Mon Apr 2, 2012, 5:46 AM
...or rather dancing.
I'm getting faster. Much faster. I know understand part of adding texture and punctuating rhythm to my movies also means adding more variety to my life. Years ago when I was in better shape I made Haloid in just over 2 months. Dead Fantasy 2 was made in about 4 months. These days as I get older and gain more skill. Somehow I seem to be getting slower. And part of it is re igniting my passion for things.
My movies have always been very rhythmic. And exercising rhythm in my life adds haste to my process. In an odd way, much like dancing adding texture and beats to my work means being ok with going slower. By learning how to be faster.
Tue Feb 14, 2012, 5:44 AM
So what the one other thing I do beside work?
Man I've been a dance gamer for over 10 years now. I try to play for style more than anything. I like finding songs that are hard enough to keep you moving, but easy enough that you can still look cool doing it.
This is the one other thing I do besides work work work. Really it's the only exercise I get maybe once a week. But lately with changes in my diet I've been able to get in really good shape. I happened to be there one night and a passerby decided to start recording. This was linked to me by my buddy Archie.
Funny tidbit, before I was ever known for making movies. I was "famous" in my hometown for dancing at arcades. My friends would even joke about the group of kids who liked to watch me back then as "monty's fanclub."
Thu Jan 12, 2012, 11:52 AM
Yo folks. Here i am in las vegas getting ready for tonight. Red vs blue has been nominated for best animarion at the international acadamy of web television for best animation. And tonightthere will be a livestream & red carpet for the ceremonies. You can watch the live stream at 9pm eastern time here: www.youtube.com/iawtvorg
See you then!
Thu Nov 17, 2011, 4:46 AM
So we managed to crawl to the finish of Red Vs Blue Season 9. If you've got a few bucks to spare, it's not a bad buy. You may be able to use it to clone me someday considering how much blood and sweat I poured into it.
But in all seriousness though it is a true product of love. I don't think anyone loves working on this more than I do.
That being well and behind me I'm already getting started on Season 10. Which will be no small task as the 10th season of this show we have huge things in mind... huge.
On a more personal note I'm beginning making some leeway on Dead Fantasy and other projects of passion of mine.
And on a even more personal note, I'm feeling somewhat empty these days. It's getting harder and harder to remind myself how lucky I am, despite the sacrifices I've had to make to get this far. It's a privilege of many sorts to work on something that makes so many people happy.
I've always said that everyone is entitled to their own sorrow, a rule I apply to everyone but myself. My personal rule being that life isn't about what you want, it's about what you need to do.
So why the emptiness?
The problem with living your dream, on the off days when you need a break. The escape your looking for is from yourself. In which there is none.
Mon Oct 24, 2011, 11:30 PM
Oddly even though I've been offsite for about a month now. I'm still working everyday. I don't think I know how to relax lol. But ah well, at least I'm somewhate more rested and ready to kick some more ass.
So this here is episode 17 of rvb season 9. This episode particularly has the longest uncut action sequence I've done to date.
I've always felt whenever movies do what's called a "long take" that the action itself kinda suffers due to the simple reason of being safe and laking the polish of editorial. Particulars come to mind like Hard Boiled or Tom Yum Goong.
So I was like why not? I have the advantage of editorial despite living in the realm of action choreography. It being animation, why not do a long take?
Mon Oct 10, 2011, 7:14 PM
I need to be better about updating here. You are afterall artists and coleagues that I respect.
So anyhow, we've wrapped this season and I'm back home in the northeast breathing a bit spending time with the girlfriend, doing the preliminary research for next season. As well as getting assets ready for Dead Fantasy, and... other projects.
In the meantime here's the latest episode of Red Vs Blue Featuring my work:
It's a very exciting time with a world of possibility in front of us. Believe me whatever I didn't get to fit in this season is going to be twice as good next season.
Fri Sep 2, 2011, 11:44 AM
Fri Jul 15, 2011, 12:21 AM
Busy... sooo busy
working hard as humanly possible on RvB Season 9.
failed at building my girlfriend new costume for AX '11. Also while getting several chemical burns while fast experimenting poly resins
went to AX, played as hard as possible to enjoy the 1/3 times a year I get to see my girlfriend. Enjoyed the fuck out of it.
back at our studio now cramming even harder on RvB season 9
check it out a special preview here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ3OZf…
episodes 1-4 are all available on our site as well: roosterteeth.com/home.php
too busy, just way too busy.
Thu Jun 9, 2011, 11:06 AM
Hey guys, I just arrived at A-Kon in dallas and will be having a panel on satruday @ 7:30... yup
I'm trying bestest to tie up a little something. Keyword little. Despite my ridiculous deadlines I'm glad to at least it's something... Yea
Tue Apr 5, 2011, 6:04 PM
Just apologizing en masse for being so quite lately or not responding to messages. I've been really busy, and it feels great.
The world, it looks very different when your pushing yourself every second you've got.
Wed Mar 30, 2011, 4:27 AM
Mon Mar 28, 2011, 7:51 PM
This is so incredibly awesome. Really, I don't deserve so much effort placed in my direction. Believe me I know how hard this dance is from having had to learn it myself. Especially understanding the formations, I even had the luxury of cheating some of the off camera positions in my video. But having to coordinate this and do it with 9 people accurately, AND maintain such adorable demeanor. Having been a dancer for so many years. This deserves a crazy amount of respect.
It seems whenever I'm in a rut I'm reminded how great people can be. I can only do everything in my power to earn this. You can bet I have more music videos in the works. Maybe something for the ladies? Hmmmm?
I need to know who these girls are, if anyone can link me to any page of theirs, I'd like to thank each of them personally.
Fri Mar 18, 2011, 9:41 PM
Tue Mar 15, 2011, 2:38 PM
I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it is. To have such great.. fans. I don't like saying fans, I'd rather to say friends. Fans are just friends I haven't met yet. I smiled myself to tears watching this. And in a time where I really needed it with everything going on in the world. When I didn't feel like I was making enough of a difference. The harder part of living in this world is living with only being able to make small ripples of change, but ripples enough that eventually we will make our own tidal wave. A wave of hope for others that can reach around the world and touch people past barriers of language or culture.
I can't imagine the work and dedication that went into this. The best gratitude I can give you is doing my part and gradually work towards earning this.
Thank you all!
and Sabrina & Serena (not sure if they have a DA)
Wed Mar 9, 2011, 4:17 PM
Hey everyone just letting you know that I'll be going to PAX east in a few days to man the Red Vs Blue booth and speak at our panel on saturday. It's bound to be fun with some cool new things to show for the next season of Red Vs Blue!
Sat Feb 12, 2011, 7:47 AM
I can't describe how great and supportive everyone has been. Nor can I begin to thank the amount of response that was given. I'm still always in awe of how people my tiny little corner of the internet actually reaches. As always the promise to fullfill my duty means I give myself little chance to speak. So in order to earn any amount of attention or generosity that comes my way I'll shut up and get back to work.
More important in life than getting what you want. Is doing what it is you need to do.
Tue Feb 8, 2011, 9:57 PM
...on the way down.
Can I share something with you? To put it bluntly, I'm poor. Always have been, even in success. Which is why it's kinda insulting at times when people comment how I can do what I do because I must be rich and can afford super computers. I use normal computers and sub-par consumer level software. I do what I can do because I dedicate so much of my life to what I do. So much that there's room for nothing else. And more to my point that's the problem here.
I work 20 hrs a day 7 days a week in order to get done the things I need to do. My girlfriend I've been with for over 14 years, I see perhaps 3 times a year. Ultimately the dream is to get married sometime soon, move someplace nice, and somehow make it my dayjob to spend all my time making movies for you.
After I made Haloid, I've gotten 3 different jobs and lived in 3 different states in the last 3 years. And despite the jobs that I've relocated myself for paying well (certainly better than the job I'd had a Kinkos when I started making movies.) Uprooting several times has taken it's toll. The moving costs and bills alongside the type of lifestyle I live, eating out everyday to save time, so that I can yet again go straight back work. It all adds up.
Hell the first step I took was buying a laptop I couldn't afford in the first place to make Haloid. And to this day the credit card I used still hasn't been paid off.
It is my philosophy in life, much like my movies, to jump first, then figure it out on the way down. So things I've done in the past like print burn and label several hundred DVDs and hand them out at a con for free. Looking back it seems foolish, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat if I could. When it comes to making something, if there's any amount of time and effort that can be saved in spending money I spend it and never look back.
Then there's getting married. Not something that's gonna happen with my current status of living paycheck to paycheck.
In retrospect, I could've made wiser choices, marketed myself better when I was "the hot new shit" and all that. But that's just not me. Just the same I'm currently trying to figure out how to better hold my web presence when my new vids come out. But it just seems so empty to throw captions all over my videos and beg for subscriptions and donations. Yet there is a danger that I may have to give up living so irresponsibly due to sheer necessity.
For example, a responsible thing to do would be to ask that no one else host my vids on sites like youtube or facebook other than me. How I really feel about it is if that's how they want to show their enthusiasm that's fine. I'm glad to have fans who like it that much. But in the long run the fact that other users have accumulated more views than me on my work hurts me. It seems like being successful means I also have to be a asshole.
The goal is simple
Adopt lots of dogs
Make movies/art/costumes/games til the day I die
Do I have a plan? Not really, I at least can't start asking for help unless I have something to give. Honestly, I didn't feel like I had the right to speak unless I had some art to go with it. To plan and plot success seems such a devilish necessity, and not really me. I Don't really think too far ahead. Only thing I know how to do is work as hard as I can, and hope that my skills are enough before I hit the ground.
Was something I made for DA a while ago. But I then figured out that due to the background it doesn't follow DA rules (it's a screenshot from FFVII AC.) And therefore it doesn't deserve to be on DA. (I'd submitted to the Desktop background category which I thought at the time was for stuff like that.)
Anyhoo, I've noticed some questions out there about why she has a scar.
If you remember, back in FFVII during the Neibelhiem incident. TIfa confronted Sephiroth and her cut her down nearly killing her. No doubt she'd have a scar from back then.
In retrospect, Sephiroth being left hand I'm pretty sure sliced her downward from Left to right. So the scar should be going in the other direction. Not Sure though.
Other facts about Tifa
1. She plays the Piano
2. She started her Zangan Ryu Jujitsu Training when she was only about 17 or so
3. Tifa's mother died when she was very young
4. She also nearly Died when cloud and her were younger when she fell off a cliff. (And she honestly have more scars from that.)
Tifa as a character is definitely more than Beauty Boobs and Brawn. I hope all of those who love her for the right reason and not just her ability to fight.
Strength is more than the ability to cause damage.
1. Years of game development art don't go in a dumpster.
2. Less time developing art means more time polishing scenarios & gameplay
3. Sequels are a financially sound business model. More money means better funding. Some of you act like it's a board of greedy fat cats who're trying to milk you. Everyone is struggling these days.
4. For most of you XIII is actually maybe 5 or 6. But for many people, XIII is actually their first. Don't let you nostalgia over past games ruin it for newer generations of gamers. Nothing can compete with a memory. Remember there were people complaining about you when 7 came out.
5. No one complains when other games get sequels. So...
5-2. ...when you think about it what you're really reacting to is a number. And that's just silly. What if it was call Final Fanasy XIII Crisis Core?
6: Revenge of the Bemused.
Do we honestly need more negativity?