably riot if they make Han this suave, ladies-man. Han is a stubborn man-child who is not great under pressure.  

  • Hey, Wanna Watch the new Cloverfield Movie Tonight?

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    Yep, in a surprise move Netflix did what all of the giant Hollywood movie studios could not: Announce and release a movie almost instantly.


    It made news that Netflix bought the Cloverfield tie-in from Paramount, but nobody knew what the streaming giant's plans were for the movie, which has been known off and on as "God Particle" and is now titled The Cloverfield Paradox. 


    Thanks to this Super Bowl trailer we know exactly when we can watch the movie... in, like, an hour or something.





    There's a thousand think pieces about how moves like this can and will change the movie industry, but right now let's just soak in how cool it is that we get our first look at a new franchise picture and can almost immediately watch it. That's pretty incredible.

  • Super Bowl Trailer - Mission: Impossible - Fallout!

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    As far as I'm concerned Tom Cruise can keep doing these Mission: Impossible movies until he's 90. As long as Christopher McQuarrie sticks around as director and Cruise keeps putting life and limb on the line with those crazy stunts, that is. 


    This franchise has become the US's answer to the James Bond series and I'm totally okay with that. 


    Dug this trailer and will be there day one. What about you? 



  • The Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom Super Bowl Spot Puts Horror At The Forefront!

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    Director JA Bayona cut his teeth with horror. He directed a great little Spanish language horror flick (produced by Guillermo del Toro) called The Orphanage way back when and since then he's gone legit. The Impossible was pretty solid (and introduced the world to the boy who would be Spider-Man) and now he's directing the Jurassic World sequel.


    You couldn't tell by the first trailer, but his horror origins are at the forefront of the new trailer, which debuted at the Super Bowl. Right now it seems like a mishmash of tones a bit (high adventure as Chris Pratt rescues dinosaurs on Isla Nublar and scary being hunted in a fancy house), but Spielberg was able to wield similar tonal shifts well in the original. If the majority of the movie is more scary than swashbuckling I'm all for it. We'll see soon enough!



  • Here's Your First Look at Solo: A Star Wars Story!

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    We all know that Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a troubled production. The only way to tell if that shows up in the final feature is to actually see the whole thing cut together. You won't be able to spot tonal inconsistencies or story bandaids until you're sitting in the theater.


    The Super Bowl teaser for Solo is pretty sharp, actually. I can feel a little bit of the lighthearted Lord and Miller touch in there with the Imperial recruitment officer, but the overall tone seems to be a bit more serious than most expected. At least that's what this tiny teaser is putting forward.


    The full trailer debuts tomorrow morning. In the meantime here's the 45 second Super Bowl Teaser to scrutinize! 


  • Home Tour

    7 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    Here is my home screen. What’s yours look like? 


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    Notes:

    • Yes, I have 33k unread emails
    • Yes, my phone is on 10% battery life...it's an iPhone 6...don't even get me started 
    • RT app is in a folder with all my media apps. The folder includes YouTube, HBO, Netflix, DIRECTV Now, VRV, Crunchy Roll and Amazon Prime Video.




  • A Quick Hello from Rooster Teeth Game Publishing

    7 months ago

    DeddMan Head of Game Publishing

    Howdy folks –


    Like most of you, I’ve been playing games all my life.  For me it started with PONG and pumping quarter after quarter into early arcade games like Night Driver, Breakout, and Space Wars.  I went broke almost as quickly as I was hooked.  Then came the first home systems in the 80’s – Atari, Intellivision, ColecoVision – but the arcade was still an almost daily destination with Pac-Man, Defender, Gauntlet, Donkey Kong, and my personal favorite, Robotron, continually taking my daily lunch money.  Then in 1985, Nintendo broke the arcades with the debut of the NES.  Finally, arcade quality games in the home – totally rad!  Plus, we were introduced to new types of games that were story driven like The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.  It was a great time to be a gamer and I remember sitting on the floor after finally defeating Ganon and thinking that it couldn’t get any better.  Of course, I could’ve never predicted what the 90’s had in store – the beginning of the console wars between Nintendo, SEGA, and Sony – it was the best of times!  Surely, *this* was the Golden Age of video games.


    But then in 1996 my life was forever changed after I installed Quake on my Pentium 133 personal computer.  Quake was the first “fantasy fulfillment” game I’d ever played.  And I’ll always remember that first adrenaline rush of being a Space Marine running around a true 3D world and killing aliens.  It was like nothing I’d ever experienced…and I wanted more.


    Soon after I was pulled into the gaming industry when Gathering of Developers formed in the late 90’s where we launched games like Serious Sam and Max Payne.  And just prior to Rooster Teeth, I spent about a dozen years at Gearbox Software as the biz guy helping build franchises and adding my voice to games whenever needed.  In fact, it’s likely that most of you know me as the voice of Claptrap, the annoying little robot sidekick in Borderlands.  Please accept my most sincere apology.


    So it’s a great privilege to introduce myself to you as the Head of Publishing at Rooster Teeth Games.  And it’s an even bigger honor to be welcomed into the Rooster Teeth family and to have a platform to present to you some of the freshest, most fun, kick-ass indie games around.  Between you and me, it feels like the last 20 years has been leading up to this very moment and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.


    Just one dude honkin’...


    David Eddings

    Head of Publishing

    Rooster Teeth Games

  • Theater Mode Update

    7 months ago

    Stab RT Broadcast Producer

    Today we announced Theater Mode's new release date of February 16th. With everything going on, this date worked better for the release pattern of films as well as how the show interacts with everything that our Programming Department is planning for Q1 of this year.

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    We've been working a lot the past three weeks with Funhaus on their episodes: I watched the rough cut of the first episode. If you enjoy Funhuas, you'll love their episodes. Justin Young has been building the Funhaus intro, which looks absolutely fantastic. Peyton McLeod has been editing the 3rd and 4th episode of the AH season.

    I've begun looking at new films now that our supply is beginning to run low. We've had some really good Gravitas films used in Funhaus and Achievement Hunter Theater Mode lately as well as some good old Troma films in the mix. I'm also working on a few pitches for the show that I'd like to test soon. More on that later...

    I'd like to end the update with a thank you to the audience. I know for some of you this is the show that made you sign up for FIRST and for some this is even your favorite show. So thank you for the wait. I look at the comments for Theater Mode very frequently, both on here and on social media sites. I understand that you as an audience want more AH, not to have big breaks, and more diverse movies- to name a few. We got a lot in the works for the future, so sit tight. 

    -Later

  • Jelly

    7 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    I knew I was going to feel this way when I finally decided not to go. We just moved to Austin and I had to pass and put my real family over my work family...or as my wife puts it the NO BRAINER CALL. Yes I have 10 month old twins and we just moved. Yes I would miss them. But, now as I see the social posts starting to flow from Sydney the jealousy is setting in. I'll want to look many times this weekend. I'll want to read the updates on Reddit. I'll hope that it's going well and everyone is having fun, but It will also sting a bit. 


    With that said, I hope everyone has the best time and stays safe. 


    I'm sure you can all feel me on this...

  • I Need to Post More On The RT Site

    7 months ago

    Schwartzanicker Broadcast Nick

    ...so I'll start with this! I found some old stuff laying around my old PC that I'm hoping to post soon. I think you'll like some of the surprises!


    In the meantime, give me a follow on the Twits: https://twitter.com/Schwartzanicker

    Check out my Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/schwartzanicker

    The Broadcast Boys channel: https://www.twitch.tv/broadcastboys

    And our goofy little YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/CHTL_YouTube

  • Happy Birthday Farrah Fawcett and Gemma Arterton! You Should Watch...

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    Today is February 2nd and we have two birthday girls to celebrate: Gemma Arterton and Farrah Fawcett. This is the first all-female HB...YSW and hopefully not the last. I have two pretty interesting movies to suggest you take a look at. One's a sci-fi classic very much of its time and the other is a super dark indie comedy that slipped through the cracks.


    Farrah Fawcett



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    Logan's Run (1976) – Logan's Run can only really be watched today knowing the context of its release. This is what big budget sci-fi was immediately before Star Wars. If George Lucas hadn't come along sci-fi adventure would have looked like this. Cheesy, heady, a little stuffy, cool sets.

    The premise is great. Society has evolved to the point where anybody over 30 has to die. It's a young society kept young by murder. Those that try to escape their over the hill fate are hunted down. One such hunter, Logan, starts changing his mind about this whole thing as he approaches 30.


    There's been talk of a remake for a long time and I honestly don't think the original is untouchable. Taking the concept and modernizing it is actually pretty intriguing to me, especially in this day and age where it's true that the old people are outdated in terms of their way of thinking and the young people are proving to be making the same kinds of mistakes, but from a different angle. (I don't think there are too many geriatrics swatting YouTube personalities).


    Farrah Fawcett will never be mistaken for a brilliant actress, but she was definitely an icon, especially around this time and her feathered hair bubbly personality is on full display in this supporting role in Logan's Run. It's a weird one, but definitely worth a watch if you're a sci-fi/fantasy fan. Available for rental on all the major streaming services.




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    The Voices (2014) – Just before Ryan Reynolds somehow made Deadpool an international sensation he starred in this jet black comedy directed by the Oscar Nominated Marjane Satrapi about a dude whose cat tells him to kill people.


    Reynolds is a happy go lucky super nice dude that happens to be psychotic. We see 95% of the world through his POV and it's nothing but bright colors and sunshine and happy songs and smiles. Sure, his cat tells him to kill people and his dog tries to talk him out of it, but it's all happy! Then there's a tiny portion of the movie where he stops taking his meds and we actually see the real world he's living in, which is more of a David Fincher/Se7en grimy awful setting.


    Gemma Arterton has been in a few underseen movies, the latest of which was the great take on a zombie story called The Girl With All The Gifts. That movie is great, seek it out, but I had to go with The Voices for pick to celebrate this Bond girl's birthday because she gets to show a whole lot of range... From flirty office girl to spunky head in a refrigerator.


    The Voices is very smart, fun, funny and about eleven shades of fucked up. It was on Netflix a little while ago, but a quick check showed it's off the streaming service now because why have more than 6 or 7 good movies available at any given time, right? You can still rent it through most streaming giants, including iTunes, YouTube, Amazon and GooglePlay.





    That's it for this Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! As always, let me know what you think of these films if you have had the pleasure of seeing them already or if you end up tracking them down.


    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe on Twitter

  • Inspiration Behind Cow Chop January Photo Shoot

    7 months ago

    wesellis Staff Photographer

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    Another week, another hilarious shoot with members of the Let's Play family. I love how ridiculous and funny each group is in their own way. Recently we had Cow Chop in town and I was excited to shoot with them and get them in their newest merch.


    If you haven't seen already, their new merch has a very Jackass vibe to it.  Very fitting for the kind of content they put out.



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    I totally dig this design approach for them. I especially love the design of the cow skull and how realistic it looks. Shout out to our design team who has been working long hours to bring some super solid merch to all of the Let's Play family.



    As for the actual shoot, this is one of those rare occasions where I was given a block of time with total creative control. If you follow my recent work then you might have noticed that I'm currently inspired by the quirkiness of Tyler, the Creator's 2017 'Flower Boy' style. In fact, the way this interview shoot is stylized really inspired the way I colored my shoot with Cow Chop.


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    I had a vision of how I wanted to decorate the set and I enlisted the help of the RT Art Department to help me achieve it.  I asked them to "imagine you're at your grandma's house, but your grandma is a huge Rooster Teeth fan." Along with @AshlynF and @travise77, we listed out and picked some of the pieces for the set, including a cow print loveseat from RTX, a quilted blanket and some creepy porcelain figurines. The backdrop is one of the wood paneled walls in Stage 2 where Master & Apprentice was shot.


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    Rooster Teeth's Consumer Products Marketing Manager Nathan Isherwood (@coolnathan) aka the best boi


    Getting cleared artwork to put on the wall was an issue we encountered while decorating the set.  We have some awesome paintings on hand, but unfortunately they aren't our work so we can't include them in merch photos. I quickly (and roughly) printed off some photos I've taken that I thought were appropriate, like the portrait of Burnie on his bus, a random cow from my trip to Hawaii in 2016, and this ridiculous photo of Elyse from Funhaus.


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    Finally we got everything set up and ready to go.  Now we just had to wait for the Cow Chop boys to land in Texas and show up at the studio.  Once they arrived, and after I assured the Art Department that they wouldn't burn down Stage 2, we got to work.  Here are a handful of my favorites from the shoot. Be sure to shop their new merch here!


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  • Three Years

    7 months ago

    Chelsea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Community Manager

    I've spent all day in a post-surgery drug haze trying to grasp that it's been three years since I had to guess whether or not I was going to wake Monty up by loudly unloading the dishes in Stage 5. 


    We never got to know each other personally - but I had a lucky position where I was the front office coordinator and for some reason that involved a lot of Monty requests, ha.


    Coffee, office supplies, sleeping at odd hours od the day, and more. There's one that I especially like to remember, and to this day it still makes me smile and giggle. 


    I worked in the Bungalow, separate from Stage 5 and at the time we had this super fancy coffee maker called a Nespresso. I thought the coffee tasted like warm tar but for some reason Monty was absolutely enamored with it. One day he came up to me and asked if he could have special access into the Bungalow after hours. When I asked why (you needed a really good reason to have after hour access) he muttered something.


    I asked again, and got another smattering of syllables. Finally, I told him if he didn't have a good reason I couldn't give him access. He just sighed supper big at me and finally said, "I like the coffee here more than Stage 5."


    Still makes me smile remembering that. Monty was a treasure to so many of us and I feel absolutely gifted that I was able to have a few memories with him to call my own. 


    It hasn't gotten easier, and every February 1st I hope I wake up and it's been the most realistic dream I've ever experienced. But that hasn't happened yet. So, each February 1st I make myself a cup of coffee and hope he's drinking that godawful Nespresso somewhere beautiful. ❤️



  • An Unnerving Dream

    7 months ago

    emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

    This journal is going to be darker than my normal posts, so to be on the safe side, I'm going to state that there are some possible triggers below. Much anxiety. (For me, at least.)

    So uh.. yeah. Basically I had this weird dream last week that I just can't forget about, so I'm going to write about it while I continue to try and figure it out...



    Last week, I had a dream that I was dying.

    I don't remember why exactly, but I was living my last 24 hours on this Earth. I was at my parents' home, and my family knew about this, because I had told them. However, for whatever reason, they all had to continue with their normal routines that day. So I was at their home.. alone. Waiting and anxious. The whole dream I was frightened and dreading my death, but I finally summoned some courage, laid down in bed, closed my eyes, and was bracing myself for the inevitable.

    So.. you know that feeling when you let out one last sigh before falling asleep? I was right at that point. I was ready to get this scary thing over with. I inhaled, then let out a last cleansing breath, expecting to drift into darkness. But after that exhale, there was another inhale. And an inhale. My breathing continued.

    With each breath after that, I grew frustrated that this wouldn't just end. Don't get me wrong, I was still scared shitless, but I also just wanted to get this thing over with. If this was going to happen, i didn't want to drag it out any longer.

    I finally opened my eyes, feeling defeated. I got up and decided to continue on with the rest of that day (this was all happening in the middle of the afternoon for some reason). I ran into some of my family who were very surprised to see me up and.. well.. alive. It was exhausting having to explain to everyone what happened and how I wasn't sure why it happened. That was supposed to be the end. I knew for sure my time was supposed to be up right then, at the moment that I would have normally drifted to sleep.


    But now I was awake again. I wasn't supposed to be awake again. I was so anxious and upset because now I had to wait for the real moment to come. I was as prepared as I could have been when I laid in that bed, but now I had to continue on without knowing when or where the end would surprise me...




    ...and then I was abruptly woken up IRL by my foster puppy. She was jumping in my face because she needed to go potty.

    Seriously... wtf was that dream?

  • 3 Years

    7 months ago

    Barbara

    Hey, Monty.


    I can't believe it's been 3 years. It feels so much longer, yet so much shorter at the same time. I've spent every day of these last 3 years wishing you could come back to us, and how unfair this all is. I've spent so much time being angry, confused, unwilling to believe this is reality - and I don't think that will ever fully go away; but I've also spent so much time being thankful for ever having you in my life at all, and what you've given me and so many people around the world by just being who you are.


    I told you this a year after you left us, but one of the things that upsets me the most is not being able to show you how much has happened, and not being able to share our experiences with you. All I hope is that you're watching, and thinking "I could've done that in half the time", with that smirk you'd always get. 


    I just want you to know how much we miss you, and how our lives are better because you were part of it. I wish I told you that more. 


    I love you. I will always love you. And I'll continue to move forward with you in my heart every single day. 

  • Collections

    7 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    What’s the most cherished / collectible thing you own? At one point in my life it would have been my M.U.S.C.L.E. collection, at another a set of vintage Nikes...now I can’t reallj point much beside my kids that I’d grab if my house was on fire. Maybe a pic if you dare...

  • When Half of Your Shows Are Away...

    7 months ago

    BroadcastBryan Resident Beard

    Overwatch League will be played. #burnblue


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  • Here Comes The Men In Black Remake (Clap Clap)

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

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    No more Men In Black sequels are in the works, but Hollywood will never let a franchise go until they squeeze every last drop of blood from it.


    They're calling this new Men In Black film in development a "relaunch," which sounds more remake-y than calling it a reboot. It's a re-something that we know. We also know that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not involved, that Fate of the Furious' F. Gary Gray is attached to direct and a release date of June 14th, 2019 has been set.


    Sadly this isn't that weird-ass merger movie that would combine MiB with the Jump Street team and cast. Remember that? Apparently that's still a possibility, but this is not that film.


    This relaunch will be a more traditional in tone to the original series. Deadline compares it to the same tact exec producer Steven Spielberg took with Jurassic World. Same universe, new cast. 


    They say Smith isn't returning, but wouldn't that be the ideal sequel/relaunch/whatever? Shift him into the grizzled agent mentor role now and have a spunky new partner? Role reverse that shit! I'd say throw in someone like Dafne Keen or Tessa Thompson as the young new partner, but then they'd have to change the title and things really start getting complicated.


    What do you folks think?

  • Happy Birthday John Ford, Clark Gable and Garrett Morris! You should watch...

    7 months ago

    ericvespe

    'Happy Birthday... You Should Watch' has returned! I won't always be doing these daily, but I do promise to keep them as regular as possible. If you missed the last one this regular column is my excuse to recommend some of my favorite movies via the birthdays of actors, directors or other filmmakers.


    Today is February 1st and there are a few birthday boys I want to celebrate: Clark Gable, John Ford and Garrett Morris (I promise we get to some ladies very soon).


    John Ford


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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – This was arguably John Ford's last great film. Ford was one of the best directors to ever get behind a camera and he put out classics like Stagecoach, The Searchers, Rio Grande, The Grapes of Wrath and, another one of my all-time favorites, The Quiet Man. I picked this one because it actually changed how I watched movies.


    I loved all sorts of movies growing up, but one genre I was slow to get into was the western. Sure, I liked the Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone Man With No Name films, but they were different from those stodgy black and white clear cut good guy/bad guy tales. It was this film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, that turned me around on them. I was a freshman in high school and my journalism 101 class actually showed this movie to us, which is all kinds of crazy since the whole moral of the movie is to print the legend, not the facts, the exact opposite of journalism.


    The story is about a meek bookwormy lawyer, played perfectly by James Stewart, who ended up in the crosshairs of one of the west's most notorious outlaws, a tough sumbitch named Liberty Valance, an early turn by the great, gruff Lee Marvin. John Wayne turns in one of his most likable performances as Tom Doniphon, a good guy who watches Stewart's back.


    This isn't one of those homework titles. You'll see very few of those kinds of movies in these recommends. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is fun! And great. Great fun. Available for rent on all the usual streaming services (iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay, Vudu).





    Clark Gable


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    It Happened One Night (1934) – Truth be told I'm not the world's biggest Clark Gable fan. In fact I'll go a step further and say Gone With The Wind is probably my least favorite “classic.” I've given it a watch a few times over the years and every time it seems to get longer. I swear that movie is up to about 7 and a half hours now.


    So, no I'm not recommending Gone With The Wind. Instead I'm recommending a great screwball comedy called It Happened One Night. Screwball comedies is a particular favorite subgenre of mine. They typically feature a romance at the center and are loaded with rapid-fire witty smart-ass dialogue. This early example of the genre is no exception and is expertly directed by the great Frank Capra.


    Gable plays an eager out of work newspaperman who stumbles across a big story in the form of Claudette Colbert's runaway heiress. She's newly married and not too excited about it and hit the road. She runs into Gable and off course the odd couple sparks fly and a romance blossoms as he escorts her back to her new husband. Great flick and Gable's at his most charming here and significantly less rapey than his Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind.


    Available to rent on all major streaming services and Criterion did put out a beautiful transfer on Blu-Ray as well.





    Garrett Morris


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    The Stuff (1985) – Perhaps most famous for his Saturday Night Live work (I still quote his Hearing Impaired Translation bit... “OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT...”), Mr. Morris had a pretty substantial role in one of my favorite crazy '80s horror movies; Larry Cohen's The Stuff.


    The Stuff is a Blob-ish movie about killer yoghurt. No shit. It's a health food craze that just happens to be sentient, probably alien and definitely wants to take over the human race. The movie is more than just B-movie trash. There's a biting satire of the advertising industry in there as well as commentary on consumerism. In short, it's a silly movie actually about something.

    Morris plays a character named Chocolate Chip Charlie and yes he lives up to that name.


    Even before finding out that The Stuff is killing people Chocolate Chip Charlie hates this health craze because it's putting his cookie business on some hard times. He knows karate, too. Morris just owns in this role. He also happens to be at the center of one of the all-time great over the top effects scenes of the '80. It's a bit of a spoiler, but you see a glimpse of it in the below trailer.


    The Stuff isn't on as many streaming services as the other two movies featured today, but you can get it on iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. There's also a great Blu-Ray put out by Arrow.





    Happy Birthday John Ford, Clark Gable and Garrett Morris! Let me know what you folks think of those films. If you happen to watch any of them for the first time let me know what you think.


    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe on Twitter