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  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 11/16/18

    2 days ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - Pokemon Minus Misty's Voltorbs - Editor Notes 

    Watch the episode and come back for notes!

    • Two Cast Away clips in back to back episodes. You're welcome. 
    • Lisa Foiles has started including multiple takes more and more and she often does alternative reads and improvises. It's hard to pick out the "best" one sometimes. Maybe we should start compiling the alts and release them as BTS. What do you think? 
    • With this episode, Detective Pikachu and Let's Go coming out, it's been hard to resist dropping 60 bucks on that game!  
    • Actual editing note warning: The challenge of this episode was deciding how to show several full panel comparisons in an interesting way. I went with a few different options and I'm happy with how it all came together.  
    • Once again people walked by my desk while I was Photoshopping that "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover" featuring Misty. Awkward hilarity ensued.
    • Also, you like Nested sequences? ENJOY LIKE A MILLION. 
    • The Detective Pikachu trailer may or may not have influenced the release of this episode. 
    • I knew that this movie was coming but it wasn't until the first few seconds of the trailer that I realized that this isn't just a Pokemon movie, it's the FIRST live action movie. Crazy. I think it could be good in a weird Guardians of the Galaxy way. What do you think??

  • Extra Life

    5 days ago

    kriss Community Manager

    SO MUCH has happened in the last week that I can't believe it's not 2019 already. 


     rice_ball The Extra Life community stream raised over 100k for charity. Watching Jack, Caiti, and Chelsea take on the 25, yes 25, hour stream during one of most amazing community events of the year was very humbling. Shout out to all of our community groups who participated, took on some pretty rough stretch goals, and continued their 24 hour streams after they were featured on RT. #forthekids!

     rice_ball We are now 48 hours after the main RT Extra Life stream, and I cannot believe we raised over 1.4 million. Like...HOLY. CRAP. I stayed for the entirety of the stream to act as a mod for the various chats we had going. We were streaming to, YT, and Twitch, so you can imagine that I had a lot to keep myself busy. 

    Over the years, I had watched the RT Extra Life streams throughout game day, donated when I could, and shared their donation links as often as possible. This year, I was able to see everything from behind the scenes. Jack, Caiti, and Chad are unbelievable superstars and huge inspirations. No matter how tired (or sore) they were, they continued on, keeping up that energy in front of the camera, and encouraging everyone involved with EL from behind the scenes. It was nonstop. 

    Michael and the Broadcast team were unwavering and it was incredibly endearing to read all of the comments of adoration and love from the community to the Broadcast team. Every year, Broadcast steps it up, and every year, they conquer everything that's thrown at them (sometimes literally). 

    We had amazing mods helping us out for the entirety of the stream this year, and Chelsea, Cricket, and myself couldn't be prouder of them. Keeping chat wholesome for a charity stream for children isn't an easy task, but all of our mods handled the multiple chats wonderfully. I was blown away by their passion and drive to keep working as hard as they did. 

    Our Social team kept up with EVERYTHING that happened during EL. Going back and seeing everything that was posted and recorded on our various social channels is nothing short of amazing. Maxie and Amanda absolutely killed it with the coverage this year. Huge shout out to Peter Hayes for the assist as well. I'm still convinced he hasn't slept since the end of the stream. 

    Throughout the day, I cheered on my colleagues (or covered my mouth in sheer terror due to the punishments inflicted upon them) and I couldn't help but feel a tremendous sense of awe, happiness, and pride for them. Every single person you saw on camera, or caught a glimpse of behind the scenes took the extra time and energy to bring what you saw on the EL stream. I work for an amazing company, and I work with equally wonderful people. And none of this could have happened without, as Jack said it, "the best community in the GD universe". 

    YOU all made this happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are blessed to have this community, and even more blessed that we can work together like this and bring good into this world. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3 

  • You Guys Want Some More Extra Life Achievement Hunter Erotic Fan Fiction?

    1 week ago

    Larry Shifty Larry

    Two years ago, after an unfortunate wheel spin during Extra Life, Team Big O was formed. 

    Last year, I was all, "Hey. Writing erotic fan fiction about my coworkers is awful. Please never make me do it again." 

    This year, Trevor asked if I was willing for it to go back on the wheel, and having forgotten how awful it is to write erotic fan fiction about my coworkers, I was all "Absolutely! It's for the kids."

    So here's the transcript for you to read whenever you want. Perverts.


    AH Jizz Fest - The Great Achievement Hunter Orgy

    A Fan Fiction by Larry Matovina

    Oh hot fuck! It was that day again. Extra Life. Two years ago, Jack and Jeremy fulfilled their dreams of becoming Team Big O, getting their sticky cum cums all over each other - for charity, of course. Also, Trevor died! Thank goodness we had that witch doctor on the sidelines to bring him back to life.

    Last year, Achievement Hunter tamed it down a bit. Shifty kisses. Some mild bondage. But no big boner blow-out like two years back.

    But Jack Pattillo was determined to make some serious mother fucking charity money. All for the kids, obviously.

    7:59. It was almost time to start the stream. Jack was filled with steaming, hot loads...of anticipation. 




    “Welcome to Extra Life 2018. It’s me, your Charity King, Jack Pattillo. You guys ready to make 1.25 million dollars for charity?” 

    “You betcha!” said Caiti, Australianly. 

    “Absolutely I am!” chimed in Chad, the newest host of Extra Life. “How about we get some ideas up on the ol’ Wheel of Vengeance and get to spinning?”

    Various punishments were added to the wheel.  Ball slaps from Chad’s birth control machine. 100 paintball shots at Jeremy. Trevor gets run over with the steam roller, or “Make that ho re-dead,” as it was also known. Hot nuts in yo’ mouth. And, of course, Nut 2.

    With one space left, Jack walk cock-first over to the wheel. “Guys. Audience. Everyone. Extra Life needs to be bigger than ever. And there’s only one way that’s happening.” Jack took the marker from Trevor’s zombie fingers and wrote the last punishment in. Achievement. Hunter. Orgy.

    Jack looked right at camera two to address the audience. “I don’t know how much of a punishment this will really be, but this is definitely what you all want. And maybe a little bit of what I want. Donate your $1337 donations, and there’s a good chance this stream will become a full-out, balls-out, fuckstravaganza.”

    Jeremy came up behind Jack and lovingly wrapped his arms around that beautiful bearded bastard man. “Honestly, stream. I’m looking so forward to having this guy’s cock back in my mouth that I wrote a little rap about it.” 

    “If there’s anything great

    About extra Life

    It’s that I take my dick out

    And cheat on my wife

    By fuckin, suckin, nuttin

    With Jack Shannon Pattillo

    Strokin’ cummy cocks

    Is a real damn thrill-o 

    So fork over donations

    Right to Caiti before she

    Has to watch and witness

    This hot-ass orgy.”

    The rap was done and the donations rolled on in. It was $1337 donation after $1337 donation after $1337 donation. 

    “Oh my God!” Chad cried out. There’s like 97 wheel-spin donations in here. “You sick fucks are either really generous or really want to see this orgy.” 

    “Oh, it’s 100% both.” Jack replied as he took off his pants and underwear, revealing his throbbing member. “Caiti. Throw me my conch.”

    Caiti tossed Jack’s trusty conch shell to him. You know the one I’m referring to, of course, if you’re a real fan. Jack’s special orgy conch that he talked about on that one Off Topic.

    “Achievement Hunter...ASS-EMBLE!” Jack blew the orgy conch. Achievement Hunter stood at attention - and also grouped up together in the middle of the Extra Life set. 

    Geoff Ramsey. Jack Pattillo. Ryan Haywood. Jeremy Dooley. Gavin Free. Michael Jones. Lindsay Jones. Matt Bragg. Undead Trevor Collins. Alfredo Diaz. Andy Blanchard. Steffie Hardy. Larry Matovina. Kent Cook. Sarah Weems. Jacob McDuffee. Alec Agabon. And even the sweet new boy, intern-turned-contractor Jarren Marinez. All of Achievement Hunter except for Ashley Dillard, who was too busy getting married that day to get busy.

    Trevor looked upon the team he was trusted to lead. The team he was about to have experience his seed. “Man. It’s a real shame Neal left the department,” he quipped. “I would have really loved ramming his sweet little ass today.”

    Geoff shed a single tear. “I can’t believe I did it. Over a decade ago - when I started Achievement Hunter - I knew the ultimate goal was not just having our own monopoly board. Not just starting a ghost hunting show. It was to get fuckin’ laaaaaid by all my employees.”

    “Alright. We really need to get this orgy going,” Caiti said. “On the count of three, it’s orgy time.”



    “I can’t wait to see all the fan art for this one!” Chad excitedly exclaimed


    The orgy was on! Clothes started flying every which way. Shirts and jeans and bras and jorts and underoos - all thrown aside so Achievement Hunter could be flesh to flesh. 

    “Big O?” Asked Jack. 

    “Big O,” Jeremy replied, sensually. 

    Jeremy and Jack started their seminal move, the fan-favorite Big O. 

    Lindsay started fucking Fredo with a Pusheen strap-on. She really wanted the sauce. 

    Meanwhile, Gavin held Michel in a loving embrace. 

    “Boi. I’ve been waiting for this shite for years.” Gavin whispered, sensually. “I’m going to treat you so gentle, little Mikey-poo.”

    “...what the FUCK?” Michael replied, annoyed. “I’m going to go to fucking pound town with that uncircumcised dick of yours. After today, you’re not calling me boi anymore. I better be a goddamn man when we’re through.” 

    And Team Nice Dynamite started fucking and sucking every hole they had. Deep and hard and real fuckin nasty like.

    Tired of sucking Jack, Jeremy slumped over to Ryan for a little Rimmy Tim Rim job. This was the day the Battle Buddies became the Battle Butt-ies, if you know what I mean. 

    Anal sex. It was hardcore, hard-dicked anal dickings.

    But this orgy wasn’t just about fulfilling fan-requested ships. Fucking bodies against bodies were just slapping all up against each other in this charity-driven bitch. 

    Jacob made sure Kent’s beef was plenty much jerkied. Larry licked a little Lindsay labia. Matt Bragg made sure to get Trevor’s taint tickled. Steffie and Sarah were clit on clit. And Alec was filming everything for an AHWU segment, the filthy little pervert. At least until Ryan pulled him in for a little “knife fight.”

    “I’m going to treat you like a cold, hard wall,” Andy told Matt as he rubbed his cummy cock all up and down Matt’s body.

    Geoff gurkled all up on Jack’s gherkin. Miss Jones, formerly Tuggey, gave Gavin her tried and true tug job. Kent went buck wild on Larry’s dear ol’ throbcock. And you know Alfredo went fast and ate ass - just a hard tongue full of Trevor’s special hole. Then Fredo fuuuucked him hard. Jarren jerked Geoff off then jumped over to Jacob’s giant johnson for a little gentle jerking. Sarah Weems got her hands on a lot of weens.

    It was 37 minutes of the hottest Achievement Hunter on Achievement Hunter action the world had ever witnessed. And let me tell you - anyone who witnessed those glorious sex havings got super fucking horny. 

    Rooster Teeth’s favorite traitor Andy Cortez started jerking off in the corner of the Kinda Funny office. He was known as the Hispanic Heartthrob, but his south-of-the-border barbacoa was the only thing throbbing today. 

    Chef Mike was working up a hearty dose of secret sauce, that’s for sure. 

    Somewhere deep in Garbo Land, the Garbo Family did their own rendition of The Aristocrats.

    And you know the fucking freak who runs the Waboba twitter account was fondling his Moon Balls, alright. 

    And the audience, too. Everyone watching the Extra Life stream couldn’t help but furiously masturbate at the sight of this AH fuckfest. That’s right. All you sick fucks at home were also a part of the biggest cum in Extra Life history. #AHJizzFest went trending globally on Twitter, which got all the celebrities to notice what was going on with Rooster Teeth’s Extra Life stream, and helped raise awareness for the cause. “I was a part of the AH Jizz Fest” became a beacon of pride for anyone watching that day.

    It was only nearing 9am, and already, the cum-soaked Rooster Teeth crew had already raised 11 million dollars for charity. Fuck. Yeah. 

    Emphasis on fuck. 

    Also, when all the excitement died down, Jack rigged the Wheel of Vengeance to make sure “Trevor Gets Run Over By the Steam Roller,” got chosen, because the best way to come down from an on-stream orgasm is a little bit of Trevor murder. And John Mace was happy to oblige.


    Later that day, the still-cummy Achievement Hunter crew made their way to Ashley’s wedding. 

    The dude that makes the people married was almost done with the ceremony. “Is there any reason these two should not be married?”

    “Absolutely!” shouted Steffie. “At least not yet. In a moment of solidarity, she needs to join this orgy before she becomes a married woman. We want these last moments that she’s known as Ashley Dillard to be more of an...Ass-ley Dil-hole situation.”

    “Fuck yeah!” Ashley exclaimed, ripping off her wedding dress. “Let’s do it.”

    The gang got all up on her nipples and started sucking. She got a thorough performance review right there, in front of everyone attending. It was pretty fuckin weird. And when it was over, she popped her dress back on and got married. That was pretty cool. What a good fucking day for Achievement Hunter.

    The end. And please never make me write one of these fuckers ever again.

  • Extra Life 2018 Raffle!

    1 week ago

    jack I Like Lego

    Folks! Extra Life 2018 is happening RIGHT NOW! Go to to monitor the mayhem.

    Every year we have raffle prizes for those who donate certain amounts! Here are this year's and a bit of description of all of them!

    $10 Tier:

    $100 RT Store Gift Card -- $10.01
         It's a $100 gift card to the RT store! Buy your favorites!

    Signed GenLock Poster -- $10.02
         Get yourself an autographed GenLock poster signed by the team at Rooster Teeth Animation! It's the coolest!

    EA Xbox Pack with NHL19, FIFA19, Madden19 -- $10.03

    EA PS4 Pack with NHL19, FIFA19, Madden19 -- $10.04

         Our friends at Electronic Arts have hooked us up with some game codes for NHL19, FIFA19, and Madden19, and you can get all three for either the Xbox or PS4 by entering in this raffle!

    Battlefield V + Additional Upgrades on Xbox -- $10.05
         Get yourself a copy of Battlefield V with all the bonus upgrades! It just came out!

    InkTober Art and Bendy and the Ink Machine on Xbox -- $10.06
    InkTober Art and Bendy and the Ink Machine on PS4 -- $10.07
    InkTober Art and Bendy and the Ink Machine on Switch -- $10.08

         We're giving out art from InkTober along with a copy of Bendy and the Ink Machine, RT Games' newest project in these amounts!

    Signed RT Extra Life Poster -- $10.09
         Get yourself an RT Extra Life poster from 2018 autographed by a ton of RT staff that you know and love!

    Exclusive Theater Mode: RTX Edition "Squeeze Play" DVD Case -- $10.10
         If you saw this episode of Theater Mode recorded LIVE at RTX, you know just how horrible it is! Get yourself the case, autographed by Achievement Hunter along with a special message just for you!

    $20 Tier:

    EA Backpack with all mainline titles (PC), EA cap and thermos -- $20.01
    EA Backpack with all mainline titles (Xbox), EA cap and thermos -- $20.02
    EA Backpack with all mainline titles (PS4), EA cap and thermos -- $20.03

         Get a Backfrom EA that has a pile of amazing EA titles! Like 15! It's crazy!

    Boss Ross Painting -- $20.04
         Made live on the Extra Life 2018 stream! Win a beautiful piece of original art!

    Always Open Set Piece and Signed Crab & Fisherman Shoot Picture --$20.05
         Get your hands ona  piece from the set of Always Open and an autographed Crab & Fisherman photo from Mariel and Barbara!

    1 Year of FIRST Membership -- $20.06
         Watch your favorite FIRST shows for a year, for much less than the actual cost! Wow!

    Bloodfest Script, Signed by Owen Egerton -- $20.07
         You can win an autographed script of Bloodfest, Rooster Teeth's newest movie, autographed by the director Owen Egerton!

    EA's The Sims 4 (PC) Including Every Expansion Pack -- $20.08
         Do you love The Sims 4 as much as Caiti? Get your hands on a copy of the game with every expansion! So much content!

    Exclusive Battlefield V Bomber Jacket -- $20.09
         I've been told Trevor Noah from the Daily Show is the only person in the states who owns one of these... maybe you'll be the second?

    ASUS Republic of Gamers Accessory Pack -- $20.10

         Our friends at ASUS Republic of Gamers have hooked us up with a sick pack of stuff! Get an ROG Scabbard ( ), an ROG Strix Flare keyboard (Red Switches) ( ) as well as an ROG Gladius II Origin mouse ( ) and a ROG Delta Gaming Headset ( )It's the exact setup we're using on set right now!!

    RTX Austin Weekend Passes (one pair) -- $20.11
         You know exactly what this is, it's a pair of weekend passes to RTX Austin 2019!! You know you want them.

    $50 Tier:

    RTX Austin Weekend PLUS Passes (one pair) -- $50.01

    RTX Austin VIP Passes (one pair) This was previously mis-labeled. You just can't trust Australians.

         Oh yes, this is a next-level experience at RTX.  You want this. 

    Man Who Fell to Earth poster and Harley Quinn statue by MONDO -- $50.02
         Our friends at MONDO have hooked us up with a crazy awesome Man Who Fell to Earth poster and their incredible Harley Quinn statue.  I mean, seriously, look at this thing:

    Arizona Circle Pack: Signed script, cast photo, pair of pants and an honorary degree from Online University -- $50.03
         Look at this crazy awesome Arizona Circle pack! You can own an autographed script, cast photo, a pair of elusive pants, and get your own honorary degree from an Online University! Screw going to school!

    Glass Marbles hand-made by Marcus -- $50.04
         Marcus LaPorte is an art genius and he is now dedicated to making beautiful marbles.  Get one of them!

    PUBG Supply Crate: Backpack, collectible box, and a ghillie suit -- $50.05
         Have you ever wanted to wear a PUBG backpack while in a ghillie suit and holding a collectible box?  Now is your chance! Get one of these!

    Hardcore Table Top Pack -- $50.06
         Get yourself some gear from the Achievement Hunter show Hardcore Tabletop! Collect your prize and pass go!!

    #rtextralife Pack -- $50.07
         Would you like an autographed Extra Life poster and a bunch of other related #rtextralife goodies? Here is your opportunity!

    Lindsay's One-of-a-Kind Achievement Hunter Inspired Sketchbook -- $50.08
         Lindsay Jones has been spending the last few months drawing Achievement Hunter inspired artwork in a journal of hers.  Now you can own it. Who knows how many cats are in this thing?

    $100 Tier

    RTX Austin Platinum Passes (one pair) -- $100.01
         This is it, the granddaddy.  Get yourself a pair of platinum passes to RTX Austin 2019.  Come see your favorites!

    Visit the Achievement Haunter Club House -- $100.02
         Why don't you come out to Austin and visit the Achievement Haunter clubhouse when we film next Spring? Here is your chance! Flights and hotel aren't included, but chaos will be.

    Visit the Off Topic Podcast -- $100.03
         Come watch the Achievement Hunter gang record an episode of Off Topic LIVE in Austin! There will be beer and shenanigans!

    Rooster Teeth Stage 5 Tour -- $100.04
         Come to Austin and check out Stage 5 at Rooster Teeth. Get this exclusive tour of the studio and see how we do things at Rooster Teeth.

    Visit the Broadcast Set -- $100.05
         Our broadcast team will take you around and show you the inner workings of keeping the plates spinning at Rooster Teeth!

  • Extra Life!

    1 week ago

    LoZelda Supposedly An Adult

    First of all, massive shout out to the RT Community for your epic streams this last weekend! You guys killed it. And by "it" I mean childhood cancer and illness because you raised over $100k. I am so proud of all of you, and I was so excited to see my old stomping ground RT Michigan as a part of the official Community Stream. 

    I am unable to dedicate a day to doing a solid 24 hour stream myself (genLOCK isn't going to just make itself, ya know), but will be dedicating every stream this month to the cause. I will be streaming as part of Team Rooster Teeth, but raising money for the facility I was born in back in Michigan, Sparrow Children's Hospital. In addition to a handful of raffle prizes, I also have some stretch goals in place that include me finally biting the rage-inducing bullet that is Dark Souls III. I hope you'll help support Sparrow and my impending aneurysm!

    If you're watching the RT Extra Life stream this weekend, you may see me around there too. I'm mostly helping work the event, but I may be a part of some...plans.

  • Did you watch "Common Ground"? AMA

    1 week ago

    gus Elite Staff

    Did you watch the latest RT Doc, "Common Ground"?  If not, it is freely available for a few more days so check it out!  Do you have any questions about the documentary?  I'll be answering your questions about it here in the comments for this journal today.  I will have to stop by 4pm to focus on podcast preparation.  

  • Extra Life 2018!

    2 weeks ago

    jack I Like Lego

    Aloha folks!

    It's time! This weekend brings forth the season of Extra Life! We're kicking it off with our third annual RT Community Stream! We're going to be broadcasting 25 hours of Extra Life from all over the planet, featuring different RT Community Groups and their efforts to support their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

    I'll be there with Caiti, @Chelsea, @chadscrewattack, @RTcastMichael, and the broadcast team giving updates between all of the different groups about what we've got coming up! Each team will broadcast for about an hour before moving on to the next team.  All of this will be seen at (Our new hub for all things Extra Life!)

    Along with the community stream, we're going to have some merchandise up in the store as well that will contribute to Rooster Teeth's Extra Life donation. Last year's Pokemon-themed pin set will return to the Store for the RT Community Stream in preparation for a brand new set the following weekend! If you didn't get last years, this is your chance! On top of that, the #forthekids pin will return to the store, and live there forever! Proceeds from all of these pieces will go towards Rooster Teeth's donation to Extra Life! We do not profit from any Extra Life merchandise.

    So, don't forget, starting tomorrow (November 3rd) morning at 8am CDT, check out the RT Community Stream, grab your new and old pins, and support your fellow RT Community!


    On November 10th, at 8am CST, it all kicks off.  We'll be streaming 24 hours of the best #rtextralife shenanigans ever.  Join your favorites from all of the Rooster Teeth family as we do our damndest to raise $1.25 million dollars for the kids!

    This year we're ramping everything up. We've got a dunk tank, we've got Moonballs, we've got a FREAKING STEAMROLLER.  It's going to be bonkers, and we want you there for it!

    Also, as in years past, we'll have some incredible exclusive Extra Life merchandise available for you to grab! Of course, we'll have an incredible poster available for you.  This year's theme is the Crowned Rooster Hotel, and it looks amazing.  It's jam packed full of Easter eggs and I can't wait for you to get your hands on it.


    Along with the poster, you can grab a Crowned Rooster shirt to show off your love of your favorite fake hotel ever.  The shirt will come in a unisex cut, or a female cut.  Your choice!  We'll also have a very very limited number of Crowned Rooster robes! Look posh! As I mentioned before, we've got a brand new set of Pokemon themed badges as well! Make sure to complete your set! ON TOP OF THAT COOLNESS -  the brand new WHEEL OF VENGEANCE pin hits the Store! It's our first ever moving pin! Hooray! 

    So, TL;DR

    2017 Pokemon-Themed Badge Pin Set Available Nov 3 - 4 during the RT Community Stream

    #forthekids Pin Available starting Nov 3 and living there year-round!

    2018 Pokemon-Themed Badge Pin Set Available Nov 10-11 during the Extra Life Stream

    Wheel of Vengeance Pin Available Nov 10-11 during the Extra Life Stream

    Crowned Rooster Shirt Female and Unisex Cuts Available Nov 10-11 during the Extra Life Stream

    Limited Crowned Rooster Robes Available Nov 10-11 during the Extra Life Stream

    We'll also have raffle prizes up for grabs as well as we have had in years past.  We're still lining up all of them, but we've got a few doozys in there... (including one incredible opportunity with Achievement Haunter!)

    Again, this is all for the kids.  This is my favorite thing I get to do, and I hope you tune in.  If you can support our stream via donation, or purchasing some exclusive merchandise, that would be amazing.  If you can't support it financially, just spreading the word is the best thing on the planet.

    We love you, and you guys are the best community on the planet!

    Edit: The Wheel of Vengeance Pin is only available November 10 - 11 during the Extra Life Stream.

  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 11/02/18

    2 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - Why The Last Airbender Movie Sucks - Editor Notes 


    Watch the episode and then come on back for notes!

    • Story time: I was in college, circa 2013, and waiting in the hall. My roommate and I had the same class and had about thirty minutes to kill. So we started watching an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I was watching it through for the first time. There was a moment, IIRC, where the gang starts hallucinating and Appa randomly stands up and starts speaking. It took me by such surprise that I started bursting out in laughter in the middle of this college campus hallway. It was embarrassing. My roommate was laughing more at my reaction than the show. At this point it was becoming inappropriate and that made me laugh even harder. It's one of my favorite memories with this show. And the movie really does suck. 
    • Thankfully, I saw the show first. It's so good. The movie feels like a really long montage of the first season/book. Booooo. 
    • The production of this episode of Desk of was faster than usual. We have a lot on our plates here at ScrewAttack as we start wrapping up the year. Long story short, I had about 2 full days to edit this episode when usually I have 3.5-4 days. It's no big deal but it meant I had to hustle. Thankfully, there weren't any comic book panels to animate and I've seen both the show and the movie. If this was the "Red's Special Pokeballs" episode from a few week's ago, It would have been rough. 
    • I'm realizing now that this round of notes is going to take a lot of restraint. Without it I would just use this whole thing up talking about how bad the movie is. (for example: what's with all of the weird pronunciations???? why????)
    • Much like Lisa, I also knew Bruce was dead the whole time. 
    • You might notice a new thumbnail style for Desk of. We're hoping to make them all cleaner and more uniform from here on out! 
    • Fun fact: Lisa's old All That castmate, Jack De Sena voiced Sokka in Avatar! 
  • RWBY Lifestyle BTS

    2 weeks ago

    wesellis Staff Photographer

    Really stoked about some of this new RWBY Lifestyle merch that just released. I'm a huge fan of subtle representation of fandoms and this new collection really nails that in my opinion. If you haven't seen it already be sure to check out the merch here!

    When we were planning to shoot this campaign, we initially set out to pick the models we were going to use. Stoney, Cara, Hannah and Jonathan were so much fun to work with the day of. On top of shooting with some of my friends, I also shot some of it on 35mm. Specifically Portra 400 for those who care. Then I scanned it myself for the first time.

    Here are some of my favorite shots:







    So stoked. Shop the collection here.

  • 2018 RT Community Stream for Extra Life - TUNE IN THIS WEEKEND!

    2 weeks ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    This weekend we'll be kicking off Extra Life 2018 with our 25-hour RT Community stream! It'll be running from November 3, 8:00 a.m. CDT to November 4, 8:00 a.m. CST here on Rooster Teeth, YouTube, and Twitch!

    Along with the stream, we will be promoting two very special items. The #ForTheKids pin is coming back as an evergreen item - we'll be able to donate to Extra Life throughout the entire year. 


    And we're also bringing back a very special Pin Set that premiered last year. For one day only, we will be selling the 2017 Extra Life Pin set in anticipation for the new set to be released on November 10.


    What is the Community Stream? Every hour we will be patching in a different group from around the world in the middle of their own Extra Life stream for us to host and give them a hearty boost. Many of the below groups are local community groups that are always looking for new members like you. See below for the schedule and click a link or two if you want to join up with them. ;D

    ------------------- Saturday Nov 3 -------------------

    8:00 AM CDT      Beta Cats (Twitter Link)

    9:00 AM CDT      Rt Vancouver (Facebook Link)
    10:00 AM CDT    RT LGBT (RT Group Link)
    11:00 AM CDT    RT Maine (Facebook Link)
    12:00 PM CDT    409'd (Twitch Link)
    1:00 PM CDT      Team BIGBITE/RTSTL (RT Group Link)
    2:00 PM CDT      RTHouston (Twitter Link)
    3:00 PM CDT      RT Nebraska 
    4:00 PM CDT      Rooster Speak 
    5:00 PM CDT      g1 Gamedays (RT Group Link)
    6:00 PM CDT      The Cartographers Guild (Official Website)
    7:00 PM CDT      RT Michigan (Twitter Link)
    8:00 PM CDT      Rooster Buckeyes
    9:00 PM CDT      Arcana Major
    10:00 PM CDT    RWBY Nation (Facebook Link)
    11:00 PM CDT    RT Austin (Facebook Link)

    ------------------- Sunday Nov 4  -------------------
    12:00 AM CDT    Team Oklahoma

    1:00 AM CDT      RWBY Cosplayers of South East Florida
    2:00 AM CDT      itinkerbell

    ------------------- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME  -------------------
    2:00 AM CST      RT Georgia (Facebook Link)
    3:00 AM CST      Bottom Shelf Nerds (Twitter Link)
    4:00 AM CST      RT Nova Scotia (Facebook Link)
    5:00 AM CST      Car Bomb Productions
    6:00 AM CST      RT Ontario (Facebook Link)
    7:00 AM CST      RT Florida (Facebook Link)

    Check us out and remember...

    It's For the Kids!! We can't wait to see you this weekend and for the EXTRAVAGANT WEEKEND on November 10 - 11 for the Official Rooster Teeth Extra Life Stream, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Central Time!


  • RWBY Rewind is back for season 2!

    2 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Incredibly humbled and happy to say that I am one of the co-hosts for RWBYRW (rooooooo!) Being alongside Chad James and Ellie Main and talking about all things RWBY Vol 6 is such a crazy, but awesome experience and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity. 

    What is RWBYRW? TL;DR is we watch the latest episode of RWBY and then we recap it in an open forum, answer questions from the community, and interview a special guest who works directly with the RWBY series. FIRST members can check it out here!

    Stepping back a bit...I really can't believe I'm here. I'm excited, nervous, happy, in shock, all the good emotions. I remember back when RWBY first premiered, advocating for each episode (remember when they were 5-7 minutes long??), and cheering for the animation department when each volume was completed. From the very beginning and to this day, everyone working on RWBY has poured their heart and soul into this series, so I want to do them justice and I want to do right by the community as well. 

    Season 2 episode 1 for RWBYRW has already aired, so I encourage you to check it out. Our first special guest is the one and only Barbara, and I couldn't be happier because she totally made me feel at ease and she was so supportive pre, during, and post recording. 

    I also have to give @ric601 props for his "the many expressions of Jackie" post he made during the live show. Hope y'all will give the show a watch and let me know what you think! And always feel free to send in your questions using #RWBYRW on Twitter. 






  • New Things

    2 weeks ago

    GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Events Coordinator

    Oh neat!

    Logged in today and saw I got myself one of those staff badges.


  • Achievement Haunter Title Design Breakdown

    2 weeks ago

    andrekrat Live Action VFX/Motion

    It’s been a little while since my last case study! Oops… Between our RTX panel, a whole ton of shows for FIRST Night, and a ton of new shows coming down the pipe things got a little away from me. So! That means we’ll be looking at something that premiered a little while back during our pilot month in May and will be returning for its first official season this Wednesday (tomorrow!): Achievement Haunter!

    Problem Solving

    I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that my job is 100% problem solving in varying capacities. When it comes to VFX shots the problem is usually “we shouldn’t see this boom mic/wire rig/green screen/crew in the reflection/license plate” or “we should see an explosion/blood hit/gunshot/muzzle flare/sunset/amputation”. When it comes to motion design though, the problems are a little more nuanced. It’s more about “how do we communicate the feeling of this show?” and “how can we best implement designed elements in a holistic way” or “what looks coolest but is still legible?”.

    These sorts of challenges are what excite me the most when working on the look and feel of a show. Achievement Haunter was a great project for this because we had to develop a fairly robust show package, including opening titles, lower thirds, supplemental on-screen displays and credits. And all of these elements had to be flexible enough to accommodate various different scenarios and be easily used and modified in subsequent episodes. Ultimately I made a lot of templates in After Effects for these assets, something I’ll probably break down from a technical standpoint in another post.

    The Intro - Ideation


    The marketing design team provided us with some awesome key art and logo lockups for the show. Right off the bat we have some interesting variations to consider, and the first problem that needs to be solved is what looks best in a video format. 


    For example, this circular lockup is awesome and plays really well with the ghost element, but can be awkward in a landscape frame. It’d look great on a t-shirt and for other merch/branding needs, but it leaves a lot of negative space on the left and right in a video frame, and there’s a lot of visual weight pulling to the center.


    The horizontal lockups are definitely more suited for this medium, but again the ghost element holds a lot of visual weight that anchors the design to the left side (which we’ll take advantage of later).


    This stacked vertical design with the type center justified works best for our purposes, so that’s what I moved ahead with. It sits very nicely in a 16x9 frame and the negative space is balanced well with the logotype.

    The first thing I explored with the logo was how to animate the ghost element. It’s such a fun, vibrant piece of design that it was just asking to have some exaggerated, almost silly motion to it. A few keyframes, some puppet morphing and a dash of displacement mapping and I ended up with this.


    Daniel Fabelo (the co-creator, and director of the show) and I talked a lot about how light played into the design and style of the show, exploring ideas like the long shadows cast by a campfire’s glow, and the frantic motion of a flashlight held in a scared ghost hunter’s hand. So the next idea I played with was using the animated ghost element as a gobo of sorts for a flashlight. Here is a quick test I made to demonstrate how I thought that might look.


    This ended up being a little too on-the-nose, the mood of the show is irreverent, but also avoids playing it all up as a joke, so the goal was to explore something a bit more subtle and creepy. It also doesn’t feature the logo and title in a really prominent, clear way, which is generally important for an intro animation so we scrapped this direction.

    At this point we’re starting to narrow down the look and feel of the intro. We know light is an important element to play with, but in a more subtle way and in a way that keeps the focus on the logo of the show. An important reference that I was moving forward with was the opening title to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Daniel really wanted to lean on what we could from The Thing’s design for a few reasons. It’s one of his favorite movies, it’s a horror story that takes place in a single location with a difficult to identify creature, and from a film history standpoint is kind of irreverent in itself, like our show.


    They’re doing a really interesting reveal of the title by burning away the logotype and allowing the light behind it to shine through.This was definitely a practical effect, so it would seem they made the logo out of something like flash paper and ignited it, which revealed the light behind. My first attempts at recreating this was with a kind of hacky way in After Effects to simulate volumetric light.



    Through this exploration we found that including the ghost element with the main title still felt very busy and overwhelming, so it was removed for the next version.


    At this point we’re getting close, but it’s still not quite capturing the right feel. The fake in After Effects is decent, but it has some disadvantages. It’s tough to get the really long rays seen in The Thing’s intro, and there’s a lot of subtle detail happening with the real light that we’re missing. So the best way to match a real, practical effect, that uses accurate light casting (aside from actually doing it for real ourselves) is to simulate it in 3D.



    Here’s what that setup looks like in Cinema 4D, it’s pretty straightforward because I had a good idea about how the effect was achieved in the first place, so it’s just a matter of emulating that setup digitally.

    And this is what the render looked like after processing in After Effects.


    Hey, this is really close! One of the remaining issues is that the reveal is pretty slow, and on its own there isn’t a whole lot of visual interest beyond that animation. There is a bit of motion with the light and atmosphere that can definitely be cranked up more.

    This second attempt scraps The Thing’s “burn away” reveal effect and instead uses a light reveal that fills up the title from below. This is much better for two main reasons: 1) it’s a lot faster and 2) it emphasizes the focus on “light” more, acting almost as if it’s a flashlight discovering the logo and lighting it from behind. I also took the opportunity to really increase the motion and intensity of the atmosphere of the light to make it extra spooky.


    The last piece of the puzzle was to add a creepy, woodsy background, some particles, and dump a whole lot of film grain and contrast over the entire composition.


    Supplemental Graphics

    I mentioned that the ghost logo would return, and what better way to incorporate a design with a pretty heavy visual weight than with an element that needs to be anchored to the left or right of the frame? Here are a few iterations of the lower thirds, taking cues from the animation of the intro but simplified for legibility and speed’s sake.



    Our spooky ghost also makes a featured return during the credits.


    As always, I hope this helped provide some insight into how I like to approach problem solving and developing graphics for our many shows. I’d love to hear what you guys think, and if there’s anything specific you’d like the next journal to address. And be sure to check out the premiere of Achievement Haunter this Wednesday on Halloween! You’ll see some additional, very fun design work for the intro of the show that I’m not going to spoil here.

  • Not Halloweening this year

    3 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to be missing out on Halloween again this year. It's not that I am actively trying not to participate in it, but it's not something that I really grew up with. We didn't do much as far as wearing costumes and getting candy from strangers. We gave out candy for a number of years until a little girl decide to just walk right into the house because she wanted to touch our pet parrot and her dumbass dad thought it was hilarious she just stepped into a stranger's home and he continued to chug his beer in the street. That didn't bother me at all. 

    I've done some cosplay here and there, but there's been so much happening in the last couple months that I never really thought about this year. A lot of people are dressed up in the office today, and they look so good! I completely spaced that we have Halloween dress up today because I'm planning out some stuff to do with my parents when they fly in tomorrow. 

     Next year, I want to dress up as something, but I need ideas. I would also like to make something rather than buying a costume from a store. But I am also limited in my sewing ability. AAAAAAGH.

  • Captions and offline viewing are here!

    3 weeks ago

    ebregman Programming & SVOD

    It’s t-minus 2 days until Volume 6 of RWBY finally premieres! Are you excited? I most certainly am, especially because some new exciting updates are rolling out for the website and app. (Still don’t have the app? Why not try it out? Available on Android and iOS).

    First off, CAPTIONS ARE NOW LIVE ON RWBY VOLUME 5! Check it out right now!


    Every episode of RWBY Volume 6 will premiere with captions in English, Spanish, Korean, German, French, and Portuguese. This is just the start. Slowly over the coming months you’ll see professionally made, fully QCd, English-language captions begin to appear on all seasons of our most popular animated series - available only here, our home,

    Shout out to the masters of our video player and CMS, Adam (@lazy9669) and Gideon (@gidbot), as well as our content ops team led by Kara (@KaraAnn). They all responded to your feedback to make quick work of getting captioning up and running.

    But wait there’s more! OFFLINE VIEWING IS NOW AVAILABLE, ONLY in the Rooster Teeth mobile apps, ONLY for FIRST Members! Download or update your app now to see it!

    That’s right. If you have Rooster Teeth downloaded on your Android or iOS device and are a FIRST member, you can now download content straight to your phone to watch at your leisure any time.

    What is offline viewing? Offline viewing allows you to download an episode using mobile data or WiFi and save it to watch later. You can manage downloaded episodes in your library.

    The below image shows what the experience will look like as you’re downloading episodes. You will be able to see what episodes you have downloaded, denoted by the checkmark.


    Episodes that you have not yet downloaded will still have the download icon next to their appropriate video instead of the checkbox:


    This is what your downloads page will look like as you begin to add more downloads to your library. 


    Next up from our FANTASTIC Engineering team is Tap to Advance. This will be coming out very soon (like in the next few weeks), and we can’t wait to show you more.

    Now, all of you shiny FIRST members, why don’t you get out there and start downloading some content for later, hmm? As always, ask me some questions in the comments!



    3 weeks ago

    Clarissa.Gonzalez RT Live Events Manager

    Hey Aussies!

    Update (5 November): Here are the ticketing links for each venue!

    Sydney State Theatre

    Palais Theatre Melbourne

    Perth Concert Hall - Venue's site

    Perth Concert Hall - Ticketmaster

    *Note - Perth has 2 different ticketing site and have allocate different seats to each selling platform

    Update: Please reach out to if you have any questions.

    Get ready for a jam-packed night of non-stop comedy and gaming. Prepare to laugh your asses off as Achievement Hunter does what they do best (and worst). It's all of the insanity and energy of a rock show without the annoying drugs, vomit, and nudity.


    Regular Ticket Rates

    VIP $225 AUD

    Gold $75 AUD

    Silver $50 AUD

    *Venue Handling Fees per transaction will be applied

    VIP Perks

    Access to show

    VIP designated seating section

    VIP lanyard

    VIP badge

    Exclusive signed poster

    30 minute Q&A with cast prior to the show

    Jump the line access to merch table at the venue

    Guaranteed admittance to community meet-up (More info to come)

    Jump the line for pop-up shop (Offsite)


    Venue external doors open 6:00 PM

    Auditorium doors for VIP 6:30 PM

    VIP Q&A with cast 7:00 - 7:30 PM

    Auditorium doors for Gold and Silver 7:30 PM

    Start-time 8:00 PM

    Show Dates

    Wed. 23rd January 2019 | State Theatre Sydney

    Monday Oct 29th, 9 AM AEST: RTX Presents pre-sale (Promo-code needed) star

    Tuesday Oct 30th, 9 AM AEST: Ticketmaster pre-sale

    Thursday Nov 1st, 9 AM AEST: General Public on sale

    Fri. 25th January 2019 | Palais Theatre Melbourne

    Monday Oct 29th, 9 AM AEST: RTX Presents pre-sale (Promo-code needed) star

    Tuesday Oct 30th, 9 AM AEST: Ticketmaster pre-sale

    Thursday Nov 1st, 9 AM AEST: General Public on sale

    Sun. 27th January 2019 | Perth Concert Hall

    Monday Oct 29th, 9 AM AWST: RTX Presents pre-sale (Promo-code needed) star

    Tuesday Oct 30th, 9 AM AWST: Ticketmaster pre-sale

    Thursday Nov 1st, 9 AM AWST: General Public on sale

    Ticketing link: 

    Gold and Silver rates are based on your seating location

    Keep an eye on the @RoosterTeeth Twitter and our FB event page for regular updates

     starFIRST, RT Box members, and past RTX Sydney attendees keep a look out for an email coming your way with your

    Get stoked for a solid night of gameplay, comedy, and conversations. Ya won’t want to miss this one! Pull a sickie if ya need to and come grab a coldie or an icy pole with your best cobbers.



  • Two Years Later...

    3 weeks ago


    November is fast approaching and it got me thinking “Where Did 2018 Go?”

    This year whizzed by with such aggressive speed and with unrelenting force that it’s left me a bit worse for wear and reeling in many facets of my life...which has caused me to stop and reflect on the past two years of my life and try to take it all in piece by piece.

    If 2017 was a year of rediscovery, reinventing, and revitalization... 2018 has been a year of rejection, failure, and loss.  Now, to be fair, a good chunk of those things happened in 2017 too, but I didn’t feel the full effect of it all until now, especially with all of the “NEW” and “HAPPY” that came from a single bold step.

    But now that 2018 is coming to a close, it’s all coming down a bit harder and faster than I would have liked.

    I’ve lost people who once stood by me “no matter what”, I felt the sting of rejection not for my abilities or lack thereof but for “who” and “what” I am, I saw the failure and breakdown of communication in already strained familial relationships, and I’m currently preparing myself for an inevitable upcoming loss.

    Before coming out, before transitioning, I knew that adversity paved the ground in front of me, it was part of the reason I had waited so long to do so.  How friends, family, those I looked up to, etc treated groups like that & how they spoke of them shaped my fears and worldview. An “act” is easiest to describe a younger me, someone who fit the role that those around me wanted me to be. Shedding that off, taking off the disguise, it was invigorating and filled me with a sense of purpose for myself, those around me, and those who may follow the path I began to create.

    The last 24 months have really tested me in ways I thought I was prepared for.  I knew hate, ignorance, and bigotry would greet me around every corner, both old and new, and I thought that greeting it with a smile would give me an upper hand.

    And yet...

    Arguments with what small remaining blood relatives I have became ever constant.

    Reading the news every morning broke my heart and filled me with continued dread.

    Prayers being made to “cure” me of what I had “become” were made.

    Long standing dreams, once within reach, zoomed away to a painfully far distance.

    Harassment became an everyday occurrence, and it was normalized.

    Professional doors closed, personal relationships died, internal struggles persisted.

    It’s no secret that I’ve spent the last year pouring myself fully into VO work, and I’ve met some amazingly talented and lovely people, I’ve gotten roles in projects I’m excited to be in with hardworking and compassionate folks...yet, despite those great moments, they are tainted by a few experiences of disrespect, unprofessionalism, and hate.

    To be direct, I was told “You cannot play a woman, because you’re not one. Our company doesn’t approve of men who audition for female roles.” The response went into more detail, and I don’t fully know if that was the company’s actual views or just the views of the vocal and casting director for the project, but you can understand why this has stuck in my mind and heart.

    So...with all that and the news that hit yesterday, I felt an all too familiar pain shoot through me, and it came at a time where I’m struggling to feel sympathy for those “closest to me” who are struggling yet continue to deny and persecute my existence as a woman, as a wife, as a daughter, as a person. To many, I don’t “exist”. Yet though these people may not have a place in my life anymore, I still hope the best for them.

    Though 2018 hasn’t been kind to me I’ll continue to be kind to those around me...and I’ll keep moving forward.

    P.S. - VOTE!

  • Brought Trash Falcore back home today

    4 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Bittersweet post for today. I picked up Chloe's ashes from the vet office and I am incredibly heartbroken though I am happy she is back home with us.

    I said goodbye to Chloe last week. She was diagnosed with a malignant mass in her lungs back in May, and since she was about 13 years old, it was decided that surgery was not an option. Her health declined over the last few months, and it was last week that her quality of life really took a turn. She wasn't eating well, she lost a lot of weight, and she was no longer acknowledging being pet or our existence. Whenever I came home from work, her tail would wag for a couple seconds, but then her attention would drift away and she would stare away for hours. So I decided to make that appointment with my vet. Before my vet came to the house, I got Chloe a double cheeseburger as a last meal. Funny but heartbreaking fact, I ordered it without onions without thinking. 

    I adopted Chloe back in October of 2012. I was working with a dog rescue back in Vegas, and they asked me to foster her. Apparently, her previous owner beat her, broke her leg, and left her like that. The rescue took her in, paid for a surgery to amputate her leg, and asked me if I could help her. My other dog, Wasabi, is also a tripod, so the rescue asked me specifically if I could rehabilitate Chloe. As soon as this little, white floof she saw me, she never left my side. And really, I couldn't give her up to another family, so I ended up adopting her. 

    When I wrote that she never left my side, she REALLY hated it when I left for work or to socialize. She hated it so much that she became a little beast of destruction. Trash cans, shoes, carpets, door frames... she even pushed through a puppy gate so hard (missing the back leg, btw) that she cracked the walls. That's when I found out how to spackle holes. When I tried crate training, she dug a large hole in the carpet (from inside the crate!) and managed to dig all the way to concrete. 

    I got mad at her many times, but she was my kid and I couldn't stay angry for very long. I never met a dog that loved me unconditionally like her. 

    It's weird coming home and not seeing her. Admittedly, I have my moments and I just have a good, cathartic cry. I do miss her very much, but I'm happy she's back home, and that I have beautiful mementos of her. 

    Nothing but good memories of my little Trash Falcore.



  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 10/19/18

    4 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of Death Battle - Doctor Strange Screws Humanity - Writer & Editor Notes 


    • It's been a little while since I've had the chance to write a Desk of. I've missed it! 
    • The way this episode came about was actually pretty close to the premise of Desk of. I just remember when Sean was writing Doctor Strange VS Doctor Fate and how he kept coming across all of these crazy comics. So I just picked his brain and then came across this comic run (The Oath, 2007) Just like Joceyln!
    • I'm really happy my "soft taco chalupa crunchwrap sorcerer supreme" joke stayed in the final script. It's just so stupid. 
    • In the actual comic the story is told non-linearly. So there was a lot of discussion on how to layout the events and a lot of reshuffling. At the end of the day we picked the easiest way to tell the story quickly because our goal isn't to summarize the comic, we want to make fun of it as much as possible. 
    • For that reason I left out some pretty crazy stuff from the comic like how Strange fights a crazy monster to get the potion or how Strange went inside Brigard's mind and eventually locked in him inside his own brain. WEIRD STUFF. 
    • The thing that drove me nuts is all of the brief explanations of why magic can't heal Wong. It apparently has limitations except that Strange finds a magic potion that can cure every disease known to man. OKAY. 
    • Also the Nicodemus West stuff is so ridiculous.
    • I wish there was a camera on me when I wrote the "These two are two peas in a pod...or two rabbits in a hat...with a bat...and a six four Impala." line. I was trying to think of a way to compare Strange to West and the rest of the line just poured out of me with such glee. ALSO I HAVEN'T STOPPED SINGING I WISH BY SKEE-LO FOR WEEKS YOU  CAN ASK MY WIFE.
    • I'm not even going to start on the Magic Nazi Hitler Gun

    Watch the Episode!

  • Drew Goddard Talks Bad Times At The El Royale And The Current Status Of His X-Force Movie

    1 month ago


    We're entering the second weekend of release for the ambitious, beautifully shot and utterly fascinating character study that is Bad Times At The El Royale.

    The movie, centered quite literally at a hotel that straddles the California/Nevada border, is a deeply immersive film chock full of some of the most interesting actors working today, from known names like Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth to names you will know very soon, like Lewis Pullman and Cynthia Erivo. This is the kind of movie that grows on you and grows on you and grows on you until you suddenly realize you're watching it for the dozenth time.

    You can probably tell I like this movie quite a bit. It feel tailor made for me, with the period aesthetic and early Motown soundtrack, this one is right up my alley.

    I was lucky enough to get to chat a bit with writer/director Drew Goddard about the film, his directorial follow-up to cult favorite Cabin in the Woods. We talk a bit about the origins of the project, how we're both convinced Lewis Pullman walks out of this one a superstar and even a little bit about how the Fox/Disney merger could have an effect on his proposed X-Force movie. 



    Drew Goddard: Eric! How are you, my friend? How's life?

    Eric Vespe: It's good. It's been a while since we talked!

    Drew Goddard: How's the new job treating you?

    Eric Vespe: It's good, man. Rooster Teeth has been treating me well. It's definitely a different kind of job than the Ain't It Cool days, but I'm pretty much doing the same thing... just bullshitting about movies with people.

    Drew Goddard: Good. I hope it's satisfying and fulfilling for you.

    Eric Vespe: Very much so.

    Drew Goddard: Did I also see that you were playing Fallout 76?

    Eric Vespe: I did! I got to play about 3 hours of it.

    Drew Goddard: I know our time is limited, but can we just talk about that for 15 minutes? (laughs)

    Eric Vespe: What do you want to know? We can do a quick rapid-fire!

    Drew Goddard: No, no. I actually like to not know things going in, but I'm very jealous of you.

    Eric Vespe: I get that, man. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Fallout fan, so I was very excited to play a little bit of the new one. Fallout 3 was a seminal game for me. It was the first time a video game gave me the feeling of watching a great movie.

    Drew Goddard: Interesting. Have you played Witcher, by chance?

    Eric Vespe: I've only played Witcher 3.

    Drew Goddard: That's the one I meant. That's another one. I was just blown away by the cinematic writing of it. I was like “Wow, I can not believe what they're doing with it.” I felt the same way about Fallout. They're making some real leaps in storytelling.

    Eric Vespe: I remember Roger Ebert, before he passed, voiced some strong opinions on how video games can't be art, like movies are, and I think time has proven him wrong on that one.

    Drew Goddard: Yep. When video games do it there's a level of immersion that happens. It's different from the cinematic experience, but it can be incredibly effective.

    Eric Vespe: Alright, now that I know you're a Fallout fan you gotta promise me you'll go make a kickass Fallout series some day. 

    Drew Goddard: Okay, I'm on the case!

    Eric Vespe: When you guys get the rights and need any pointers I'm always around. I know my shit!

    Drew Goddard: (Laughs) You got it!

    Eric Vespe: Congratulations on the movie. I loved it. It was great watching it at Fantastic Fest specifically. It was such a good fit for the bizarre and awesome energy that encompasses that festival.

    Drew Goddard: I was so sad I couldn't be there. I had to be in Spain. I mean, I was in Spain, so I shouldn't feel too sad, but Fantastic Fest is where I'm the most comfortable. That's where I feel like I'm the most in my own skin.

    Eric Vespe: You've had a bunch of projects on your plate since Cabin in the Woods. You've done a lot of writing for other directors and adapting other people's material, but what made this the right time for you to get back behind the camera with your own original project?

    Drew Goddard: I think it was a confluence of a few things. I've always wanted to do a crime movie. I've loved crime fiction my whole life. I love crime cinema. I think I was aware that I needed to achieve a certain level of maturity to deal with it. The danger with crime cinema or any crime story is you can very quickly fetishize it and become the very darkness that crime cinema is meant to explore, if that makes sense.

    I wanted to have that maturity to deal with it. I reached a point in my life where I was ready to tackle the bigger issues the film tackles. Similarly, I tend to not like to repeat myself, do the same movie. I think I was coming off of (writing) The Martian, which is in many ways the opposite of this movie. It takes place in many locations across the galaxy, it's science-fiction and bright and shiny and I kind of wanted to go in the opposite direction.

    Eric Vespe: Well, poop potatoes do figure strongly into both films.

    Drew Goddard: That's right. Look, I'm still me! (Laughs) I still have to put my little spin on it. I think it was kind of a mixture of all of those things, quite honestly. It just felt like the time was right.

    Eric Vespe: Bad Times is a refreshing movie. It's nice to see this period, character-driven A-list style movie where every character is a shade of gray. Nobody is exactly as they seem at first blush, even the charismatic cult leader that Chris Hemsworth plays. You see the facade crack a little bit.

    Drew Goddard: That was very much the goal: Take these 7 people and start from a place where you think you get who these characters. The audience can say “I already know the shorthand of who this character is” and then reveal that they're more three-dimensional people with a lot more to them, including Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth). That was our approach with all of this.

    Eric Vespe: Is it a coincidence that the Jeff Bridges character is named Flynn or are you a big Tron fan?


    Drew Goddard: It wasn't intentional, but I'm very much aware of it. One of the things that happens when you cast Jeff Bridges is he's got, what? At this point 40 year career in film? Something like that. I was doing movies with Jane Greer when he was a baby. It's very hard not to reference a Jeff Bridges movie in one way or another. We had a laugh about it, thought about changing the name, but we just liked the name. We thought “You know what? If it intersects with Tron, that's not the worst thing in the world.”

    Eric Vespe: You also get the benefit of the movie-savvy people bringing in the baggage from associating that name. In Tron Flynn is a big personality, but he's a wholly good and pure character. Maybe the name can set up an expectation and give you room to surprise people here. I did have a thought during the movie that might have been intentional on your part.

    Drew Goddard: It really wasn't. To be honest I needed a good Irish-Catholic name. I wanted a whiskey priest character. I wrote it before I even thought of Jeff and we decided to keep it because I liked it.


    Eric Vespe: The whole cast of the movie is phenomenal. Everybody shows up to play here, but the two stand-outs to me were Cynthia Erivo and Lewis Pullman.

    Drew Goddard: Oh, wow. Thanks!

    Eric Vespe: Perhaps there's an expectation of greatness from the bigger names you have in the movie and the newer people stand a better chance at surprising the audience, but Lewis in particular wowed me. His character is the one that stuck with me after seeing the movie.


    Drew Goddard: That's very gratifying to hear. That was certainly my intent, to have this character who is hiding in the background... you sort of dismiss him very quickly. You get what he's about early, and dismiss him. I knew that at their core, both Lewis and Cynthia's characters get dismissed early and then become the soul and spine of the film.

    It's really fun, quite honestly... Even at the premiere I was standing with Lewis and I told him, “You know, your life is about to change. All of these people are walking into this theater not knowing who you are, but every single one of them is going to know you when they walk out.”

    Even on the red carpet people were obviously clamoring to take pictures with Jeff Bridges and Jon Hamm and Lewis and I were standing off to the side. When we walked out of the theater Lewis could not take two steps because he was so mobbed. It was one of those remarkable moments that I was so happy to be around. Lewis is such an extraordinary person and talent and I'm excited for the world to fall in love with Lewis the way I have.

    Eric Vespe: Before I let you go I wanted to ask you about some of the other projects you've been attached to, specifically X-Force. The big question on my mind is what's going on with that considering the Fox/Disney merger is going forward.


    Drew Goddard: The truth is I don't have anything exciting to update. I tend to focus very intensely on one project at a time and I've been very much in this world. Ryan (Reynolds) has simultaneously shooting another movie and then we do have the Fox/Disney stuff. I'm not going to sit here and pretend I have any insight into that at all.

    Eric Vespe: I've talked to people at both studios and very few feel like they have a handle on what to expect when it goes forward.

    Drew Goddard: These issues are so far above our pay grade! When you're dealing with billion dollar mergers that stuff does not trickle down to people like me. I think what's going to happen is we'll finish up Bad Times, Ryan will finish up his movie and when the Fox/Disney stuff is settled we'll all sit down and talk. Certainly X-Force is a comic I've always loved. These are characters I love, I love working with Ryan in a team with Josh (Brolin) and Zazie (Beetz). If there's a place for it I'd be very excited. We'll figure it out in the back half of this year.

    Eric Vespe: That's good to hear. I just love your work, man. I'd love to see what you'd do with a superhero group film like X-Force. You bring a cinematic eye to everything you do, going back to Cabin in the Woods, which was made when found footage was still the go-to style. Now The Conjurings have brought genre back to a more measured, higher production value style, but I do remember being impressed that you went that route back then.

    Drew Goddard: The thing that I love about (the Conjuring) movies is they're so artfully done. They're not afraid to let the camera sit in one place. At the time of Cabin it was very much either found footage or highly shaky/fast-cut approaches, which is fine. There's no right or wrong way to make a movie, but we were certainly trying to do something different. Similarly with Bad Times there's only one handheld shot in the whole movie.

    Eric Vespe: That might be a good place to end the interview, talking about how achieved the look of Bad Times. It's a rich, vibrant world that isn't afraid to be a bit pulpy and even though it's a period movie you don't go out of your way to put the “period movie look” filter on.

    Drew Goddard: I kind of wanted it to be its own thing. In this particular case the movie has its own quality. I was very inspired by David Lynch and films like Vertigo... films that have a very clear color palette or color theory. It helps define the movie. In the case of this movie we took our color seriously and our visual approach seriously. Nothing is arbitrary in this movie, for better or for worse. We wanted to have a thought and an emotion behind every decision.


    Eric Vespe: Well, it certainly comes across. It certainly doesn't feel like a movie slapped together without any thought, but it's also entertaining. It's always good when you can get that combination of entertaining and thoughtful.

    Drew Goddard: That's the hope. It's always tricky to find that balance, but that was definitely the hope, so it's very gratifying to hear you say that, Eric. It means a lot.

    Eric Vespe: Cool, man. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. Good luck with the movie!

    Drew Goddard: Thanks, Eric. Good luck at Rooster Teeth. I'm sure we'll talk again.

  • Adding ReCaptcha to limit spam

    1 month ago

    Dave Engineering Data/Ops

    Trying out adding ReCaptcha to Post creation, in an attempt to limit spam which has gotten even crazier lately. Still working out some bugs, but it should be up and running soon.

    -- UPDATE --

    So I kind of shot that message out quickly to confirm the system was working correctly, which it now seems to, but I wanted to provide a bit more clarity as to why this is being put into place.

    I'm sure you've all seen and are very, very aware of the nefarious bots that love to spam junk posts with links all over our community section. This has been an ongoing battle for quite a while now, and given how bots are it will likely continue as long as bots exist.

    We've taken measures in the past to attempt to reduce their abilities to post, while trying to keep the experience as easy for users as possible. Sadly, those measures haven't proven as effective as we'd like, so we have to resort to using ReCaptcha since that's still a great tool in the fight against bots. It adds another step when trying to post, unfortunately, but overall reCaptcha has been streamlined quite a bit over the past couple years and most of the time, you just have to click the checkbox and you're on your way.

    Simply adding reCaptcha certainly isn't going to win us the war against spam bots, but it should absolutely level the playing field much more and greatly reduce the occurrence of such shenanigans. If you end up running into problems, reach out and let me know and I'll do my best to make sure the problem is addressed. I'm still hunting through all the various edge-cases that may arise as a result of this to ensure we provide the best experience possible, but things on the large scale seem to be working as expected right now.

    Engineering <3's you all!!! Except the bots. I vehemently hate the bots. Like... more than I can possibly express via a text-based post.

  • Rooster Teeth's Terms of Service

    1 month ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Hi fam! 

    I know we all like to have fun here, but I want to remind everyone that we do have a pretty awesome list of guidelines and policies aka our Terms of Service that help us create the best environment for our community here. I encourage you to read through them again as a refresher. 

    With the new community site on its way, I did feel like it was a good time to revisit the TOS and reiterate that our goal is to create a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all. In short, we do not tolerate bullying, threats of violence, or harassment on our video or community platforms. 

    If you do experience any of the above or see that someone is breaking the TOS, we do encourage you to report it to As always, you can contact myself or Chelsea if you feel more comfortable taking that route, but I do want to let everyone know that our Conduct email address is available and it is an alternative for reporting instances that do not follow our TOS. 

    Be safe, be kind to each other, and let's continue to make the best community out there!



  • Achieve 2 BTS

    1 month ago

    wesellis Staff Photographer

    Been a bit since I've shared BTS from a merch shoot! Bringing you some Achieve today. If you haven't see this incredible new merch drop make sure to shop it here

    So last month we brought in a friend of mine and fellow Austin photographer to shoot the Achievement Hunter boys. Her name is Megan Baker and here is a little introduction she sent me:

    My name’s Megan Baker, I’m a grad student at the School of Architecture at UT as well as a portrait conceptual photographer here in Austin. When I’m not in studio (Architectural or photo haha) you can find me at local shows! I wish I could nail down one person who inspires me but I think I’m more inspired by current culture, light, and sound, and how society responds with art all around us.

    Go be her friend: @megantbaker

    Now that you know a little more about Megan, here are some of my favorites from that shoot!




    Don't forget to check out this collection only at the Rooster Teeth store!

    Also if you're curious to see more of Megan's work, check out her site:

  • Come on

    1 month ago


    Now Willem Dafoe has to defend the fact that he is playing a character younger than himself? Good lord. It’s called acting.


  • Dank Tunes for Dark Skies

    1 month ago

    BroadcastBryan Resident Beard

    I've started this playlist of chiptune type stuff for driving when it's rainy or late at night. Oddly specific, right? I kind of have an idea of what I want on it, but if people have suggestions for things to add, I'm listening.

    Check it out!