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[Tribute video plays]
Burnie: Hello, Mr Monty Oum
Monty: Hello Burnie. I was very excited about the moment my first scene showed up at a convention. No one had any idea what to expect. We got a full house from the RWBY panel at RTX 2014. With Red vs. Blue and Rooster Teeth as a company, there's a lot of things we hope to create to make people happy in ways they wouldn't expect. Red, white, black, and yellow cause I'm asian. It's easy to forget to sleep when you're working on something cool, so you just work as hard as you can and still there's never enough time, so the thing you gotta learn is to essentially let go, what we end up making is always larger than what we think it could be. I do believe thoroughly in giving everything you got towards whatever you're doing at the time. My favorite thing this time around, is sharing it with everyone else; my colleagues, my friends, who all worked on this project. For the longest time, I just assumed we ended up here for some reasons that we dont need to think about but we tend to be master's of our own fate. The only thing that stops us from doing the really cool things is time. We're in a huge fan culture at the moment, where everything has spawned off of something, If you look at something, intend to use it, you have to emulate it, which means you have to understand it. I've landed in a very unique place where if I wanna make a costume of something, I can also make the character in which it's derived upon. At the end of the day, we're still looking at people, and the [inaudible] of people. As an animator there are things you need to notice that most people wouldn't been seen. The most important thing is to do this as often as you can, watch movies, or watch shows, or watch things, just keep your eyes open. There's a lot of destiny really, very few people have the luxury of doing what exactly they want to do as their job. There's never a day where I forget that. Moving forward, I always think of what's next ,so like I'm super excited to finish what we have, so I can just start working on something else
Special thanks to chekhovian12 for tips on writing the transcript and kosinissa for suggesting VLC
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Gray: Whether you were in the middle of a production'”there's always, you know, once or twice a year there's this sort of bittersweet moment after being in the trenches with everybody for months and months at a time, production needs to wind down, and you're not entirely sure the next one is gonna start. You know it's coming but you can't say for sure. And we would gather folks and he would tell, just survive the next couple of months, go do something creative, go study, go explore, go refill your creative well as it were. But keep moving forward, and then we'll all get back together again and we will keep moving on the next thing. And it's, you know, throughout every single day of the last week in a half, I don't know when I haven't [think?] of that now.
Matt: I love that was a phrase of his because, you know, kinda thinking of these things until you have the benefit of hindsight but that's'”sum up Monty entirely, where he had to keep moving, he had to keep doing, he had to keep creating. Being Monty which was an amazing thing to be, and I'm really glad he left us with as a mantra. He inspired us in a lot of ways and he will continue to inspire us.
Burnie: Yeah, he, you know, it's very sad that Monty's gone, but he accomplished so much in 33 years. If you think about everything that he's done, the work, Red Vs. Blue, creating his own show that's loved by millions of people, it's gonna be distributed now in Asia by Warner Brothers. It's just amazing, it's like Monty had a sense of time, his limited time because of the urgency that he had in his life, and in a way his greatest enemy at the end of it all was basically time, dying at 33 is just such a tragedy, you know, and he made the absolute most of those years and made the most out of literally every moment, he tried to make it as good as it could possibly be, on a smaller level whenever we were working on projects it was always time was the factor, of this has to come out, I want to make it bigger and better, bigger and better, bigger and better, and then it's just always time was always the limiting part of it to him. I remember there was a couple times, I mean we were done'” a lot of times people just wanted the relief of the person in charge saying, OK, this is done, it's locked, we're out. Monty's like, I think I have one more scene. I'm like, Monty please, please, we have no'”we need to burn the CD tomorrow morning it's 7 AM there's not time for 8 more shots. The sequence we're talking about, I think we can do it. And there's like several times that we did it because Monty drove that, like I want to get this done, and he did it, and he got it done.
Gray: Some of my most favorite touches on productions from the last couple of years are things that we got in there the last night. Yeah, you've got everything planned out, the scene was fine as it is, then he had one more cool idea. And like, screw it, we don't need to sleep tonight right, c'mon let's go for it, c'mon, pain is temporary, heart is forever, let's go ahead and knock this thing out.
Gus: [inaudible] those 30 hour days'” what's wrong with you.
Burnie: Well we wanted to come on tonight because, you know, Monty was somebody who really valued working and really liked doing it. He still did enjoy his life, some of you are learning for the first time that he was married last year, married [proper name], didn't talk about that very much publicly, although they were inseparable for the course of the last year and a half. You know, like I said at the top of the show, if we can miss one podcast for Monty's sake when we were all at the hospital taking care of him, or doing what we could do, but there was no way in hell we could get away with missing two on his behalf. There's no way he would've tolerated that. We do wanna thank you all for tuning in tonight. We said it upfront this would probably be a shorter version of the podcast and'”I just want to say how much we miss Monty already. You guys have any closing thoughts?
Gus: Big fan. I was a big fan.
Burnie: Alright, well we actually prepared a short video to show you of Monty's work, he's a very bright light, burned for a short time, 33 years, but we love him very much. I miss you Monty.
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Gus: I found it the other day, a couple weeks ago, maybe a couple months ago, going through storage and'”I thought nobody wants this right. I grabbed Monty and said, Hey do you remember the Monty Oum experience banner? I found it, you want it? He goes, absolutely. He came and grabbed it, took it back.
Burnie: Hung it in his bedroom
Gus: I don't know where it is, but he kept it. It was an awesome photo, it was really really cool. We're gonna have to do something with that.
Gray: Yeah, we'”uh I think over time, the store banner's of people'”
Gray: Yeah, kinda like it was the master of the dojo, we had his head up there, downstairs at 636 for the longest time. But you guys, so it sounds like some people have stopped by his office in the last week or so, have you been by?
Burnie: Yeah I went by earlier this week. And then we took his sister Tia on a walk through as well. Yeah, it's different, you know, it's different to see it. Monty also, he also did work from home a lot, you know, just because he liked the work wherever he was most confortable.
Matt: He worked in the car sometimes. While driving!'”
Burnie: At coffee shops, you know when he was out of town he would do that too. Vacations were like torture, seemed like for Monty sometimes.
Matt: Yeah we'”
Gray: I don't remember a vacation he ever took where he didn't bring at least 1 laptop and the latest assets for the show he was working on or what not. He would always come back and he would have like 3 more characters built, and you know, the next fight ready to go. I'm like, you were supposed to be having downtime. For him that was downtime.
Gus: I think it was PAX East 2013, where we were flying up there, and our flight was supposed to be Austin to Dallas to Boston but the Dallas to Boston flight got cancelled, so I had to scramble and I rebooked all of us to fly into New York, and then we had to rent a van from New York to Boston, and we were gonna be premiering the Blake trailer at that PAX East, so we landed in New York, and it was like a 3 hour drive to get from Boston, so we got in the car and started driving, and Monty busted out his laptop. And the whole time he worked until the laptop stopped until the battery was gone, you know, closed it up, then he powered down. I think we have an RT life video of that, and I think Kerry's back there, he just put his head down and powered down and Kerry started, I think it was Kerry, someone started like filming him in powered down mode, and without moving his head, he reached out and punched the camera. He knew exactly where [the camera] was. It was so badass, and I was sorry I only got to see it in the rearview mirror, I wish I had been back there.
Matt: He did have eyes not just in the back of his head, [but] like everywhere, it was crazy. We talked about before how he could watch all those monitor's simultaneously. And it did seem like if there was a foreign object flying at him from somewhere like we were at, I think PAX, where the guy came up to him and threw the lemon'”
Gray: Lemon punch, yeah
Matt: '”and just, Smack! and punched it right back at the guy, that was hilarious.
Gus: I think, yeah, that was amazing. That's one of the standout memories that I always equate with Monty. I feel lucky to have been on the stage and to have seen that first hand.
Burnie: I think one of the hardest things in this is, like Gray was saying earlier, Monty was always working, working on new stuff, we had just been in the process of talking with Monty about like, what was next. That's how RWBY came about, you know, Monty had done about 3 seasons for Red Vs. Blue. We said, you know, Monty, this show's gonna last a long time, and you can be lead animator for years and years, but is there something that you wanna do? He said, let me show you this. The first thing he showed me was a scythe that turned into a gun. And I said, OK I'm sold, this looks good whatever it is. Then he made the RWBY Red trailer himself as like a test concept, and the stuff that Monty was working on'”I think the saddest part in all of this is just, there's a lot of RWBY left that Monty's worked on. And you know he's talked with us over the years, talked with his team, basically hand selected himself, to tell them idea's that he's had for it and places where he wanted to see it go, so I feel safe in that, but I do feel sad in the loss of those things that we'll never see, the work that he just didn't have time to make.
Gray: There's um'”yeah I think the question of, what would Monty do is probably gonna be coming up a lot. We were talking about the office a little bit ago. We were wondering, do we close the door, do we leave it open, no, we're gonna leave it open. It's'”if you're looking for a little spark of crazy genius I highly recommend just standing in there for a moment, and seeing what shakes loose.
Burnie: You might find something like a desk of yours.
Gray: Varius pieces of missing furniture. It's not going to be the same, can't be, but we can only, we can be inspired by him, and we can keep raising the bar.
Burnie: Yeah, that's a big part of what Monty did, in my life, was keep raising the bar. You always say Gray, he always said,
Burnie:Keep Moving Forward
Gray: Keep Moving Forward
Gray: I lost count of how many times I heard him say it.
Burnie: Keep Moving Forward.
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Gray: That extra second you would take to move your hand to hit the different keys was too much repetitively.
Burnie: I think there was another layer where he'd go 5-8, do it like in a row'”
Matt: He would figure it out with his digits. Like what was the best way to'”
Gus: '”make his way down to the ENTER button
Matt: He was so obsessed with the efficiency stuff, like the last time he was over at the house I was washing dishes, I was talking, he's like looking at me, and I could tell he wasn't paying attention to what I was saying, he was just looking at the sink, and after a minute he says, your sink is not very efficient. I was like, What? How can a sink be more efficient? It's just like a bowl you just tilt the hole there's not much to it. And he's like, I can find a way; I'll make you a better sink.
Burnie: I'll make you a better sink, is that what he said? He'll 3D print you a sink.
Matt: 3D print me a sink. [everyone laugh's]
Gray: I think Monty's personal responsible for me finally learning Windows OS keyboard shortcuts. We were, you know, there was'”he would go a little quite, or occasionally you would just get a hint of a sigh if we're doing editorial reviews, and if you dare use the mouse the navigate to get the file up or whatever, those are precious seconds.
Gus: Another computer story, he held onto windows XP forever, because he didn't like the windows 7 interface.
Gus: Because it changes some of his shortcuts and then finally, we just couldn't not buy a new computer with windows XP. I'm like, I'm sorry, I can make it look like windows XP, we went through with like'”
Matt: He was searching on Ebay and like everywhere, he's like, this is the computer I want, because it's like, windows from 20 years ago. He would just not move.
Burnie: Yeah it has be like poser 95 too.
Gus: I would be calling manufacturer's like, listen, i want the computer you have for sale on your website, but I don't want the OS, can we just get an old copy of windows XP, and they're like, no we don't have the driver's for it. I know you got a guy, you got someone who should be able to do this, eventually gotta move off of that onto Windows 7. And then we had to go through and adjust the theme to give it that XP, that classic feel. All the arrows stuff took too much resources. He didn't want his computer wasting time generating all those flourishes when he could be rendering faster and doing those other things.
Gray: There is that, and of course, if you think he's that way about his OS, for sure he's that way about his animation software, where we're like, Hey man new version of whatever. Well this one's doing what I need it to do. You don't wanna go to this other tool? No, this is the one I'm fastest at right now. It does what I need it to do. We're good.
Burnie: Well people on Twitter are saying we already told the podcast story before about Monty and the microwave. They are just keeping the dream alive for Monty. I kind of sort of have to point out, you don't have to call us on that. That's OK.
Matt: I just, there were so many cool things about Monty, and I just think that the way he lived his life, where he just,he didn't care. You know what I mean? About what anything else thought. He was just gonna go out and do it. It was really cool. I remember one time we went to, the like really, the first big award show we've ever been to. Like Hollywood award show, the Producer's Guild Award's, and it was'”
Matt: It was us, and a few people that worked on and Monty was'”Monty was with us and Burnie and I had rented really nice tux's and were like ya know, gonna look spiffy for the red carpet, because we had to walk down the red carpet and were like literally behind LL Cool J, and Monty had gone and made himself one of his amazing outfits he makes, and looked of course completely different than anybody else at the red carpet. And we go out for the walk, and we walk across and all these flashbulbs had been going off, people taking pictures, and you hear the [Camera Shutter] like machine gun sound of camera's going off for all these celebrities and as soon as Burnie and I walked through, all the camera's turned off. It was a deafening silence.
Burnie: Everybody took time to do maintenance on their camera's, like OK let's me search these settings'”
Matt: Who are these guys? Two idiots, just let them pass through, like they didn't take one picture of us. Maybe one, the guy was like, OK fine. Ya know, and we get to the other side. And Monty walks up looking super cool, and like, ya know, somebody out of this world, you know he's like always'”walked in'”a grand entrance'”
Burnie: He was always prepared of Michael Jackson or K-POP video brokeout'”
Matt: And all the camera's, sure enough, go [camera shutter], and their just taking pictures of Monty like crazy, it was like, this guy's gonna be somebody. And he was somebody.
Burnie: Remember he walked up to Russel Simmons? He saw Russel Simmons, world famous producer, he goes I think I know him, then wandered across and said, Hi. Russel goes, what? and looked to Monty and goes [Nods]. Good little nod.
Gray: I can't think of another rockstar animator.
Matt: He was a rockstar
Gray: Yeah. So the last couple of RTX's, you know for one thing'”we're gonna have to up our game in terms of our fashion sense. I mean, yeah, he would occasionally say something like, you guy's, c'mon, you wear this to the office everyday, you have your Converse and your T-shirts and the jeans and what not or whatever'”
Matt: Where are your robotic wings? You gotta get on that.
Gray: His entrances at the panels were something to behold.
Gus: Back at RTX 2012, we'”rented a Pump It Up machine and put it on the floor so that he could go out and dance on it, basically exhibition's showing people how awesome he was. We had this giant banner printed up, I don't know if you remember it, it said, Monty Oum experience.
Matt: Oh yeah
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Burnie: [Same proper noun] was our last studio
Gus: Right, the old studio'”
Burnie: The place where we were the last 3 years
Gus: I needed to have a meeting, we were planning for RTX 2012 I think, and the meeting room, the conference room, was taken, so I said to myself let's just go meet out in [inaudible]. So, I sat down at the table having a meeting, and we're like halfway through the meeting, and I just my feet, and I hear something under the table.
Burnie: Uh oh
Gus: What the hell is that? Monty was curled up taking a nap, I guess he was on his off cycle from his 30 hour shift. He had just decided to take a nap right there next to his computer, and I was like, we've been having this meeting for like 15 minutes. He's just out. I was like we gotta go somewhere else.
Gray: Normally you just have to peel him off of his keyboard, he's just sort of, you know, passed out right at his work station.
Burnie: It was also, it was one of the frustrating thing with working with him too was he was always creating stuff, so we'd be coming up on a major deadline for animation, sometimes it would be 30 weeks in a row, we were working on something, and I'm like hey there's a deadline in 2 weeks. Monty what are you doing. I'm making, I've been spending the last week of my time making these mechanized robotic angel wings and he's like, look, I attached it to a servo and can make them flex on their own, it's for a cosplay. I was like, that's'”cool. Can you not do that [inaudible]. He just built that. He thought wouldn't it be cool to have robot angel wings. I'm gonna do that and he built them himself'”
Gray: I don't know of a time where he wasn't working on 3 things at once. Yeah, constantly , he [inaudible] could be crunching on anything and there's the show in front of him, there's the next thing he's designing on the side, I just'”for a video game, or what have you, but then he's always thinking one year out in terms of like, the next show he'd want to do
Gus: You know you talk about how he's always building things and taking things apart and putting them back together, you know that emoji with the hearts for eyes? I think that was his face when he saw the 3D printer.
Burnie: Yeah! I said that to his sister that the 3D printer showed up and immediately went to Monty's desk somehow, I don't know how that happened
Gray: One man [inaudible] make right now. Yeah I don't really know how many times he had them on the phone because he needed new parts, he just drove into the ground, or just finding new ways to try and improve it. Well if you guys [inaudible] did this gear this way'”break, blah blah blah, and he gave him so much feedback it was crazy.
Gus: The thing was constantly in production, printing, making stuff-
Burnie: Monty bought, yeah. It was definitely a big part of Monty's life was dealing with the limitations of things, I always feel like Monty was constantly coming [inaudible] limitations but also having a appreciation for those limitations, because he's always thought the limitations made him that much more creative, trying to figure out how to get that boundless entertainment that he wanted to create, but within those limitations that were just forced onto him when he was making entertainment essentially.
Gus: I mean, we saw him and we talked about his way to come around limitations you know, with creative solutions, like ripping keys off a keyboard so that he won't'”
Burnie: Yeh I was first'”
Gus: He came down, we bought him a really expensive, really nice laptop.
Burnie: Let's call it what it is, we got him a nice computer that anyone else in the company had. It was a big deal.
Gus: We were so shoestring-ed. The company had not bought me a computer yet. I was buying my own computer and bringing my own computer to work. And we bought him the super nice laptop, I was so jealous, and literally one day later like half the keys are ripped off.
Burnie: First thing he did was take a screwdriver and jammed it into the CAPS lock key and jam it off and then the F1 key and pop it off
Gus: What are you doing? He was like, oh if I hit that, it messes up the way I work and the programs, so i just want to make sure i never hit it. And I was like that makes perfect sense'”it was so hard to look at.
Burnie: I did not know, this escaped my attention, my desk that I made, when we were at [proper noun] I lost like an office and then I was kind of free-floating after a while. Monty ended up with my desk.
Gray: Was yours the hydraulic one?
Burnie: The plywood one, yeah. And of course, he was building something on it and completely burned a part of it. Deep gouges in it now.
Matt: Monty ruined a lot of desks. Actually I was looking at pictures the other day, just going through all photo's, and I came across one I had forgotten about and I showed it to [name]. It was a moment Monty off handedly said, oh I think I scratched that desk, I might need a new one. Like oh OK. And then I came down and I looked at it and the desk was eviscerated. It was completely destroyed. Had chemical stains from all the crazy stuff he would use for his epoxies it was just, it was nuts.
Burnie: He burned his own face. Chemically burned his own face once, one summer. Right before Comic-Con, like was working with epoxies mixed together and wiped his face and then had huge burns on his face. I was like, Monty that is not good. You shouldn't be doing that kind of things.
Matt: It was more efficient than using gloves.
Burnie: It was
Matt: He was busier.
Burnie: What is your absolute favorite Monty Oum efficiency tip?
Matt: The microwave. It's gotta be the microwave.
Burnie: Right? It has to be the microwave.
Gus: For people who don't know the microwave, it's if you have to put something in the microwave for a minute, instead of hitting 6-0 you hit 55.
Gus: Cause it's one number, and it's pretty much a minute.
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Matt: I love those really cool about him [that doesn't make sense but i cant tell] , he did like basically everything in the world, you know, every kind of content, and he wasn't cynical about anything, i never, like, can remember a time where he, you know, made fun of somebody else's work, or said something else wasn't'”cool enough, or whatever. He just like would always find something really interesting/compelling about everything and wanted to talk about everything. He, you know, like, anything from big budget hollywood movies, to little independent movies, to anime stuff, to anything you find on the web. I mean you said he loves game grumps, he loved gaming videos, and just'”pretty much anything under the sun, he would always'”um'”find something that was unique that you hadn't thought of about that as well.
Burnie: Well he thought it was'”He always said that he felt like that was a big part of our culture now'”is watching things and then using those things, it's like you basically take'”your experience in the world and turn it around as a'”filter and then create something new and exciting, ya know, based on the total [not sure what he says here. Aggravated maybe?] experience of everything you've seen and done
Gus: '”and that was fascinating to me when he first came to work for us'”to see him'”work'”and all the time have something in a secondary monitor that he was watching at the same time or observing. I remember when, years ago, years after'”after he had been here for a few years, when avatar came out on blue ray'”
Gus: He watched Avatar on half speed, like, on a loop'”
Gus: '”Non stop
Burnie: He had to get a special player that would play the whole movie at half speed, no sound'”
Gus: Yeah no sound. He wanted to see the way that everybody moved, the actors moved, and the computer generated characters move, and just to try and study the motion, which seems like most people wouldn't even think to look at that. Oh, it looks good so you ignore it, but it looks so good, you really want to drill down and understand it.
Gray: He never stopped being a student, as good as he got, at everything else. That he had never stopped learning. I always found inspiring, and I know that everyone in the animation department felt the same way. And you know, there was nothing'”that'”didnt have knew value. Everything, no matter if it was a Hollywood A-list title or something, someone, produced something of their own and threw it online, whatever, that there was always something to learn in why it works, or sometimes why it didnt. And he was constantly studying.
Burnie: You know, I had the chance to talk to him, I think Matt you did too, get a chance to talk to Monty's older sister during this last week when she was in town to see him, and to hear experiences when he was younger that he just'”want something'”not figure out how to get it or couldn't afford it, and he would just build it, find a way to build it himself, and I thought it was really special that she got a chance to come here and look at his work space, see how all these little contraptions that he's got built, you know, you go into his office there's all these trinkets disassembled, reassembled back into something else.
Gus: '”Or even, you know, even like, trinkets from different objects. he would take apart multiple objects and recombine them, re-contextualize them into new ways.
Gray: A couple stories that I heard in the last week which explains so much'”uh that apparently in the household growing up that you couldn't leave him unattended with electronics cause you would leave the room and come back in and whatever it was was disassembled, so you just kind of figure how it worked. There was another one where which apparently he had a tendency to run around unclothed quite a bit as a kid. Which now I get why he was running around all the time here wearing nothing but the mo-cap suit day in and day out.
Burnie: His second skin.
Gray: That was his mode.
Matt: There was a period when he first got that mo-cap suit, he got so excited about us having mo-cap in the office that I don't think he took the suit off for like'”5/6 days straight. I don't know, what was it Jack? It was like, I mean'”
Jack: [Inaudible] A week
Matt: Yeah it was, it was the'”suit had it's own baked in Monty essence that week. He would go to the coffee shop just down the block with the balls on it. He, i mean, he lived in that suit!
Burnie: We would see on the monitor just like, this 3D model eating a sandwich or drinking. We knew Monty was working. That was probably one of the harder moments that I had in this past week, was I came back in here and his'”mo-cap suit was hanging on a hook on the back of his door, and that was, that was tough for me to see that. Because I'm not used to seeing that thing inactive, you know.
Matt: You know, you mentioned his sister talking about her stories with him as a kid'”you know talking about him just being desperate to get, you know, LEGO blocks, not a set of, like Star Wars prepackaged LEGO's or whatever, you know, we'd buy kids today, he just wouldnt'”anything he could create, he was desperate to create all the time, he still, you know, he was that throughout his life, he was just desperately creating. He just had so much he wanted to get out, and was like however much time he spent on it, wasn't enough. That's why he would work, he would stay up for 30 hours, not because people told him don't do that, many times, but he could not help himself, he would get so excited about the process, and just so invigorated, he would, in the 24th hour, get a second wind , like this is great, i gotta keep going, this is the best thing I've ever done and get so excited.
Gus: You know, you talk how his sleep cycle was different, and'”
Matt: The Men In Black sleep cycle
Gus: I remember once at [Some proper noun of a place] down there and it was before the studio was fully fleshed out, it was still kind of'”