Writer/Director, YouTube viral content-creator and all-around singing & dancing geek
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!
More pictures on the official Michelle Osorio Facebook page. :)
Naughty behavior abounds in the fourth installment of my latest webseries, The Real Sims. What is the shady maid up to? Who is cheating on whom!? I’ve really been enjoying directing this show. Enjoy.
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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Your weekly dose of a live-action soap opera based on The Sims! This episode was edited by Adam Anderson. Thanks, Adam!
Thanks to all 51 of our Kickstarter backers for helping make this happen. We couldn’t have done it without you. <3 <3 <3 Please watch and enjoy:
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.
Many have turned their eyes to Rhythm and Hues which protested on-site at the Oscars that night. They have helped spark a movement to bring awareness to the fact that VFX people today are overworked, underpaid and losing jobs to overseas companies.
You can learn more about the movement in this Geek News Network article.
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.
We finished the Kickstarter with $2035. Not bad, guys. Not Bad. I’m excited! There’s so much in store for Kill9 in the coming weeks. We’re back, baby! Um, well soonish…
Last weekend was one of the best of my life. Thanks to the Dr. Who convention, Gallifrey One, being in town I got to shoot with a Dalek who happened to be in town thanks to his owner, Steve. We had an amazing time shooting at the Machinima offices (we rented it for a great deal). There will be more on Dalek Gary in the coming months once I have published some of my backlog of work.
It’s a hectic time, but very worth it! Keep an eye out on the Kill9 channel for new videos next week!
So, if you didn’t notice, we made it to our last stretch goal! At this point, any additional money earned will go toour new animator, Jason Adams who is working on an opening intro and additional funds go to
a music budget. So please keep spreading the word. Any money we raise will make an even better final product.
To those who made the $50 pledge, we already worked a couple of people’s names into the episode 6 script. Maybe you will notice it in the second feed from Saturday. Thanks again for all your support, guys. We’re almost to the finish line!
P.S. - To celebrate the end of fundraising, I plan to release a “making of the birthday cake” video toward the end of the work week. So keep your eyes peeled!