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8 months agoCount3D Site Admin
- Cosplay. I know what I want to do, I've had this one idea kicking around for years. I just need to sketch it, assemble the pieces and find a good event to do it at.
- Join the Director's Guild of Canada. I've been working more steadily in the film industry since I graduated. I had a huge break last year that reminded me a) don't be afraid to reach out b) leave a good impression, you never know how many years later it'll have an impact. It's crazy when I think about what's been made recently or is currently in production in Vancouver. RoboCop, Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Interview, Big Eyes, Fifty Shades of Grey, Chappie, Tomorrowland, The Revenant, Deadpool, The Angry Birds Movie, Warcraft, The BFG, Star Trek Beyond, Fifty Shades Darker, War for the Planet of the Apes, Mazer Runner: The Death Cure, Power Rangers, Arrow, Bates Motel, Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie, Lucifer, Motive, Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, The 100 and The Flash and that's not including the VFX companies. And there is more coming. A lot more.
- Cosplay photoshoots. I want to do a few cosplay photoshoots. I've taken a lot of photos over the years at events and I've met so many great cosplayers, this is the next step. Be a dream to finally do a shoot with so many amazing people I admire.
- Workout more. I made a big adjustment at the start of the year to my workout routine. Aiming high this year.
- Art. Complete one of several ideas I've wanted to draw. I have a strong concept in my head to submit for this year's SideQuest charity auction. A "Keep Moving Forward" tribute.
- Spinal Tap. Recreate Spinal Tap with @Chris as Nigel Tufnel, @JoshtheFlanagan as Derek Smalls and myself as David St. Hubbins.
- Pay it forward. The community is in a funny place since the site changed over. It's a good time to help people get involved, learn more about the community, make it better. I am uniquely in a position to help facilitate that and I don't want to waste it.
- Write more. I love writing and I don't know if I get to post enough of it. But I am writing more and hope to submit to more outlets. I have a article I did a lot of research for coming up in BIG BITE next month.
Anything big on your agenda? Let's hear it.
9 months agoCount3D Site Admin
Ten years ago today, I signed up on Rooster Teeth. Because it was different. And strong. And truly a community like no other.
I was raised to be active in community service. I dove into it here and made some amazing friends. I wondered, what would it be like to meet the friends I knew from avatars and usernames? Then something crazy happened. I did.
I never guessed I’d be here this long. I wouldn't be here without them. Some say here is boring. Stale. Old.
But there is so much new-ness in the air. That is a good thing. I know why it can be hard to accept. When you really get into something and change happens, it can hit you really damn hard. When I think about how things might kick on, I think about this quote by Ed Catmull. “People believe that driving the train is the way to shape their companies’ futures. The truth is, it’s not. Driving the train doesn’t set its course. The real job is laying the track.”
I remember seeing a track being laid about five years ago. A young British dude thought it would be fun to film himself and his friends messing around in his back yard, after spending years cultivating his passion in the community and at work.
The next chapter, event, dude messing around in his backyard is coming. Is here! They may even be reading this.
Last month a journal was posted asking community members 10 questions. It attracted HUNDREDS of detailed responses. I read every one. I do that. Because I care, very much, what’s happening around here. Would you like to know what I learned?
Over 500 people commented. That is not a passive community. It is passionate, purposeful, strong.
The favourite things from the community were the same things I was excited about 10 years ago: the active art, vibe and friends. You dislike drama, its many forms, the fixable bugs, the fear of the unknowable future. You want to be heard, to meet up. You can’t ignore over 500 people, plus however many used twitter, reddit, tumblr, youtube and elsewhere. It can be daunting to wade through pages and pages and pages, but they are being read.
It is very important to continue voicing these thoughts. They are invaluable. It show how much the community cares. For there to be action, even simple, small tracks to be laid, to help that happen, you must speak. It's something crazy what RT has built here and the fact that one person let alone over 500 is still talking about it 10 years later says something.
It seems far away now, but signing up on Rooster Teeth was one of my best decisions. It was a simple one. The world is built by them every minute. So don’t underestimate the ones being made today or tomorrow. It isn’t the “ten” part of the years that interests me. It is every little thing, every comment and every memory that’s happened within.
Stay different and strong. And thank you for ten years here.
10 months agoCount3D Site Admin
I know the feeling of saying something you think is important and worrying it's falling on deaf ears. It can suck to sit down, carefully type something out, put effort and thought into it and send it forth, only to think "this won't be read. Why did I do that?" This isn't that time.
Are you worried about the RT community? Do you have something you want to say? If ever there was, this is a time. Feedback is important for and from this website and community. So please do take a moment to help @Barbara before her Manager retreat by answering her questions.
1 year agoCount3D Site Admin
I was a stupid lucky guy who got to attend the premiere for Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team at the State Theater last Thursday night.
Sitting in my row, looking down the line, I suddenly had strong flashbacks of the first RTX. I was surrounded by this fantastic mix of community members and RT employees, not to mention LT cast and crew members.
Before the show began, fearless leaders @matt and @burnie came out to introduce @Gavino @alanritchson @Michael @JoshtheFlanagan @Chris and say thank you to a lot of people- I wished I could've recorded what they had to say but for those that weren't there- they thanked YOU, the backers, the supporters, the community who helped make it happen. I had this crazy vision of some not too distant future with many Rooster Teeth movies and theatres filled with fans. I believe this one is a start for more.
Since the screening, the film's been getting some nice reviews. I won't spoil it in my journal but if you're interested in reading those sorts of thoughts, here's some snippets:
- "A good deal of quaint, geeky fun."
- "A step above other popcorn flicks of its nature."
- "Stands out from the rest."
- "Pure fun."
- "The Anti-Pixels."
Even less positive reviews like,
praised Michael and Gavin's chemistry.
What did I think of it?
I am totally biased but I found it to be fun, especially if you're a Rooster Teeth fan. I think most fans are going to really enjoy this. I was blown away by the ambitiousness and the amount of effects- from spaceships to holographic huds, to sparky explosions big and small. Hats off to the production team especially SPFX master Bob Trevino and Production Designer Marcus LaPorte.
But what about people who don't know anything about Rooster Teeth? Will they dig it? Honestly, I think it works. There's a lot of nicely thought out, clearly shot fight scenes, plenty of silly and subtle comedy and heart to keep the uninitiated entertained. Characters Adam and Mindy, I was definitely worried would end up stereotypical, ended up surprising me.
There's so much going on that I'm going to have to see this a few more times to try and catch it all. If you're a fan, go see this on a BIG screen with friends. It has that polished shine and crisp audio of a big budget feature and I hope it'll be a sign of more exciting, big projects to come.
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I heard of PAX through the Rooster Teeth community and I’ve been fortunate to not miss one since 2007. It wasn’t the biggest event at the time, but it was on the rise and it was where community members were going to hang out.
I've shared some very awesome PAX moments, meeting a lot of you for the first time there. I remember standing next to the stage with thousands of fans as Halo 3 was revealed at the final Omegathon to the tune of the Minobosses jamming the Halo theme at my first PAX. It was the “closer” in my community calendar, the goodbye party before next summer. I always looked forward to it.
Something about this year felt… different. I was thrilled by the turnout at PrimeQuest, our biggest yet, housing over 40 members from the site. I loved seeing superstars chatting with fans legitimately curious about getting into the community. After that... something seemed missing.
A lot of friends couldn’t make it. Panels lacked interest. I didn't have as much of a plan as I normally did. I fell back into the pindustry which in a weird way became a proxy experience.
I lined up for random games, like Banner Saga (enjoyed, good-looking Norse mythic world building, nice dialogue and unique characters) World of Warships (Battleships IRL, fun with a big team), Star Wars Uprising (for mobile, takes place after Return of the Jedi), Killer Instinct (I sucked and I had fun!) and Gigantic (reminded me of Team Fortress 2). I even snagged a rare Kappa and Vault Boy pinny.
So what was missing? Were the highs of RTX and SDCC taking the energy out of my PAX? Was I PAXed out?
I asked friends about this. I'm not convinced this was part of a broader consensus but I know I wasn't alone. One pointed out this PAX had a greater emphasis on streaming. I don't really go for the streaming at live events but could that have something to do with the funk?
Things changed on the Saturday. I attended the DUDE SOUP PODCAST LIVE. Something about it was different. You had to pay to get in and it was a little ways outside the con. It wasn't streamed or even recorded, and it wasn't in your typical theatre, which made it a little more intimate. They were funny, they were insightful, they were having a great time and that combo was infectious. Funhaus made my PAX and I hope I can catch their next show.
I went back to my room, hung out more with community friends and talked about the here, the now and ahead. There's some very bright new people in our community and they're doing things that remind me of what I've seen a lot of good people here do. Maybe what was needed was something different. This year still had awesome, unexpected moments and great games. I just don't think of it as the finale any more or some sort of signal. I told everyone I could about the Funhaus show, the PAXes will always represent one of the very best chances to interact and that is what I miss most when it's done.
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