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

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief Short #3

Hey all,

I know some of you are upset that the new story episode is taking another week.  I'm sorry about that -- like I said, the actress that voices Kylie, who plays a large and pivotal role in the episode, was absent for the entire past week and unable to fill the role.  If I had written out her character it would have destroyed the outline that I have for the next few episodes.  Thanks for your patience.

I have, however, released a third short which, if you place your anger aside, I think you'll all enjoy:

Arby 'n' the Chief Short #3

Thanks,
Jon

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

News: "Femme Fatale" delay

Hey guys,

Bit of bad news.  I had originally intended to have the next story episode "Femme Fatale" ready for air this upcoming Saturday, but was recently informed by my cast director that the woman who voices the role of Kylie is absent for all of this week, so I'm unable to get her voice work for the episode until Monday next week at least.  She plays a pivotal role in this episode, as the title clearly implies, and writing her out of it would cripple the season's end that I have established.  So I'm pushing the release of the episode a week so that it will air on the 3rd of December instead.  I'm very sorry about that, I hope you all understand.  Thank you all for your patience.

This upcoming Saturday then, in "Femme Fatale"s original slot, I will be making another short, couple minutes long.  Then after the story episode, on the 10th of December, I'm planning to release that behind-the-scenes episode I mentioned earlier, so hopefully you'll get a kick out of that.

Thanks again,
Jon

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E11: "Hypermail Anniversary Edition"

Hey guys,

Newest Hypermail is now available!

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E11: "Hypermail Anniversary Edition"

I don't thank Bungie/343 Industries nearly enough for giving me most of the tools to do what I do, it's about time I did.

And sorry it's a bit on the short side.  I was exhausted this week.  Final projects and exams are creeping up on me.

Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S.  I realize I just screwed up royally by having Arbiter say he started the series by bashing one of Halo 2's map packs, when in reality it was the Halo 3 Heroic map pack.  I'm pissed about it and the best I can do is own the mistake.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E10: "Cradle to Grave" Director's Commentary

Hey all,

Instead of another short, I've decided to upload a director's commentary for the latest story episode in the series, "Cradle to Grave".  I haven't done one in a while and people have asked for another, so there you have it.  I know a lot of my commentaries suck so I tried to make this one interesting.  Takes a little while for me to get going but it does get better.

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E10: "Cradle to Grave" Director's Commentary

Hope you enjoy.

I'm also thinking of making a behind-the-scenes episode which would walk people through the creation of a full story episode.  If there's enough positive feedback on that idea I might go through with that.

Thanks!
Jon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E10: "Cradle to Grave"

Hey guys,

The new story episode, "Cradle to Grave", is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E10: "Cradle to Grave"

I know a few people have been hounding my online account activity and checking my game history for episode spoilers, then spamming them in the comments.  The title of the episode sort of foreshadows its events, but the spammers have got it a little wrong anyway.

If you don't want an episode spoiled for you, avoid reading comments until you watch the video.  Simple.

Hope you enjoy!

And please leave comments, please!  As I said before it's one of the few perks of this job, reading what people have to say!

Thanks,
Jon

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

News: Arby 'n' the Chief schedule hiatus

Hey all,

Bit of bad news, for you guys at least -- the Hypermail/story episode schedule will be held back for a week.  This is due to the fact that for the past few weeks I've been consistently under the wire, pulling all-nighters to just barely meet my deadlines which is causing headaches for programming over at the Machinima.com offices.

This Saturday, instead of the next Hypermail episode, there'll be a couple-minute-long "hiatus short", then the regular schedule will resume -- Hypermail on the following Saturday, and the next story episode on the Saturday after that.  So yes, the next story episode will be three weeks apart from "Blackout".

I know it sucks ass, I'm sorry to fans of the show that are fed up as waiting two weeks is already pushing it.  Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot I can do.  I still am and always have been a one-man production force (except for the great voice talent at Machinima.com helping me out).

This hiatus will put me a week ahead of schedule and allow me greater flexibility throughout the weeks to come to work on the show around my school work load, and it will mean less headaches for Machinima.com programming.

I hope you guys understand.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E08: "Blackout"

Hey all,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief is now available here:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E08: "Blackout"

Hope you enjoy!  Also comments, plixy plex.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E08:"Voices of Raisins"

Hey all,

The new Hypermail episode is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E08:"Voices of Raisins"

Reading the comments, some people seem to believe I put out these mini fanmail episodes between the story ones for no reason other than to punish you or something, to keep you waiting purely for the sake of waiting. They're put out to give me more time to work on the main show guys, because I simply can't do a 15-20 minute episode every week on my own. It's too much.  Especially since my first school term has started.  I know it's a while to wait but please bear with me.  Or I'll send the bear to your house.

Enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Master Chief's Happy Face Foundation is not a genuine, thinly-veiled plea for cash, Chief's just being an an asshole and abusing the show, as a joke.  Don't send me anything.  Except cookies.

P.P.S. Sorry for sparking another religious war.  I just felt it was important to address my excessive use of the word 'faggot' and reaffirm that I use it with no true maliciousness.  I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable watching my show.

P.P.P.S. "QUIT PUSHING YOUR HOMO AGENDA, HURR"

I assume the motivation behind statements like this is to live in a world consisting of less effeminate crybabies.  Pot, meet kettle.  Yes, it's black, just like you.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E07: "The Storm"

Hey guys,

New Arby 'n' the Chief is now available here:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E07: "The Storm"

Getting this episode out in time was a fucking gong show.  I'm now attending film school so I'm juggling classes on top of producing the show now, which is doable but only just.  I pulled an all-nighter meeting the deadline for this episode, finished the cut at around 7AM, rendered and delivered it at around 7:30 then bolted out the door to attend a full day of classes on no sleep, which is a little less than awesome.  I considered cutting it short but this episode has one of my favorite cut-to-black endings I've done so far and I didn't want to sacrifice that.

Please, please leave comments.  One of the few pleasures I get out of doing this job is to read what people have to say, regarding what they liked and didn't like.  I appreciate all the 'likes' but it's not nearly as satisfying as reading comments from you all.

Also I'm sure there's plenty of plot-holes in the show, I'll be the first to admit, but I'm an idiot and I do my best to fill in as many as I can think of.  If there's one you spot that's obvious that I didn't spot, please call attention to it in the comments and if it's appropriate I'll try fixing it in a later episode, it's happened before (like the fact that the toys had the hacks for the wedding to begin with, someone pointed that out and that ended up being somewhat of a plot device for this episode).

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E06: "Fired Up"

Hey,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief episode is out now:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E06: "Fired Up"

Leave comments, or else.

Hopefully this one gets received a little better than the last one.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, August 20, 2011

News: Hypermail, Sonic the Hedgehog script exerpt

Hey guys,

The new episode of Hypermail is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E06 - "Aliens and Monsters"

Hope you enjoy.

Also, at the end of my last lengthy blog post I mentioned I was working on a Sonic the Hedgehog screenplay on the side in my spare time.  I thought I'd share a chunk of what I've written so far with those that might be interested.

Sonic the Hedgehog screenplay exerpt

It's just a chunk, five pages or so.  If anyone would be interested in animating to it or something that would be awesome, I'd kill to see this on film.

There's no title page on it, I'm putting this out there uncredited with no intention of earning any sort of profit from it.  Like I said, it was just out of love for the character and I had fun writing it.

Thanks!
Jon

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E05: "Chaos Theosis"

Hey guys,

The new episode of Arby 'n' the Chief is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E05: "Chaos Theosis"

I'm quite proud of the way this one turned out, some of my best work I think in terms of writing and cinematography.  Though some of you may be disappointed in that there is no live action portion in this episode. Sorry about that.  Unfortunately most of this season's story takes place in the game world and I have to keep it moving along.  But don't worry, more live action bits will come.

Also, thank you very much for the e-mails some of you have sent me in response to my previous TL;DR post, made me feel much better!

And please leave comments!

Also, there's some particularly foul language in this episode.  I'm not sure if I need to reiterate this, probably not, but by using some of the offensive terms in the episode my goal is not to offend, merely add an authentic edge to the portrayal of online play, which as most of us know is just as foul in reality.

Thanks,
Jon

UPDATE: Boy, people are really not liking this episode, are they?  The likes are high, but going by the comments, people are really torn on it.  Which really disappoints me because I actually thought people would like it, I was actually excited to put this one out.  I thought the script turned out well and although it was focused primarily on the hackers, there was still enough humor to make it appealing -- albeit much darker humor.  I thought people would appreciate the investment in the villains which would ultimately make their eventual confrontation with our heroes more engrossing.  Not so, it seems.  I see a lot of people regard the dialogue between the hackers as pointless drivel rather than revealing of character, which I don't really understand.  Several have even suggested just skipping to eight minutes in to skip that portion and get right to Arbiter and Master Chief.

But I get it.  People want more funny.  I'll keep that in mind for next time.  Sorry, everybody.

Monday, August 8, 2011

News: Life, goings-on, school, Sonic the Hedgehog


Hey,

I haven't done a blog post like this in a long while.  I'd apologize, but I know it's probably gonna be another long while until the next one, so there's not much point.  I wouldn't want to insult you.  I'm just not much of a blogger.  I'm not much of an anything, really.  I'm pretty much constantly just sitting around writing material and working on the show.  I only really ever go out to sit at cafes with my laptop and a coffee, and to eat.  For a couple months my diet consisted almost exclusively of Junior Mints and fucking banana milk, with the occasional burger so I wouldn't drop stone dead from malnutrition.  I have a hard enough time handling my own messed up neurotic brain to take on another one and hold down any kind of meaningful relationship.  I get bored in most social situations extremely quickly, not out of any kind of arrogance but not much holds my attention these days unless it's something I'm working on.  Going out for a drink at a bar is one of the most boring things in the fucking world to me, but most of the people I know get great enjoyment out of it, and that's how it should be.  I really wish I could be like that.  The same actually sort of goes for movies and video games, which I try very hard to make time for but it's a tight squeeze.  I'm a workaholic, I guess.  I'm a gigantic loser in basically every aspect of life save for making films; my outlook is, I suck dick at everything else, I might as well be good at this.  To top it off, my show involves playing with toys and filming it.  It's fucking embarrassing.  When people ask what my job is I sidestep it by being as vague as possible.  'Oh, I write some content for a website'.  Especially if they've just finished describing their own job and it involves heavy physical labor, in fear of getting punched in the face or something if I told them the truth.

"Yep, lots of heavy lifting, eighteen hour days.  Pay's shit and the boss is a major asshole.  So what do you do?"
"I work from home filming toys and overlay it with text and shitty voices."
*Ambulance*

So there may not be many posts like this, but you're not missing anything, I'm not a very interesting person.

I actually have a term at university coming up in September, finally got into film school.  Haven't been yet.  A few years ago I went straight out of high school into university to pursue a career in game design, and I fucking hated it.  Most of my teachers were idiots and assholes.  And I'm not saying that out of some juvenile lashing out to authority, some of my teachers were cool, but they weren't enough to elevate the experience from being extremely boring and shitty.  I stayed for one
term and then dropped out to take the job with Machinima and I've been doing that ever since, which I'm super grateful for because not only did it make me realize my true interests lied in story telling and not game design, but it also let me develop my skill immensely.  I might not be that great still, but there's a concrete jump in quality in every new season of shows I do, and that really cheers me up, to know I'm at least getting somewhere.

Not to knock what people might enjoy, but if I'm being honest, I detest pretty much everything I've ever written before the latter half of Arby 'n' the Chief season four.  Not that I consider everything after as gold but from that point I felt the stuff I was putting out was at least passable.  The first and second seasons are alright, but that was when the episodes captured a raw, undisciplined energy that I had, and when I started trying to control that energy with drama and structure I just fucked it up, hence the dip in quality around season two and three.  Save for Wedding for some reason, that one just sticks out like a sore thumb.  Probably because I was wasted when I wrote it.  Digital Fruitcakes was a major episode, something clicked for me with that one.  I could finally mix comedy with dramatic structure effectively and I think I've managed to stay fairly consistent since, though there's still highs and lows.

I'm looking forward to school starting, it'll get me out of the house, and although it's probably the last thing you'd expect given what I've written thus far, I'm quite looking forward to collaborating with other like-minded people.  I'm concerned too, though.  I've spent so long outside of the school system and being in complete creative control of my show that I think I'd hate being told what to do.  Not to the point where I'd speak out or be rude or anything, it just peeves me.  I also hear horror stories of lots of pretentious film school students that like to name drop old directors and obscure black and white foreign films from the 1940s, purely for the sake of the reference; I'm not saying those films don't deserve the praise they get, name droppers just piss me off.  2001: A Space Odyssey is probably my favorite film of all time, which could be considered quite cliche to film buffs, but it really is because of what a visual film it is, without being in-your-face about it.  Conversations are realistic, there aren't any cool one-liners, and everything is shown, not told, and it's because of that that it's the only science fiction film that makes me genuinely feel like I'm venturing into the unknown -- the last twenty minutes or so are surreal and god-tier.

Anyway, we'll see how school goes.

Other than that, not much else is happening.  I'm feeling pretty good about season six of Arby 'n' the Chief so far, episodes are turning out well.  I was actually freaking out about it earlier on though believe it or not.  Around episode two or three I was really struggling with the direction I wanted the season to head in, if I want everything to tie up as nicely as possible by episode thirteen and reach certain payoffs I have to be super careful about what I establish at the start.  I couldn't decide how to make it work at first, questioning if I was going about this season in completely the wrong way and I was gonna ruin my reputation by not meeting the quality of season five's end -- and at the same time Machinima sent out a mass e-mail to all its subscribers describing the new season: "It promises to be the most action-packed season yet!"  I was shitting myself, I had a miniature nervous breakdown that day.

Things are okay now though, I think I'm on a good track.  I finally figured out the ending I want for season six.  It's subject to change but I think it's super cool so far, and it's made me feel better about the direction I'm taking knowing what's ahead.  Like I said in one of my video commentaries, I believe knowing your ending is key.  Keeps everything in line.

Other than the show, I'm also working on and off on a side project.  I'm trying to write a short story/screen play based on Sonic the Hedgehog.  That may sound like the lamest thing ever, but it's not some fan-fiction bullshit like some fake ass purple hedgehog that can use the Chaos Emeralds to transform into his super mega hyper form to defeat some retarded spikey metallic death angel or whatever the fuck, or a love story between Shadow and Shrek (yes, Mike-Myers-Shrek the ogre, I'm not making that one up).

I'm trying to write something that's a reworking of the stories in Sonic 3&K and Sonic CD, revolving around the core crew: Sonic, Dr. Robotnik, Amy, Knuckles and Tails, and the antagonists would be Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic, but the setting would be more modern, taking place in Sonic Adventure's Station Square (a game of which I'm actually a huge fan.  I hate most of the 3D Sonic games but I love SA 1 and 2, the first one moreso.  They can be buggy, but they have well above average storytelling).

Originally I wanted to try writing my own rendition of Sonic's origin story, which I thoroughly researched, but his true origin story is, I'm sorry to say it, a bit daft.  There are some things I think are cool about it: for instance, Ivo Robotnik was once Dr. Ovi Kintobor (the name reversed), a kind scientist who worked in an underground lab on the planet Mobius and used the Chaos Emeralds to absorb the planet's evil (which is a bit vague but whatever), and Sonic, once brown in color, accidentally dug through the earth and fell into his lab and the two ended up becoming friends.  It was actually Ovi who gave Sonic his red frictionless shoes so he could break the sound barrier without starting a fire.  I like the idea that they were once friends.  But there are things I hate as well: Ovi was actually lean and skinny, but one day, he tripped over some cables or some shit and hit some buttons or something he wasn't supposed to, and the evil contained in the Chaos Emeralds transferred into his body and also 'morphed' his body with a rotten egg that also happened to be in the room, which changed his body into its current egg-like shape, hence 'Eggman'.

Morphed with a rotten egg?  Are you fucking kidding me?

The evil within the Chaos Emeralds also reversed the letters on the name tag on his lab coat, so it read Dr. Robotnik instead.  Boy, how evil is that?  What the fuck.

So I thought, in my reworked story, that he would always have an egg-shaped body, but because he was overweight, not because his DNA was morphed with an actual fucking egg, and that the reason for Ovi's evil transformation wouldn't just be 'the evil contained in the Emeralds made him evil', which seems too generic and vague to me, but rather that Sonic himself did something wrong, like set fire to his lab during a speed test run and destroyed his life's work, something along those lines, but that causes a whole bunch of other issues... I'm still working at it.

By the way, I don't seek to infringe copyright or make any money off this, this is just a personal project I'm working on on the side purely out of love for the character.  It actually devastates me that the character, who used to be a silent, reserved bad-ass in quality sidescrollers with sharp platforming is now associated with extreme campiness and bad, glitchy games, and I want to give him back his dignity for entertaining me immensely as a kid for so long.

I'm trying to write one particular scene of the story, in media res, as a test to see if it would turn out cool.  It involves Amy boarding a bullet train in Station Square carrying a mysterious briefcase, but it trolls you for a while and it turns out it's not Amy but actually Metal Sonic in holographic disguise working under the command of Robotnik and the briefcase is a viral weapon meant to infect people from station to station with mind controlling nanomachines (or something like that, still working on it).  Sonic chases down the bullet train from the rear along the track in a protective visored mask and body armor with an EMP grenade launcher, bursts in and dukes it out with Metal Sonic through the subway cars, then they keep fighting at the next station until Knuckles and the Chaotix burst in in full gear to help Sonic.  They fight Metal Sonic while Tails, being a mechanics expert, is giving him instructions via radio on how to disarm the device.  Probably sounds kind of dumb, but just to give you an idea.  I'd love to do a Sonic CG movie or flash cartoon or something, maybe collaborate with a willing artist on something.  I visualize the action being very grounded, not fantastically absurd like Dragonball Z- style laser fights, and character X dies or something but then WAIT -- the power of the Chaos Emeralds revives him and no longer is he Super Mega Hyper whoever, but Ultra Super Hyper Mega whoever and beats character Y.  Yawn.  I want it to be more subtle and bad-ass.  Like the cartoon at the beginning of Sonic CD.  Fuck, I wish that was a show.

Seriously, if there's any flash artists out there interested in working with me on the likes of that, maybe send me an example of your work and I can have a look.  It would be non-profit, purely for the sake of the character.  contact.jcjgraham@gmail.com.

I've also tried writing a story based on the characters from the extremely underrated MDK games.  Especially the second one, which kicks a lot of ass.  Nothing solid yet, though.

So yeah, that's what's going on with me at the moment.  The script for the new Arby 'n' the Chief coming out next Saturday turned out pretty cool I think, so I hope you'll enjoy the episode when it comes out.  Thanks for all your support, guys.  If you've actually read this far, thanks and congratulations.

Peace,
Jon

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E05: "Maximum Overdrive"

Hey,

The new Hypermail is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E05: "Maximum Overdrive"

It's short, I know, but solid.  Good ending I think, definitely one of my better ones.

Also, some food for thought for the length complainers... given how long the story episodes are, I was initially asked only to produce one minute long quick-gag episodes to fill the alternating weeks, but I chose to do this instead.  Something to think about.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E04: "Dough Eyes"

Hey all,

The newest episode of Arby 'n' the Chief, Dough Eyes, is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E04: "Dough Eyes"

Please leave comments!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E04: "The Gun Show"

Hey,

The new Hypermail episode is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E04: "The Gun Show"

I notice a lot of people questioning whether or not the e-mails are authentic.  They are.  The arbiterandchief@gmail.com address is set up and shown in most of the episodes, why would I make this shit up?  Is it so far fetched?

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E03: "TOSERS"

Hey,

The new episode is now up:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E03: "TOSERS"

Enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Gus from Rooster Teeth does not voice a character in this episode, I don't know how that caught on.

P.P.S. If you're offended by Arbiter's "I love Americans" line, please lighten up.  Ask yourself what it is exactly you're offended by.  The joke's target is only the differences in slang between different cultures, and Arbiter can insult the Cody and Cameron characters without them realizing it, not out of stupidity but lack of knowledge.  There is a difference.

Possible slight "TOSERS" delay

Hey guys,

Another brutal edit, not quite as severe as the Collapse one but still rough.  Just finished up at 7:15 AM, started around 11 AM the previous morning.  I'm uploading the video to Machinima now and they may get it in time rendering this warning useless, but there's the possibility it could be delayed a couple of hours.  I'm really sorry about that, if that's the case.  But again, it's a maybe.  Check Machinima's channel around 10 - 10:30 AM anyways.

I think you guys will really like this one.  Action packed.  Runtime is 17:27.

Thanks!
Jon

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E03: "From the Ashes"

Hey guys,

The new episode of Hypermail is up:

Arby 'n' the Chief - Hypermail S01E03: "From the Ashes"

Short, but sweet I think.  One of my better episodes, I think it turned out alright.  Hope you enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E02: "Hard End"

Hey,

The second episode of the story episodes is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E02: "Hard End"

Please leave comments!  Enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief: Hypermail S01E02

Hey guys,

The new episode of Hypermail is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief: Hypermail S01E02

I skimmed the comments so far and noticed a few people are upset with the fact that the main episodes are now two weeks apart.  I'm sorry for that, I know that wasn't the case during season five but it was just too much of a workload, that season was killing me near the end.  I bit off way more than I could chew and barely had any time to myself.  With the schedule I have now, one week is spent making a short Hypernews episode and at the same time I work on a main episode script.  Then the next week I have the main story script ready and I can produce that episode.  With season five I was always furiously writing during the production process, back and forth, including all day weekends.  Please let me have the breathing room.  :(

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S06E01: "Genesis"

Hey guys,

Well, here we go again.  The season six premiere of Arby 'n' the Chief is now available:

Arby 'n' the Chief S06E01: "Genesis"

Please leave comments, let me know what you thought!  Last season your comments, good and bad, helped shape it for the better.  gimmemoar plex.  Or mail alternatively, at 'contact.jcjgraham@gmail.com'.  I always enjoy reading fan mail.  Or hate mail, your choice.  Try and keep the death threats to a minimum though.

Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Please see the post below if you're interested in downloading the tunes I made for it, you'll find a ZIP file with all of the tracks so far.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief Season 6 Trailer/E3 2011 Skit/Season 6 Soundtrack

Hey guys,

I know I'm a bastard with this blog barely ever updating the damn thing.  It's been a rough couple of weeks.

Two videos recently went up: an Arby 'n' the Chief short for Machinima's E3 live stream, which can be found here:

Arby 'n' the Chief E3 2011 Short

And the trailer for the sixth season of the main show, found here:

Arby 'n' the Chief Season 6 Trailer

I hope demands for a new season were shared by a majority and it's not starting to get too old for people.  The voices do grate me a little personally, but I do still find the toys interesting as characters and feel like I have the creative juice for another stretch of episodes.

This season will, in a few ways, be what I intended my older show Hard Justice to be, back when I had no idea how to construct a plot and I approached writing like a chimp with a bucket of Lego, popping random blocks together into small, ugly and non-definitive shapes; a major difference this time being that the gaming world in Arby 'n' the Chief is portrayed as such, a gaming world.  In Hard Justice, the game environment and all its visual limitations are portrayed as reality to the characters, which I think ends up snapping a few threads in the audience's suspension of disbelief.  Not that I'm knocking machinima videos that do so, it's how I got started and I had a blast doing it, but for me, at this point, it feels like hitting an off chord.  Treating the game world as a game world really works in Arby 'n' the Chief's favor I believe, and gives characters more freedom to act in a realistic fashion.  This combined with improved storytelling skills I think will make for an entertaining season.

Here's the synopsis:

"Four months have passed since the wedding crash punctuating season five. The toys are still banned from playing Halo online. Master Chief resorts to drawing on the walls and burning holes in the carpet to fill his days. The Arbiter, having not spoken to Claire in some time, has become a full-blown alcoholic and has convinced himself he has absolutely no control over his life. Greg has been nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, on the online battleground, to combat a rise in in-game cheating and hacking, the OMN (Online Multiplayer Network) establishes an organization named the TOSERS (Terms of Service Enforcement/Response Squad), consisting of moderators of varying ranks and within different divisions who are deployed to police online matches. In response, a ruthless clan of hackers known as Chaos Theosis rises and threatens to wreak havoc online with an illegal software patch commonly referred to by underground hacking communities as FragBan, which allows patched players to place an irreversible console ban on any player he or she frags in the game as well as steal that player's personal account information, unless TOSERS is immediately dismantled and its moderators are removed from gameplay. The toys soon come across news of TOSERS, and a program the organization is introducing that allows for banned players to be processed and possibly chosen for employment as low-level moderators with limited parole access..."


It will definitely be a more action-oriented season.  It's really the best direction to head in to truly take advantage of the show's medium, an action game, and all of its assets.

A bit like the intro to the episode Digital Fruitcakes, the season revolves around a villainous 'super' team, though instead of a pack of noobs they're skilled hackers.  Each of the members of this hacker clan Chaos Theosis represent the the worst of what modern online play has to offer: the Spartan in red, Adam, is a hyperactive eight-year-old who constantly throws tantrums, breaks controllers, screams over his microphone, shouts obscenities at his parents and wets and shits his pants so he doesn't have to stop playing to go to the toilet; Kylie, the female player in light purple, deadly and efficient, is also a promiscuous tease with a full friends list, a personal army of a hundred desperate males itching to lash out at anyone who causes her a hint of distress; Duncan, the bulky Earth-colored Spartan is a fiercely competitive professional player and intolerable misogynist.  Arbiter and Master Chief become 'game police' (as absurd as that sounds but I think it'll play well on-screen) and work their way up the ranks and eventually fight to stop the clan.

I hope you'll dig it.  The first episode comes out on June 18th.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S.  As a little apology for lack of updates, I've assembled all the little tunes I've made so far for the sixth season, half of them are new and half are from season five.  They're all in there, the Hypernews theme, Technodicks theme, everything:

Arby 'n' the Chief Season Six Soundtrack (ZIP)

They're short and not particularly that good even, essentially just loops, I'm far from a music producer, but I feel they give scenes the punch they need to be effective.  I know people have asked for them, so here they are, enjoy!

Friday, May 27, 2011

News: Arby 'n' the Chief Season 6 Trailer/Premiere Delay

Hey guys,

Sorry to be the bringer of lame news to anyone who was stoked, especially since I pretty much wrote it in stone by having Arbiter mention the release dates himself in Hypermail, but the releases of the season six trailer and following premiere episode have been pushed back a couple weeks.  It's nothing on my end, the trailer's done already, but Machinima.com will be very busy with E3 coming up and will be pushing out a lot of content, and they'd like to start airing my new season when the expo's over with and things have settled down.  I was just informed myself.  Sorry, guys.  The trailer is now scheduled to come out on the 11th, then the premiere episode on the 18th.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Video: Arby 'n 'the Chief: Hypermail S01E01

Hey guys,

Well, season six of Arby 'n' the Chief is on its way.  More will be revealed when the trailer for it is released next week, and then the first episode the week after.

Arby 'n 'the Chief: Hypermail S01E01

To pass the time, I've just put out the first episode of a sub-season called Hypermail where the toys strictly answer fan mail (or hate mail).  Hope you guys like it.  These episodes will also be appearing in between each episode of the main season to give me more time to work on episodes, as production on those is far more intense.

Also, season five has been archived with the rest of the old videos below.

Thanks for tuning in, as always.
Jon

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Video: "Collapse" Director's Commentary/Rooster Teeth Collab

Hey guys,

Sorry for the late update.  I recently put out a director's commentary for the season five finale, "Collapse":

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E13: "Collapse" Director's Commentary

Also, this is pretty late, but a couple weeks ago I traveled to Austin, Texas to work with the great folks at Rooster Teeth on a couple live action shorts.  Here's the first, where the entire crew mistake me from Gary Busey (bad guy from Lethal Weapon):

OMG, It's Gary Busey!

There's another called A Pirate's Life that isn't on YouTube yet, but is up on Rooster Teeth's main site.  I wrote the script for that one.  :3 Though it was about 20% ad-libbed.

Details on my next thingy will be up soon.

Thanks!
Jon

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E12: "Cheaters" Director's Commentary

Hey all,

I'm currently working at outlining my next project, and there's a couple more director's commentaries coming your way to fill the airing gap.  The first is a commentary for cheaters:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E12: "Cheaters" Director's Commentary

Hope you enjoy.  For those who don't enjoy listening me drone on and on in the slightest, there is actually a solution, dunno if you guys know about this yet.  Don't watch it.  I need time to work on more episodes, this shit isn't easy.

I'll go into detail regarding my next thing as we come closer to the premiere.

Thanks!
Jon

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E13: "Collapse"

Guess the heads-up was unnecessary, the episode seems to have uploaded on time.

Here it is, the season five finale of Arby 'n' the Chief:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E13: "Collapse"

I'd like to thank everyone for your support, and also for your critiques and helping me grow as a writer.  Hope you enjoy.

Also please leave comments!  I enjoy reading them.  Let me know what you thought of the episode and the season as a whole.

Thanks,
Jon

Video: Possible 'Collapse' delay

Note the word 'possible'.  It should come out today.  Possibly even on scheduled time, this heads-up might not even be necessary, but Machinima.com didn't receive the episode from me until late last night so it could be held back a few hours or something.

Typically my deadline for episodes are to have them uploaded to Machinima.com by Thursday morning.  I needed extra time with collapse -- it's a monster of an episode.  Even longer than cheaters (31 minutes).

I really busted my ass on this one to get it out this Saturday, non-stop all week, weekend included, and then a grueling 30 hour crunch edit.  Worked at my computer from 1PM on Thursday to 4PM Friday, no sleep, just a few smoke breaks here and there, I'm fucking fried.  I started uploading the episode to Machinima.com as soon as it was rendered but due to the episode's length it took forever, they didn't receive it until about 10PM last night.

They do have it now, and I see that it was taken out of the folder I uploaded it to on their end at around 9AM this morning.  I'm not familiar with the process of adding episodes to the Machinima.com programming queue but given that they only just have it now they might need a little extra time to get it on YouTube.  Maybe it'll be up on time.  But if they need a few hours, cut them some slack.

Just wanted to give you all a heads-up.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E12: "Cheaters"

Hey,

New Arby 'n' the Chief is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E12: "Cheaters"

Thanks for being patient and giving me a week.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.  Please leave comments, I like to read them!

Thanks,
Jon

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Imposters

I've received a number of e-mails from people regarding their encounters with people on sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. posing as me.  One particular character on Facebook has been doing so and asking for people to donate Xbox 360 consoles and spreading false information regarding episode releases.

To be clear: I have no public online presence besides this blog.  If you see someone claiming to be me on Facebook or Twitter or whatever, it's not me.  Don't believe them, no matter how much these lifeless cretins insist otherwise.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E01: "House of Cards" Director's Commentary

Yo,

As I previously posted, no new episode this week, just a director's commentary over top the first episode to give me some more time to work.

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E01: "House of Cards" Director's Commentary

Sorry I start rambling, I didn't think I'd make my stupid theater story last that long and I'd restarted the commentary a butt load of times already.  But you'll be pleased to know the extra time has been worth it, the script for Cheaters was 34 pages so get ready for another long episode, and I just finished the filming of it and it turned out better than expected.

Thanks,
Jon

Monday, April 4, 2011

News: 'Cheaters' episode delay

Hey guys,

Sorry to do this, but I'm holding the release of the second last episode of season five, Cheaters, for a week.  It'll air on April 16th instead, followed by Collapse the week after.

The scripts for the two are almost done but still a little wobbly and I don't want to rush out something sub-par.  The past few episodes have been quite difficult, particularly Double Trouble and Stag Night, the latter being a twenty-five page script (Cheaters is even longer than that), typed and produced in a week.  I'm exhausted, to be honest.

So this week instead, in response to a number of requests via e-mail, I'll be re-releasing the season premiere episode with a director's commentary.  This will give me some nice breathing room to make the end of this thing cool.

Admittedly, watching what looked cool in the big picture on paper actually play out, Stag Night's major plot point was predictable.  But there's still some surprises in these last two episodes I think people will like.

I hope everyone's cool with it, I'll try to make the commentary enlightening and interesting.  Thanks so much for your support of the show.  I also appreciate your e-mails, I've gotten some really nice ones, you know who you are.  I'm grateful.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Anyone looking for an excuse to get some 'thumbs-ups', consider mentioning this in video comments and spreading the word a bit.  The more expected the commentary episode is the better, I don't want everyone annoyed on Saturday.  :(

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E11: "Stag Night"

Hey guys,

New Arby 'n' the Chief is out.  This one's a beast.

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E11: "Stag Night"

I'd also like to thank everyone that sent me their experiences with hackers/cheaters, very insightful!  Keep them coming, if you have something to share.

Thanks,
Jon

Monday, March 28, 2011

Request: Gathering info for new project

Hello guys,

I can't go into detail regarding what I'll be working on after this fifth season of Arby 'n' the Chief as I'm not even quite sure myself yet, but whatever it is I'd like it to revolve around the world of hacking and/or cheating in online games, the Halo series and Reach in particular.  So to gain a little insight and craft a storyline that's true to the subject matter, I'd like to ask of anyone reading this who has the time to send me an e-mail describing your personal encounters with hackers/cheaters online (or through system-link tunneling, XBConnect, XLink Kai), if you've had any and would like to share!  These can be outlandish, unfair or physics-defying events that you've witnessed during a game as a result of hacks or whatever, or horror stories like accounts being hacked, passwords being stolen, and so on.  I'm not seeking to participate in these activites myself and am not asking for step-by-step instructions or anything of the sort, I'd simply like people to describe their experiences for the purpose of fiction writing, and perhaps if I have any fans out there that are actually modders themselves they might be able to shed a little light on the mechanics behind it for me so I can write something believable.  Maybe point out some links to informative websites you know of.  I have a very basic understanding of how it all works but it's a bit rusty.

You don't have to of course, only if you have the time and feel like sharing.  Please send your e-mail to the Hypernews address, arbiterandchief@gmail.com, and put "Re: cheat/hack stories" in the subject line, or something like that.

Thanks muchly,
Jon

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E10: "Hypernews II"

Hello,

Here's the new Hypernews:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E10: "Hypernews II"

Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E09: "Double Trouble"

Hey,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E09: "Double Trouble"

I started having second thoughts about the last scene with Arbiter and Trent after I had finished and submitted the episode and wanted to re-write it, fearing I may have let a little too much of my nihilism bleed out in Trent and created an overly-serious tone.  I also feared that Trent's "sinking ship" analogy might be considered a little offensive since the disaster in Japan was so recent but I might just be being paranoid about that.  I hope people don't connect the two, it's only meant to show Trent's take-all-you-can-get view of the world.  Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. Please leave comments!  I read them all.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E08: "Da Bomb"

Hey guys,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E08: "Da Bomb"

I notice a lot of people are confused about the skull.  I may have went a little overboard with the emphasis with the end shot.  You saw the same logo on the security guards in episode one when they're gearing up and loading their weapons; it signifies their affiliation with the cutthroat competitive clan Noob Control mentioned in episode 3.  Focusing on the skull on Claire's chest (showing that despite her and the Arbiter being friends again she remains "tagged" by Trent and unobtainable) rather than her helmet at the end seemed more appropriate as she says "Are you up for the challenge" implying the real challenge will be taking down the wedding and everyone involved.

Also please leave comments!  I enjoy reading them and I'm glad when people point out any inconsistencies, keeps me in line when writing the rest of the scripts.

Enjoy!
Jon

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E07: "Time Wasters"

Hey,

Here's the new Arby 'n' the Chief:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E07: "Time Wasters"

Sorry for the delay, I just got back from ECCC (Emerald City Comic-Con) in Seattle.  For future reference, if you don't see a blog post on here Saturday for the latest submission you can just look up Machinima on YouTube and check their latest channel uploads.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E06: "Drunken Halo"

Hey guys,

The new Arby 'n' the Chief is out:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E06: "Drunken Halo"

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E05: "Hypernews I"

Hey guys,

Here's the new Arby 'n' the Chief:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E05: "Hypernews I"

This episode is sort of a one-off, stepping out of the storyline just for some lulz.  The entire episode is the taping of Arbiter and Master Chief's first episode of their time-travelling gaming news show, Hypernews.  The story will resume next episode.

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E04: "Rock Bottom"

Hey,

Here's the fourth episode of Arby 'n' the Chief!

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E04: "Rock Bottom"

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E03: "Low on Hearts"

Here's the third episode of Arby 'n' the Chief's fifth season:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E03: "Low on Hearts"

I hope with this episode people will start to see where I'm going with this season.  Enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief S05E02: "Duck Love"

Hey guys,

Here's the new Arby 'n' the Chief:

Arby 'n' the Chief S05E02: "Duck Love"

I know a lot of people wanted to see the conclusion to the wedding crash, but I'm building up to it.  Plus there's a few nice surprises between now and then.  And it's a weekly show, it won't be THAT long.  I hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jon

P.S.  Been going over some of the comments, some e-mails -- some of you need to chill out, seriously.  I know this season is a departure from season four, the episodes of which stood individually story wise, but I wanted to try something different this time and there's no need to start spitting venom just because there's a drop in action from the season opener.  Skipping to the action at the climax then telling the story from the beginning, building up to that moment, is a storytelling device used plenty of times before.

Originally that opener wasn't even going to be in the first episode.  It was just going to start in the apartment, but then everyone would've thought that was too dull.  I wanted to start with a bang, but now I feel like that's blowing up in my face, if you'll pardon the pun.

The news show stuff seems irrelevant but I am going somewhere with it, it serves a critical purpose in regards to Master Chief and Arbiter's involvement with the wedding, so don't get angry just because everything's not all spelled out for you right away.  There's thirteen episodes, they're coming out every week, and it'll all be over before you know it anyway so just try and enjoy it, FFS.  Thanks.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Video: Arby 'n' the Chief Season 5 Trailer

Hey guys,

I know it's not much, but here's the trailer for the upcoming fifth season:

Arby 'n' the Chief Season 5 Trailer

I just realized I really dun goofed though, at the end of the trailer it says the launch date for the first episode is January 15th... which is today, and it's supposed to be next week.  Way to fuck up the launch of a new season at the very start, go me.  Sorry about that.  This trailer was created well in advance and I mixed up the dates.  Needless to say, I feel pretty fucking stupid.

The first episode should come out next week, on the 22nd of January.

Thanks!
Jon

P.S. If you'd like to do me a favor, click on View All Comments, CTRL+F search for my comment (username DigitalPh33r) regarding the incorrect date and thumb that shit up.  I realize how horrendously lame begging for thumbs is but at least there's a practical reason this time and not just attention whoring.

Alternatively, search for "PLZ THUMBS UP GAIZ" to narrow it down.

Monday, January 3, 2011

News: Arby 'n' the Chief Season 5 Details, Soundtrack

Hey guys,

I've been really hard at work on the upcoming fifth season.  Tons and tons of writing and rewriting... tedious, but creatively rewarding.  I'm really trying to up my game this time around, try some new things.

The most significant new aspect of this season is a much more story driven approach overall; each episode picks up from where the last leaves off, culminating in a strong finale by episode thirteen (seasons are thirteen episodes long) that will tie back to the first episode in a big way.  The season in its entirety revolves around the Arbiter and Master Chief finding purpose in their lives, as well as, within Halo: Reach, crashing the biggest online video game wedding in human history, the groom being hotshot gamer and loaded corporate tycoon Trent Donnovich, notorious for his ruthless business ethic.  I can't say much more than that right now other than there'll be interesting twists and turns, Greg the mute tarantula will play a meaty role throughout, and a trailer should be available soon.

Also, to tide over devoted fans until the season premiere, I've uploaded six short tracks, more or less loops but I feel they're half decent.  These tracks make up the season five soundtrack so far, but I'll probably end up composing some more later on:

Arby 'n' the Chief Season 5 Soundtrack (FileFront)

Track 01: Arby 'n' the Chief Main Theme
Track 02: Less Than Three
Track 03: Trent Donnovich
Track 04: Hypernews
Track 05: Storming the Church
Track 06: Noob Control

You'll need WinZIP or WinRAR.

I think I've gotten a lot better.  Most of my old musical attempts are shit.  I didn't bother uploading these to Newgrounds, the Audio Portal only takes two tracks a day, and everyone will just complain that they're basic loops anyway and not worthy of submission.  See what you think!

Hope you all had a happy new year.  Stay tuned!

Thanks,
Jon