Red vs Blue Interview

Thanks to the Red vs Blue team for their time!

You're probably the most successful Machinima group ever. So, how do you feel about that?

Geoff Fink: It's certainly flattering of you to say, but I don't know that it's necessarily true. That being said, I'm like a god to you puny mortals.

Gus Sorola: Well, it's definitely a great honor to have accumulated so many fans in such a short period of time. I think we're all still very overwhelmed at how big our project has grown and we look forward to trying to grow it even more.

How did Red vs Blue get started?

Geoff Fink: Like the mighty phoenix, RvB was born from the ashes of a previous website. Gus, Burnie, Dan and I ran a site called drunkgamers.com, that we used to do weekly Halo gameplay videos for. The idea for RvB kind of came from those sessions. We made a trailer for the series, but then Drunkgamers got cirrhosis and died. After a few months of lazing around, we decided we were ready for a new project, so we picked up where we left off.

Gus Sorola: Yeah, the strange thing about that is that we released the RvB trailer on Drunkgamers back in August or September 2002 and then didn't do anything with it till early 2003 and finally released episode 1 inApril 2003. I'm very relieved that no one figured out what we were doing and beat us to the punch.

I hear there's a DVD available. What can you tell us about that? Any special features?

Gus Sorola: Yup, in fact we just started selling the DVD via our website. Burnie has put a LOT of work into getting this DVD together and we're extremely proud of it. It has all the episodes of the series, some bonus videos, a full length commentary, and some bonus videos not found on the website. I don't want to say too much, but one of the easter eggs on the disc is a video of Geoff and I recording our episode 1 lines for the first time.

Why do you think Blood Gulch Chronicles was/is so successful?

Gus Sorola: If I had to pick one thing, I would pick the writing. I think Burnie has done a great job writing the script and we all have a lot of fun with it. Additionally, I think the attention to detail that we pay to every episode really helps distinguish the BGC. Sometimes hours of work can go into a shot that just appears on screen for 2 or 3 seconds, but in the end it really pays off and helps the videos appear even more polished.

What do you think of the other entries in the MFF this year? Any favourites?

Geoff Fink: I liked pretty much everything I saw, but was particularly impressed with Anna and The Outcome. Great stuff.

Gus Sorola: I really like the work that Fountainhead Entertainment does, and was very impressed with Anna.

What are your plans for the future? Anything you can tell us about Season 2? Got any other projects on the go?

Gus Sorola: Well we hope to get season 2 under way here in the next couple of weeks. We're always playing around with new ideas and things to do with RvB and we do have a lot of projects in the works right now...but we're not quite ready to talk about them yet.

Tell us about the process of filming RvB. How do you make an episode? How do you make it so darn funny?

Gus Sorola: Well, the first thing that gets done is the writing. Burnie writes our shooting script and we all receive it and give feedback and record our lines. Once the lines are recorded, then a couple of the guys get together and, using the recorded lines as a guide, actually film the episode. Once filming is done we have all the raw footage sitting on a hard drive so then Burnie fires up Adobe Premiere and edits the audio and video together into our episode. Then of course the videos are rendered and uploaded to our server for people to download and hopefully enjoy. It sounds like a pretty simple process but I'd estimate that each episode takes about 40-50 hours to complete. That can be quite a challenge, especially when you consider that everyone has a full time "day job" that they work at.

What are your backgrounds? Are you guys film-makers outside RvB?

Gus Sorola: Well we have a pretty diverse skill set amongst the crew. Some of the crew (Matt, Joel and Burnie) have done film work in the past, and some of them continue to work in the film industry today. Some of us (Jason, Geoff, Dan and Gus) are totally clueless about filmmaking but we have skills that help the project in other ways. For example, Geoff can drink...a lot.

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