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Dear Mr. Schafer, Thank You For Your Interest...

Don’t do what I did. It only worked in the 80s! - Tim Schafer


 What if this had gone differently?
It's pretty easy to look at Tim Schafer, the mind behind Brütal Legend, and see the stadiums full of adoring fans, the stretch limos, the diamond studded fingernails, and forget he too was once a man just looking for a job. Tim recently started his 20th year in the games industry, which not only makes him able to sport antique license plates, but also gives him a chance to reflect on his humble beginnings. To mark the occasion, he has posted a collection of letters that chronicle some notable job correspondence. Just to drive home that this is really two decades ago, may I note, that these are actual letters...on paper.  Personally, I'm really glad Tim isn't currently working on printer drivers.
 
Check out the rest of the madness!
 
Also, in the spirit of unlikely career turns and to add a bit of perspective, here's a little something I shot with my little brother probably around the time Tim was wrapping up his probationary period at Lucasfilm. This version was retouched some time in the 2000s, when I could fully realize my vision...releases in 2003!    
 


 
( link to video

* Note: Yup, that's me as the tauntaun. Vinny Caravella on Google+
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Posted by Vinny

 What if this had gone differently?
It's pretty easy to look at Tim Schafer, the mind behind Brütal Legend, and see the stadiums full of adoring fans, the stretch limos, the diamond studded fingernails, and forget he too was once a man just looking for a job. Tim recently started his 20th year in the games industry, which not only makes him able to sport antique license plates, but also gives him a chance to reflect on his humble beginnings. To mark the occasion, he has posted a collection of letters that chronicle some notable job correspondence. Just to drive home that this is really two decades ago, may I note, that these are actual letters...on paper.  Personally, I'm really glad Tim isn't currently working on printer drivers.
 
Check out the rest of the madness!
 
Also, in the spirit of unlikely career turns and to add a bit of perspective, here's a little something I shot with my little brother probably around the time Tim was wrapping up his probationary period at Lucasfilm. This version was retouched some time in the 2000s, when I could fully realize my vision...releases in 2003!    
 


 
( link to video

* Note: Yup, that's me as the tauntaun.
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Posted by eroticfishcake

Ha. I thought you guys were hiring.

Edited by Moztacular

Nice, the drama!!!!

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Posted by MeatSim

That was intense!

Posted by OmegaPirate

The video is an uninteractable black box for me :(

Edited by PlasticCow
@eroticfishcake said:

"Ha. I thought you guys were hiring. "


God, how insane would that be. 
 
Also, this video is soo good. Remake it with all the GB crew.
Posted by yyZiggurat

Too bad my Firefox hates Quicktime videos

Posted by breaking3po

That was awesome Vinny. 
Posted by yyZiggurat
@PlasticCow said:

" @eroticfishcake said:

"Ha. I thought you guys were hiring. "
God, how insane would that be. "
 http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/off-topic/31/whiskey-media-looking-for-badass-engineer/247483/#93
Posted by eroticfishcake
@OmegaPirate: Which browser are you using? You probably don't have the right/updated plugin installed.
Posted by Scooper

That's an amazing video.

Posted by Matte_G

Vinny invented Gonzo film making

Posted by Smashlampjaw

Tim owns

Posted by Bucketdeth

Hahaha, they wouldn't hire poor Tim?

Posted by PlasticCow
@HomemadeZiggurat:
I meant if they hired Tim Schafer
Posted by AgentofChaos

Dude awesome he likes Kurt Vonnegut too.

Posted by nrain

xD that was well made and crazy as fuck.

Posted by Cerza

LMAO!!! Oh man that was intense. Brought me back to when I was making videos in my basement as a kid/teen. On a completely unrelated note, I had ALL of those SW toys too!!! OMG I remember playing with them for hours upon hours on end. Ah good times.

Posted by Teirdome

This was such a meaningful and pretty inspiring post from Tim, thanks for the repost Vinny!

Posted by darkjester74

That was quite possibly the most awesomest thing in the history of ever!  :D

Posted by Kazona

lol

Posted by RHCPfan24

Vinny, you make me proud. Very good job there. And the Tim Schafer letters are really funny as well.

Posted by TOYBOXX

wtf?

Posted by AndrewB
The production values on that video were stunning. Next Star Wars film should star Kyle Katarn and Vinny Caravella.
Posted by ranger5000

Gravity Kills as the background music, Love It.    

Posted by Kohe321

Great! Vinny, that video was awesome.

Posted by HT101

Thanks Vinny for that video.  It was truly awesome.  Tim Schafer is becoming the awesomest person in the history of awesomeness. 

Posted by Ryan

Way to make the Tim Schafer story the Vinny Caravella story, Vinny!

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Posted by Teptom
@AgentofChaos said:
" Dude awesome he likes Kurt Vonnegut too. "
Exactly my thoughts.
 
That was such an awesome resume he sent in to Lucasfilm. It made me love Schafer even more. 
 
And nice video Vinny.
Posted by JackiJinx
@eroticfishcake said:
" Ha. I thought you guys were hiring. "
Me, too. I was genuinely excited. Vinny, you need to stop making us think these false things!
Posted by Brake

This is what Episode 1 should have been.

Posted by AgentofChaos
@Ryan said:
" Way to make the Tim Schafer story the Vinny Caravella story, Vinny! "
God Vinny, your such a presumptuous bastard!
Posted by Crono

The hoth movie needs a sequel

Posted by FrEeZe

People need to achieve their dreams

Posted by LaszloKovacs

Vinny, will you move to New York and be my dad? It's a pretty easy job, and I'm only home for breaks.

Posted by PXAbstraction

I must be too old to remember the era when companies weren't so damn lazy and actually had the courtesy to write you a letter when you were rejected, as opposed to just ignoring you.  :)

Posted by jakob187

As soon as I opened the story, it started downloading a movie.  Not cool...

Posted by dagas

I thought the economy was still booming in 1989. At least in Sweden and Japan it was in the early 90's that the land speculation bubble suddenly burst and banks went under. It was in 1992 that the interest rates was at 500 % (only for a couple of days) in Sweden compared to the 0.25 % they are at now. Maybe the economy was uncertain even before that.

Edited by Al3xand3r

Bleh @ crappy quicktime embeds.

Out of nowhere I got the dialogue to update qt and then Firefox crashed. Thanks.

Posted by Pkshields

Vinny Caravella as a Tauntaun. Yes!, Vinny is perfect for the role.

Posted by mech4399

Go viny

Posted by AURON570

Tim Schafer always seemed like a nice guy :)

Posted by ky326

Great movie Vinny!

Posted by ComradeCrash

That was an interesting adventure for Tim. I also loved that great movie you made Vinny!

Posted by TheHBK

why in the blue hell is there a quicktime video embedded here?
Posted by Ransom

dear god 
 
i had that hoth set and the action fleet at-at too
Posted by fancifulunicorn

Dude, I made a video about Hoth with a friend of mine with lots of the same toys.  When I saw that first shot of the little plastic snowy Hoth base, I thought someone had jacked my video, haha.
Posted by TripMasterMunky

There needs to be an art thread on people making Vinny tauntauns.

Posted by Pat

DAK!

Posted by Absurd

That resume is hot.

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