Sunday, December 23, 2012

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Bytes S02E07: "One Love"

Hey guys,

Well, here it is.  As this season of Bytes has been cut short in favor of production in advance of the remainder of the seventh season of the main storyline, this Byte -- "One Love" -- can be considered the finale of its kind:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Bytes S02E07: "One Love"

I realize the release of Halo 4 is kind of old news now, but this short was in fact created very shortly after the game's release, and its airing has been delayed since late November.

As more content won't be seen in a while, I'd really appreciate the leaving of comments.  Let me know what you think of the short if you have the time.  I hope you enjoy.

Happy holidays!

Cheers,
Jon

Friday, December 21, 2012

News: "One Love" This Weekend

Hey,

So after some back-and-forth, I've been told that "One Love" will go up this weekend.  Whether it goes up on Saturday or Sunday I'm still not sure of, but I believe they're leaning towards airing the Byte on Sunday -- for whatever reason.  At least it's going up, right?

Keep your eyes peeled for it, and have a merry Christmas.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, December 15, 2012

News: New Programming Plan

Hey all,

There's a lot that's happening with the company right now, lots of growth and team changing, and it's taking forever for me to get concrete information from my management in regard to the plans for the airing of the rest of the show -- but here's what I've gathered so far.  This can be considered either good news or bad news depending on your amount of patience, which I know is dwindling.

With the green-lighting of the second half of season seven, it's clear that the company sees value in the show, and they want the remaining episodes to go hand-in-hand with a strong promotional campaign to make it succeed.  Unfortunately, promotion isn't compatible with the main story's slow air rate of once every three or four weeks.  The gaps are too wide, and interest isn't held strongly enough.

It's still in discussion among management (I should know more on Monday), but the plan they're strongly leaning towards involves the following negatives:

- The Bytes will end.  "One Love", if I can even get programming to air it, will be the last of its kind; at least until the story season is completed.
- The story season won't resume until March, possibly April.  No new content will be seen from me until then.
- Episodes will be shorter than usual, hovering around a running time of ten to fifteen minutes; no half-hour episodes (could be a positive for some).

And now, the positives:

- The number of episodes of the seventh season will increase from thirteen to sixteen.
- When the season does resume airing, the episodes will be released back-to-back, one per week.  No gaps.
- The company has a solid, completed line-up of programming to take advantage of from a promotional standpoint.
- I can use the airing period to work ahead on a new project.

I think being given lead time to produce the entire remainder of the season is great, but its timing is very unfortunate as you've all endured my creative hiatus already.

I'm currently fighting to at least get "One Love" uploaded for Chirstmas, but my management is being resistant.  They'd prefer to release all of my content within a solid block of time, and not tease people with a short out of the blue and deprive them of content again until March/April.  While I understand the logic, it seems silly to have a completed short that I worked hard on sitting around doing nothing in the company inbox, and I feel bad for not giving you guys something small for the holidays after being so patient.

When I know more, you'll know more.

Cheers,
Jon

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

News: Production resuming

Howdy,

So production of the show should proceed as normal.  The aforementioned situation was apparently the result of a miscommunication.

The problem lies with the Happy Hour programming line-up breaking off into its own channel, and the executive decision to remove my show from that line-up and air it under what I assume to be the one of the company's more primary channels, due to the fact that my show's been a staple of the company for so long; that as well as the fact that the company is adopting revised payment and submission methods, and in order to be incorporated I have to migrate to a new contract.

I've been told that the remainder of season seven has been greenlit.  Whether or not it will resume this week I'm not yet sure of.  I will update when I know, which shouldn't be far off.

Thanks for your support.

Regards,
Jon

Saturday, December 8, 2012

News: "Issues" Update

Hi guys,

In regard to my previous post, and in light of some of the hostile comments I've seen posted on YouTube since the post was published, as well as a number of received e-mails from concerned and supportive fans (which I'm immensely grateful for), I feel that I must stress that there's no real reason for concern among the fan base just yet.  I have not heard any official negative news from the company's administration; in fact, things are looking positive at this point, as the individual among the administration I have spoken to did not seem aware of a problem in the first place, told me the situation would be looked into and apologized for any confusion.

The recent delay of my content since two weeks ago remains unexcused and I apologize, but please set aside your worry and hostility, should either be present.

I will update when I know something.

Cheers,
Jon

News: Issues

Hey, guys.

So there's a good chance that the next Byte won't air this Saturday either, I'm so sorry; and I don't want to alarm anybody as nothing is concrete yet, but I've been hearing worrying talk very recently from the programming team that handles my content that my position among the company is being re-evaluated due to a lack of viewership of my show, I assume in comparison to their other Happy Hour content (and the million-high figures of my show throughout the first three seasons).  I'm guessing this has been the real reason behind the recent hold on the airing of my stuff (they've had my latest Byte since Thursday, November 29th).  I could be axed, which would mean the stopping of the show's production and season seven being left only half-complete, and I'll need to find another gig.

Again, I don't want to cause worry among the fans just yet.  I've been stressing out and trying to get to the bottom of this for the past few days, and I'm hearing conflicting stories from staff of varying levels of seniority.  One person says there is a problem, another says he wasn't aware there was one.  It's all left me very confused and dumbfounded as to what to tell you all, who have been incredibly patient with me.

If I don't know something this weekend, I should by Monday.  And as soon as I do, I'll let you guys know what's up.

Thanks again, guys.
 Jon

Saturday, December 1, 2012

News: Return From Hiatus

Alright, here we go.  First of all, thank you very much for your patience.  Despite the odd fellow calling me a lazy dick-sucking cunt and demanding that I die in a fire, I've noticed that the majority of people have been understanding of my time taken off, and quite supportive.  I'm grateful for that, and your e-mails.  Even the death threats, they're sweet.  They tell me that you care.

Here's my director's commentary for the mid-season finale of Arby 'n' the Chief, "Two Point Zero", which was released several weeks ago, in case you missed it:

Arby 'n' the Chief S07E07: "Two Point Zero" Director's Commentary

Sorry for milking my hiatus a little longer than expected.  I didn't believe that getting ahead in writing for the show throughout the time would be as difficult as it proved to be.  School kept bombarding me with assignments and long days on film sets in various production roles, which really got in the way.  There was also the pressure of making a strong comeback following my absence and firing on all pistons.

Though I've noticed that many people have dismissed the possibility of work getting on top of me and instead embraced the obligatory conclusion that I died in a horrific car accident.  Again.  Why is it always a horrific car accident?

Yes, as I was driving along the highway operating the steering wheel with my teeth while giving handjobs, footjobs and receiving anal sex from a carful of naked men, I swerved clean off the road and my vehicle flipped over nine thousand times until slamming to a halt at the bottom of a ravine.

I spat blood as I clawed at the dirt and dragged my twisted body out from my car's mangled and burning chassis.  "The fans ... the fans ..." I kept shouting as I choked for air; "I can't let down the fans ... the show must go on."

A few days ago I updated the blog's video queue and wrote that the next Byte, titled "One Love", would air today.  The episode's air date has now been pushed to the 8th of December instead.  I apologize.  The episode was actually completed and submitted on Thursday evening and ready for air today, but I've yet to be sent a confirmation that it was received, which is routine.

I inquired about the lack of confirmation, and apparently the programming team that handles my content specifically is snowed under managing content for the Machinima Interactive Film Festival that's currently running.

I resolved to create a realistic schedule and stick to it to the best of my ability upon returning from my hiatus and I've fucked up before I've even started.  Go me.

If I'm being honest, I'm relieved to have a little more time before the release of the next full-length story episode, what with upcoming final exams and the Christmas holidays, but I'm disappointed that I won't be able to read what you guys think of the latest Byte; titled "One Love", as I've said, and I consider it to be one of the best that I've produced.

Sorry that the next story episode, "Broken", won't be released until January.  I'm going to be heading out of town to visit family mid-December for the Christmas holidays, and I need to produce the Christmas and New Years' specials, which will air on the two Saturdays throughout that period, before I leave.  That leaves me with no time to get the next story episode out before Christmas, which I was initially aiming for.  I wasn't anticipating this Saturday's Byte being pushed.

I'm really pleased with the script for "Broken" (originally named "Black" and changed due to alterations in the structure of the season's story).  It's the point in the season where things start to get creepy.  Then in the following episode, "In Memoriam", shit starts getting real.

Thanks so much, everybody.  Hang in there.

Cheers,
Jon