Saturday, December 24, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief: Christmas Special 2011

Hey all,

The Arby 'n' the Chief 2011 Christmas Special is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief: Christmas Special 2011

Have a vurry murry Sexmas, err'body.

Thanks,
Jon

Friday, December 23, 2011

News: Hypermail S01E12, Christmas break

Yo dudes,

Sorry it's taken me a while to post this, but here's the latest episode of Hypermail:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E12: "Chilling Out"

And I'm also sorry to say that the story episodes won't resume until January -- the 14th, to be specific.  I recall a comment somebody made on this latest Hypermail video, in which the guy said "I'm sure he has a good reason for doing this."  Yeah, the reason is so I can have a decent stress-free Christmas break and not want to wrap my lips around the end of a 12-gauge.

That being said, I'm currently having a pleasant Christmas break.  I've finally had time to sit down and beat Skyward Sword, which was amazing (though I still wouldn't put it quite above Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask.  I'd probably rank it third, above Wind Waker).  Then after Christmas I'll be able to play Combat Evolved Anniversary, Saints Row the Third, Dark Souls, Gears of War 3, Sonic Generations (finally a 3D Sonic that doesn't gargle nutsack), and a couple others.

I haven't left you with nothing though -- expect a Christmas and New Year's special, airing on the 24th and the 31st respectively.  They're not that long, a few minutes long each, but it's something at least.

I appreciate your patience, and I hope you all have a nice Christmas too.

Thanks,
Jon

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Behind the Scenes: Part One

Hi all,

Sorry for the delay.  The 'behind-the-scenes' episode I said I'd do outlining the production of an episode of the series is now available:

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Behind the Scenes: Part One *

* SPOILER WARNING: A section near the beginning of the video covering my outlining process displays (accidentally) some events taking place in the final episodes to come.  Don't read too closely at my notes or read the video's comments if you don't want the last couple of episodes partially spoiled for you.

Mind you, a lot of the ideas you'll see in my notes were never and will not be used.  A lot of the stuff I write down during the outline phase doesn't end up working and I just abandon it.  But there are one or two things in my notes displayed in the video that are true which have yet to be revealed in the story, sorry about that, my mistake.  But they don't give away that much, thankfully.  There's a lot that happens in the next episode; even if you read every last detail in the video, there's still some surprises in store.

I hope this will give people a much better understanding of the amount of work involved in producing the series, and perhaps be more understanding of the gaps and delays between the release of episodes.  This video covers the brainstorming, outlining, writing, breakdown and voiceover recording processes and is only the first part of two.  It's an extensive process I think, but it's not even the worst part -- the writing is the fun stuff.  The second part will cover the filming and editing processes, which can really suck sometimes.  This on top of essays, film shoots and late-night edits can be incredibly stressful.  Don't get me wrong, it's a comfortable gig, I wouldn't choose anything else over this, but it's a lot.

I'll probably need to cut down the runtime of my content overall after this season ends, especially over the next term, which my teachers keep warning me contains a significant spike in workload.  It's pretty worrying.  I'll figure something out, though.  I hope everyone will be understanding of that, too.  I'd like to keep up with expectations, but I'd also like to live past thirty.

This episode isn't very funny or anything, but I think it's informative with some decent insights.  I hope it's helpful or entertaining in some way.  I always hate when I watch behind-the-scenes content from my favorite shows and they barely talk about the writing process, I'd kill to hear that stuff, so I talk quite a bit about my writing process in this video.  It's my favorite part, and the most important, in my opinion.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. If you have any good recommendations of other software or ways to improve my process in general, please post a comment if you'd like to.  Except Speakonia, I've gotten a million e-mails about that.  Microsoft Sam and Mike don't sound the same.  Their pronunciations and inflections are off, people would pick up on it and get pissed off, I guarantee it.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E11: "Femme Fatale"

Hey guys,

The eleventh story episode of Arby 'n' the Chief, "Femme Fatale", is now available.  Sorry for the delay, this was another late delivery for me, took some extra time to process I guess:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E11: "Femme Fatale"

Had a couple of problems with this one.  For one I was incredibly sleep deprived this past week.  I know that doesn't make much sense since I had four weeks to work on this episode instead of three or two, but I assure you all that extra time was needed -- my first term at school is reaching its end and assignments are really building up.  Through Monday to Thursday I've had only eight hours of sleep altogether to go on, at all times either working on school work or working on the show, and on Thursday I began the edit for this episode around 7PM when I got back from campus and finished at 7PM the next day -- another solid twenty-four hours with a couple smoke breaks in-between.  I'm fucking fried.

I know some of you think I actually used the free time to play Skyward Sword.  I wish.  I've had it for over a week now and I still haven't played it, I have absolutely no free time.  Though if I did I couldn't play it anyway, I don't have Wii Motion Plus and it's sold out in the stores I've checked.

Also at the beginning of the episode, you'll more than likely notice some weird popping noises when the first female character speaks.  Her raw audio data was a bit messed, it kept going super quiet and then at a normal volume again, as if the microphone had a loose connection or something.  I edited the sound to the best of my ability to even out the levels, raising the gain at the quiet parts, but that's what caused the popping.  Sorry about that.  It doesn't last for long.

Also, I don't know if I like the way this episode turned out that much.  That's not to say I didn't do my best on it, I was satisfied with the script when I finished it and I paid as much attention to shot composition as I ever do, was really meticulous with the editing, but I don't know, it just seemed to turn out a bit flat overall.  Doesn't have quite the 'wow' factor that Cradle to Grave had, I feel.  That was one of those episodes where everything just fell into place, I really liked how that one turned out.

Maybe it's just because I'm so incredibly tired and I can't judge it effectively.  I'd really like to hear what you guys think of it, so be sure to leave comments.

By the way, I very much appreciate the e-mails some of you have been sending me.  I don't often respond, but I read them all.  Very encouraging, thank you.

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon