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CRWBY: Behind the Episode: The Start

Join CRWBY as they open the studio doors for an in depth look on how each episode was made. Kerry, Miles and the team will walk you through the 3D pipeline and talk about how art, tech, post, and animation come together to create RWBY.

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  • ZackaryHays FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    the big takeaway here, is that RNJR is canon.

    HALLELUJAH!!

  • soaringninja

    2 weeks ago

    is this only for first members because i have been wanting to watch this for 3 weeks when it came out

  • tromboneking87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Thank you for this BTS series, been missing the "production diary" since Volume 2, great to hear creative/talented people talk about their craft! THANK YOU CRWBY!

  • Elfcow FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Just wanted to let CRWBY know that you guys have been killing it! I saw the V5 premiere on the big screen and it was spectacular. I was talking about it with my friend all the way home, and I'm so excited for this volume. You guys have improved on everything, from background to sets to lighting to just how fluid the characters are. The facial expressions are wonderful! And you guys HAVE been improving on the fights, it's absolutely wonderful to see the journey you guys have gone on with how the RWBY fights work.


    One thing I'm interested to see is how shots are chosen and used? The cinematography in RWBY is awesome, and I would love to see the thought process behind how shots are chosen and made, both from a director standpoint and from the animators that have to breath life into those shots.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      4 weeks ago

      That's a great suggestion about the camera work. Will dive into that in future episodes.

  • Klorix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Yay, I love behind the scenes videos.


    And finally there's a spot (apart from e-mail/messaging and forums probably) to more or less directly thank CRWBY for their hard work.


    CRWBY, just so you know: RWBY is my absolute favourite show since I discovered it. I am always looking forward to it, and always enjoying it. I love all of it, the characters, the scenery, the world, the story as a whole (yes, including WOR episodes), the music...


    Therefore THANK YOU CRWBY!

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you!

  • Jhackler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    This is the show I wanted sense I became a first supporter thank you :D 

  • RenRei00

    1 month ago

    Is this just going to be a Rooster Teeth FIRST only type of videos?

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      4 weeks ago

      Yes, this ill be for FIRST members only, but you can sign up for free today!

  • chezamaiden FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Thus kindly I scatter

    1 month ago

    Love how much work you put into the characters in volume 4 and now they are even better in vol 5!!! I love that they are growing and literally Ruby is taller than Nora now!!!  But for reals they are just getting prettier and prettier love the action in the Yang trailer it was flawless!!  Keep up the good work CRWBY!!!!!! 

  • Lorhechapol FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I am so happy that Monty involved Kerry and Miles in the creative process so closely. I think they really carried on what he envisioned seamlessly. They also probably added just as much of their own vision too! Just incredible work from all involved. 

  • kadax FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    3 mins? Guys don't be shy, make these things longer! Always love seeing behind-the-scenes of RT

  • RavenSugara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Streamer/Fic Writer

    1 month ago

    honestly, I want to know more about anything and everything.

    -what is the breakdown of the crwby, who are the teams and what do they do? How do they do it?

    -who are the animators/compositors/2d team/etc. or development who don't normally make it into the videos or who's work is during the early stages and may or may not even be seen in the final product, I.e. In movies when they have clay modelers to make statues for the art team to reference?

    -what funny stories or things happen day-to-day at the office? Is it serious, or silly, or does everyone have a great team dynamic and know everyone else or does everyone do their own thing?

    - what are the little touches in the episodes that take hours or days to make, but someone might miss because looking at the way a Grimm disintegrates or a fight is far more interesting than how the lighting is done or a camera angle choice for a shot or the little grunge aspects that take the scene to the next level that can't be articulated by someone who doesn't know about animation or that there's no magic button that generates the perfect model of how rainfall would look in a scene?

    -what sorts of things do you all use as references for the shots, scenes, fights, or costume designs we see?

    -what other models and concepts were there that were options but got scrapped along the way for characters, costumes, locations, set designs?

    -What does it look like during crunch time for the shows and final content? How long is it between a finished product and when it finally publishes on RT?

    -what is it like when the crazy themselves finally get to see their work as a finished product? I've heard you have watch parties sometimes; maybe an episode featuring the animators reactions during one of those?


    Also, Miles specifically- don't think I haven't forgotten that the team has repeatedly said you do a fantastic Weiss impersonation. I still very much want to hear it.

    • BrianArndt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      hours and hours of rotoscoping to clean up shadows!

  • ASimpleCup FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Smeegs

    1 month ago

    The pipeline for modeling the environment is something I've always wanted to know more about. Especially with animated, pre-rendered shows like RWBY, where the amount of polygons used isn't as hard to deal with as it would be in a game. Is there a level of detail you're not willing to go past? How much of the smaller details are model and how much are textures? Volume 5 is looking to be more gorgeous than the last, I'm so excited to see more!

  • keyunlock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cas/Key

    1 month ago

    I was waiting for them to talk about Monty's vision but you know I'l wait for my blueray disc 

  • lena27 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    When will this be available for non-First members?

    • TheOmegaForc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Probably never, Rooster teeth have plenty of stuff like this only for first memebers 

    • megsd137

      1 month ago

      Tuesday, I believe.

  • jonaswed FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    A great job to everyone on CRWBY for making th show possible. Also a shout out to Monty Oum for its creation. May he RIP

  • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

    1 month ago

    The general consensus here is that we would love to see more. I'm definitely up for more, whatever more there can be...maybe shifting focus to what was really important for each episode to absolutely nail, who was responsible...just showing us more of the wonderful people working on this show.


    And I would really like to put forward that I think we've all noticed how much everything has improved. I was quite literally floored by how much the character animations have progressed...they're so alive. The facial expressions are incredible and really give them life. Huge props for all the hard work by everyone. I hardly knew what to do with myself after watching the Yang short and chapter 1, I was so blown away. Take all my applause. 

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Thanks for the feedback and positive comments! We will be digging deeper into the pipeline and process in future episodes.

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

      1 month ago

      No problemo. Great to hear that.

  • g1DoubleT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Shout out and thank you to EVERYONE behind the scenes who made this amazing series possible! You guys are AWESOME!

  • J_Law FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I'm ecstatic to see a behind-the-scenes!

  • guster_gus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I really Enjoy seeing how the Crew works on the Amazing Show, It gives me a deeper Appreciation.

    Can't Wait Till Next Episode!! Keep Up The Good Work!!! 

  • yoshinumberone FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I love too see how making every episode comes together

  • souleater2659 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    my question is how hard is it to do walk cycles i'm assuming it's very difficult and not easy to squeeze into a tight schedule

  • Mike_Sico FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Well I think it looks absolutely stunning. Everything from leaves to characters. Good job.

  • sheevo

    1 month ago

    To think that after 30 days I won't be able to watch this anymore. 4 episodes. That's all I get of CRWBY. So sad.

    • LazarouDave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Can't afford Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Purchasing a FIRST Membership is one of the cheaper subscriptions though - and it's absolutely worth it, 100%

  • StoleytheGeek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I don't want to point this out but I couldn't help but notice that huge pimple on the side of his face

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

      1 month ago

      Hate to break it to you, but you did point it out.

      Just like I kinda didn't hate to break it you.

      Ironic, huh?

  • ShatteredShadow FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I'd love to see more stuff about how they decide the little things in the show, like how much taller the characters grow throughout. I love hearing the big stuff, too, but the little things are what make RWBY something else.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Absolutely! We are planning to talk more about how and why decisions are made.

  • khei FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Shouldn't the artist be wearing those wacom gloves? I can only imagine how many smudges are on their screens. 

    • Mike_Sico FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I'm sure they could if they wanted. What ever makes the employee happy and get the job done is all that's needed. 

    • Sanaart FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Production Artist

      1 month ago

      Not if you're like me and use an intuous! :p

  • Otakuforlife897 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Twin bro of Ruby rose

    1 month ago

    awesome I always wanted to learn more about animated shows and there process and how there animated things like that

  • finyte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Shut Up Donnie!

    1 month ago

    I really like the idea of this; I just hope in later episodes we can see certain jobs like the animation or voice acting where we get an in depth look at the importance of those jobs, I feel like a lot of us can learn from it. simple_smile

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Great suggestion! We are planning to go more in depth. Also watch RWBY Rewind. The cast and crew will talk about the process on that show as well.

  • AgentLema

    1 month ago

    Stupid question. Is this going to become public?


    And before anyone says anything about getting a sponsorship. I’m just holding onto the free trial for as long as possible.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      CRWBY will be for FIRST members only. 

  • RavenSugara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Streamer/Fic Writer

    1 month ago

    If this could be at least 10 minutes longer I'd appreciate it. Seeing what it takes and all these tiny details and little animation things I wouldn't notice otherwise or behind the scenes stories or thought processes, even things that were options but got cut are extremely cool and I'd love to hear more.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      We are shooting for about 3 minutes in length, but if we find interesting moments and stories, we have the ability to make them longer. If there an aspect of the pipeline you would like to know about, please let us know!

  • Gildarts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That Guy

    1 month ago

    Can we maybe get a look at the less glamorous yet critical jobs?

    Like if you made a list of everyone on CRWBY in order of who would most likely be on a RWBY RTX panel and then looked to the bottom. That stuff, I'd like to see the tedious shit that has to be done and no one would brag about.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      You got it! I think we are on the same page. Next weeks episode highlights a very technical and artistic portion of our pipe.

  • deviouslyxnice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 1000% Tsun

    1 month ago

    Insert heavy sobbing

    You guys have no idea how much I adore the effort everyone puts...There will be shortcomings, accidents and errors but by learning from those mistakes, we can only go up from here. Forever your guys' cheerleader.

    • BrianArndt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      If you're not always learning, your not doing it right!

  • LordZell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I guess I'm a bad guy?

    1 month ago

    "make RWBY really better than its ever been" Um full of yourself much? How about you actually bring back well choreographed fights, like how Monty made them, bring back Shane Newville the only one who can animate just like him. Tired of this dramatic crap they've leaned more into than what made RWBY amazing, fighting as a team.

    Come at me bro bring the hate like i give a damn about you have to say about me.

    • kregeman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I think you absolutely do.

    • wakko_warner FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I kind of agree. maybe you could have been less confrontational about it. but yeah all last season nothing really happened like no fights it was all back story and exposition then like tree episodes of cliffhangers and then the fight at the end which was just mostly crow trying to get them not to fight with him.

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

      1 month ago

      I respectfully disagree with everything you said. Unfortunately for you, nobody else really gives a damn about what you have to say about them, either. If you're unwilling to care what people say about you, don't expect the same in return.

    • gerbosphere FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      You clearly have no idea what the fuck you're talking about. The fights are well-choreographed, and the show's been about the "drama" aka STORY from the start. There hasn't been a need for a bunch of crazy fights in the context of the story. And Monty would be fucking proud of how this show turned out.

    • LordZell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I guess I'm a bad guy?

      1 month ago

      at least one of you guys isnt blind enough to see what i mean, @gerbosphere no you're just wrong, the fights are absolutely nothing like how they used to be, i would shed a tear just watching Monty's animation work, it is NOTHING like how he used to make it, they cant do it, so thats why they're leaning on being more dramatic, the damn characters arent even together anymore for an entire season, why even call it RWBY anymore if they're not fighting as a team.

      @gem_schelwhatever  give me one example when the show stood out in the last two volumes with a great fight sequence

    • LordZell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I guess I'm a bad guy?

      1 month ago

      until they can live up to the old standards, Monty's standards, I'll happily shower this "CRWBY" with praise, good luck getting to that

  • Swonic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    What does the C stand for?

    • TechnoSam FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      It doesn't stand for anything, it's meant as "Crew"-bee, like the RWBY crew.

  • CrazyOatmeal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fuck off.

    1 month ago

    "Kerry, Miles and the team will walk you through the 3D pipeline"

    Or... not?

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Or... they will.... in upcoming episodes! 


      That description covers the entire series for the season. It's a bit generic on purpose.

  • roanoa-law FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    hmmmmmmmm can't wait for the next episode

  • hylianlegends FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

  • nilesmoon

    1 month ago

    for some reason i got really emotional while watching this????

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Me too.

  • nickmoney07 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Serious question, when is the RWBY art book coming out?

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Wouldn't that be cool?! Erin, Sana and Pat's concepts should be shared with the world! 

  • TristanW007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    episode 1 of volume 5 was great keep it up

  • Hallahan3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    CRWBY question do you think you ever do a Sinbad or George Washington character in rwby?

    • roanoa-law FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      SINBAD

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Who knows what could happen? Keep watching and thanks!

  • GizmoGeek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Em

    1 month ago

    CRWBY, You have done an awesome job, thank you so very much for crunching down hard to continue this amazing show, Again Thank you. 

  • OneShoeShort FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Your Mom

    1 month ago

    I've always had an interest in how my favorite shows are made and what goes into the thought process (which is why I rewatch Vol 2's production diaries on a constant basis!) and I was very pleased to see this! Please keep this CRWBY series coming! I'm loving everything about Vol 5 so far <3

  • Splybox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    It's awesome to get to see the people who work so hard to make this show happen, they should all be super proud of themselves for what they've made, the improvements in animation volume to volume has been tremendous!

  • Solid_Cloud FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Well done to the whole team, CRWBY is doing things right. Keep it up!

  • Jaune_Black_Smudge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    If I may offer a suggestion CRWBY but could you please be a little more descriptive and specific? Like, could you actually SHOW us one of the animators or someone actually working on a specific and or important part of the current or previous episode so we really get a day in the life? The only ones who'll be able to see us is the FIRST members so it's not really that much of a spoiler. 

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      Great suggestion. We will make it happen!

    • hypeathon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      One thing I would suggest is to basically do what the Sakuga community does with various anime: Learn about different animators and their strengths and where they mention what they do through social media and interviews.

      Learn about the names of the animators that get credited each episode, look up if they talk about what they did or post animation reels like Twitter or Vimeo (just do not harass them about it please), listen to interviews or audio commentaries from Miles, Kerry or Gray to learn which animators they mention or watch videos of animation panels at cons. For example, I've learned that Harley Dwortz who has been on the show's production since volume 1 animated Ruby in the opening scene of volume 3 with her Mom's grave from an Afterbuzz TV interview with Miles and Kerry. Co-lead animator from volume 3-5 onward, Joel Mann, demonstrated how he animated the Beringal Grimm in the Ruby character short by using child crutches at the RTX 2016 animation panel. Also at the same panel, animator Austin Hardwicke mentioned how he not only animated most scenes regarding Penny along with Dustin Matthews doing some of Pyrrha's scenes, but Austin also spent Christmas working on the Penny vs Pyrrha fight JUST to get it done! He even said so himself on Twitter.

      And then there's animators making occasional shout-outs on Twitter. Joel Mann, Kim Newman, Melanie Stern, & Hero Liao all worked on the Qrow vs Tyrian fight. Joel Mann also worked on the Weiss character short, along with Hannah Novotny, Melanie Stern, and Asha Bishi. And then there's some of the animators and their reels on their Vimeo accounts:

      -Kim Newman's reel

      -Asha Bishi's reel

      -Harley Dwortz's reels

      -Millivette Gonzalez's reels

      -Peter Meindertsma's reel


      Anime fans in the Sakuga community are really dedicated to this kind of thing. Some like The Canipa Effect make Youtube videos about this kind of thing and others like Yuyucow make blog sites dedicated to the ins-and-outs of the Japanese animation industry. And those who bother to learn about who animated what scene in an anime sometimes have to look up the animator's tweets.... in Japanese! If the Sakuga community can do that, then I'd say the RWBY fandom can to.

    • Jaune_Black_Smudge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      @hypeathon, that is an awesome idea!

  • HeyGirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    You guys are doing such a great job. It definitely shows. It threw me for a loop seeing the penciled animation, but it fit so well. It was impressive. Keep up the good work! You guys are AMAZING!

  • sataness FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    <3 CRWBY

  • sebastian38b FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Vol 5 is great ! Keep it up !

  • DeltaSix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Infamous 535

    1 month ago

    I love BTS stuff and can't wait to see more of the work that goes into making RWBY