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Spotlight on Sketch Royale

Hi ladies! I may have just found the most addicting and fun web series of 2013!

On January 31st, Machina Prime debuted Sketch Royale, a weekly project on YouTube in which “four teams tackle the same theme to produce four completely different sketches.” The results are often random, awkward, and hilarious, with subscribers unofficially choosing who they feel created the most entertaining video. To date, a variety of actors, comedians, and animators have come together to create videos on everything from Chinese New Year to Valentine’s Day. Sketch Royale has quickly become a YouTube favorite, with videos collecting over 50,000 views in the first month since the project launched. Be sure to check out their page frequently, as new sketches debut each Thursday!

Recently, GeekGirl World had the chance to interview Good Cops and Dr. Coolsex, two of the four contributors who helped launch this exciting project with the first video, titled The Super Bowl. Check out their awesome interviews below and click on the links for more information!

GOOD COPS

Good Cops created the first video seen on Sketch Royale.
Good Cops created the first video seen on Sketch Royale.

Your skit was about making the perfect Super Bowl commercial. Any favorite (or least favorite) television commercials from Super Bowl XLVII (47)?

Noel (Sledge): Well, I’m a dork who likes to get all emotional, and my family back in Australia are farmers, so I really liked the “God Made a Farmer” spot that Chrysler did.

Jacob (Nicky): Even though we were sort of poking fun at the ‘Doritos: Crash the Super Bowl’ contest with our sketch, I ended up laughing hysterically at that Doritos “Goat” spot. So random, yet so funny.

While this segment was animated, your body of work includes a lot of live-action entertainment as well. What are the pros and cons of each style? Do you prefer one over the other?

Noel (Sledge): Well first of all our animators, Chris and Dustin, do 90% of the work for these and because that is the case it enables the rest of us to work on other projects, so in that regard it’s easier because we can split up the workload. Also, you can make an animated character do anything, be anywhere and have anything happen to them which is freeing and also very fun. That said, because the Internet is such a high-speed, low budget medium, you don’t have time to put in the tiny details with an animated piece that you sometimes wish you could. Live action is almost entirely the opposite. You are fairly limited with what a character can do, where you can put him and what you can do to him, because all of this must exist in the real world, so the writing takes more time and more creativity. But you make up for that with details, you can have a character do something very specific and very unique to a situation and often is is that which makes the piece interesting or noteworthy.

Derek (Perkins): This was my first time doing voice over (Derek voiced the character of ‘The Director’). I’ve auditioned for a few but was never cast, so I was nervous that I wouldn’t have the right stuff. I’ve been working with Clayton (Good Cops Director) for almost 2 years now so I thought I’d been through it all. I was wrong. We spent 5 hours in a studio going through each line, over and over and over again. I drank about 2 gallons of water that day, my voice was sore by the second hour. For one line Clayton told me to pretend I was on death row and I was walking down the green mile. “Be at peace with it.” he said, “Let everything go, you’re walking to your death and you’re fine with it, and ACTION!”. So that was an interesting day.

Jacob (Nicky): One of the pros is just experimenting with our voices for different characters. I revealed my secret skill of doing a ‘heavy metal’ voice with about 3 different octaves happening at the same time. The guys were convinced I was possessed.

DR. COOLSEX

Dr. Coolsex proves to be a fan favorite, appearing in multiple Sketch Royale videos.
Dr. Coolsex, a Sketch Royale favorite, collaborates often.

Your video revolved around a fan-made commercial contest. Let’s just say there were some interesting winners. Have you ever won a contest you didn’t expect to win, or lost one that you thought you had “in the bag”? Tell us about it!
Alex: We competed in SyFy’s “Viral Video Showdown” against the comedy superstars P0ykpac. We did our best, but after the smoke cleared, we found ourselves without the five thousand dollar prize. It would have been disappointing if it weren’t so much fun. Plus, we got to fly out to LA on their dime, so that’s pretty neat. We may have lost the competition, but we’ll always have our Splash Mountain photo.

Viewers loved the fun clothes featured in your video, including a Robocop shirt, a 90s-Nickelodeon-inspired Jacket, and a Wile E. Coyote tie. Where did you find the wardrobe for this project?

Greg: Those clothes are a part of my personal wardrobe– minus the Wile E. Coyote tie, which Alex wears un-ironically to work. All three of us have growing collections of fun clothes that we wear to add some silliness to our already silly videos. Keep an eye out for our matching Adidas track suits in our President Rap music video!

Your body of work includes homages to 90s pop culture, including Nickelodeon’s Doug and Hey Arnold!, as well as Super Mario. How would you compare 90s shows and games to those of today? Do you favor one over the other?

Dustin: We love the 90s because we grew up in the 90s and it strikes a chord with our collective nostalgia. Whether the shows and games of the 90s are actually better than today doesn’t matter, what matters is that they make us feel young again. They remind us of the care free days of Stick Stickly, Gushers and Street Fighter 2. Everyone believes that things were better when they were kids because that’s the time when we had no worries or responsibilities. The 90s were the best because they shaped us into who we became. The 90s are ingrained in our DNA and it’s an instant point of connection to anyone that loved pop culture during that time. We love the 90s because the 90s are us.

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Out On DVD And Blu-Ray

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The Blu-Ray combo pack of the latest addition in the Battlestar Galactica Series comes out today with never-before-seen, unrated footage. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is a new spin-off film that debuted on Machinima’s premiere Youtube channel, Machinima Prime, on November 9, 2012 as a 10-part series, then premiered as a 2-hour movie event on the SyFy channel February 10, 2013.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome stars Luke Pasqualino (“The Borgias”) as a young Captain William Adama in the hard-hitting tale of the first Cylon war.  Humans on the 12 colonial worlds are battling against their sentient creations, the Cylons, and a young Captain Adama is in the middle of the action assigned to the most powerful battlestar in the entire colonial fleet: the Galactica.  With Ben Cotton (“Alcatraz”) as his co-pilot Coker  and Lili Bordán (“Silent Witness”) as Dr. Becca Kelly, Captain Adama finds himself on a dangerous mission that becomes a turning point in the war for the desperate fleet.

With top-notch special effects and CGI, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, lives up to the franchise by providing stunning action visuals. This film is set between the events in Caprica, and the acclaimed reboot of the series. The additional footage added to the Blu-Ray combo pack edition adds more depth and development to the characters for a more well-rounded story arc.

Bonus Features exclusive to the Blu-Ray combo pack include seven additional deleted scenes while the bonus features on the Blu-Ray and DVD editions includes only six deleted scenes. All editions include the featurette “Blood & Chrome Visual Effects” which goes behind the scenes to show viewers how some of the amazing green screen work was completed.

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Interview: Chris Voigt, Creator Of Space Adventure Legend Quest

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Chris Voigt, has already created a buzz on YouTube with his animations on his own channel SexuaLobster.  Now, he’s teamed up with Machinima’s Happy Hour channel to bring us Space Adventure Legend Quest, a series about a space crew who find new and creative ways to pass the time while traveling through the infinite abyss. The first episode already has over 100,000 views. With Episode 2 premiering today, I got the opportunity to chat with Chris about animation, and just exactly what we are in for with this new series.

Ari – When did you start sketching/drawing comics?

Chris – As soon as I could clutch a crayon in my talons.

Ari – What animation style and/or creators have had the most influence on your work in either traditional comics or animation?

Chris – The artist who has had the most influence on me is easily Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragonball Z.  When I first started animating, my style was embarrassingly similar to Toriyama’s.  But, I grew out of it.

Ari – How did you get interested in Flash animation?

Chris – I was studying “Multimedia”, whatever that means, and it was one of the programs I was introduced to.  I’d tried making cartoons previously with scanned drawings, but it was a frustratingly slow process.

Ari – Are you completely self-taught and what books would you recommend to others interested in animation?

Chris – No, I have a Bachelor degree in Animation.  I don’t think I had the right mindset to study animation outside the framework of a course and get very far.  I had to be forced to learn things that in retrospect I’m glad I know.  For example, life drawing.  I hate doing it, but it really improved my drawing.  If you want to be good at animation, even as a hobby, go to life drawing classes.  Like many animators, I think that the best book to start you off is The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. Also, Burne Hogarth’s anatomy books really helped me.

Ari – Do you prefer working in the digital medium and/or what are your favorite tools to use for artwork?

Chris – Actually, I almost never draw on paper now.  I probably should do it often, but after 10 hours of animation I never feel like it.  I find the Flash brush tool is adequate for sketching though.

Ari – How would you classify your brand of comedy?

Chris – Absurdism, I guess.  I collaborate with other writers for my non-SALQ films, most often with my friend Peter, so I think what unifies my films is the animation rather than the writing, which I think is pretty diverse.

Ari – What is the idea behind Space Adventure Legend Quest? (Kind of reminded me a little of Sea Lab 2021 on Adult Swim, but in space. LOL)

Chris – Those early Adult Swim shows showed me that you could make an engaging show that is worth watching with only a limited number of poses.  I mean, I knew it was possible to make a show with about 5 drawings, but I’d never sat through more than 5 minutes of the Flintstones or Scooby-Doo if you know what I mean.  I don’t usually use this technique for my films, so it was fun to try it out with SALQ.  Plot wise, it is set in the distant future when Earth is no longer habitable, and a colony ship with the last surviving humans are searching for a new planet to live on, but the guy in charge has different priorities.

Ari – Can you give us a brief character breakdown of the main cast on Space Adventure Legend Quest?

Chris – No.  Just kidding.  Captain Drake is egotistical, chauvinistic, reckless and vain.  He likes soaking in hot water and is bitter his singing career never took off.  The Lieutenant is intelligent and competent, and cares passionately about the mission.  The Sergeant isolates himself physically and mentally from the rest of the crew and wanders around in a tracksuit.  The Cadet is easy going but not very forceful and likes the Captain a little bit too much.

Ari – The Lieutenant is not only the voice of reason, but comes off as a strong character, what was the inspiration behind her?

Chris – I wanted to have a strong female character who is not defined by her relationship to males in the show, but given that she is the only female character I’m not certain if I’ve succeeded as she generally reacts to them.  In episode 5 the Captain puts a soft porn calendar on the wall and she burns it.  I thought it was ok because she wasn’t accepting casual sexism in the workplace but when my girlfriend saw it she said I was making her act like a stereotypical angry feminist.  I guess I have a lot to learn about portraying a strong woman who isn’t cliché.

Ari – What kind of fine oil does Captain Drake use on his mustache, and has he ever thought about waxing?

Chris – Aah, I’m glad you asked.  The Captain has a limited supply of rare, highly illegal walrus grease.  Wax is good for special occasions and wax parties but it is too rigid and unbending for everyday moustache activities.

Ari – What’s next after Space Adventure Legend Quest, and will you continue doing animations under SexuaLobster?

Chris – Actually, I regret starting animating under the name SexuaLobster.  When I registered my YouTube account in 2006 I had no idea it would become a place where so much of my energy would go towards.  I probably should have picked a more appropriate name.  I’ve got a pilot show called Ragemelon – Plump and Juicy coming out on the Happy Hour channel on Monday.  I also have a music video called “Rectal Computer” that will go up on my channel sometime in the next week.

Follow Chris on his YouTube Channel – SexuaLobster

And watch new episodes of Space Adventure Legend Quest on Happy Hour

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Jason Statham Is Parker

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The poster tagline is, “To get away clean, you have to play dirty,” and that is just what Jason Statham looks poised to do in Parker. The action star is back as a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it.  When things go bad on his latest job, he is determined to make sure the ones who double-crossed him get what they deserve. In this exclusive clip from Machinima, moviegoers get a taste of how serious it gets when you break Parker’s code.

Directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray) and co-staring Jennifer Lopez, Parker is stylish a-typical crime thriller, that is expected to deliver an adrenalin rush of action packed scenes. Parker will be in theaters January 25, 2013.

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New Movie Dredd Exclusive Trailer Debut

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The popular comic book character Judge Dredd is getting a 21st century make over in the upcoming stylized action flick Dredd. The movie stars Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Dredd, the ultimate judge in law enforcement. This movie already looks like a sharp and gritty departure from the previous film based on the comic book hero starring Sylvester Stallone.

Set in a future American wasteland inside the fictional crime ridden Mega City, the “judges” who have been granted the the powers of judge, jury, and executioner, are the only thing that stand in the way of complete chaos. Machinima has the exclusive trailer available on their youtube channel.

“During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival. -Lionsgate”

Dredd
Release: 9/21/2012
Director: Pete Travis
Studio: Lionsgate
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New Star Trek Video Game Coming in 2013


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just posted a teaser trailer for the new Star Trek video game based on JJ Abrams sequel to his 2009 re-imagining of the classic sci-fi television show.

Writer Marianne Krawczyk (God of War) collaborated with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing team behind the reboot of the Star Trek film franchise. The game is expected to be a co-op experience, with players having the ability to be either Kirk or Spock.

You can clearly see Zachary Quinto, and Chris Pine’s likenesses in the roles of Spock and Kirk respectively, and while this is being touted as an original story line, it’s hard not to get just a little bit excited that maybe there is a spoiler or two of the movie in this teaser trailer for the game. News coming from the set of the film has been very quiet with only a few photos released recently. There hasn’t even been a reveal of the official title of this film yet, with everyone just dubbing it Star Trek 2 in the press, even though there is already Star Trek 2: the Wrath of Khan.

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