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#1 Posted by Erock (57 posts) -

@lanechanger That's what I get for not wanting to watch myself again. I re-watched the doc twice to prevent this. Thanks for the heads up!

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#2 Edited by Erock (57 posts) -

Y'all are too kind and I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

Probably something that might interest some of you is the Q&A we did after the screening. Dan incriminates himself within the first 5 minutes of everyone being on stage! Also everyone played along with my bit for how to get everyone on stage. Again, the nicest people.

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As for some behind the scenes tidbits... The entire documentary was filmed in Seattle at PAX West 2016 in front of a green screen (obviously):

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Hence the... roomier audio for half the interviews. Cards Against Humanity was nice enough to let us use the top floor of the theatre they rent out every year at PAX for us to setup our stuff.

I drove an entire trunkload consisting of most of my gear from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to Seattle. Played it cool at the border as tourist that just loves video.

Just a simple weekend at PAX.
Just a simple weekend at PAX.

Then PAX let us use one of the signing rooms after they were done with it. I carried almost all our gear over half a mile from the car to this location, but it was worth it.

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Someone said Drake's background looked like Detroit, but all the backgrounds were places around Regina during a dreary and soggy winter. I purposely found as many places as I could that didn't show outside or the weather or anything since no one lives near here or anywhere that looks like here.

In total we had over 4 hours of interview footage alone with 21 interviews and although you go into it with a story in mind, you're really at the whim of what everyone says when finding what the final film is going to be. I learned about doing a paper edit in University which was a lifesaver because without that I would have spent months combing through video over and over. What you do is put what the person says into writing, mark the timestamps of each phrase or idea, lay it all out, then move the slips of paper around like you're editing the video. It is waaay easier to see all the content you have available when it is laid out on a table rather than in a timeline. That still created 12 pages of mixed up ideas, phrases, and thoughts. Looking at the second picture below I'm surprised how much the final edit stuck to what I put together in the paper edit.

All interviews transcribed, timestamped, and labeled
All interviews transcribed, timestamped, and labeled
A small section of the Act 2 turn into Fire Alarm section.
A small section of the Act 2 turn into Fire Alarm section.

There's some very good stuff I had to unfortunately leave on the cutting room floor as it didn't fit the overall film. It hurts, but it has to be done. Maybe it'll see the light of day sometime, but we'll see!

@lanechanger Yeah, Jeff forgot the tracksuit at home when we were filming in Seattle so he was very very kind enough to make and send in a seperate video. Just another example of everyone being so generous with their time and talent.

The rest of the editing process is a blur as I worked on it day and night for 2 months straight leading up to the premeire screening at PAX East. I don't get nervous before live shows or anything, but this time I got super nervous. Probably because half of Giant Bomb was in the theatre along with a bunch of other awesome people. It went very well though and everyone seemed to enjoy it and it was such a surreal experience.

Buuut, I think that's about it. I wrote most of this post yesterday, but wasn't able to post it so hopefully it makes sense. Thanks for watching everybody! If there's questions or whatever, let 'em rip?

P.S. I super don't know how to format a post on this site, apparently.

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#3 Posted by Erock (57 posts) -

@mezmero: Thanks for taking the time to watch and reply! Dave gave some very good lines. I was constantly suprised by how good everyone was at being in character or crapping on everything in a lighthearted way.

Secretly Southern Slam was one of my favourites, but I'm starting to realise I might have a skewed perspective haha

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#4 Posted by Erock (57 posts) -
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I did a thing and it's a dream come true and I want to share it with y'all!

Long story short, a friend and I film the League of Heels PAX shows and make a (way) better video archive than the live streams. It's mostly for fun as I'm a filmmaker by trade and it gives us a reason to go to PAX and to meet all the amazing people involved in the panel. I just wanted to post this to say publicly how absolutely amazing all the people featured in the doc are. They gave up some of their time on a busy PAX weekend to be part of a relative stranger's (me) project. You might already know it, but everyone is so kind and smart and funny and I want to shout it from the rooftops.

Outside of that, though, it'd be great to get some feedback and thoughts. I broke my back making this thing and I like it a lot, but that doesn't mean much since I'm kinda biased. If anyone is interested in making-of stuff, I have pictures, but I'm also not presumptuous enough to post them.

Hope you enjoy, thaaanks!

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#5 Posted by Erock (57 posts) -

Thank goodness others agree. Holy shit. I beat the game in like 20 some hours, got my ending that had nothing specific to my choices and wrapped up nothing. I shut it down, watched the other endings on Youtube to see that they were all almost exactly the same and I haven't played it since. Even Fallout 3 had better wrap up. I'm fine with the little vignette and voice over ending, but I went with the institute and there was no "Some day in the future maybe the Institute can fix this shit because of the things I've done" It was just "My kid! He's dead now. War never changes am I right?"

All the other endings are like that too, except "I never got to see much of my son, oh well, war never changes am I right?"

Just one sentence giving some insight into how the future might be changed because of your actions. That's only 4 sentences total! One for each faction and their stupid plans.

I was riding such a fun-wave playing this game, then the story ended and it just blasted a poo-monsoon into my face.

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#6 Posted by Erock (57 posts) -

Psi-ops.

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#7 Edited by Erock (57 posts) -

So this happened:

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My better half Chelsea and I were lucky enough to film Paxamania last March in Boston! It finally posted today, so I am over the moon excited. I wanted to share it and make sure people saw it because we are shooting the Rumble in 2 weeks and want to make sure we do the best job possible. If anyone has any critique of anything, let me know! I already have a laundry list of notes on what to do better next time, but it's nice to hear what other people think. Same goes for the next video:

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I got to run around before the show to capture some behind the scenes stuff. They pretty much planned/solidified everything in the hour before the doors opened to the audience. It was awesome to watch things unfurl and get more and more outlandish, so here's a taste of that. We'll probably have 2 cameras running around this time, so I hope to get even more behind the scenes stuff.

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As an ancillary benefit to being in the venue after everyone cleared out, we snagged a bundle of the PAXAMANIA trading cards that were given to the attending audience. We have 20 sets and will be bringing them to PAX Prime, so if you missed out and want a set, come find us! Easiest place will be after the rumble, we'll be the people with the DSLR cameras. Tall guy and short girl. First come, first serve!

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Hope everyone likes the videos!

See you at PAX Prime

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#8 Posted by Erock (57 posts) -

Cool! I shot and edited those videos. I was going to make a separate thread to get some critique since we are shooting the Rumble too and I want to crush it! We'll be doing more behind the scenes stuff too, probably two cameras running around instead of just the one like in the above video.

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#9 Edited by Erock (57 posts) -

Finally! Our schedule is finally done for our stream. We're going ambitious with our first outing, but hopefully we get one or two people watching. Here's the link to a schedule if anyone is interested in seeing:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxOMQeNb-2qjUzFrcGlrOUR6WnM/view?usp=sharing

(The times are in Central so for PDT subtract an hour)

Lots and lots and lots of stuff I'm excited about. I hope everyone else has a great stream! See y'all on the other side.

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#10 Edited by Erock (57 posts) -
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Just picked up this beast from a friend in a town 3 hours away. Super Pac Man isn't that great as it turns out, but it'll have to do. Pretty awesome having an arcade machine in my place though, has that high-pitched CRT whirrr to it.

Pretty excited for Extra Life. It's cool to see what everyone else is doing for it too!

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