Club, Call, and Consequences: The three episodes of Red vs. Blue that I still can't believe got made.
Howdy folks! I sincerely hope you guys enjoyed what we've been internally referring to as "Mercs" here at RT Animation. It's been a labor of love long in the making, and watching comments pour in over the past three weeks has been an absolute delight.
Bet'cha thought he wasn't gonna make it, huh? :P
Well these three episodes represent just one of the many stories I've imagined for Locus, Felix, and Siris, and I do sincerely hope we get to tell the rest of those stories one day, but for now, I'm still overjoyed with the way this mini-series turned out.
I cannot thank our production team enough. Literally every department that touched Mercs tried something new: new art style, new lighting style, new aspect ratio, new animation style, new models, new rigs, new music, new approach to sound design, new approach to editing, SERIOUSLY this entire project was one giant test for ourselves. We all set out to try something new, and god damn it, I couldn't be more proud of everyone.
The first episode fight alone took months of planning. Making sure animation, editing, compositing, and sound were all in time with the awesome music David Levy created was a huge undertaking. I'm fairly certain the entire team wanted me dead at one point or another throughout production and I don't blame them in the slightest.
I'd also like to thank our voice actors. Derek Mears played a wonderfully intimidating Spanish Crime Lord/Dad of the Year, David Jennison was the perfect little shit of a son (sorry we killed your character... again), and working with Chris Sabat was an absolute dream come true. That dude is the BEST kind of weird and brought Mason Wu to life in ways no one else could. And of course, I must thank my partner in crime: Gray Haddock. You're the green to my orange, the cloak to my light shield, the scariest brick wall of a bounty hunter, and one hell of a department head. Love ya buddy.
Like I said, every part of the pipeline stepped their game up this year, and I'm honored to work alongside them (COMP TEAM MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE), but I have to give a huge shout out to the team that is so easily forgotten: our producers.
Even though the project was only three episodes long, the amount of coordination and organization needed to pull it off was astronomical. EVERYTHING for this show had to be built from scratch and in addition to the entire internal team, we also worked with outside modelers, artists, and riggers throughout the course of production. Our producers kept us on track, gave us clear goals to shoot for, and helped make this an incredibly smooth production.
Oh, and it turns out our fight performers are also legendary dancers.
So yeah... we learned a lot on this production, and we had a LOT of fun making it, but now for the question everyone has been asking: What happened to the Mercs?
We all know where Locus and Felix ended up, but this trilogy didn't answer what happened to Siris. It didn't show their descent into darkness like many people predicted... if anything, it just raised more questions. I know for some that's probably frustrating, but it's the tale I set out to tell; an open and close story with a bittersweet ending that asks the question "Did we do the right thing tonight?" There's no way to cover the entire history of these guys in just three episodes, so for now, let your imagination run wild! The point of these three episodes was to show that people change. Someone you may hate today may not have been such a bad guy years before you met them. We're all shaped by the events of our lives and the decisions that come with them. For Isaac, Samuel, and Mason, this was just one of many events that will shape who they inevitably become.
Until next time... remember to check your comms, use codenames, and never ever threaten Mason Wu's family.