Ask An Alex – Live!
October 23rd, 2008

Posted by Tim

As some of you may know, we were hoping to stream parts of the Loading Ready Run 5 Year Anniversary Live Screening (the LRR 5 YALS) live on the internet. Unfortunately, circumstances prevented this from happening. Even more unfortunately, quite a few people who were hoping to watch the stream were suddenly left in the lurch with nothing to watch.

Luckily for those people, Alex Steacy saved the day by putting up a webcam stream and holding a live Ask An Alex event. For more information about what happened during AAA Live, check the wiki page here.

Since the impromptu AAA Live was so successful, Alex recently made the following announcement:

Hey guys! This Saturday it will have been a week since my impromptu Q&A session on webcam, so I think its only appropriate that we do it again!

This week however, I plan to try something slightly different which may or may not turn out well – but we’ll see if it works. I will be broadcasting a live, improvised show based on questions from the irc feed for 30-45 minutes, and simultaneously taping the event using a proper camera, the footage from which will be used to edit down a LRR-length video with SFX and visuals to match.

That having been stated, please tune in at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/askanalexlive

I will go live at ~8:00PM EDT (I think) on Saturday, October 25, but feel free to congregate and chat among yourselves before we get underway.

Here’s hoping things go well!

Read the announcement from its original source and get some questions ready in the forum thread here: http://loadingreadyrun.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7181

Behind the Scenes – RapStar 64K
October 23rd, 2008

Posted by Graham

No problems getting a location for this video. We’re lucky enough that Paul’s dad operates the “Movie Monday” free screening night in Victoria, which coincidentally is where we held the 5th Anniversary Screening.

The first challenge was getting all the costumes to the locations, and making sure that we didn’t forget any. The Warriors costumes alone take up an entire large Rubbermaid tub. We also had a couple new costumes to keep track of. Kind of a complex shoot in that regard, but the rest of it was pretty straightforward.

Enjoy these pictures.

Allens short 5th Anniversay Recap
October 19th, 2008

Posted by james

Allen here. If you were at the screening, awesome. If not you missed out. It was wicked and we had so my check fun. We’re at an after party sorts thing. Lots of ridiculous pics. Look forward to the season 6 premiere it is awesome. Much love, Allen and the crew.

LRR 5th Anniversary Screening Live Web Stream
October 15th, 2008

Posted by Tim

For those of you who can’t make it to the LoadingReadyRun 5th Anniversary live screening, there’s good news! Keep your Saturday afternoon open (or whatever time of day corresponds to roughly 5 PM PST wherever you live), because… You can still watch some of the awesome things that are going to be happening!

As Graham recently posted in the discussion thread for the screening:

Did we mention we’re webcasting the Q&A panel with an interactive chat room, Desert Bus style?

Cause we are.

I don’t think we told you all yet.

But now we have told you all, so you have no excuse for not tuning in to the live feed as it happens! Stay tuned to the site for more details about where to watch. We look forward to having you watch, even if you can’t be there in person.

5 Years? Why the hell didn’t anyone tell me???
October 14th, 2008

Posted by james

After much playing around with my Laptop and not being able to record voice (I honestly hate this thing) I have decided that I will in fact just write what I wanted to say.

Five years is a long time to do anything. And somehow we have managed to make it to that mark. And it wouldn’t have been remotely possible if it hadn’t been for the tremendous amount of time and energy put in by my fellow LRR crew members. First and formost I want to thank these guys. Morgan, Bill, Graham, Paul, Matt, Jer and Kathleen, you guys have been a great group of people to work with. But more importantly you guys are some of my closet friends and the majortiy of you have been for the past decade or more. I met Morgan and Jeremy 12 years ago, Bill 11 years ago, Graham about 9 years ago, Paul about 6 years ago and Kathleen 4 years ago. Those numbers show people we were friends first and LRR second. And I think that is what makes LRR such an amazing thing. I also need to thank the countless number of people that have been around for the past 5 years; other friends, roomates, girlfriends. You guy have been an amazing support group and we couldn’t do this without you guys.

Too our fans, THANK YOU!! Words cannot do justice to those of you who come back on a week to week (or even day to day) basis. For me this site has never been about making money or becoming HUGE on the internet. It has always been about our ability to make people laugh on a weekly basis. Wether that be the 114 Paul mentioned in his post, the almost 8000 of you who watch our videos on a weekly basis or the millions that see our stuff when it hits big. To know that I am involved in something that can make a person laugh for 5 minutes a week is a fantastic feeling.

Five years ago Graham and Paul came to some of us with an idea that they had. They were going to write, shoot, edit and post a brand new short every week. Now back then the site didn’t have the “organization” it has now. Basically the site was Graham and Paul’s and the rest of us would do what we could when we felt like it really. I won’t lie, when I heard the idea I gave LoadingReadyRun a shelf life of 2 months tops. I figured we would screw around for a couple months, make a couple videos, then Christmas would hit and we would be derailed and that would be that. A dozen or so videos that we could pull out every couple of years and have a laugh. Now it seems everytime I start up the interwebs I am reminded of how incredibly off I was. If you were to do the simple math and take 5 years worth of videos with 1 video every week, “Rapstar 64k” was our 260th video update. That blows my mind, then you take into consideration the Phailhaus, Iron Stomach Challenge, The Whatever Thing, and the various other bonus videos, you have one floored James Turner. At least 350 videos that we have produced over the last 5 years. That day I scoffed at the idea of LoadingReadyRun is a distant memory, and in it’s place is a countless number of new ones [memories]. Lets take a second to look back at a couple of those shall we.

LOADINGREADYLIVE: Easily one of the most important events to ever take place in the history of LRR. Simply put, if not for LoadingReadyLive, we would not be where we are today. That show cemented the crew you have come to know and love over the past 2 years and will continute to love for the next X amount of years. It was a big confidence booster as well. Its one thing to get infront of a camera week after week with your friends, but to be put up on stage when more than half of us had no formal acting/stage experience was both terrifying and awesome at the same time. I am forever grateful that I was able to participate in that show and it has made LoadingReadyRun what it is today.

DESERT BUS FOR HOPE: Are you serious? We raised 22,800.00 playing a video game made ten plus years ago on a dead system? For the rest of our life’s this will be one of the greatest things I think any of us have been a part of. And its also something that I don’t think would have happened if not for LoadingReadyRun.

SAN DIEGO ROADTRIP 2007: This is a hard thing to put into words. The Roadtrip was not entirely a LRR thing. Sure we were heading down to The Comic Con to see our video (Talk like a Pirate) in the festival, but more often that not that road trip was for us. But quite like Desert Bus it was something that I don’t think would have happened if it weren’t for this website.And it produced some of the funniest and most memorable moments I have ever shared with these guys.

And those are just some of the big things that we have been able to do over the past couple years thanks to this site. I haven’t even touched on the hundreds of video shoots that have happened. Notables being, 14 ways to eat Fries, 2004 Holiday Special, Sleep Dep Experiment, Pimp My Chair, The Nanaimo Road Trips, The LoadingReadyRumble, Slacking For Gold, Toast, CSI: CSI, Ways to Keep Cool. And those are just off the top of my head.

LRR has come a long way from that initial idea over 5 years ago. Its something that none of us could have ever expected, but almost what we had always wished for. You guys have made what we do worth doing. Season 6 starts in less than a weeks time and I really think you guys are going to like whats coming. Season 6 promises to be our best season yet and it will be made all the better with fans like you guys.

Thanks for a fantastic first 5 years. Lets see how the next 5 go.