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      stuff I'm reading

      2 weeks ago

      figured I hadn't really posted a stack of stuff that I'm working my way through lately. This is (most) of the pile that's accumulated over the last month or so or I've just started to get back to working my way through.

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      The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabana is worth a read just for being a little more self aware about how you carry yourself. I'm really looking forward to reading her next book on brain chemistry and hacking.

      Here's a lecture that's more related to Charisma

      Todd Henry hosts one of my favorite podcasts (The Accidental Creative) I've only just started his new book but the first chapter was interesting.

      Really getting a lot out of Judd Apatow's Sick in the Head. It's a series of interviews he's done over the last 30 years or so with comedians. I think it's going to become required reading if you want to understand comedy.

      What I talk about When I talk About Running was a recommendation from a screenwriter and podcast host named Brian Koppelman. His podcast The Moment with Brian Koppelman is worth listening to and this has been an interesting entry point for Murakami. I feel like he's an author I should be in to but haven't ever gotten around to reading. I started to listen to an audio book of 1Q84 but got sidetracked. This is making me want to pick it up again. The book is, in theory, about running but it's more of a philosophy of life book.

      Still need to get into Ernie Kline's Armada. Maybe after I'm done with my part of the film

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      Portfolio review update

      1 month ago

      A quick update on portfolio reviews at RTX next weekend. It looks like most of the slots are currently full. I extended times on Friday and Saturday to open up a couple of extra places for people to fill in. I'll send everyone an e-mail more than likely Friday morning with a final location for where we'll be meeting. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

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      Portfolio reviews and career advice at RTX 2015

      1 month ago

      Update (8/5/15)

      Koen Wooten, who helped produce the current season of Red Vs Blue has made himself available for a few sessions from 1:30 - 3:00 on Sunday. I've added the time to the calendar so if you'd like to sign up, go ahead and fill out the form. There's also one other slot that opened up on Sunday for someone who'd like to go after it.

      Happy 'almost' RTX.

      Brian

      Update:
      For the moment, all slots are full. I'm working with some coworkers on opening up a few more slots. As soon as I know more, I'll post another update to let people know things are back open again.

      Hi guys,
      I've finally posted this year's form to sign up for career advice at RTX this year. Like I've mentioned in the past, this isn't a job interview, but a chance to talk to a design/creative professional about stuff like what working at RT is like, about life as a designer or visual fx artist (if you're a 3D artist you're included in that), feedback on your portfolio and advice on taking your work to the next stage. This year I have three sessions of 10-15 minute appointments available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

      If you have interactive or video work you'd like for me to look at, please make sure that you bring something to show me your material on like a laptop or a tablet. I'll have my phone, but with only ten minutes there's not a lot of time to pull out my cellphone and make sure that something works. It's easier if you have whatever you want to show ready to go.

      Here's the link to a form that you can fill out so that I can be better ready to talk to you too.

      Looking forward to seeing you at RTX next week.

      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kqu-DYNl3K7b5_3fZ...

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      On Crunch, the consumption of books and the passage of time (not necessarily in that order)

      1 month ago

      Hi everyone. Greetings from your currently off in seclusion graphic designer and friend Brian. It’s been a long time. I think quite often about sitting down and posting a journal, but most of the time I’m just racing around trying to figure out what else I need to get done. I was doing some reflecting tonight on something I was reading and thought maybe it’d make a good journal entry.

      I’m a reader. At any one point in time I’ll have four or five books in various states of completion spread around the house, my cell phone, my office, my car, the bathroom… It’s always been something that I’ve felt was important. Sometimes it’s reading for enjoyment, but most of the time it’s me trying to stretch my brain and make it just a little more elastic.

      The not so hidden secret of film sets (at least the regular sized ones) is that one is always hurrying up and waiting. In the case of post-production one is always hurrying up and waiting for something to finish preview rendering. It causes little bits of time that add up. You can try to make use of that render time by switching to another task, but sometimes that’ll screw up your preview render and sometimes that will make you lose your train of thought. It turns out that when I’m working on a creative problem, multitasking generally isn’t something that does me any good. I always have books around anyway, so I got into the habit a few years ago of reading a few pages while waiting for renders. For whatever reason, apparently reading doesn’t run down the same pathways of my brain that the creative problem does so i can switch back and forth pretty easily.

      This summer, as I’ve been working on Lazer Team I’ve worked my way through a few different things. Towards the end of June I listened to an audiobook of The Martian while I worked on deadlines for Comic Con. If you haven’t read it yet, go read the book before Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of it comes out later this year. It looks like the film version is going to be good and I’m really curious to see it, but I think a big part of a Robinson Crusoe type story is the passage of time, and spending 10 hours of an audiobook with someone just feels different than a two hour film. Also, it’s really funny and I’m not sure how much of the humor is going to be conveyed on film. Word of warning, it turns out that listening to an anxiety ridden adventure thriller novel while on a deadline to get something done can build a certain level of anxiety in you. Maybe it spurred me on to get my shots finished and turned in (if you were at Comic Con, let me know what you thought of all of Gavin’s helmet graphics)

      After that it was Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. We recently had a neighbor install a ‘tiny library’. Tiny libraries are these little community run boxes where you can grab a book or bring some books to share with others. As a book geek, the idea that I can take my dog on a walk and grab something from the little library on the road while I’m out kind of tickles me. I’d seen a trailer for a film adaption (not sure about it, but it’s got Robert Redford and Nick Nolte wandering around in the wilderness so maybe it won’t be bad) and happened to see it on the shelf. A good sign that a book is crunch worthy is that it allows you a certain amount of escapism. Can I send my brain somewhere else for a few minutes? A Walk in the Woods is a travelogue about walking the Appalachian trail. Last year I started to think about some plans for biking from the MN/Canada border all of the way down to New Orleans along the Mississippi. The idea was to do it as a charity ride, maybe even ride into RTX but for various reasons it didn’t happen this year. Maybe in the future. It’s something on my bucket list (also California across to the east coast), The book made me laugh and feel at least a LITTLE bit like I was out in nature so I guess it did what it was supposed to.

      Saturday, while I was at the office working on Lazer Team, I started in on a book by Donald Miller called Scary Close. Donald’s most known for a book he wrote in the early 2000s called Blue Like Jazz. It’s an interesting story about a young conservative evangelical Christian kid transitioning to life at a college in Portland that’s anything but that. It’s a book that meant a lot to me as I was learning to be an adult on the other side of being a somewhat sheltered kid. A few years ago, I worked as a VFX supervisor on the film adaptation of the book. I’ve got a soft spot for Don. I like the way he writes and I try to read whatever he puts out.

      The new book turns out to actually be a self help book. Don discovered that he wasn’t being an honest person. He was editing what he wrote and polishing it so that he looked better than he actually did and he was putting on an act. That extended into his relationships. The story goes into the counseling that helped him sort through some of those issues. I got to a section today where he was talking about how as he became more well known for his writing he got more and more cautious. There was a great quote from The Now Habit by Neil Fiore that kind of punched me in the stomach.

      “…the more success we achieve the higher the rope. As we gain something, we have more to lose. Success causes a ravine beneath our careers that grows more deadly, creating a kind of fear of trying. He said the fear of letting people down is one of the primary reasons people procrastinate. “

      As I was getting into my work on Lazer Team, I really experienced that. I’m responsible for all of Gavin’s heads up display in the movie. There are a lot of people who do HUD work who I really live up to. The idea that I was going to be working on something that I wanted to be as good as what they were doing ended up being really paralyzing. I know that I was not particularly pleasant to be around as I wrestled with how to make this design look as good as I felt it was supposed to look. Every time I got stuck I’d get more frustrated which would make me more concerned about performing which would make me more paralyzed. I was kind of a neurotic mess. Eventually, your brain tells you that it’s time to get to work and the design problems start to solve themselves. But I’m not always patient when I’m in the middle of it. It’s amazing how low our pain threshold can be even after we’ve trained ourselves to be able to work under pressure.

      My very first Rooster Teeth crunch book was Ernie Kline’s Ready Player One. Going back to the theme of escapism, that pushed those buttons. I forget where in Red Vs Blue season 9 that fell, but I think it was just before I got to work on the flame thrower scene. Tuesday, Ernie Kline’s new book shows up. I’m sure it’ll end up being one of this year’s crunch books.

      The other big crunch books from RvB Season 9 were audio books of the three of the Enders Game books (Enders Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide). The Enders series has this technology called The Ansible that allows distant locations in space to be able to talk to each other in real time. If they try to travel to those places, the theory of relativity keeps the people traveling at the speed of light young while everything in the current time scale continues to age. My dad had inoperable but slowly progressing cancer at the time. I remember that as I worked on RvB and listened to the books and talked to him on the phone, it felt like I was on another planet unable to be home. Last year I dealt with some of the same thing as I worked on episode 11 of season 12. This time, instead of my dad it was my mom and I was trying to get episode 11 out the door. I don’t remember what I was listening to, (I think it may have been Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, I do remember reading that while I worked on lighting Gavin’s crotch on fire for the Barenaked Ladies’ Did I say that Out Loud.

      I’ll never forget that the last time I talked to my mom she was praying for me that I’d finish my deadline so that I could come up. I tried to tell her there were more important things for her to worry about and that I’d be there as soon as I could. She said ok and by the time I got there she was mostly comatose.

      Anyway, lots of books and lots of memories. I’ve still got several weeks to go on Lazer Team before we wrap. Thankful that at this point it mostly looks like the drama will be just focusing in and working on getting everything delivered… and in between the preview renders, I’ll be doing what I always do, chugging away on a book.

      Talk soon,

      Brian

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      On Crunch, the consumption of books and the passage of time (not necessarily in

      1 month ago

      Hi everyone. Greetings from your currently off in seclusion graphic designer and friend Brian. It’s been a long time. I think quite often about sitting down and posting a journal, but most of the time I’m just racing around trying to figure out what else I need to get done. I was doing some reflecting tonight on something I was reading and thought maybe it’d make a good journal entry.

      I’m a reader. At any one point in time I’ll have four or five books in various states of completion spread around the house, my cell phone, my office, my car, the bathroom… It’s always been something that I’ve felt was important. Sometimes it’s reading for enjoyment, but most of the time it’s me trying to stretch my brain and make it just a little more elastic.

      The not so hidden secret of film sets (at least the regular sized ones) is that one is always hurrying up and waiting. In the case of post-production one is always hurrying up and waiting for something to finish preview rendering. It causes little bits of time that add up. You can try to make use of that render time by switching to another task, but sometimes that’ll screw up your preview render and sometimes that will make you lose your train of thought. It turns out that when I’m working on a creative problem, multitasking generally isn’t something that does me any good. I always have books around anyway, so I got into the habit a few years ago of reading a few pages while waiting for renders. For whatever reason, apparently reading doesn’t run down the same pathways of my brain that a creative problem does so i can switch back and forth pretty easily.

      This summer, as I’ve been working on Lazer Team I’ve worked my way through a few different things. Towards the end of June I listened to an audiobook of The Martian while I worked on deadlines for Comic Con. If you haven’t read it yet, go read the book before Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of it comes out later this year. It looks like the film version is going to be good and I’m really curious to see it, but I think a big part of a Robinson Crusoe type story is the passage of time, and spending 10 hours of an audiobook with someone just feels different than a two hour film. Also, it’s really funny and I’m not sure how much of the humor is going to be conveyed on film. Word of warning, it turns out that listening to an anxiety ridden adventure thriller novel while on a deadline to get something done can build a certain level of anxiety in you. Maybe it spurred me on to get my shots finished and turned in (if you were at Comic Con, let me know what you thought of all of Gavin’s helmet graphics)

      After that it was Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. We recently had a neighbor install a ‘tiny library’. Tiny libraries are these little community run boxes where you can grab a book or bring some books to share with others. As a book geek, the idea that I can take my dog on a walk and grab something from the little library on the road while I’m out kind of tickles me. I’d seen a trailer for a film adaption (not sure about it, but it’s got Robert Redford and Nick Nolte wandering around in the wilderness so maybe it won’t be bad) and happened to see it on the shelf. A good sign that a book is crunch worthy is that it allows you a certain amount of escapism. Can I send my brain somewhere else for a few minutes? A Walk in the Woods is a travelogue about walking the Appalachian trail. Last year I started to think about some plans for biking from the MN/Canada border all of the way down to New Orleans along the Mississippi. The idea was to do it as a charity ride, maybe even ride into RTX but for various reasons it didn’t happen this year. Maybe in the future. It’s something on my bucket list (also California across to the east coast), The book made me laugh and feel at least a LITTLE bit like I was out in nature so I guess it did what it was supposed to.

      Saturday, while I was at the office working on Lazer Team, I started in on a book by Donald Miller called Scary Close. Donald’s most known for a book he wrote in the early 2000s called Blue Like Jazz. It’s an interesting story about a young conservative evangelical Christian kid transitioning to life at a college in Portland that’s anything but that. It’s a book that meant a lot to me as I was learning to be an adult on the other side of being a somewhat sheltered kid. A few years ago, I worked as a VFX supervisor on the film adaptation of the book. I’ve got a soft spot for Don. I like the way he writes and I try to read whatever he puts out.

      The new book turns out to actually be a self help book. Don discovered that he wasn’t being an honest person. He was editing what he wrote and polishing it so that he looked better than he actually did and he was putting on an act. That extended into his relationships. The story goes into the counseling that helped him sort through some of those issues. I got to a section today where he was talking about how as he became more well known for his writing he got more and more cautious. There was a great quote from The Now Habit by Neil Fiore that kind of punched me in the stomach.

      (continued in the comments)

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      Announcing the fifth and sixth RWBY limited edition screen prints.

      8 months ago

      This week marks the release of our last two RWBY prints from artists Josh Budich and Alexander Iaccarino. In the interest of people being able to get their prints before Christmas we thought we'd go out with a bang.

      Josh recently had a big anime show at www.slashfilm.com/joshua-budich-anime-art/]Spoke Art in San Francisco (take a look at his beautiful Princess Mononoke print from the show which just made me more excited about what he could do with RWBY.

      Here's what he had to say about his print.

      "Getting a chance to work on something entirely new to me, like Rooster Teeth's "RWBY" series, is always a treat for me. When trying to find an original angle for depicting the pop culture lineup of usual suspects has been exhausted, an opp like this is a very welcome change. This is especially true when the content is as good as RWBY! I decided to tackle the most central-character in this first piece, "Ruby Rose", but my heart belongs to "Nora". Love me a redhead. BOOP!'

      Earlier this year I saw an Akira poster that had been done by an artist named Alexander Iaccarino. It turns out that Alexander had just recently moved to Austin and he was excited about the opportunity to do a piece. I'm really stunned by what he's created. Hopefully you will be as well. Here's what he had to say.

      "I was extremely excited to work with the Rooster Teeth RWBY team on this project. The studio was very encouraging and assured in my vision after viewing my extensive body of work pertaining to anime influences. A body of work in which RWBY fit right in. This piece encapsulates the epic scale of RWBY's origins. I decided to portray the team coming together as a group, facing the many enemies and creatures from season 1. Present and dangerous are the Grimm, White Fang, and Cinder Fall ominously lurking in the shadows. The artwork is much like the show; powerful heroines who stand strong surround by insurmountable odds


      Josh Budich's print is a 2 color 12x36 screen print on 100lb Cover Cougar White

      Alexander Iaccarino's print is a 5 color 18x24 screen print on 100lb Cover Cougar White

      Both are limited editions of 250, 59.95 and will be available at 4pm central time on Friday at roosterteeth.com/store . Both are signed and numbered.

      Printed at Nakatomi Print Labs

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      Announcing the fourth RWBY limited edition screen print

      9 months ago

      Another week, and another cool RWBY print. This week we're pleased to present James Flames' "Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang Forever'. James has been doing really great work this year for artists like Phish and the Avett Brothers. He also did this year's official SXSW poster. There's a real whimsy in his illustration that matches well with the world of RWBY and I think that holds true in the final piece.

      Here's what James had to say about his print.

      "I've been captivated by the Forever Fall forest ever since watching that episode '“ there's something so magical about it, and I knew right away it would be the perfect setting for my RWBY print. I thought it would look really cool to combine the leaves of Forever Fall with Ruby's cape to create a dancing pattern of brush strokes all around. And I also wanted to give a glimpse into each of the four girls' well-defined personalities '“ Ruby playfully hanging from the tree limb, daydreaming of becoming a Huntress; Yang flat-out ready to throw down; Weiss looking un-amused, as if there might be better things for her to do; and Blake, ever soft spoken, but ready to pounce at a moment's notice. I drew the entire scene by hand with india ink and a fine brush, and I hand-printed each piece of the edition using 5 colors on French Paper.'

      "Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang Forever' is a 5-color 18x24 screen print and is a signed and numbered edition of 250. $59.95

      Here's this week's print

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      9 months ago

  • About Me

    Motion Design Director and visual fx artist at Rooster Teeth. I make the stuff in a video that makes you say, "whoa! that's bad-ass".

    Other than that, I also like to find cool food trailers and watch movies with my wife, hang out with my daughter and I've also been known to harass the RT Sponsor chat with painful movies embedded from YouTube.

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  • Comments (451)

    • Twobit_

      Twobit_

      5 months ago

      I enjoy your presence in Sponsor's Chat! I hope to talk to you more sometime. smiley12.gif You rock.

    • Justine
    • LoKee

      LoKee

      5 months ago

      Good Morning Brian!

      My name is Logan Kees and I have recently applied for the Graphic Design position at Rooster Teeth. I just wanted to take a second to follow up my application and get in touch with you. I'm not sure if this is the best way to reach you but I figured I'd try.

      Have a great day and I hope to hear from you soon!

      Logan Kees
      [email protected]
      logankees.squarespace.com

    • Cointoss250

      Cointoss250 Heads or Tails

      8 months ago

      Happy New Year, buddy!

    • dsblink182

      dsblink182

      8 months ago

      Is there a new RWBY poster this week?

      • brianb

        brianb

        8 months ago

        yep. it'll be up in just a few minutes

    • leftyspal

      leftyspal

      9 months ago

      I don't remember seeing it in your previous posts, but is the RWBY poster series skipping this weekd due to Thanksgiving/Black Friday? Thanks!

      • leftyspal

        leftyspal

        9 months ago

        Thanks!

      • brianb

        brianb

        9 months ago

        standby. Post will be up shortly.

    • cecil111998

      cecil111998

      9 months ago

      Any updates on restock for RWBY merch. I would like to get a beacon academy jacket, but I have a short amount of time to get it. jw ty

    • trueblueoval

      trueblueoval

      11 months ago

      what happened to us getting a couple of days notice on the release of the new poster? now i have 5/6 and 2 of those i could realy care less about but i wanted to have all 6. now i missed one because i expected to have a notice not this bullshit.

      • brianb

        brianb

        11 months ago

        My apologies. I did post in the original thread over the weekend. Aled should have a handful of artist copies available soon.

    • aheivs93

      aheivs93

      11 months ago

      Hey Brian first off i just want to say that I LOVE the RVB poster series. I bought the Tim Doyle print and its hanging up framed in my apartment! I saw in your recent post about the final poster that RT will be having another poster series for RWBY. Now I think this is a great idea and I'll definitely be buying one of them, but i have one small suggestion. When RT released each of the RVB posters, they were gone in minutes. And for the people that just bought them (and who knew they could only afford one of the posters), it was a gamble on if the one they chose would be their favorite out of the series. What i thought might be a good idea is if before the poster series kicked off, you have a journal entry showing all of the posters (or at the very least some kind of teaser of them). It would not only up the hype for them but allow people to try and figure out which one they want ahead of time. Anyways I love this poster series idea and wanted to say thanks for my poster!

      Love,
      A faithful Rooster teeth Cultist

    • cecil111998

      cecil111998

      11 months ago

      If I had an idea for a t-shirt design where would I submit that