Archive for November, 2009

“INSIDE VOICES FOR CODEX!”

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009


<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&amp;from=sp&amp;vid=2090d74c-bc07-4300-916c-4c15520ba718" target="_new" title="&#39;The Guild&#39; season 3 finale">Video: &#8216;The Guild&#8217; season 3 finale</a>

Here it is. The season finale.

I don’t have any major insights about the making of this episode (other than “High five!” is one of my all-time favorite Sandeep adlibs), so just enjoy it. And enjoy the outtake reel.

Working on this show was one of the most fantastic experiences I’ve ever had. I can’t even begin to describe how much fun it was, even though, like any shoot, it had its tedious and exhausting moments. Still, I’m eternally grateful to the whole cast and crew for being so awesome, because I’ve worked on far less enjoyable sets before.

I have to especially thank the following people: Christian and Jenni for helping me find my way around the job; Jared, Noah, Greg, and the whole G&E crew for being so patient with my lighting-related incompetence; Denise for the snacks and soda and chatting during the slower parts of the shoot; and, of course, Sean, Kim, and Felicia for letting me be contribute to one of my favorite webshows in my small way.

It’s unlikely (but not impossible) that I’ll be able to make it back to LA to help again anytime soon, but speaking solely as a fan of the show…I can hardly wait to see the next season.

“You…how…how did that just happen? That sentence?”

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&amp;from=sp&amp;vid=7f00df00-3871-495f-86f0-6f412fb25ad0" target="_new" title="&#39;The Guild&#39; Episode 11: Battle Royale">Video: &#8216;The Guild&#8217; Episode 11: Battle Royale</a>

It all comes down to this…

* Tyler tried out several different designs for the menu on the whiteboard before filming started. One included a menu item for fish and chips…and chips, and another included a sketch of a vaguely familiar-looking dragon named “Dagron the Stompinator”, with consumate Ms, beefy legs, and a little stick arm.
* I believe this episode marks the first time in the show’s run where we get a look–however small and out-of-focus–at the game itself.
* Riley shooting Zaboo’s laptop with the paintball gun is a simple effect, but I think it works really well. I actually forgot about that part when watching the episode for the first time and was slightly startled!
* You know how I’m always talking about how funny this show’s cast is? My favorite example of off-camera wit happened at this location, so I might as well share it now. Sandeep was talking about cell phone services, and mentioned Verizon. He pointed to the empty space behind him and say, “That’s my network. See, behind me? All those people and helicopters and shit?” I interjected with “I believe those are what we call hallucinations.” Sandeep looked behind him, looked at me, and said, “Really? Well, whatever you say, Giant Teddy Bear.”

“Oh, Marshmallow Zaboos!”

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009



<br /><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&amp;vid=4995fdbf-3463-4810-a2f4-b8853c006fb1" target="_new" title="Season 3 - Episode 10: The Return!">Video: Season 3 &#8211; Episode 10: The Return!</a>

* The opening gag with Vork appearing took some time to rehearse, to get all the movements synchronized. The first time, Jeff came in a little slowly, but the whip-pan to him sitting there still cracked us all up.
* Kim Evey provided on-set penguin squeaks for Zaboo’s video game.
* Charlie’s Internet Cafe was actually the Zune House, owned by Microsoft for parties and other events. It was full of all sorts of cool gadgets that we were no longer allowed to play with after the first day because they were way too distracting. We shot there for two days, the second of which saw me receiving my first-ever parking ticket.
* Toward the beginning of this season, I saw people online commenting that it felt like the focus of the show had shifted away from the gaming. This amused me, knowing that the big climax this season was moving toward was a huge LAN party. Of course, I couldn’t say anything at the time.

“Street kids always look like they’re having fun. Like it’s an apocalypse or something.”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009



<br /><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&amp;vid=c53b6435-06bc-4b28-ad6e-2f9dc8e51364" target="_new" title="Season 3 - Episode 9: Wit&#39;s End">Video: Season 3 &#8211; Episode 9: Wit&#39;s End</a>

Other than the computer room scenes, I wasn’t on set for this episode, so I have nothing to say other than “Enjoy!”