Find My Friends
June 5th, 2012

Posted by Matt

Our video for the week is online, and in keeping with the press conferences that were ongoing for much of the day today (thanks to E3) it introduces some great new apps that you may find extremely useful to install on your iOS device.

LoadingReadyRun: Find My Friends
Unskippable: Godfather 2
Checkpoint: Infinite Lawsuit
Feed Dump: The Salty Watermelon
Loading Time: Friends and Foes
GPLP: Cursed Crusade (PT4, PT5)

As occasionally happens, I had nothing to do with any part of the filming or production of this video. Thankfully, Paul was kind enough to pass along some thoughts about the thought process for this one, so I’m going to let him take it from here. Paul?

Since the entire crew has iPhones, Find My Friends has actually been quite useful to our production schedule. We will often be scheduled to meet up at the office and be waiting around for the last person and Find My Friends allows us to call them and say “Why are you still at your house when you were supposed to be here HALF AN HOUR AGO?”. There is no doubt that it definitely raises some privacy concerns, though, and that is what made me want to write this video. Also I love the idea that Apple is devoting ridiculous amounts of engineering to solving minor social faux pas.

We actually shot the “Bob from Apple” bits and the intro with Jer and Tally more then 2 months ago, but with various conventions and other commitments, we did not have the time to do the needed post production with the CGI stick figures and fancy interface mockups until this week. As I was writing the script, I had a general idea of what I wanted to graphics to look like, but I wasn’t really sure how complicated they should be. The actual direction in the script is “illustration of how the app works, either with a live action reenactment or with futuristic cg sick figures”, and I think Graham nailed the futuristic cg stick figures part.

If you want the apps shown in this video for your iPhone or iPad, go to these pages and bookmark them to your home screen:

Find My Friends (Who are Doing it)

Messages (Only From People I Like)

Game Center (Without Everyone Who is Better than Me)

I made these pages so that we could show a real iPhone with the apps. We didn’t end up using them in that form (we used the large versions of the icons instead), but maybe someone will enjoy having them. They won’t actually work as apps, of course, but you can fool your friends into thinking that you are on the cutting edge of Apple product development.


Friends and Family
May 28th, 2012

Posted by Matt

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LoadingReadyRun: Friends and Family
Unskippable: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Checkpoint: Beyond Infinity
Feed Dump: Facebook Girlfriend
Loading Time: History of the Moonbase
GPLP: Cursed Crusade (PT3)

The video this week was one that came together with remarkable speed and very few roadblocks. Written earlier this week by Paul, this one got rapid approval, and was shot with remarkable efficiency on Saturday. I won’t get into too much detail over why this video was so quick to shoot (we’ll be covering that on Loading Time, Thursday), but suffice to say that more time was spent travelling from location to location than actually filming.

One thing you may notice is that during my brief appearance in this video, we’re actually in a pet store. That was all luck. We didn’t have a location lined up for that shot. We just drove to a local Bosley’s and asked if they’d let us shoot a couple of lines in their store. Turns out they were totally cool with it. They may even be reading this now! (Hi Bosley’s guys! Thanks for letting us film!) It’s a good thing they did, too, because we did not have a backup location ready to go.

For more on this video, make sure to check out loading time this week, it should be pretty cool.


May 22nd, 2012

Posted by Matt

We have a “new” video for you this week, and we think it’s pretty “good”.

LoadingReadyRun: Punctu-action
Unskippable: The Syndicate
Checkpoint: Too Much of a Good Thing
Feed Dump: emo Hair & Other Poop
Loading Time: Fun With Microwaves

This week’s script was submitted to us earlier this week by our good friend Andy, and made the jump from page to film (well, memory card) almost immediately. We shot Thursday evening in Beacon Hill Park, which, despite a remarkably cold breeze was a great night to be outside.

We had to film on Thursday, because on Saturday Graham, Paul, and I made an appearance at RvB CanWest, a small single-day convention centred around the Vancouver Rooster Teeth fan scene, with all profits being donated to charity. Much fun was had, and it was great to see those of you that attended.

If you’re interested, RvB CanWest currently has some incredible ebay auctions going on, with proceeds to Childs Play. Check it out.

Cheers til next week!

Fun With Microwaves 3
May 8th, 2012

Posted by Matt

As we return you to our site’s regularly scheduled blog updates (sorry, this month has been a little hectic) we also return TO you a series that has been dormant for a very long time. It’s Fun With Microwaves!

LoadingReadyRun: Fun With Microwaves 3
Unskippable: Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
Checkpoint: God of Gore
Feed Dump: Van Dump
Loading Time: BEES!

I was off having some grand adventure in the land of Vancouver during filming this week, so I leave it to Graham to say a few words about the video shoot:

The intro to this video is almost totally accurate. While I had been thinking recently of doing another Fun with Microwaves video, finding the package that Russell sent us (which I received probably two years ago, while I was still living with Matt) was the impetuous to actually do it. We had a couple new ideas, and wanted to revisit some old favourites with the benefit of better video quality, so it seemed like a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon.

As it happened, there were actually some hilariously frustrating setbacks, all of which will be detailed in a future episode of Loading Time, but it worked out in the end. The original progenitor of the idea, Ray, had even been hanging on to that “smile” lightbulb for just such an emergency as this. As you can tell from my child-like squealing, it was one of my favourite reactions. Also, really seriously, don’t microwave eggs. Yeesh.

Cheers til next week!

En Garde
April 24th, 2012

Posted by Matt

Never a crew to break with our prescribed routine (if we can help it), please find below our updates for the last 7 days!

LoadingReadyRun: En Garde
Unskippable: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Part One
Checkpoint: Power Sink
Feed Dump: Night Flight to Venus
Loading Time: LRR <3 PAX East
GPLP: X-Men Destiny (PT10, PT11)

This video was shot outside the ECS building at the University of Victoria on the weekend before last. Andy had come to town for a couple days between gigs, and we figured his ability to do physical acting would come in extremely handy for this particular video. We weren’t wrong.

This was also the first video of 2012 to force us into an annual predicament that we always forget is coming until it happens. Warm, sunny days, make for AWFUL lighting situations if you’re shooting in partial shadow. Contrast between light and dark becomes a real problem once the sun starts coming out, and since we shoot in overcast or rainy weather 6 months out of the year, we always forget about it. It took us 45 minutes just to scout out a location where the light was ok for shooting.

Additional problems stuck when it became apparent that there was something (presumably and exam) going on inside the building. The location we shot at was actually just to the side of the building’s main entryway, and there was a pretty constant stream of people in and out for much of our shoot. The shots in this particular video were virtually all snuck in between interruptions, but apparently we managed to get everything we needed.

We’ll be headed to the Calgaray Comic and Entertainment Expo on Thursday, so we hope to see you there. As a result we won’t be streaming a live Magic draft on our twitch account this week, so we hope you’ll take a rain check on that. For updates about the next draft, please follow @LRRMtG on twitter.

Have a great week, everyone! Cheers!