Saturday, October 29, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief Short #2/Hypermail S01E10: "A Vereh Scareh H4110w33n"

Hey all,

Sorry I didn't update last week, it was a combination of busy-ness and laziness.  Put it off so long that I figured I might as well post the link to short #2 along with this week's Halloween-themed Hypermail so it wouldn't be overlooked in a separate blog post underneath.

Arby 'n' the Chief Short #2
Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E10: "A Vereh Scareh H4110w33n"

I hope you enjoy, and happy Halloween!

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. If the whole Hypermail episode doesn't put a few smiles on people's faces, I think its last shot might.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E09: "Remission"

Hey guys,

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.

Enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E09: "Dukes of Dongs"

Hey guys,

The new episode of Hypermail is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E09: "Dukes of Dongs"

It was great to see the tremendous amount of support in last week's short video comments.  Also in the many e-mails you've sent in.  Thanks a lot guys, it's much appreciated.

Hope you enjoy this one.  I really like the script for this episode, I thought it turned out really funny.  Hope you guys think the same.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S.  I know I probably don't have to say this, but regarding the 'dick cancer' joke in this episode, the target of the joke is not cancer and is not intended to offend anyone diagnosed, or who knows a friend or relative who is.  I chose the e-mail because I thought it was funny, and the joke's real target is Chief's ignorance, as it usually is.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief Hiatus Short

Hey guys,

Here's the short I mentioned would air this week in place of Hypermail:

Arby 'n' the Chief Hiatus Short

I noticed some asking why I'm even bothering to make this and not just take a week off instead.  Machinima's been very flexible with me but they insist on at least some form of content per week to keep interest and page hits up.

Enjoy.  I think it turned out quite funny, actually.

Thanks,
Jon