Look for me at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 cosplaying as DC’s Zatanna and Lana Kane from Archer. We have a group Archer cosplay planned. It’s going to be sweet and we’re doing something special with FX concerning it so keep an eye out! You can see me whereabouts on Twitter so @ me for photo ops this weekend! I will be posting updates and photos on my Facebook pageand making a few SDCC Geek Chic episodes for Kill9tv.
First bit of great news that I had been waiting for a few weeks to announce: the people who make The Sims love our show! They’ve created a playlist of our episodes and shared it on their Facebook page. We couldn’t be more grateful! It’s helped bring a new group of Simmers to our YouTube channeland we’re all giddy from the positive feedback. Thanks EA/Maxis! <3
Second bit of fun news: We’ll be streaming a Questions & Answers Google Hangout Live on YouTube, Monday, April 8th at 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time! All Kickstarter Backers are invited to join. Simple message me your email address and I will invite you to the hangout. To keep things from getting too crazy, I will have to mute everyone most of the time until we’re ready for the next question.
If you just want to watch us live on Youtube (instead of joining the Hangout), be sure to follow us on Twitter. We will post the URL of the live video as soon as we’re up.
If you can’t make it, please post your questions or comments here on Kickstarter or on any of our The Real Sims videos. We’ll pick out the best ones to answer. See you Monday night! Remember, episode 5 of The Real Sims premieres Tuesday, April 16th.
There will be a video specifically about the creation of our costumes, but you’ll get a peak at our Dragon’s Lair cosplay in this wrap-up video I made for this week’s Geek Chic. Amanda (my Dirk the Daring) and I scoured WonderCon 2013 in Anaheim to find the coolest cosplayers that weekend. Check it out!
It has been a blast writing and directing this webseries show. I must say my favorite part is all the fun feedback I am hearing from fans of the game. A lot of Simmers out there. Woohoo (not to be confused with WooHoo)! One of our crew members, Adam Anderson edited this great piece chronicling the making of the first few episodes of the show. It’s called Gnome means Gnome. Silliness abounds!
I had a blast this year at WonderCon. Our Dragon’s Lair cosplay was a bit hit and Amanda did a great job impersonating Dirk the Daring. My Princess Daphne was also well-received though I had a few wardrobe malfunctions that required swift use of safety pins and fashion tape. Mostly it was because I kept stepping on my shawl and breaking my sleeve because of it.
While it was challenging to do camera work while in costume, it was kind of fun filming people filming me. Oh, I also want to thank Kathy Valdoria for her awesome costume skills. I bought the bathing suit, pantyhose and wig (and shoes). She did the rest. Well done, lady!
I am editing a nice montage of the cosplay to post on Geek Chic Thursday. Tomorrow is a behind-the-scenes video from The Real Sims so keep your eyes peeled over on the Kill9 YouTube Channel!
Gamer starlet, Jess Brohard makes her show debut in this episode where she meets Jeff for the first time. The shady maid is not amused. Parts of this episode were actually shot for the “pilot” Kickstarter pitch. I actually went back and filmed “pickup” shots to piece the whole living room scene together.
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You may have noticed bright green profile pictures strewn about Facebook these days. This is part of a protest movement trying to raise awareness of the plight of the visual effects industry in America today.
If you were watching the Oscars, you may have noted that Life of Pi VFX Supervisor Bill Westenhofer was cut-off during his acceptance speech. He was only able to say, “Sadly, Rhythm & Hues is suffering severe financial difficulties right now, and I urge you all to remember…” How fitting then that the music used to drown him out was the Jaws theme.
As a filmmaker and friend of plenty of visual effects people whom I see working long nights 6 days a week, this message is particularly moving to me. Especially as my friends Lawrence and his assistants Robert and Phred toil to deliver effects to me for my Star Wars JJ Abrams sketch and my upcoming Sims parody webseries, The Real Sims.
All of us work regular full-time jobs in the IT and video game QA fields. We spend our nights and weekends slaving over our passions because it is something we love to do. Yet, I try to compensate him as much as my budgets will allow. I hope one day these guys could do this work full-time if they so wished, but that becomes more of a pipe dream if the VFX industry in the US continues on its current path.
Check out the articles I linked. Do you think this is a cause worth backing? Do you think it’s better for business to outsource? Maybe a little of both? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Michelle is a San Diego-based IT Geek by day and filmmaker/singer-songwriter by night. She is the founder of Kill9 Studios and even stars in her own music videos. Aside from Star Wars and technology, her passion is dancing/singing/writing funny, geeky music! Full Bio