Gus: Despite the fact that he, ya know, didn't feature regularly on the podcast, he was here most night's, mooching pizza, lunch on the sides over here
Burnie: Or he would, he would be in his office, as he always did, he was watching something and making something at the same time, that was kind of his M.O. and uh, he would have the Rooster Teeth podcast, and then he would stop to make sure to tweet at me, that we already talked about this. Tell me in a way that I was wrong. But he also had suggestions when we were looking for something to talk about.
Gus: One of his memories of Monty today on the website and uh... he uh... told a story I have forgotten about, which was when we were out shooting the first immersion which was the video game car, that uh... ya know we were between takes, we were between set ups, and... we were all standing around. We were like "Do you hear heavy metal music? Like where is that coming from? And uh... that was the first time I experienced Monty in powered down mode. He was just off to the side with his headphones in, full blast. Totally asleep. We went up and were like, "are you okay, do you wanna turn that down a bit?' and he was like "nah'.
Matt: It was loud enough that outside, with the window blowing like 20 miles per hour, ya know, this big white open space, everyone's running around yelling, that it sounded like, ya know, the music was playing out of the boombox. It was in his ears and he was just sleeping
Gus: It was amazing
M: He was just out, yeah. It was hilarious
Gray: i wonder if we're gonna have to keep the tradition in the animation department of just blasting that sound system from time to time, kinda keep everyone going
Gus: Should be a right of initiation, during an all nighter, like the newest person on the team has to wear the headphones, sit there, and animate
B: The craziest thing was we filmed immersion, we didn't realize at the time, but it was a block away from where we are now. Like we came out to the old airport because it was the only tarmac where we thought we could run this truck without the cops stopping us, ya know with our blow up dolls and Monty dressed as Yakuza. He beat the shit out of you
Gus: I was gonna say he beat the shit out of me. He did not pull punches. He got me good. I had a bad bruise on my side from where he kicked me for like a week and a half.
M: It was a very physical shoot. I remember Jack also got like a horrific sunburn. I surprised you remember anything, Jack, from that experience. But we also hadn't been working with Monty, we worked with Monty for a while I guess, but not doing much stuff outside of the office. Had we made that short before that?
B: So here's the deal, the first PAX East, was when we showed the pilot episode of Immersion, and then we debuted Monty's worked.
M: Oh that's right!
B: So Monty had been working for us. Total secret for...
Matt and Burnie: Six months
M: So we had been working with him but we hadn't done that much outside the office, and you never know if somebody, on set or in the field, what it's gonna be like, how it's gonna be different, then, you know, in the office. Turns out he's just as crazy outside the office as he was in. Really enjoyed beating you guys up. That was a fun day.
Gus: Yeah he had a blast with that.
B: To show you how unfamiliar we were with Monty at the time, I said I felt nervous by asking him to play like essentially an Asian character in a sketch. Of course he was completely fine with it. And then I asked him, "do you have like a crazy suit that you can wear? Like really high fashion' cause I never...cause I didn't know at that point in time where I had seen Monty.
M: I think his response was "how many do you need?'
B: "Let me show you my collection of wigs that I have' But yeah, it's crazy to think like, Monty being a guy, who...he was so meticulous about the way he... presented everything, he was so meticulous about the work he did. The way he presented himself at conventions. All the time, you know, he dressed to the nine's. Dressed the same way twice that I can recall. It was amazing to me that somebody, knowing i hindsight, that he could go six months, like zero limelight, working so hard, and just knowing that this moment was coming.
Gus: You know I was thinking about that today about the time we premiered his work at uh... PAX East, at the first PAX East, and um... I had never thought about it until today. That's the building where I met him for the first time. I met him at Anime Boston in 2007
Gus: The week he had released Haloid, and um... I remember we shared it all amongst the office like crazy , and I think independently, all of us emailed him immediately. "You need to come work for us'. It's one of the few fanboy moments I ever had at a convention was, he emailed me back, and I was like, "I'm going to meet Monty'. I was so excited about it. He came by the booth and, we went off at the convention center,we talked for like an hour, like you know, his process and other things. So it was really cool, you know, 3 years later, he didn't come work for Rooster Teeth immediately, he went and worked in the video game industry, but eventually he came back and it was cool, 3 years later, to have the big unveiling and be there with him for, you know, we showed off the warthog breaking through the wall.
M: That was funny too, because...everyone did email him and was like, "your badass! you gotta come work for us', but then there was a conversation, "so yeah, we should do stuff together' and he was like "okay, cool!' and then that was it, and he got a job at a video game place...
B: Midway, in Chicago
M: ...and he said to us, "oh, you guys were trying to fire me? I thought you were messing around'
B: Said, "why do you think we're calling you?'
M: "Oh cool, so let's working together now'