Red vs. Blue: I am The Best
5 years ago
BlackPenguin Guardian x6
3 months agoBlackPenguin
After watching vines for years, I have seen some patterns. Here's my opinion on a few of them.
Types of Vine Personalities
The Pop Viner
These are the viners that comprised the first wave of popular posters on Vine. Their content was original, and very funny. However, these are also the first Viners to be successful at monetizing their content. And let me tell you, making money on Vine is not the same as making money on YouTube. These viners started out very original, but their content is now overwhelming corporate. Every other vine is either an ad, or is about selling a product they make. I hate to call them sellouts, but being lucrative on vine comes at the cost of creativity and originality. And since these people were the first ones to become popular on vine, they've been the flagship content creators for quite some time (unfortunately)
Originally quite creative and unique, their vines are now mostly about "that feel when" or "when this happens" types of scenarios. Most of their vines feel weak, and try to be overly relatable. They're a corporate bastardization of their former glory. They still put some great stuff out there occasionally, but nowadays they mostly involve collaborations, product placement, celeb cameos, or shitty writing.
Not to mention that a lot of them do some shitty things. You can't go one page in the comments of Curtis Lepore without someone mentioning his rape case getting dismissed. After the supreme court ruled on gay marriage, the #LoveWins hashtag was going around. Matt Post pointed out that pop viners were adding that hashtag to their content and then deleting it. This resulted in their content showing up in #LoveWins hashtag searches, even though the hashtag wasn't in the caption anymore. Lance210 did this for a lot of his vines, in a very transparent attempt to use the hashtag to get his prank vines more views. There are more examples of pop viners being shitty people, but let's move on.
The Semi-Pop Viner
These viners are really cool. I would characterize them as the second wave of viners. They are still involved in the corporate culture of vine, but have managed to maintain a measure of originality and independence that pop viners have not. They still do collabs, and participate in advertisments/endorsements, but they make the effort to keep their content fresh and independent. Their vines are less elaborate than pop viners who use sets and characters, and instead still rely on old tactics that were popularized by vine such as playing multiple characters, holding the phone yourself, and coming up with unique writing. Many of their vines are still done on the fly, with minimal set dressing. Such techniques used to be the hallmark of any popular vine.
These viners are also some of the most original acts on vine. Eh Bee is a family viners, who enjoy success without overwhelming corporate encroachment. J.Cyrus does a lot of situational impressions, as well as some of the best rapper impressions the internet has ever seen. Sarah Schauer routinely posts hilarious tales of waitressing.
These is indeed some bleed over between pop viners and semi-pop viners, with a lot of intermingling and collaborations between the two. But there is a clear difference in how the two approach content, and use the platform.
The Indie Viner
These are my favorite viners. These are some funny motherfuckers. For them vine is still about the comedy, and they make an effort to maintain creative control. Some are involved in advertisements and still use vine as a means to make money, but they are in it for the content. No elaborate set ups. No reliance on people to play characters. It is often only them, with 6 seconds of remarkabkle wit. And even when they do involve multiple people, the sketches feel very original and creative.
Indie viners are also sometimes just people who use vine as a vlog, with occasional comedy. Whitney is a viner who mostly does music and vlogging, with occasional comedy. CrafteeChloe (Matt Post's girlfriend) does artsy vines, comedy, and vlogging.
Indie viners have also created some of the most unique stories and trends. #SHTuesdays is a weekly thing, where viners post videos of themselves dancing on Tuesdays. It was started by Jonasty Drawz, and has come to be a cool way to engage with the vine community. Matt Post created "A sloth in a rap battle", which has to be one of the coolest things ever on vine (just watch the vines one at a time, starting at the top).
Additional Kinds of Viners
The following are more kinds of viners, though not as popular as the previous three:
- Nature Viners
- Vlog Viners
- Prank Viners
- Artsy Viners
- Music Viners
Types of Vines
The Relatable Vine
Supposedly relatable situation. Often involves some social setting. Most are kind of lame nowadays. Very popular among pop viners.
The "Bae" Vine
These vines depict romantic relationships, and follow some humorous scenario, with a short payoff at the end. Also very popular among pop viners.
The Funny Conversation Vine
Two people have a conversation, often resulting in some unexpected funny outcome. Common for both people to play both characters. An old hallmark of Vine, mostly used among semi-pop and indie viners.
The Prank Vine
Old type of vine, now primarily the domain of pop viners. It is often a supercut of a longer video.
The Pun Vine
Often only involving one person, the viner talks like they're having a conversation and says a pun at the end. Pretty popular among semi-pop and indie viners.
The Product Placement Vine
Nearly always the pop viner. They come up with a weak sketch about them playing an app, or using a product.
The Self-Promotion Vine
"Hey guys, I got an instagram/facebook/snapchat where I post more/longer/original videos." Occasionally also features a new song or project they're working on. Once again, nearly always the pop viner.
The Vlog Vine
Sometimes a series of vines, the viner vlogs about stuff. Used by most kinds of viners.
The Performance Vine
The viner performs a song.
The Artsy Vine
Features some form of imagery, set to music.
The Looping Vine
A very hard vine to make. Most commonly set to music, this vine give the appearance that it never ends, with the end point hard to spot.
The Nature Vine
The Slice of Life Vine
Viners, just living life, being funny or stupid.
3 months agoBlackPenguin
Meet @MikeQuinn, he's the VP of Rooster Teeth’s newly created Engineering team. In his words, "The goal of this team is to create an awesome web presence, build applications, and generally make RoosterTeeth.com and RT apps suck less."
He has created a new place to give feedback/suggestions/ideas on the RT site, which you can find here: http://roosterteeth.com/post/51271893
Keep it civil, as this is a place for suggestions/ideas and not a place to air grievances.
You can also check out his more detailed self-introduction here: http://roosterteeth.com/post/51271959
3 months agoBlackPenguin
I saw it last night. And you know what? I actually liked it. Like, more than I expected. I was really surprised.
A General Introduction to the Movie's Feel
The first five minutes are admittedly cheesy, as they set up the fabled legends of Egypt and go through some less than palatable dialogue. At the outset, you feel the need to brace yourself for a movie that tries too hard and overreaches. Like it's going to fail at setting the tone and gravitas of a wide-scoped plot. You're introduced to CGI that ranks about a 5 or 6, on scale of 1 to 10. The whole first five minutes feel like a warning.
But by the end of those five minutes, they've introduced a universe that is surprisingly intriguing. Don't get me wrong, this isn't no Avatar or Lord of the Rings. It will not be nominated for anything, and I don't hold it up as an example of cinematic accomplishment. But that's okay. Not every movie is a masterpiece. Some movies are fulfilling on non-prolific levels. This is one of them.
The Actual Movie
Long story short, gods live amongst men in ancient Egypt. One God is about to take the throne as King, and another steps in to take it for himself. Struggles ensue. That's the basic plot.
What's cool though, is how the gods and men live together. I've never seen a movie about gods and men in which they live so closely together. Gods are still the ruling class, but they're right there in the same rooms as the mortals. The work with each other.
The gods are also physically larger than mortals. It's similar to hobbits in LOTR. The movie doesn't do a terrible job of portraying this either.
There are multiple gods, with different powers and personalities. There are also different realms and planes of existence, which we see the gods travel to. We see how the gods interact with one another. Spoiler alert: very much like humans do.
Here's some cool things about the gods. They bleed gold. They have powers, tied to physical properties of their bodies. They can transform into animalistic beings, and wage fierce warfare on each other. And I gotta say, the fight scenes are really cool. Seeing them fight in their animal forms was really enjoyable. Not profound in a cinematic sense, but very cool in an eye candy sense.
What's especially interesting, if not annoying from a scientific perspective, is how the movie portrays creation, life, and death. You could call it religious but the concepts are so grounded in Egyptian legend, so far removed from modern dogma, that the movie can get away with it. They depict the role that gods play in creation, and show gods doing actual godly work. But they depict this in a really simple and visually impressive way.
Visually, it really is awe-inspiring. If you can forgive some CGI blemishes here and there, the movie produces scenes and worlds that are quite vast and profound in their scope. The color scheme is very plain, but yet very easy on the eyes. As you can imagine, being in ancient Egypt, there's a lot of sand-colored objects. I think I saw the color blue like 5 times in the movie. The other 99% of the time you're shown the shiny golds, arid browns, glossy blacks, and muted tans. It can be chromatically starving at times, but it's a slow burn that doesn't leave your eyes hurting.
All in all, I really liked it. It might have been a tad too long, at 2 hours, but the pacing wasn't too bad. There are cliche themes, pedestrian dialogue, and hit-you-over-the-head metaphors. But the world they build is what saves it all. It's a guilty pleasure, if there ever was one. It left me wanting more of that world.
Final Thoughts on Why You Might Like It
It feels so cool. It looks really cool. The world is very interesting, and its rules read like a video game or well thought out fantasy universe. If you're a part of this community, you're likely a gamer. You're likely someone who enjoys mythical universes, and fantasy worlds. You might enjoy OC characters, and magical weapons. You probably like high fantasy, structured mythologies, and the concept of legends. This movie has all of them.
The fights are cool. The imagery is eye candy. The rules of the world are really interesting. The colors. Oh god the colors. It's so fucking gold. Almost too much. The whole movie is also shiny. Very fucking shiny.
I feel like this is a movie that tumblr would love. Not the stereotypical tumblr, preoccupied with social issues. The fandom part of tumblr. The part of tumblr that loves universes and flourishes when writing and creating within them. There is a lot in this movie that I think could attract those who love well-thought worlds and structured universes.
They do a great job of establishing the world, and throughout the movie you are treated to its various rules and history. Fun ride.
4 months agoBlackPenguin
There are a lot of great RTX Guardian guides out there, and it’s occurred to me that I’ve never made a Guardian guide myself. Most guides focus on how to be a Guardian, what the actual work is like, and what to expect during RTX. I highly encourage you read those, because they'll help you prepare for what you might run into during RTX. However, this guide will focus more on ways to physically and mentally prepare yourself in the lead up to RTX. Simple and easy things that you can do right now and before RTX, that will make Guardianship easier. Think of these as mind hacks for Guardianship. You may find some of these practices helpful…or stupid. These tips are a combination of my own personal style and advice though, so don’t regard them as official. I’ve just found that after being a Guardian for now 6 years, I have a system that allows me to go into RTX feeling confident and ready.
What You Should Be Doing Already
You should already be checking the Guardian group often. Be aware of dates, times, schedules, and information as it becomes available. By the time RTX rolls around, you should already have memorized the start/end times for each con day. You should have a working knowledge of the various events and attractions as soon as possible.
Now That You Know Your Department
Get to know the people you'll be working with. Interact with them and have fun. Research your role during RTX. Soak up all knowledge from your Team Lead and your fellow Guardians in the department. Be proactive. If you have a question, ask your Team Lead, or ask in the Guardian FAQ thread. You will probably have a forum thread or separate group dedicated to your department as well. Make sure to have it on watch, and check it daily. Stay up to date on any meetings or information that your Team Leads put out. Right now, information might be minimal. But as we near RTX, you will receive additional information on your specific post. Stay apprised of any changes to your role, and research accordingly.
Starting This Month (two months before RTX)
Research the physical area of where you’ll be working. Find floorplans of the place you’ll be assigned to. Floorplans can be found on hotel and convention center websites. If you don’t know the specifics of your post yet, make an educated guess and adjust your research as information becomes available. Know the location of restrooms, exits, streets, and nearby restaurants/stores. As soon as you know your place of lodging, map out your path to work. Go to google maps, put in addresses, and have an educated idea of the time it takes to get there (and take into account traffic and the time it takes you to get ready).
The whole idea is to minimize the amount of surprises in your work and travel area. I find that this approach makes me more comfortable moving around my assigned area, and operating as an authority to attendees. Study all this and know it by RTX. Spend a few minutes every week or two looking over this. You won’t be quizzed on this, but you’ll want to have a working knowledge. Not only for yourself, but for attendees and other Guardians.
A Few Weeks Before RTX
Start eating a little better. Don’t shock your body with new foods or diets though. You don’t want to throw off your system. Just pick the healthier option among what you already regularly eat. Maybe avoid those god tier junk foods you love, and opt for the stuff you already like that might be better for you. You know your own body, so you know what it doesn’t like processing. If there are foods or meals that you love, but you know they make you worthless and lazy, maybe avoid those leading up to RTX. And this isn’t about dieting or losing weight. You’ll need the energy, so don’t come to Austin starving. It’s about being well fed, just not full of grease. If you can put your body in a healthier and more responsive state pre-RTX, it will make the weekend a little easier.
Make sure to get on a good sleep schedule too, if possible. One day of bad sleep can snowball over a week, and it’s easy to find yourself dragging by the weekend. You don’t want to be operating on a sleep deficit during RTX, so try to get on an RTX schedule before the con.
Hunger and sleepiness can strike hard, even right before RTX even starts. Many times I find myself getting a little less rest and nutrition leading up to RTX. It can due to work, travel, or pure excitement. In each of those instances, it can be easy to lose hours of sleep or to just grab a quick greasy meal. By the time the Thursday before RTX rolls around, it can be easy to find yourself tired and hungry at midday. Such is the nature of cons and travel. And you won’t always be able to eat super healthy at RTX. Time, money, and distance can conspire to force you to eat greasy and unhealthy foods. That’s just the reality for cons, for attendees and volunteers alike. And that’s okay. But that’s why it’s important to stock up on healthy habits before RTX. And remember, like I said, it’s not about dieting or losing weight. It’s about being well fed on healthy foods already in your rotation.
Here’s a cautionary tale for you. At RTX 2015, I made a rookie mistake and went about 23 hours without eating and a whole day with only 4 hours of sleep—and that was by the Thursday afternoon before RTX. Any veteran Guardian will tell you that this one of the biggest things to NOT do. Seriously, the first rule of Guardianship is commonly “take care of your body”. I was so disappointed in myself, since it was a stupid thing to do, but it just goes to show you that even for repeat Guardians this hole can be easy to fall into. Bear in mind, this wasn’t due to the demands of the work, but my inability to manage my time. It might not seem like something to be warned about, but it’s something that can sneak up on you when you’re so excited and dedicated about helping out. It’s just a natural component of volunteering. The best way to combat this, should you need to, is to make sure you’re in a good position beforehand by eating better and getting plenty of rest. Think of it as stocking up on energy and recovery ability. It gives you an extra boost, and provides you with a cushion of recuperation should you need it.
In The Week Before Coming To RTX
Make a list of what you’re packing. Make a list of what you’ll be wearing on each day and night. Do all your laundry days ahead of time and, if possible, have your bag packed by the day BEFORE you leave for Austin. And that list of what you’ll be wearing? Pack that too. No joke, waking up and having an outfit already planned out is a godsend. The ability to wake up and seamlessly get ready during RTX gives you so much peace of mind. Also, if you plan to carry a bag during RTX, make sure to have that packed and planned out ahead of time too. If possible, tailor your bag according to what department you will be working in. Different departments have different needs. PA’s might need sharpies and hand sanitizer, Lines/Panels might need counters and pen/paper, and Tech might need a shitload of tech stuff. Ask your Team Lead and fellow Guardians for specifics on what your assignment will call for. All the needed supplies will be provided, but if you already have access to the appropriate materials, it helps to bring them yourself. Don’t forget to pack snacks and water either. DON’T FORGET TO PACK SNACKS AND WATER.
Take stock of your body as well. Do your feet tend to hurt after being on them all day? Pack the comfy shoes or buy some inserts. Do you chafe after walking around a long time? Pack a tiny baby powder. Do industrial air conditioners dry out your eyes? Pack some eye drops. Don’t just plan for situations, plan for your body.
Also, by this time, you will likely already know your schedule for that whole week. Once you do, plan out your meal options as best you can. Maybe do some research on the nearest restaurants, menus, and prices. Knowing where you’re getting your meals from and how much they’ll cost can save you an unbelievable amount of time and stress. When you’re in the thick of Guardian work, with the crowds and noise all around you, eliminating any unknowns can be great for your sanity. Not just for the days of the convention, but the Thursday or even Wednesday before (if you’re in town then).
In The Days Before Leaving For RTX
Okay, this is where we get a little more…personal. It isn’t a big must have, but I find that it helps psychologically when you get FRESH TO DEATH.
I’m talking about haircuts, nail trims, and grooming (face OR body). I’m talking eyebrows, simple fix problem areas, moisturizing, exfoliating, and shaving. You're not going to prom or about to get married though, so don't show up not ready to get sweaty. You will be exerting yourself, and you won't be able to preen when you want. But basically anything you might do when you have a hot date coming up or if you’re going to a nice party, do that. Take your time, don’t rush. I highly recommend finding some time to decompress and relax by yourself, and utilizing that time to take care of your body.
Why, you ask? For yourself. Have you ever been chilling at home, and had to make an unexpected trip to the grocery store? You’re there, in your comfiest of comfy clothes just watching TV. All of a sudden, you remember you need olive oil for that kick ass dish you’re making later. So you go to the store not looking your best, and try to incognito your way through the checkout. The confidence level is noticeably lower than if you had taken an hour or two getting ready. I realize that we all have different levels of self-esteem, and some of you would probably feel and look fabulous wearing a trash bag. That’s fucking fantastic. But for some of us, there is a measurable amount of confidence and extrovertism that can be gained when we look our best. You carry yourself better, walk straighter, and make more eye contact. It’s all about making yourself feel better.When you look good, you feel good.
Do the same thing for your clothes. The priorities when it comes to Guardian clothes are typically comfort and presentability. You want to be comfortable working all day, and you want to look nice enough for the public to approach you. Feel free to make the best of that. Wear special pants/shorts, shoes, socks, or accessories. It can be nice and trendy, or it can be something that simply says “this is me”. The idea is to wear something that gives you confidence, whether it’s something slightly fancier or an outfit that screams your own personal style. The same goes for clothes you can’t see. Don’t trade comfort for style, but if possible, wear some good socks or good underwear. Good underwear is a huge confidence booster. It’s a weapon you should have in your arsenal. Keep in mind, there is a minor dress code for Guardians (approachability, visible shirt, emphasis on comfort). But if you can do what I recommend within the Guardian dress code, I would highly suggest it.
Here’s another personal example. Right before RTX 2012, I forgot to get a haircut. My hair was very overgrown. I didn’t pack any nice clothes, so my wardrobe (as a Guardian AND a civilian), was a little ratty. I could feel the lack of confidence I had that weekend. I met a lot of people for the first time, and I wished my appearance was a little better. Like I said, for some of you that ain’t no thing. But for me, sometimes, it can have a negative effect. The people you meet, attendees and Guardians, will accept you even if you aren’t looking your best. But looking your best can do a lot for you, psychologically.
Also keep in mind, you might have to deal with helpless or angry attendees, industry professionals, and don’t forget, RT themselves. Looking professional and put together can do wonders for your performance. You’ll see many veteran Guardians emphasizing professionalism and hygiene. Those two things are vital to being a Guardian. What I’m recommending is just taking that next step in those two respects. My only warning is to not go overboard. After all, you will be working and quite possibly sweating. So, don’t be too preoccupied with appearances. But do yourself a favor and give yourself that boost of confidence. In the days before RTX, make it a point to focus on your body and find serenity in the process. Use it as a form of meditation, and arrive at RTX with confidence.
In The Day Or Two Before RTX, in Austin
Pay attention during orientation. When you break off into teams, soak up your Team Lead’s advice. During team meetings and team orientations, if possible, visualize and act out your role. I’m talking full on miming that shit. Don’t just learn what you’ll be doing, imagine it. Picture the crowds. Physically and vocally act out your role. This will be your only rehearsal. It might look weird, but actually acting out the process will help you.
Get to know your team. Memorize their names, and tell them yours. If you’re there the Wednesday or Thursday before, maybe go to lunch or dinner together if people are available. If any of you are free during the evenings Friday through Sunday, maybe make dinner plans for the weekend. Things like this help your team become more cohesive, and close-knit. We all have our own neuroses and anxieties. Some more than others, and that’s okay. But we all need to help create an environment of comfort within our co-volunteers. You will be working alongside these people, you will grow fond of them, and sadly, you may never see them again. Take the time to know each other just a little, even if it’s over a soda during a break. It will help your work relationship, alleviate any potential awkwardness, and you will be happy you made the effort when you go back home.
Thursday Night Before RTX
DON’T STAY UP ALL NIGHT. I know there are evening events, and I know they’re fun. I will be at them too. But you know how much sleep you usually require, and you know what your body can and can’t handle. Don’t cut it close.
Eat a decent dinner. It's okay to indulge, but don't go crazy. Make sure your Guardian clothes for the next three days are planned out. If you will be carrying a bag with you during RTX, make sure it is packed and ready before going to bed. Doing these things will ensure you get a good night’s sleep, that you wake up refreshed, and that you won’t be stressed in the morning. Also make sure that your toiletries and hygiene materials are ready to go in the morning. Have a space set aside for all your bathroom products, and try to have them in a place that’s easily accessible in the morning. Between deodorant, toothbrush/paste, soap/shampoo, and beauty products, you can easily lose 10-30 minutes fumbling around in the morning.
Also be aware of your morning routines, and how your body acts. Do you need extra waking up time? Get up earlier. Does your hair require a special touch? Set aside that time. Will you have morning bathroom business to take care of? Take that into account. If you're rooming with other people, work out a morning schedule. Don't rely on a bathroom time slot in the morning if it hasn't been confirmed.
Also, and this is more of a personal suggestion, take a hot bath before bed. Still take a shower in the morning, but take a hot bath before bed. I know not everyone’s lodging situation will allow this (a shower is fine too), but if possible, do it. Fill the tub up and take a quiet soak for a while. Relax. Breathe. Listen to the sloshing of the water. Use the good soap, and conditioner. Take your time, and maybe put some lotion on after. Go to bed fresh and relaxed. You’re here because you want to be. You’re in your element. You're with your people. You’re calm and ready for tomorrow. You know where you need to be in the morning, and what time you need to be there. You got this. Settle down, set an alarm, and go to sleep.
That’s about all I got. If you want to know more about what to do during the actual convention, feel free to ask. I will do my best to help. There are also plenty of other experienced Guardians to ask as well. I’ll go ahead and leave you with some tips and tricks that might help you during RTX.
- Don’t be nervous. The people around you are there to support you. You’ll go through a lot of on-the-job training on the first day. You’ll learn a lot, and apply it to rest of the weekend. Don’t fret. Any stress you have is a passing condition.
- Don’t skip meals. Hand-held and portable foods are your friend, but do take advantage of times when you can sit down and enjoy a meal.
- Always have water on hand. ALWAYS HAVE WATER ON HAND. You don’t even need a space-age Olympian artisan water delivery system. Reuse an Ozarka bottle. You’re not the Queen.
- If you have the time and ability, try to take a hot bath at least once during the weekend. You will be surprised how much it will help.
- Be willing to relax. You’ll want to cram as much fun into the weekend as you can. That’s normal, and what we all want. But if you feel you might not be up to it, that’s okay. Chill nights with friends are just as good as wild nights with friends. Last year I even had a relaxing nice Italian dinner by myself. No joke, it felt good. Treat yo-self.
- You will be seeing behind the curtain of RT a bit, but you will be doing so in order to help them. Remember, you’re a Guardian first and a fan second.
- Food runs are life savers. Going on break to get something to eat? Have some extra time? Are you working closely with other Guardians? Consider offering to go on a food run for the group. Work out the money situation (through collection, smartphone apps, or trades), write down what they want, and grab it for them. This isn’t expected of you, but it’s an option that can save everybody a lot of time and stress.
- Ask questions if you have them. Redundant instructions are okay. You don’t get points for memorizing things the first time you hear them. But you do get Guardian points for thoroughly understanding things.
- Guardian Points don’t really exist, but just now I’ve decided to make them a thing. Use "GP" for short.
- Avoid having too many chefs in the kitchen. We all want to help. We all have ideas. There will be times when you’re in a discussion with other Guardians about what to do in a situation. People will have suggestions, and everyone will want to help. Be nice to each other when decided what to do. But once a decision has been made in a situation and a plan is implemented, give it a chance. Don’t complain that your idea was way better the whole time, and don’t gloat if your idea is the one that is chosen. Don’t let your eagerness to help become a battle over whose idea is best. Trust your team, and trust your Team Leads.
- Have fun. All these people around you are your people. They like what you like, and you have a lot in common with them. Probably more than you know. Feel how happy they are, and feel good about yourself.
- Write down the screen names, twitter handles, etc. of your fellow Guardians. Take pictures with them. Upload those pictures like crazy after RTX.
- If possible, STAY AFTER FOR THE GREAT GUARDIAN GATHERING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CON ON SUNDAY. People will dance. People will take pictures. People will cry, including you and the RT staff. You'll want to be there. You won’t want to leave.
- Remember how you felt when you were there.
5 months agoBlackPenguin
There's this movie. It's called Flight 7500. It's a cheesy supernatural horror that takes place on a plane. I first saw a preview around 2012 or 2013. I finally saw it last night. Why is this noteworthy, you ask? Because its release has been postponed for over three years.
I've found out that over the past few years, it had become a white whale of horror movies. People have been trying to see it for years. It got slowly got released overseas here and there over the years, but only got released here in the US this week. I only found this out yesterday, after wondering why it hadn't come out for so long. I know this probably happens all the time for movies, but this particular one was kind of interesting. After some research, this is what I found out:
- Early 2012 - Flight 7500 is filmed and slated for US theatrical release in August 2012.
- May 2012 - CBS Films pushes US release to April 2013.
- 2013 - US release pushed to October 2013, then again to March 2014.
- March 8th 2014 - Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 pushes US release back (speculated).
- June 2014 - Theater release in Philippines and United Arab Emirates.
- July 2014 - Theater release in Turkey.
- July 2014 - Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 pushes US release back (my speculation).
- Fall 2014 - US release slated for October. Meanwhile it's released in Germany, France, and Netherlands on Blu-Ray.
- October 2014 - Still no US release.
- April, 2015 - American Airlines gets exclusive rights to the film as part of their "In-Fright" programming starting in November 2015. Rights last until Spring 2016.
- Summer 2015 - Theater release in Japan and Brazil.
- April 12th, 2016 - FINALLY released in the US on Blu-Ray.
Stuff like this is neat to me. I've read about people who have been trying to see it for years, struggling to get their hands on copies from overseas.
A Quick Review of the Actual Movie
As you can imagine, there's not much to write home about. But as far as straight to bluray/dvd horror movies go, I can tell you that it's average to good. I've seen far worse. The movie moves a little slow, but it has a deliberate pace. A faster pace would've been detrimental.
But points for a concept that I've never seen done before. Don't think I've ever heard of a paranormal plane movie, beyond Bermuda Triangle type stuff. If it's been done before, this is easily the most popular movie based on that concept.
As far as the ending, it was great up until the final scene. They had a nice button on the whole thing, with a palatable twist, but they had to shoehorn in a plot-complicating final jump scare scene. Is that last girl in limbo? Did she survive? What the hell is the doll doing there? Nonsense. If they would've left that last part out, the movie would've been fine. I hate how horror movies always do that. It's like Burnie's complaint with superhero origin stories. Horror directors always want to put in a final jump scare. That practice has ruined many movies.
Anyway, I just thought this was a neat case study of how a movie can get held hostage by studio and circumstance.
5 months agoBlackPenguin
I first heard about Rooster Teeth in the summer of 2003. I was a casual fan until 2004, then a serious fan until 2010, and finally a die hard fan ever since. Fucking time man. The years fly by.
Want to see what I looked like in the months around the time RT was born?
What'd I tell you? I was so young and fresh faced. For comparison, this is what I look like now:
I look forward to decomposing with RT for 13 more years.
Afternoon, I was wondering how the Rumble works, in regards to teams. Do you send out a roster?
Answered: Mar 28, 2016
Each team picks out their players however they want. For RvBTX, we have a group forum thread where people can stay updated and request to be a player for that round. We essentially call for players each round, and try to give everyone a chance to play. You can find the thread here.
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| Asked by: FlamingChiwawas 6 months ago
Each team picks out their players however they want. For RvBTX, we have a group forum thread where people can stay updated and request to be a player for that round. We essentially call for players each round, and try to give everyone a chance to play. You can find the thread here.