Last month GeekGirl World watched and reviewedWhite Armour, an edgy Star Wars fan film by James Isacsson and Corie Mills, for Fan Film Friday. Recently, Isacsson (one of the producers and directors) talked with us about the project, the future, and all things Star Wars. Enjoy, and May the 4th be with you!
Geek Girl World: White Armour already has 19,000 views on YouTube! Congratulations! However, for those who haven’t seen it yet, how would you describe the film?
James Isacsson: Generation Kill meets Starship Troopers meets Star Wars. See the side of the Empires Imperial Troops that no one ever told you about.
GGW: We heard that fans and supporters helped bring White Armour to life via Kickstarter. Can you tell us a little bit about your crowd-funding experience?
JI: We operated our Kickstarter for 2 months and had approx 83 backers help fund the film. We spent a lot of our time spreading the word about our film and we funded it 180% over our goal.
GGW: White Armour had a very modern soundtrack. Why did you choose the music that you did? Any favorite songs from the film?
JI: We could not afford to pay composers to write music for our film so we enlisted the help of artists who offered us to use their music for free. We also wanted to do something different compared to all the other fam films we have watched online lately. 1 fav track would be “Fett’s Vette” by MC Chris.
GGW: One of the greatest things about White Armour was the authentic Star Wars wardrobe. Can you describe your relationship with the 501st?
JI: We are in the 501st legion; however, it is to be noted this film is not officially branded as 501st paraphernalia/material. We wanted to include our friends in our film as they showed great interest in the production so that’s what we did!
GGW: Any challenges or interesting stories occur while filming?
JI: We had some last minute location changes from our permit owners which made filming extremely challenging, half the the film was shot in about 3 hours which included setting up equipment, costumes, practical effects etc. The most challenging part of filming was the locations.
GGW: White Armour ends with a very horrifying and suspenseful cliffhanger. Without spoilers, can you give us an idea of what’s to come? When can viewers expect to see the sequel?
JI: We are working on a sequel for 2016 which takes heavy inspiration from the book Death Troopers. That’s all we can say at the moment.
GGW: Are you working on any other projects that you’d like to talk about?
JI: We are working on White Armour II – Death Troopers.
GGW: It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. Anything in particular that you’re geeking out over? (The new trailer? A comic? A show?) Tell us about it!
JI: Currently reading some EU books and loving them. Also collecting the new Marvel series of Star Wars comics which are great! Enjoying the new fan films that are coming out slowly and helping other people out promote their films now ours is done.
GGW: If you had to describe why you love Star Wars in 10 words or less, what would you say?
JI: There hasn’t been a better story told!
I don’t know how to put this… but the Dodge Durango is kind of a big deal.
That’s at least according to Dodge’s newest spokesperson: Ron Burgundy.
In a clever (and, may we add, absolutely hilarious) dual advertising campaign, Dodge has joined forces with Paramount Pictures in a series of new short commercials aimed at advertising both Dodge’s remodeled SUV and Paramount’s new film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
In the advertisements, Burgundy (portrayed by Will Ferrell) struggles with the aspect of “MPG”, shoos away dancers who got a little too close to his ride, verbally abuses a horse, and educates the masses into just how much gum can fit in the Durango’s glove box. Spoiler Alert! It’s 70.
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!
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.
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.
Chris Voigt, has already created a buzz on YouTube with his animations on his own channel SexuaLobster. Now, he’s teamed up with Machinima’sHappy 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.