I’m not the best person to talk about this video, I didn’t write it, and I didn’t even get all the jokes until Jeremy explained them to me, but I can tell you about shooting it!
Originally, James was going to be doing the lines Jer ended up with, but was unavailable. As a result, Jer had to change the character from Andy Collins (who I’m told James looks a bit like) to Scott Rouse (another Wizards of the Coast staff member) whom Jer resembles more. Jer had Matt in mind for Mike Mearls from the beginning.
According to the blogs of Rouse and Mearls themselves Matt completely nailed his portrayl of Mearls, even down to his hair and mannerisms. Full disclosure, we hadn’t even seen a picture of the guy before we started shooting. Maybe he and Matt are long-lost twins?
We shot Jer’s bits on a Wednesday, with Paul shooting most of it while I went to buy the smiley ball. We shot Laura’s scenes on a Friday morning full of weird scheduling headaches, but everything came together and we shot it in about 15 minutes. Matt’s scenes we shot that evening Curious Comics, an awesome local comic shop you should check out if you’re in Victoria. The other bits (the D&D game and the gelatinous cube) were shot either the same Friday or over the weekend. The last piece to be shot was the stop-motion orc dancing, which I hadn’t planned on originally, but when Jer and Tally’s jingle came through… well I needed to step up. I edited that sequence while watching Rambo with Matt.
Jer drew up all the monster manual pages, and Paul did the art for “EA’s Monopoly” and “The Splat Book”. Our good friend Derek Hand (Tensen01 to the forums) did the fantastic artwork for those pages, and on surprisingly short notice!
Despite all the graphics and things the editing went quite smoothly, and the gelatinous cube was tasty.