What's your favorite and least favorite Mill?
John Stuart Mill
7 months agorevelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser
Hello, Rooster Teeth Community! For those who don’t know me, I’m John and I work on the product and engineering team here at RT helping to create our brand spanking new video platform. We’ve been in closed beta for a few weeks now, and I can’t thank those community members enough who helped us put the site through its paces and provided amazing feedback. Today we have some pretty exciting news - we are now opening up the beta to EVERYONE. Yes, all of you can now head over to svod.roosterteeth.com and watch videos on our new platform until your eyes bleed (if your eyes actually bleed please stop watching videos and go see a doctor).
Access to content will be the same as on the current site - FIRST members get to watch live broadcasts and see FIRST only shows, and community members signed into their Rooster Teeth accounts will have access to features that anonymous viewers won’t have. Speaking of features... while you’re on the site here are a few things we definitely want you to check out:
You can chat with friends and staff on all live streams!
The video player saves your spot so you can jump back in anytime
Improved search so you can find the content you’re looking for
Get notifications about new episodes being added to your watchlist
Explore content from all of our channels right on the homepage
Please remember that this site is in beta, so you may run into a bug here and there. Click the feedback icon on the beta site to report bugs and we will work through them as fast as we can. Interested in hearing other users opinions on the new site? Join the forum and start talking!
We’ll keep you updated in the coming weeks about bug fixes and new features planned for the video platform, news about what we’re doing with new mobile apps, a full site launch date, and even information on what we’re planning for the future of the community site (community is going to be so great, and we can’t wait to show you more in the coming weeks and months). Thank you all for your patience as we get this new site rolled out.
Enjoy the open beta and have a happy Mardi Gras!
7 months agoezracooperst President
Burnie texted Matt and me this morning and pointed out that the construction crew working on the Mueller development has made it's way past the dividing fence and into our parking lot. Yikes!
(photo credit Burnie)
You should know that none of this existed when RT moved into the Austin Film Studios (AFS) campus just a few years ago. Austin Film Studios is a gem and it has served RT very well. I often talk about our campus as a huge strategic advantage. There are very few companies in digital space that have this type of facility.
Slowly the the parking lot has gotten smaller at AFS and houses have gotten closer. The good news is we do know where the dividing lines ultimately sit between AFS and encroaching development. With that said I can't help but think we in a real life version of Goonies /Batteries Not Includes / Up.
7 months agoericvespe
I'm still flabbergasted that this movie is actually real and is coming out soon. Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg is so batshit crazy as a concept that it's either going to be a massive train wreck or something amazing. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground on this one.
Today they debuted a new poster that is very much in the Spielberg/Struzan style although I don't think the legendary Drew Struzan actually did this one. It's good enough to be one of his, but I don't see his distinct signature anywhere.
UPDATE: This is the work of the great Paul Shipper whose work you might know from those awesome Scream and Shout Factory Special Edition Blu-Rays. For years he's been the heir apparent to Drew Struzan and I guess he's finally arrived if I even questioned whether or not this piece was a Struzan! Check out more of his work here!
Check it out:
That's a way better poster than the previous one, which features star Tye Sheridan with a Go-Go Gadget extra long leg that you can't unsee once you see it.
I still have no idea if this is going to be great or awful, but if there's one thing I've learned in all my years being a movie geek it's that you never, ever bet against Steven Spielberg.
7 months agoMaggie
Hello! It's been a while since I've made a journal post and I don't have any new insights or announcements or anything BUT...
I want to say thank you to everyone who supports what we do here. I can't believe the heights I have seen Rooster Teeth reach in even just the last few years that I've worked here and I've never been more excited for the future. Thank you for watching our videos, or leaving comments, or engaging with us on social media, or coming to a live event, or telling your friends about us, or buying merch, or laughing at us. However you engage with the content we make, we just can't thank you enough for engaging. We'll continue to strive to be the best we can every single day and in every single way - you are the motivation that pulls us through the sludge and helps us shine with pride!
Anyway - thank you!
7 months agoericvespe
Words I didn't expect to see today were "Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff are going to co-star in..." But that's exactly what I saw.
Looks like Michael Fassbender will take center stage for a feature length Kung Fury film. Yeah, that Kung Fury.
Tracking-Board got the scoop and I'm still not sure if someone somewhere is playing an elaborate pre-April Fool's Day Joke or not, but it seems legit.
The people who produced IT are behind this feature and this is either going to be the worst thing ever made or a stroke of a genius. I can't tell, which is pretty exciting in and of itself, but I'll believe this is real when I actually see it.
7 months agoericvespe
Welcome friends and neighbors to a new edition of Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! Lots of birthdays today, February 12th, but I'm narrowing it down to three so this doesn't turn into a novella.
The two going to ignore are Josh Brolin and Michael Ironside. Sorry fellas! But naturally for Brolin I have to go with Inherent Vice (not my favorite movie, but it's probably my favorite Brolin performance... just the chocolate covered banana scene by itself is the best thing he's ever done) and for Michael Ironside... this is tougher. He's been great in so many things... Scanners, Total Recall... But my gut is saying Starship Troopers because he gets to be his usual tough-ass self, but not a villain.
Addams Family Values (1993) – I was going back and forth between two Christina Ricci performances in my mind. The one I was more inclined to focus on was a film called Black Snake Moan. It's great, she's amazing in it and it's not something everybody has seen. But it's also a movie where she spends 2/3rds of it chained to a radiator while wearing nothing but a cut-off shirt and panties, so any image from the movie I wanted to use looked like I was objectifying her. The movie's more than that, so seek it out if you can, but I went with a little bit of a safer pick.
Both early '90s Addams Family movies are great, but I think I may like the sequel better and a big part of that is because of what they do with Wednesday Addams. Addams Family Values splits up the family in more ways than one. Uncle Fester is preyed upon by a money-hungry husband killer (a great turn by Joan Cusack) who gets in-between him and the rest of the family. At the same time the kids are sent to a summer camp.
I was Ricci's age when this movie came out and I'm pretty sure I fell in love while I was in that movie theater. Wednesday's outsider status combined with her gleeful darkness would pretty much define my ideal girlfriend throughout my teenage years. It's no surprise to me that my first longterm girlfriend bore more than a passing resemblance to Ms. Ricci.
The jokes in the movie come at you lightning fast and there's so much charm on display. The chemistry between Raul Julia and Angelica Huston was so note perfect it really does make me sad Julia passed so young and kept us from getting another half-dozen more of these films.
Walking Tall (1973) – Joe Don Baker is one of my favorite character actors. He's probably best known for being Bond's charming American connection in the Pierce Brosnan era (funny since he played a completely different character, a villainous military leader, in The Living Daylights) or the redneck dad in Mars Attacks! Or, for you, MST3K fans, the star of Mitchell, one of the most popular episodes of that point and laugh at bad movies show.
I kinda like Mitchell... it's silly, but typical of the drive-in action fare of the day. But that's not the one I'm going to recommend on Mr. Baker's 82nd birthday. Nope, the one I recommend is called Walking Tall. The Rock remade it with Johnny Knoxville a few years back in one of the most bizarre adaptations in cinema history. They turned it into a PG-13 action film which is absolutely a disservice to the original story.
Walking Tall is a true story based on a real life Southern Sheriff named Buford Pusser. He was a bit of a crime-fighting folk hero known for protecting the people of his small Tennessee town with a hunk of wood. He fought low level crime and corruption in his local government. Mr. Pusser was alive when this film was made and was even supposed to star as himself in the sequel, but died in a car crash. The sequels ended up starring Bo Svenson and did cover his death, framing the car accident as the result of him taking on the corruption in this small town.
Baker is front and center here and force to be reckoned with. He's angry, he's brutal and he's just kind of a regular guy. That was the beauty of the era... character actors could be leads and Joe Don Baker was a great lead here.
Walking Tall was a massive success on the drive-in circuit and for reasons I don't know Baker was one-and-done with it, instead moving on to two truly great '70s films: The Outfit (starring Robert Duvall) and Charlie Varrick (starring Walter Matthau).
You can rent Walking Tall on most of the steaming outlets (YouTube, Amazon, GooglePlay and iTunes). Just make sure you're getting the good one. Remember, it's Walking Tall not Rocking Tall.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) – This one was an easy call. Before his death, the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln was brought to the '80s thanks to a time traveling phone booth to appear in a documentary called Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Mr. Lincoln did a lot of good in his life. He delivered inspiring speeches that are still remembered today, he fought to end slavery, and put in motion a reconstruction effort that would hastily mend a deeply divided nation. It doesn't surprise me he'd help out a couple time traveling kids with their history project. He was just a good dude, you know?
There have been plenty of talented people who have played Lincoln, like Henry Fonda and Daniel Day Lewis, but this marks the only movie where Lincoln was able to play himself and he pulls it off without any camera shyness or awkward line delivery. Obviously all those years giving political speeches prepped him for this, perhaps his greatest moment.
That's it for today. Here are the trailers for all three films we talked about:
Happy birthday Joe Don Baker, Christina Ricci and Abe Lincoln! Party on, dudes!
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7 months agoQholtz VFX Artist Rooster Teeth
Out of nowhere, last week ended up being full of new things for me. I took a last minute flight out to Orlando to see the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. Growing up I was obsessed with space but, this was actually my first experience of a launch. With some family we set up in Jetty Park which was about 13 miles South of the launch pad. It's such an odd feeling to see the rocket with your eyes fly though the air and then hear the sound about 1.5 minutes later. If that wasn't cool enough we were only 5 miles away from the landing pad that both the SpaceX boosters landed at simultaneously. Seeing 16 story tall Rockets dive though the sky and then light up to land softly is mind blowing. I can't recommend enough that if you have the opportunity to see a rocket launch you definitely should! Elon Musk put his Tesla into Space?!?! How cool were those pictures? He really is getting America excited about space again and its awesome to see the amount of attention it is getting.
Flying back into to DFW I took the opportunity to check out a Model 3 in person. If you haven't noticed SpaceX, Tesla, Elon Musk has been my jam lately. Having the opportunity to get into a Model 3 instead of just seeing pictures was great. I'm hoping to get one at some point this year!
Anyone else feel like Elon Musk in a walking Tony Stark? Did y'all see the Rocket launch coverage?
7 months agoBoringGeoff Stuff and/or Things!
No, not that one.
I'm the younger, fatter, balder Geoff. I guess you could call me the New Geoff on the Block.
I'm also the new Licensing Manager here at Rooster Teeth. I'm incredibly excited to join the team. My mission is simple: I'm here to put more cool RT stuff into your hands!
I'm a near-native Texan, having spent most of my life zipping back and forth between DFW and Austin with brief stints in Oklahoma and New Zealand. I also spent a fair amount of time in California working at Pixar on various consumer products lines, including managing the toys for the *most* beloved film of all time: Cars 2. Lucky me.
I'll be using this feed to fill you in on the latest/greatest news with all of our super cool licensed products. I'll also be using it share the stuff that I geek about: toys, animation, video games, music, comics. The Works. And because I'm a parent to three incredible-but-completely-insane kiddos, I'll probably pepper in a pinch of dadstuff every now and then. Alls I'm saying is: I hope you gals and guys like hearing about baby poop.
So welcome to my little corner of Geoffdom! I can't wait to get to know everybody.
7 months agoelliemainey Survivalist
Hello beautiful Rooster Toothers! I can't believe this is my first journal post?!
*slaps own hand*
As you may have seen from social media and the end of the BurnieVLOG *sob*, myself and a small, incredible crew have been working our butts off making five episodes of "Skill Tree", where we take an unskilled British executive assistant (it me) and transform her into a battle-hardened femme-fatale, RPG style!
I'm super excited about this project and I hope you guys are too - its due to release in March but I can't give you anything more specific just yet. I'm going to be sending you updates, posting little teasers of the show and there might be a few opportunities for you guys to collaborate with us on this, if you're interested!
7 months agogus Elite Staff
Hey there! I’m here to update you all on a partnership we’re kicking off with Full Sail University. We have a lot planned for the next year, and I thought you all might be interested in hearing about some of the cool things we have planned.
First off, Rooster Teeth has a pretty deep connection with Full Sail University. We have a large amount of their alumni working here, including Ryan Haywood, Brian Reilly, and Will Hyde. It’s always nice to work with institutions that have results we have seen first-hand and can vouch for. We know that a lot of you may have thought about careers in game development, animation, or production, and we see this as a cool way to give you information about programs that can help you get started in those fields.
Now on to the nitty gritty. This partnership will have several different components. For the first part, Brian Reilly, Chad James, Alfredo Diaz, and I are attending Full Sail’s Hall of Fame event this week. We’ll be filming the whole thing, including my keynote to students and behind-the-scenes footage of the introduction to an exciting project we’re working on with Full Sail (more info on that in a bit). We’re also hosting a special livestream about that project on the Rooster Teeth Facebook page on February 14.
So, what is this project? We’re calling it the “Super ‘80s Fighter Project,” and it’s as radical and totally tubular as it sounds. (I’m so sorry for that.) Basically, Rooster Teeth will be working with Full Sail students to develop an ‘80s fighter game, providing them with our annoying opinions and advice. After we introduce the project in the livestream on February 14, we will check in about once a month to focus on different parts of the game and the students’ progress. It’s a great way to learn more about what all goes into developing a video game.
Full Sail will be at RTX Austin this year (FYI, it’s August 3-5), and attendees will have a chance to play the finished “Super ‘80s Fighter Project” game on the expo floor. Full Sail will also be the presenting sponsor of Indie Alley. They’ll bring the Full Sail Mobile Experience (a big rig truck loaded with gear) to the floor for RTX attendees to explore and learn more about the university and the project we worked on with them, so make sure you check it out.
I’m looking forward to everything this partnership has in store for us. Stay tuned!
7 months agoericvespe
Five Nights At Freddy's is fucked up. And I love it. Even more than the game itself, I love how it has become a staple for young gamers. My nephews (10 and 7) act as my informants in what the kids of today are interested in. Lots of YouTube personalities, Minecraft, Pokemon and this thing, a creepy game about a kid's pizza place that certainly bears no resemblance to Chuck E. Cheese's where the messed up animatronics come to life every night to torment the overnight security guard.
Blumhouse picked up the property a while ago when Monster House's Gil Kenan was attached. Mr. Kenan isn't on board anymore, but he's been replaced by an interesting director: Chris Columbus (per Deadline).
Columbus made his name in the Amblin circles in the '80s. He wrote Gremlins and Goonies for Spielberg, went on to direct Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire in the '90s and then hit the jackpot when he was the first to bring Harry Potter to the big screen. You can argue the quality of those first two Potter movies all you want, especially compared to the later, more mature, films, but there's no question Columbus did a masterful job casting the characters and setting up a visual language that would define the series.
He's been in a bit of a slump post-Potter. I'm not a fan of his Percy Jackson film and his last directorial outing was Pixels, so... yeah.
There's a question to tone, but since the Five Nights At Freddy's adaptation is at Blumhouse I imagine they're not going to shy away from the horror side of this story. To ignore that would be to completely miss the point of the game's success. The imagery can be soft, it doesn't have to be an R-rated movie or anything, but the reason the game became a phenomenon was the tension it built as you looked from camera to camera as you tried to keep an eye on the horror show slowly creeping toward you.
A Gremlins tone is actually pitch perfect for this thing. Take the horror seriously, but keep it fun and not too emotionally scarring. But how much of that perfect Gremlins tone was Joe Dante and how much was the script? Can Columbus do it?
I guess we'll find out!
7 months agokriss Community Manager
My two cents.
7 months agoKerry
Howdy RWBY Fans!
Thanks to all of you who tuned in every week to watch the show and talk about it with your friends! We really hope you enjoyed the most recent entry in Team RWBY's adventure. But of course... now comes the dark times: the dreaded "hiatus" between volumes. It's a time when fan art reigns supreme and crack-ships are at an all-time high. It's a time when people ask questions like, "Who is manlier? Port? Hazel? Or Pilot Boi?" But before we get too deep into the off-season, we wanted to have one more chance to get to talk with you guys, and so we'll be doing an AMA Monday February 12th on the RWBY subreddit! It'll be in the afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. CST and we (Kerry and @Miles) will also be joined by the incredible director of RWBY Chibi, Paula Decanini (@paulalala)!
So come say hi and let's talk all things RWBY and Chibi! We'll drop in the AMA link here on this journal when it goes live so you all can come and ask as many questions as you want.
Thanks again, and we hope to see you there!
7 months agoebregman Programming
I was asked to post more about the fires we're fighting, so here you go:
We've had numerous users report playback issues on RTAA, but we have never been able to recreate the issue ourselves...until this week. Good news is it's an easy fix going forward! Bad news is the solution as of today is to deliver RTAA in 1080 instead of 4K. More bad news: we still don't really know what the problem is.
There seems to be an issue with the static footage we use to separate scenes in many episodes, but we've been unable to pinpoint anything specific that would cause it. The error was tough to recreate because it occurred only in specific resolutions, and our transcoder makes manifest files at multiple resolutions and serves you the best one for your device/connection/etc. When I watch one episode I might not be served the 1080 version, which has an error at 120s, so it might play OK for me but not for someone else. When we saw reports of last Monday's episode giving trouble, @mikequinn watched it at every resolution until he was able to recreate the issue.
Keep letting us know when you see playback errors, I will not rest until they are all fixed.
7 months agocoolnathan Nathan Isherwood
What better way to celebrate the recent release of our varsity jackets than with embarrassing high school photos of our models and their completely fabricated Senior Superlatives? Look at these sweet children! Oh the ravages of time!
Sophie Turcotte (@sophieturcotte): Most Likely to Get Bangs
Alfredo Diaz (@AlfredoPlays): Most Likely to Secretly Still Be in High School
Jessica Vasami (@jessicavasami): Most Likely to Beat the Shit Out of Me for Giving Her an Unflattering Superlative
Max Kruemcke (@MaxCookie): Most Likely to Say He is Most Likely to Be the Hottest Bitch
And just to balance the scales, here's a photo of me from High School. Hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane.
7 months agoJon The Risemonger
You wanna write some sexy prompts?
ABCs OF STORYTELLING
BECAUSE I SAID SO...:
BONUS GAME: F/U
xoxo The Risemonger
7 months agoericvespe
One of the biggest movie shake ups in recent memory was last summer when Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired from their Young Han Solo movie mere weeks before filming was to wrap up.
Entertainment Weekly has a bunch of Star Wars related stuff hitting right now and one of their pieces is quotes from Kathleen Kennedy and Ron Howard about that time, what went down and where their mindset was when these crucial decisions were made.
Ron Howard had this to say: “I know Chris and Phil. They’re incredibly talented guys, and all anyone at Imagine Entertainment wants to do is find a way to work with Chris and Phil, and that’s every bit as much the case today as ever, but when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine, and I had not planned to direct anything last year. So then this came my way, and I was talking to Kathy, and the now tragically late Alli Shearmur, an old friend. I was reluctant, but I also began to feel that I could help.”
He also said that Lord & Miller's fingerprints are still all over the movie, but he hopes fans won't be spending time in the theater trying to pick apart what's theirs and what's his and just let the movie play for them.
Kathy Kennedy won't say a bad thing about Lord & Miller either, but did double down on the talk that they just weren't prepared to work in the way these films demand.
“I think these guys are hilarious, but they come from a background of animation and sketch comedy and when you are making these movies you can do that and there’s plenty of room for improvisation, we do that all the time, but it has to be inside of a highly structured process or you can’t get the work done and you can’t move the armies of people to anticipate and have things ready. So, it literally came down to process. Just getting it done.”
Of course, all this is true... from their point of view. Lord & Miller have been jovial about the situation in the few public appearances they've made since all the turmoil, but they've mostly kept their heads down and focused on their participation in producing the upcoming animated Spider-Man film at Sony that will be seeing MIles Morales behind the mask and writing their followup to The Lego Movie. Right now we just have Lucasfilm and Howard's side of things.
I'm sure in time we'll get more of the fuller picture, but it's interesting to see a more detailed point of view of this massive event.
Of course mid-stream changes isn't new and often isn't bad news. Michael J. Fox famously replaced Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to the Future after Robert Zemeckis shot half the movie (which Kathleen Kennedy produced, by the way).
We won't know if the final film survived until May, but I'm an optimist and I never walk in to any movie hoping to dislike it. Especially a Star Wars movie.
7 months agoChelsea RT Community Manager
Recently @RTcastMichael and I have really gotten into the Great British Baking Show. He really likes it (won't actively admit it, so I'm outing him here) and I really like to get inspired and make my own bakes.
But, I also found out that the recipes for what they're actually making ON the show also exist online - and in books (the books are what I want, but online will start). The books are way more comprehensive and have a CRAP TON of recipes broken out per season.
Oh man, what's this? Link to the recipe in question I'm wanting to try out, the Apricot Couronne from Season 2?
BUT - the recipes are written in British measurements. I attempted to use an online converter and receive gibberish that looks like this:
I was attempting to convert what 5 grams of salt is in American. Luckily, I can round with this one and be like, "Oh okay, roughly like 1 teaspoon of salt."
Others, I'm not so lucky.
Surely there are bakers or Brits on here that have a little experience with translating recipes... Do you have any tips on this? Or should I seriously go out and buy a scale and learn how to measure things in grams?
7 months agoChrisKO Might steal your tacos
So, instead of taking the time to write something big and grandiose, I'm just going to fill this void with little things to say here and there to maybe get into the groove of writing things. :)
January 25th officially marked my 2-year Anniversary with the company! How time flies. Over the past 2 years, I've really come to appreciate a lot of things RT has to offer. One of the utmost importance, however, is the community! Without you all, I don't think I'd have a place here. So, thanks for watching (and enjoying? lol) our content! Additionally, I'm incredibly grateful to have made friends with so many of my colleagues. Something tells me this is all adding up to head towards a grand 2018 adventure!
Question for you lovely peeplz:
What's some of your favorite RT animated content from this past year? Is there anything sound related that really stuck with you from any of our shows? Let me know!
7 months agoJoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi
7 months agoLuxCommander Tech Artist - Animation
Hi guys! My name is JD Arredondo, and I'm a Technical Artist/QA Technician with the Animation team. I've been working as part of the tech team since RWBY Volume 4 and recently got brought on full-time at the end of Volume 5. I've been a fan of the company like you all since the RvB days and previous to working at Animation had a brief internship over in the Live-Action department back in Spring 2015.
So what exactly am I doing on my journal here on the site? Good question! I'm still figuring all of that out myself, but I can guarantee that it will be dominated by sharing stories about my things I've been reading, watching and playing. I'm also totally up for answering any questions you might have about what it's like being on the Animation Tech team or being in the world of production in general. The goal is to make this space a very interactive blog where we can shoot the breeze about the things we love. Speaking of those things...
It's a bit of a running gag in the Animation office that I'm a hard core Star Wars fan that has read one too many Expanded Universe novels, and I've been meaning to put a project together that chronicles that era of Star Wars. As it turns out, it lends itself very well to the journal format, so I'm planning on writing some posts that will go deep into the Star Wars Expanded Universe and look at the best and the worst it has to offer. That should start sometime in the coming week or two, so be on the lookout for that if you've ever had a passing interest of visiting or revisiting the Galaxy Far, Far Away before the Disney-era.
See you guys soon!