We Are Taking You Inside Of Red vs. Blue, Q&A with Matt Hullum.
To all of you who might not know what Red vs. Blue is let me bring up to speed.
Red vs. Blue
Red vs. Blue, often abbreviated as RvB, is a set of related comic science fiction video series created by Rooster Teeth Productions and distributed through the Internet and on DVD. The story centers on two opposing teams of soldiers fighting a civil war in the middle of a desolate box canyon (Blood Gulch), in a parody of first-person shooter (FPS) games, military life, and science fiction films. Initially intended to be a short series of six to eight episodes, the project quickly and unexpectedly achieved significant popularity following its Internet premiere on April 1, 2003. The fifth season of the original Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles series ended with episode 100, released on June 28, 2007. Three mini-series—Out of Mind, Recovery One, and Relocated—and the three-part Recollection trilogy containing the full-length Reconstruction (2008), Recreation (2009) and Revelation (2010) series (Seasons 6-8) have extended the plot. The Project Freelancer saga began with Season 9 (2011) and follows two separate stories: a continuation to the Recollection trilogy and a prequel set before the events of The Blood Gulch Chronicles. The two stories are continued in two further mini-series—MIA and Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wall-and Season 10 (2012) which is the show’s current season.
We are proud to celebrate their 10 year anniversary and give you a chance to win a Season 10 bluray of RvB , We at Tech & Gaming News Inc. have been huge fans of RvB and Rooster Teeth for years and we are awe struck that we have this opportunity to share this huge day with them and with you.
So with out further ado here is all the goodies and Q&A.
Q&A with Matt Hullum CEO of Rooster Teeth.
How did Red vs Blue Start?
Well, that depends on how far back you want to go. Burnie Burns, the creator of Red vs. Blue, and I met in college in Austin and made a film together, which starred Joel Heyman, the voice of Caboose. We kept trying to collaborate over the years, even though our debut film wasn’t a big success, and I had moved out to Hollywood to work in animation and visual effects.
Burnie began working on a gaming website with Gus Sorola, voice of Simmons, and Geoff Ramsey, voice of Grif, two friends from his day job at a tech company. While writing about the popular game Halo, Burnie came up with this marvelously innovative idea for creating animation using video games that we called “rendervision,” because we had never heard of “machinima.” He put together a trailer, then a few episodes, and we got picked up by a ton of websites and press and we were off to the races. I quit my job in Hollywood and moved back to Austin to work on Red vs. Blue and help start Rooster Teeth.
It’s been 10 years now, What has it been like for everyone?
Insane. We have done a lot of things we thought only rock stars get to do, not Internet nerds like us. We’ve flown all over the world, signed thousands of autographs, had our pictures and work featured in magazines like Rolling Stone and Wired. It’s been an amazing decade. We’ve had incredibly supportive fans and we owe it all to them.
Who all was involved with the making of RvB in the beginning and who is involved now?
For a long time the production was just a few of us in a one bedroom apartment we used as an office in small-town Buda, Texas. Me, Burnie, Geoff, Gus and Jason Saldaña. Then Nathan Zellner joined us, then Joel came on full time. Flash-forward a few years and we are now taking up almost 10,000 square feet of space with over 30 employees, and doing a lot more than just Red vs. Blue. Season 10 was by far our biggest production ever. We had a dozen animators being managed by Kathleen Zuelch, our production supervisor and also the voice of Tex. It’s been quite an evolution.
What can we expect in the near future?
We’re incredibly excited about our 10th anniversary 14-disc boxed set, RVBX, that will be released on November 6. It is the culmination of a decade of hard work and such an amazing and unlikely story. We started making videos before YouTube or Facebook existed, before the term “viral video” had been coined, and now we are going to have ten years of our work on store shelves in places like Best Buy and Walmart. It’s truly surreal. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a part of this experience, we all do. And the way we show that appreciation is by continuing to produce great content day after day. We have a new video game competition show called “The Gauntlet” that will be premiering on Nov. 1 on our website. Looking ahead to 2013 we have a lot of new shows planned, including a groundbreaking animation project called “RWBY” that will be directed by our Red vs. Blue animation choreographer, Monty Oum.
What are some of the best memories of making RvB?
The laughter. We have laughed a lot together. I always love reading comments from our fans about what jokes they liked in an episode because it reminds me of the good times we had coming up with the jokes in the first place.
Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?
If you have been a fan of Red vs. Blue or Rooster Teeth in any way, whether watching an episode online or buying a DVD or coming to visit us at a convention, I just want to say thanks. Your support has meant everything to us, and I hope that we continue to earn that support for the next ten years. We’ll keep trying if you keep watching.
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This is for a season 10 Bluray of Red Vs Blue.