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||Melbourne Supanova Panel and other StuffHey guys and gals,|
First off, a little heads up for those of you heading to Melbourne Supanova this weekend, in case you haven't been keeping an eye on the Hanabee Updates, I'm going to be on a panel with my friend @sammy1cat, as well as visiting RT Staff @Barbara and @Arryn. We're going to be doing a little On The Spot variant game show, so if you're interested: We'll be at the Film Ink Theatre at 10:30AM to 11:20AM on the Saturday of the convention.
If you're unable to attend but still like the sound of that, don't worry, I'm told Hanabee will recording the panel and uploading the footage later!
As for what's new, I've been pretty busy being back at Uni, my film group and I have been in pre-production for making a 6 minute Neo-Noir short film. Things are starting to get traction, though we've been having some resistance from a particular member of the group, however I will admit that he and I have probably gone head-to-head more times than anyone else in the group. However once we're in production-mode, I'm sure we'll be getting along better. I'll go into detail in a Friends Only journal later 'cause... I've got some amazing stories there.
Besides that, the rest of my Uni subjects are going well and the Spartan Chest Piece is really starting to come together. Here are couple of Work In Progress photos, I'll post an update soon:
Hope you guys and gals are doing well!
||Australia - Land of GriffLast night I went to a joint birthday party held by a couple of high-school friends, Jordan and Andrew. The even was held at Jordan's place because it has become a routine spot for gatheirngs over the years due to his spacious backyard and a garage that's separate from the main house. |
For a while I was worried the evening would degenerate into a series of group conversations filled with flurries of half-finished anecdotes, each one being forgotten part-way through or interrupted with a new tangent and a life of its own. All the while you and the only other sober person are periodically signalling each other like this.
Then my good friend Griff showed up. It was a genuine surprise as he had declined the invitation to attend due to work
"It's the rainy season up in the mines so I basically rocked up the other day and they said 'We can't do shit with this weather, you want a week off work?'"
So he hopped on a Qantas flight down to Melbourne from Queensland for his good friend's birthday and rocked up with a supply of Overproof Bundaberg rum. At last, it was story time. I asked what he had been up to and he brushed through the social pleasantry of the question in no time.
"Getting a scuba diving certification so I can get a job doing underwater welding next year. They only work 3 months of the year but they pay a shitload and you can only do the job for 3 or 4 years,"
I asked him why and he let out a chuckle.
"Hydrogen buildup in your bones. You remember Roy, right?" He was done with the topic and now it was time for a story. Roy was his mother's husband, I couldn't forget the man after hearing Griff talk about his attempt to use expired sticks of dynamite as fireworks.
"I went to my Mum's place one night and when I was pulling up the driveway I saw Roy run out of the house with a .223 rifle. I figured 'Oh shit, somethin' serious is about to happen, so I hop out of the car and start chasin' after him. I close the gate behind me, he looks around and spots me before darting around to the side of the house. I'm just about to turn the corner when I hear BANG, BANG, BANG! Then I just hear Roy yell 'Ha, fuckin' got 'em!' I ask him what the fuck's going on and he says 'It was a fuckin' Huntsman!'"
"I said to him 'You used a gun that fires ammunition that costs a dollar per bullet to kill a spider?' he just said 'Well I wanted to make sure he was dead, didn't I!?'"
More stories to come...
||Short Films and Video GamesHey guys and gals,|
So the semester is over at long last and I've managed to survive relatively unscathed! Its been an interesting, albeit very all-consuming month as far as my attention and focus has been concerned. To which I think I went overboard in how I allocated my time due to how anxious I was about shooting my first short film but that overreaction definitely paid off in the long run. Still, at least I now know that it's possible to juggle that workload and still have time to update here!
The short film has been pretty successful, I screened it to a few of my peers before its final screenings and the reactions I received were certainly more than generous. One of my crew members from the shoot actually cried and I had to offer them a hug I think I was one of three people in my class who didn't film a comedic sketch so it definitely stood out! If you'd like to see the film, I'll post the link right below this paragraph. Please let me know what you think!
In other news, I received a very pleasant surprise at my door today when I signed for a large box addressed to me and discovered the following:
Turns out 9 generous Aussie RT users decided to buy me an Xbox One for my 23rd birthday! Oh yeah, I turned 23 on the 27th for those who don't know but it's okay, I can hold a grudge. I was completely speechless when it happened, in fact, when I first saw the words "Xbox One" printed on the side of the box, I basically jumped back like it was a bomb and loudly uttered the words "Oh My God..."
So I would just like to take a moment to address all of my fellow RT fans by saying
"You're all insane... But I wouldn't have it any other way."
||I swear I'm not doing this intentionally*Sean crawls out of the smouldering wreckage as we see one of his arms is actually a cybernetic prosthetic. Catching his breath, he stands up straight*|
Long story short, my absence has not been a deliberate action.
Sorry guys, its taken me a bit of time to get used to a full study load at University and it's the first time I've had four classes to deal with (alongside my other projects) since I was in High-School so it has taken some doing.
But I'll let you know some of the key things that have been going on:
The review writing is still going strong and Sticky Trigger Entertainment is continuing to grow in its readership. The editors are ambitious and are actively working towards making this venture a paying gig for their staff members as well as themselves. I'm very excited for them to make this leap after having come to know them personally, but also because... I would really like a paying job.
I'm currently in the middle of pre-production for my first student short film. There's not a lot of time to organize everything but I'm revising the screenplay and continuing to develop the shot-list as well as the shooting list. Our assignment calls for us to make a 1 to 2 minute short film involving a theme of our choice but cannot involve synchronous sound. Meaning we shoot the footage on one day and record the audio on another day. I feel very confident with the story I have in mind as well as the shooting style I have planned and I'll let you know when I have a finished copy I can upload for viewing.
Still propmaking, by the way! However I have decided to rebuild the ODST helmet as well as the Chest Piece as the former was too small and the latter was too big but just had a myriad of problems that were quite simply my own fault. So here's the rebuilt chest piece prior to the first coat of resin I put on the outside the other day:
Edit: Admittedly I posted some old photos of the previous chest piece by mistake. My bad, it's 3AM here and I'm a little tired.
||9 YearsOn the 23rd of July, 2005 I took the opportunity to exploit a brief change in the age requirement of the Rooster Teeth membership policy and signed up for an account here. So here's to 9 nine years of posting my personal brand of random nonsense while gathering some of the closest friends I've ever had the privilege to know. As you can see, I celebrated the occasion in the best way I know how:|
The prop making is still progressing, by the way. I'm also currently re-building a chest piece for that Carter helmet in the above photo as I felt that I made too many mistakes on the last one. Here's how that's looking so far:
Happy 9 Years of Rooster Teeth mayhem!
||Some peopleI just wanted to get this off my chest somewhere, earlier this week I had to attend the funeral of a close friend's mother who passed away rather suddenly recently.|
It was a nice service, my friend and his father wrote a very succinct and sincere eulogy which was followed up by a very well played guitar performance by my friend in accordance with his mother's previously expressed wishes.
My friend, his brother and his father had managed to construct a beautiful tribute to their loved one and the image of my friend -one of the most physically and emotionally strong individuals I've ever known- burying his face in his palm as he broke down was one of the most painful sights I have ever witnessed thus far.
Now with this in mind...
Why the fuck would you approach him after the service to ask if buying a Harley Davidson would be a good idea as an investment property?
In what pluperfect reality would this seem like a good idea, let alone following up this inquiry by asking him if he could drive the motorcycle to your house because you don't have a motorcycle license yourself? Are you fucking kidding me?
Congratulations guy. Really. Congratulations on exemplifying the art of ignorant cuntistry in the extreme with one swift stroke, you douchebag.
Nobody even knows who the fucker was either! He was a friend of a friend who just happened to be there and they were the only two people who didn't dress in formal wear to the occasion.
|I totally forgot to post about this
Sorry about the delay on this, we had technical difficulties with the companion photo album (which ended with us saying "screw it", so we threw it up on Facebook
) and then I got swarmed with additional review work as well as University assignments.
So I was meaning to show you guys this for a while, I mentioned it in a few previous journals and those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook will recall this but back in early April I had the chance to go to the Melbourne Supanova Expo. One of the things that brought me there, aside from the fact that I was writing an article about the convention, was the fact that the IRL Shooter guys had set up their own booth.
Some of you might remember the name "IRL Shooter" as a couple of years ago (about a month before I went to Texas) I got a whole bunch of friends together to participate in their game "Patient 0". Patient 0 was a real world First Person Shooter that pitted 6 players with the company's 1st Generation M4 Carbine replicas (which fire IR Lasers) against a warehouse (with a fully customized level design) containing teams upon teams of actors dressed up as zombies. I even uploaded a rather poorly edited video of my team's experience
of that event. So, now they're coming back to Melbourne for their sequel to Patient 0 called "Lazarus" and it's currently in the middle of being crowdfunded right now
. They've also made some pretty impressive improvements with their gear
Anyway, the thing I've really been wanting to show you guys is when I got to try out The Pain Belt! This is a new optional add-on to their game, the zombie actors are equipped with IR Sensors so when they get too close to someone wearing a Pain Belt, the belt shocks the player with a few volts directed straight to the abdominal muscles. So naturally, I decided to let my oldest brother shoot me while I was wearing it
In other news, I'm a couple of weeks away from the end of the first Trimester of Uni. I'm looking forward to the break and still giving it my best in the process but they're not making it easy. Still, almost there. I've happened upon a job opportunity in the last few days, I'm following it up and hopefully I'll hear something in the next few days. Then I can finally buy the materials I need to keep building the Spartan Suit(s)! So fingers crossed!
I'm also thinking I'll go ahead and start making the cardboard paper layers of some of the other suits. Maybe I'll get started on an ODST helmet next. I'll be sure to post photos when I can!