15 minutes ago
About three years ago, Burnie Burns asked me if I would be interested in becoming the writer and director of Red vs. Blue. He asked me like it was any other question in the world. Hell, he was grilling sausages when he did it and immediately followed it up with “Oh, pass me those tortillas”.
That question changed my life. And those sausages were outstanding.
It has been an honor and a privilege to not only work on the greatest web series in history, but to do it alongside some of the most awe-inspiring individuals I’ve ever met, and am now fortunate enough to call my friends.
When we started The Chorus Trilogy, it was almost solely on the shoulders of myself and Kyle Taylor, with Burnie and Matt acting as guides and Nico Audy-Rowland providing his signature sound. When we moved to Season 12, our small team expanded, bringing Josh Ornelas onto the machinima team, enlisting Clayton de Wet’s excellent sound design, and introducing animation into the trilogy through the talents of Chris Dike and Kristopher Peterson. As for the finale… it’s safe to say that it would never have been possible without the stunning team we managed to assemble. Old faces and new joined the project, each bringing something invaluable to the table, and together we did the very best we could.
As of today, Red vs. Blue: Season 13 is available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the RT Store and select retailers... and we’re pretty goddamn proud of it.
In the past three years, we’ve befriended giant robots, fought monstrous mercenaries, settled a civil war, awoken alien artifacts, and crashed several space ships… but we’ve also grown as a department, and as a family.
My life has also changed since this all began. I’ve made mistakes and have done my best to learn from them. I’ve had the pleasure of bringing amazing new people into my life, and have had to cope with the bitter loss of others. The one constant throughout all of it, though, has been you.
To you, who has watched our absurd adventures every week. Whether you loved it or you hated it, I would like to thank you for sticking with us until the end. I hope we made you laugh, cry, gasp, and occasionally curse at your computer monitors.
The Reds and Blues will return in Season 14, as will countless other characters from all across the RvB Universe for one, epic collection of short stories and adventures. It’s going to be unlike anything we’ve ever attempted, and I can say I’m just as excited as I am nervous. Fortunately, I’ve learned that sometimes... you just have to have faith.
And I do.
2 weeks ago
Last night I got a package.
Nothing too spectacular... but wait... inside was a smaller box, covered in bubble wrap and a green X made of tape. I dug deeper...
No... could it be?
MOTHER OF GOD.
For those of you who don't know, @EliteIzzy is the creator of this awesomeness. She does cosplay, photography, art, and seems to be one of the coolest people from the UK as far as I can tell. A simple tweet of thanks wasn't enough.
Izzy, this is seriously one of the nicest things anyone's ever given me.
Not only that, but she also included a wonderful letter, additional artwork, and the very first prop she ever made: a Hunter's blade, from Destiny.
Izzy, I can't thank you enough. I was having a bit of a rough day, and your kindness completely turned it around (seriously, I think I went out and ran my fastest mile ever after opening this)!
To everyone else, go check out her work on Twitter and the RT Site! She's super cool and unbelievably talented.
Oh, and Izzy? It fits perfect.
See you on the battlefield... soldier.
3 weeks ago
Not sure if you've heard, but I'm kind of in love with Super Mario Maker. Anyone feel like sharing their level codes?
Here's some of mine:
Koopa Shell Caverns: D8E1-0000-0019-3754
This was my first course! There's one or two spots where the level can break and become unbeatable, but it's somewhat rare. Still... oops.
Bills, Bombs, and Thwomps: 12A1-0000-0038-533C
This was a fun one to make. I may have made a mistake with the Thwomp section. I tried to warn the player about upcoming Thwomps by showing one in a safe area, but then the dangerous Thwomps that follow are completely hidden, sooooo... kinda cheap on my part. Sorry! It has a similar ending section to my first course.
Escort the Boo-Bomb: 4CAD-0000-0042-9DAF
This is one of my favorites. Be patient and make sure not to lose your Boo!
1 month ago
The contents of my fridge make me sad. LET'S COOK SOME TASTY GOODNESS.
Now that RvB crunch is over, that means no more eating at the office all the time. I'm getting back into cooking and need to go grocery shopping at some point this weekend. Anybody have some awesome recipes they'd wanna share?
In exchange, I offer my favorite family recipe: My dad's "Blue Moon Chili". This chili is the bomb-diggity. Sweet, with growing heat. (Pro tip: goes great with cheddar cheese and Ritz crackers). Play around with the recipe to make it your own (I like to add a little extra spice).
PAPA LUNA'S BLUE MOON CHILI
-Chuck Roast, ground coarse
Cook meat slowly and then drain.
Add the following items:
3 Cups Onion, diced small
1 ½ Tbl. Garlic, diced fine
Add the following, bring to a simmer and cover for 2 hours.
(Use tomato paste if not thick enough)
2 Tbl. Chili Powder
2 Tbl. Cumin
1 Tbl. Paprika
1 Tbl. Thyme
1 Tbl. Oregano
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper, ground
1 tsp. Black Pepper, ground
4 Bay Leaves, crushed & crumbled
10 Chili Petins, crushed & crumbled
1 Tbl. Brown Sugar
1 Tbl. Red Wine Vinegar
1 Can Beef Broth
2 Cans Rotel with Green Chili
1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
5 oz. Spicy V-8 Juice
1 Can Ranch Style Beans (plain or process smooth in a food processor)
And you're done! CHOW DOWN.
EDIT: Wow! All of these recipes look awesome! Thanks for sharing, guys!
1 month ago
Hey Austinites! Quick update:
Because the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse sold out of tickets so quickly, we've now opened up a theater at the Slaughter Lane Drafthouse for the RvB13 Finale Marathon!
Grab your tickets before they sell out! The following locations still have seats:
Note that we won't be holding the Q&A at the Slaughter location, but it WILL be recorded and posted at a later date!
Hope you guys enjoy the show!
1 month ago
The Chorus Trilogy has been a long and wild ride, and now it’s time to send it out with a bang.
I am VERY happy to announce that on Monday, September 7th, select Alamo Drafthouse Theaters in Austin, Houston, Kansas City, and Yonkers will be screening Red vs. Blue: Season 13 in its entirety as a celebratory lead-up to the season finale!
Come for the sim-troopers, stay for the drinks (and if you’re at the Austin South Lamar location, the post-show Q&A)!
You can buy your tickets here:
Austin (South Lamar)
Don’t wait! You know you want to see Episode 18 on the GLORIOUS BIG SCREEN!
The end is near! We hope you’ll join us for it!
PS: The Q&A is currently planned to be recorded and released at a later date!
I like telling stories and making stuff.
And video games. Definitely video games.