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    • Farewell Monty

      3 years ago


      We said our farewells to Monty yesterday. I had the privilege to serve as officiant. For our extended RT family who couldn't travel, or if you're a community member who simply wanted to be there in spirit, here's a selection from the proceedings. Participating in this manner helped provide me some small degree of closure, and I hope sharing these thoughts might do the same for others.

      We gather here today, family and friends, brothers and sisters in blood, as well as those who are brothers and sisters in the creative spirit, to pay our last respects and bid farewell to one who was a dearest friend, brother, and husband. An artist, a mentor, a collaborator... occasionally a co-conspirator. And someone we are unbelievably proud to have called our crewmate, our comrade-in-arts. He was so many things to so many people, including the thousands upon thousands around the world whose lives he touched, who mourn with us and whose thoughts are with us today as well.

      If you knew Monyreak Oum, whether as Rocky or Monty, then you are undeniably aware that you were privileged indeed. To get to know Monty was to share in an overwhelming passion for life, for pushing yourself to do great things in your own unique way. Whether through his displays of the raw energy and beauty of the human form, or through the power of words, he was always challenging himself to find new ways to share philosophies and tell stories -- stories that would find their way into the world and engage and inspire others to move beyond their perceived limitations, and in turn make great changes themselves.

      Personally, I always found Monty to be a person of unshakable faith, in his own way. I offer Monty's own words.

      "For it is in passing that we achieve immortality, through this we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all. Infinite in distance and unbound by death..."

      A believer in the indomitable human spirit and its ability to exceed boundaries, and just as critical, to live on in the work you leave behind for others, Monty hated to waste even a single moment that was not in service of adding something to the greater culture. The more of your ideas that reach others, the more you will live on, even should your body fail you.

      And so, although we mourn his passing, we know Monty's ideas and passion and energy live on through us. We are all humbled, honored, and privileged to share these thoughts with you, to celebrate together, to grieve together, to honor and pay tribute to his far-too-brief life... and in our own way, to express our love and admiration of him.

      While the thoughts offered today are but a few of the ways that Monty has affected all of us here, we know that there are times ahead of us in which we will be surprised to find new ways he impacted our lives, ways that haven't even occurred to us yet. And while you may have a moment of sadness as you are reminded of what we've lost, perhaps don't linger long in that moment, and instead consider being happy that you found this new realization. Be happy you found another opportunity to keep his energy alive and the momentum of his ideas going.

      Most important of all, go create new works. Monty had a seemingly infinite amount of energy to spend on his art and craft and now he's passed that momentum on to us. We are now the caretakers of that spirit and it's our responsibility to do right by it, be inspired by it. As Matt asked in his journal upon Monty's passing, "Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way you can. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to."

    • RWBY Game: A Special Holiday Treat for Sponsors!

      3 years ago


      "Oh, the weather outside is frightful! But the... firefight with the High-Caliber Sniper Scythe is so delightful?"

      Merrappy Christmanukkwanzivus!! We have a very special little stocking stuffer just for sponsors, a heartfelt thanks from Rooster Teeth to you, for being a part of the RT Community -- the chance to play a pre-alpha level from the RWBY video game! This is a test of the animation and mechanics, and works much like the demo shown at RTX. It's only available til shortly after New Year's, but we hope you have fun with it on your holiday. But don't worry, there's much more to come next year that we are very, very excited about -- this is just a tiny peek!

      A tip o' the Santa hat to Jordan Scott, who's been working like mad with us on the project! And cheers to you, all the sponsors who keep us going! Hope you have a fantastic end to your year! Looking forward to all the craziness in 2015 together...

      P.S. You'll need the Unity Web Player plugin, so if you don't have it, you'll see a link to the installer when you load the game page!

      P.P.S. LOL - and special thanks to the new, honorary RT QC team out there! Keep the notes coming!

      UPDATE 12/26 - Sure, feel free to record Let's Plays


    • 3 years ago

    • Are you taking RWBY History 101 this Fall?

      3 years ago


      Hey Beacon Students-

      We have a unique lineup for RWBY fans this Thursday! This is an "off" week for new RWBY episodes, with Chapter 5 hitting next Thursday the 28th. BUT! We do have new content for you this week from the world of Remnant! Called... "World of Remnant" ...which seems fitting. Anyhoo, this August 21st, at 3pm Central for Rooster Teeth Sponsors (and 7pm for general public), fans will get the first of several new "history lessons," each exploring a particular corner of RWBY's world. And it's all fair game for the quiz... that you give us!

      We're also doing a public livestream this Thursday at 5pm Central, here on! Join Monty, Kerry, Miles and the gang as they answer your questions based on being a third through Volume 2. You can begin leaving your questions now in the comments for this journal entry, and you'll also be able to tweet using #RWBY_QA during the livestream. As part of this stream we'll also be chatting with the RWBY animation team as they wrap up animation for all of Volume 2 this week! So anything goes: story, art, animation, tech, ask away!

      See ya in a couple days,

    • RWBY's Turning Japanese, RWBY's Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

      3 years ago


      We mentioned it at RTX, but now it's official -- the team here is thrilled to announce that Warner Brothers Japan has licensed RWBY for distribution and merchandising!

      In 2015, WBJ will offer Japanese RWBY fans Blu-rays and DVDs that include a brand new Japanese audio experience, as well as some other treats we hope to announce soon. WBJ has produced such titles as "Accel World" and "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure," and the team that will be sheparding RWBY in Japan have also worked on such series as "Ergo Proxy," "Hellsing," "Lain," and "Tenchi Muyo" just to name a few. WBJ begins promoting RWBY this weekend at the Comic Market or "Comiket" event in Tokyo!

      Adweek already has coverage on the announcement, including some comments from Matt, over at:

      Stay tuned for news on the voice cast, merchandise plans, and... other fun things! ;)

      (RWBY cosplayers at Comiket Tokyo 2014, image courtesy @numgirl65)

    • 3 years ago

    • RTX is here!!!

      3 years ago


      Can't believe it's finally RTX! If you're at the event, come say "hey!" And if you couldn't make it, keep an eye on I'll be on the following panels/channels:

      (times are Central Daylight, i.e. y'know... Austin, TX times)
      1pm - RWBY - main hall
      5pm - RvB - main hall

      1:30 Video Game voice acting - room 18
      7 - RWBYv1 screening w/ live commentary - main

      1p- storytelling through editing - room 17
      5p - signing booth

      ...and may be crashing some other panels such as RWBY music, RTAA, and RT Animation. Check the schedule for more ( or go get the RTX app! Have a fantastic weekend.

    • Call for RWBY Fan Art!

      3 years ago


      A conversation that happens all the time on the RT animation team is the amazement at how talented the fandom is. If we ever need a little break or a shot of motivation, all we need to recharge is to catch up on the fans' contributions on the various art & social sites. Not once have I ever peeked in on all the posts going by without being genuinely blown away by someone's work.

      And now in return, we want to show off your stuff -- check out this call for submissions here! We're looking at a variety of ways we might be able to promote your art... including appearing in RWBY itself. So please do consider submitting your pieces, and we also need help getting the word out internationally -- if you have a favorite artist to whom you can get a message in their native language, letting them know to please enter their art, we'd really appreciate it.

      Thanks and looking forward to seeing your work!

      - Yes, you can enter as many of your different pieces as you like.
      - Please submit high resolutions renders when possible, preferably the original dimensions / resolution you created the piece in (if digital), or at least 2K pixels high if you can? Minimum 200dpi, 300dpi preferred if a print piece. We'll put more detailed specs on the submission page shortly.
      - At this time, we're asking only for art related to the canon RWBY universe. We will let you know when we're ready for artists to submit their original characters and weapons for an "expanded universe" call!

    • RWBY Recap!

      3 years ago



      So here's everything that happened today in the world of RWBY!

      - The RWBY Volume 2 Opening Title Animation debuted this morning over at Crunchyroll, and is now available here at RT!!

      - The brand new RWBY Volume 2 opening theme song, "Time To Say Goodbye" by Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams, is now available at iTunes and all your favorite digital music services

      - We've also put online the original RWBY Volume 1 Opening Title Animation, clean, without the credits overlays!

      - McFarlane Toys' Weiss figure is now in the Rooster Teeth store!!

      So there ya have it! Hope you're having as much fun with all this as we are!

      More soon. (I mean really soon. Yep, annny day now. All wrapped up. With a bow on top.)



    • 3 years ago

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    RT's Head of Animation

    Voice of Torchwick, Locus, Gen.Doyle, Rusty

    Post Supervisor / Editor / VFX / DoP / VO All around production dude. Which currently means a bunch of stuff on RWBY, RvB, X&V, etc., plus DoP on the occasional live action project.

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