I've often said it's something of a miracle that Rooster Teeth exists at all, let alone in the middle of Texas. And it is no small miracle inside that first miracle, an animation studio has sprung from that.
Several weeks ago, on August 23rd, it was the five year anniversary of getting a phone call from Matt, asking me if I'd be interested in coming to work on RvB9. On September 16th, it was three years since we wrapped RWBY Volume 1 and I was offered a permanent position at Rooster Teeth. (Somewhat related side note, if you didn't catch it, yesterday was Matt's birthday, so go wish him a great birthday weekend if you hadn't already, eh?) I'm sure I'll ramble more some other time about getting started here. But for now, the context in which I want to talk about these things has to do specifically with today. It was September 30th two years ago I was called into a review with Matt and Yvonne. They thought it would be a good idea if we formally organized all of Rooster Teeth's animated efforts into a brand new production unit, and asked if I'd be interested in leading it. And then once I reassembled the bits of my exploded brain, I very quickly, enthusiastically agreed. And thus, RT Animation was born.
With each of these events, I've found myself repeating "I can't believe this is my life." Which is to say, I can't believe how lucky I am to work with such an amazingly talented and hard working team, this chosen family. And I can't believe how far we've already come.
We've gone from a dozen or so people scattered through the 636 building, to the nearly 80 people dominating Stage 5, and we'll be growing yet again at a pretty decent clip next year. I walk around the teams' stations and frequently catch myself having paused to stare in wonder at what's on everyone's screens - the care, skill, and artistry being applied by every single person. I think back fondly to what we were able to pull off with so few people just a few years ago, and then how everything continues to look and sound even more amazing now. And you better damn believe we're excited to show you where we're going from here.
RT's Summer of Animation has been winding down, and a sincere congrats are in order for all three crews for Camp Camp, RWBY Chibi and RvB14. We're headed into RWBY hype season, and the team is thrilled to finally be able to show you what we've been up to. Thank you for all the kind words this week as we've begun releasing the new character portraits and the sneak peeks of the Volume 4 short which will see the light of day this coming Monday. The team has been pushing themselves so hard to raise the bar higher yet again on every aspect of the show, and I couldn't be prouder of them. They deserve all the love you can send them.
Regarding other RT Anim happenings, we've got NYCC next week, so stay tuned for more of that insanity. The return of Fan Service draws near. Sex Swing will debut this Fall. RTAA continues to rock it. And then you absolutely would not believe the number and scale of the productions we are going for over the course of what will be only our third year. If you thought 2016 was a wild ride...
One last thing -- a change is on the horizon for RT Anim which serves as a pretty nifty birthday present. There will be more on this probably the same weekend RWBY Vol. 4 hits. But in just a few weeks, Anim will be moving into a new building!! We've become a bit too big for our britches, and we need a space as big, bright, and cool as the department's future. Check out the pics below for a glimpse of all the work going into our new home! For some perspective: at the time we move into the new space, Anim will be bigger than RT was as a whole, when the company moved onto the lot just over two years ago. Soooo, yeah. Crazy times!
Thank you to everyone I've crewed with, my first five years at the company. I love each and every one of you, and you have no idea how thrilled I am for what's to come for us. Thanks to Matt, Yvonne, Burnie and all who have entrusted me with this very unique team its first two years. It's the greatest privilege I've had thus far in life, and I'll... uh, well, I'll try not to screw it up too much. But thanks most of all to you for watching and supporting us. When it comes down to it, it's all because of you.