The new Arby 'n' the Chief story episode is now available:
Arby 'n' the Chief S06E09: "Remission"
Thank you for your patience and your strong support through e-mails and comments, they are all much appreciated.
The short video two weeks ago was supposed to put me ahead of schedule at this point but unfortunately it hasn't. Essays and group projects for my classes have eaten up a lot of my time and I was under the wire again getting this episode out. I was on very little sleep all this week to begin with -- I slept on Thursday at midnight and woke up at 4AM, finished a 1000 word essay, took the bus to school, attended classes and stayed on campus editing a group film project and didn't get home until about 7PM, and from there I sat at my computer for 23 hours straight finishing this new Arby 'n' the Chief episode and handed it off to Machinima.com on Friday at around 6PM, just barely in time.
I'm not looking for sympathy, I know this ridiculous workload is my own fault. I started this season of twenty-minute episodes well before my school term, before I was even sure I was attending school at all, and when I did know I was attending I figured the workload would be manageable, that the structure offered by getting up for school every morning would help me manage my time better than I was without it. Not so, it's just too much. Most days when I get home from school all I want to do is fall into bed, but I either have to go out and write for the show or sit and edit for hours and hours.
It'll be another three weeks before the next episode comes out. Next week will be another short, the next one Hypermail, and the next one a story episode. I'm really sorry about that, but the fact is I need the extra time now. It's too much for me to handle. Thankfully next week is midterms and most classes are cancelled so I'll have extra time to work on the show, and if I can get the episode after the next one out in two weeks then I'll do it. But no guarantees.
Because of the panic of getting the episode in on time you might notice a few errors that I only caught after I woke up this morning, viewing it again. I spelled one of Arbiter's subtitles wrong, I spelled 'really' with three L's, which I'm really angry at myself about. That and displaying a shot of Master Chief walking into frame twice in a row, one of him playing Scrabble where it's too close and blurry and I forgot to scale it properly, a shot of Duncan where it starts before the actual gameplay is in motion... they're minor but it infuriates me that I didn't catch them and they might shatter the illusion for some people. Sorry.
And sorry about all the "First Strike!"s. That was me being stupid and forgetful yet again during the gameplay capturing. A single scene in machinima can consist of many individual gameplay films -- in the case of the TOSERS takedown scene, eight or nine. So I spend like fifteen minutes setting up a shot, I make the first kill and "First Strike!" comes up, and I don't want to go back and set everything up again. And I constantly forget it's there. I hope you guys can just block it out.
That said, I'm overall satisfied with how it turned out. Some of you might be interested to know that the very last shot of this episode was the first image I had in my head when creating this season from scratch early on, so everything really revolves around this episode from a writing standpoint.