COCK BYTE: MASTERS OF MACHINIMA

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USA, 80 minutes

SHOWTIMES

Sun, Apr 23 / 6:30 / Kabuki / COCK23K
Tue, Apr 25 / 9:30 / PFA / COCK25P
Wed, May 03 / 6:45 / Aquarius / COCK03A

CREDITS

dir
Burnie Burns
prod
Gustavo Sorola, Geoff Ramsey, Jason Saldana
scr
Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum
cam
Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum
editor
Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum
mus
Nicolas Audy-Rowland
cast
Burnie Burns, Yomary Cruz, Dan Godwin, Joel Heyman, Matt Hullum, Goeff Ramsey, Gustavo Sorola, Kathleen Zueleh
source
Rooster Teeth Productions, PO Box 400, Buda, TX 78610 EMAIL: gus@roosterteeth.com
Cock Byte: Masters of Machinima

The emerging genre of machinima—CGI animation made using the 3D graphics engines from video games—is still in its infancy, but already it has its first resident geniuses: Austin-based Rooster Teeth Productions, the makers of the episodic online sketch comedies Red vs Blue: Blood Gulch Chronicles and The Strangerhood. Launched on the Web in 2003 as a five-minute goof on the blockbuster sci-fi shooter game Halo, Blood Gulch Chronicles has long since transcended its DIY fan-film origins to become an international phenomenon. Part locker-room humor, part Beckett-like absurdist tragicomedy, part wicked vivisection of game culture and sci-fi action films and games, each episode features spot-on comic dialogue, sharp editing and inventive direction, Now in its fifth season, BGC is downloaded by several hundred thousand viewers worldwide each week and has been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major publications. The Strangerhood, the team's second outing, is a similarly hilarious, absurdist comedy series made using characters and settings from the world's most popular game, The Sims. Rooster Teeth has also made numerous occasional machinima pieces, including mock PSAs, marketing pieces for game companies and concert videos for Barenaked Ladies. This Festival program, a sort of Rooster Teeth greatest hits, will feature the finest moments from Blood Gulch Chronicles and The Strangerhood, rarely seen one-offs, outtakes and new work with several members of the zany troupe in attendance onstage to present their work and conduct a Q&A following the screening.

—Graham Leggat

Total running time 80 min. Sponsored by RES Media Group.