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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My mom went to Vietnam and all I got was this awesome tee shirt! If you want to be wearing what is all the rage in Saigon* (the fashion capital of the world), you don’t necessarily have to fly there and seek out a street vendor (who will then refuse to haggle with you because you’re a foreigner)**.Now you can get an iPho shirt on Cafe Press, but I can’t make any claims as to the quality of the material or how well the text/logo is printed on top of it. I was pretty impressed with the nice, stretchy, form-fitting cotton the shirt I received touted.
Do you get the joke? Do you know what pho is? If you don’t, pho is a heeping, steamy bowl of noodly, brothy goodness that is to Vietnamese people what a sandwich is to Americans. You can get the beef or the chicken variety and it’s actually quite time-consuming to make at home which is why pho restaurants are very popular in Asian neighborhoods.
Nerd rage moment:Um, but isn’t pho spelled “phuh” and not “foe”? Kind of ruins the whole joke of referencing the iPhone.
OK. Yes, that’s true, but stop ruining all our fun, faceless Internet user.
Before I go, I also wanted to mention that Geek Chic is moving to Thursdays starting next week. Tuesdays will be reserved for Kill9’s web series shows beginning with the 8-episode parody series The Real Sims. That premieres Tuesday, March 5.
* Yes. I know it’s called Ho Chi Minh City now, but my grandfather fought in the South Vietnamese army during the war so we all grew up still referring to it as Saigon, which they fled in 1975.
** Seriously, when I was there it didn’t matter that I could speak Vietnamese rather fluently. It’s just “not cool” to throw a bone to someone who doesn’t look legit there, I guess! So… as a lowly mud blood, I had to rely on my mom to bargain on my behalf. That was back when rip-off Calvin Klein shirts were all the rage though. My, things have changed. Pho-pride!
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!
Thank you to those that joined our Google Hangout last Saturday and to those that peeked in on the live stream on our YouTube channel. It was so fun to share 8 hours (over two streams) of our production with you all. If you want to see a bit, here is a link to a funny little portion of the first feed.
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!
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