Weekend at PAX: Wrap-Up

PAX is officially over, and the weekend was worth every penny we spent getting there. It’s always been my dream to attend something like this, a video game convention I suppose, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. If you’ve been reading up on it over at GamerSushi, you’ll know that I’ve played a ton of games and seen a lot of cool things.

Daniel and I were definitely able to get out and talk to some dudes and gals about Smooth Few Films, so that was fun, too. Nick was there in spirit (he couldn’t make the trip), and he did such a good job designing the discs and the cards, I was proud to hand them out. I was probably awkward a couple of times, but I’m proud of us for having some balls and doing something that’s really difficult to do- put yourself out there. It’s one of those things that I’ve never been able to do until TLW really when it comes to creativity.

A lot of people talk and talk about doing something but never actually pull their pants up and do the darn thing, and this weekend, for good or ill, we took a stab at it.

Some of the highlights of the weekend:

  • RoosterTeeth’s cartoon. The dudes behind Red Vs Blue debuted a cartoon of the same series, a project that they are taking a big risk on. It was incredible, hilarious, and looked gorgeous to boot. Being in the audience at their panel when Burnie paused the video, and informed everyone that we weren’t about to watch machinima, that was wild.
  • Felicia Day and The Guild Screening. If you’re unfamiliar with Felicia Day, she was the female lead in the recent web series “Dr. Horrible” by Joss Whedon, and it’s a sight to behold, it truly is. She also is the writer and producer of The Guild, another online web show that really gave us some inspiration for Web Zeroes. Long story short, we waited in line to meet Felicia Day (who was signing The Guild DVDs) and handed her a DVD of ours, and she actually made us sign it in case we ever got famous. Later that night we attended a screening of The Guild, and it was the first time the gang had ever screened it live, so that was a cool moment.
  • Geoff Keighley/ Hal Halpin panel. I attended a panel with Geoff Keighley of SpikeTV and Hal Halpin, head of the ECA, and it was a very thought provoking and intelligent discussion regarding the growth of the video game industry, lobbying for gamers, etc. Totally rocked. Gave each of them DVDs as well.
  • Dinner with RoosterTeeth. Steak and beer with these dudes is a good time. It was especially fun after a long exhausting day at PAX. It’s nice to talk shop with guys who have been there, done that, and to just hang out and get fat with food.

Other highlights included Adam Sessler himself telling me that promoting ourselves at conventions was totally the thing we should be doing, meeting Jonathan Coulton and him remembering A Day in the Life of a Turret, hanging out with Travis from Darkspire Films and a dude asking us to sign his companion cube.

Here are a couple of pictures:

Daniel poses so I can take a pic of a dude sporting a headcrab, Daniel and I pose with Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh and one of them metal dudes from Fallout 3.

Me posing with a Gears of War promo, Daniel and I hanging with Jonathan Coulton (writer of Still Alive and other fine musicry) and the Left 4 Dead booth.

27 thoughts on “Weekend at PAX: Wrap-Up

  1. Mike

    Massive. I can’t believe you got to meet all those people. GG, yeti flogger. You’ve managed to attain greatness once more.

  2. Dustin

    Goddamn! I wish I had been able to go to PAX. Maybe next year. Are you guys planning on setting up anything for Smooth Few Films? (Or did you? Haven’t been here too lately. Busy. >.>)

  3. The LOLrus

    Damn, you guys had dinner with Roosterteeth? Hey, would it be possible to have them mention you guys on redvsblue.com any time soon?

    I love Felicia Day in The Guild and Dr.Horrible. I wish I could have seen her.

  4. Dustin

    [quote comment=”11312″]Damn, you guys had dinner with Roosterteeth? Hey, would it be possible to have them mention you guys on redvsblue.com any time soon?

    I love Felicia Day in The Guild and Dr.Horrible. I wish I could have seen her.[/quote]
    Ha. SFF = Lucky bastards. I would die to dine with RT. They’ve started the next thing on RvB called Reconstruction. I watched…Not as funny as the original, but it’s pretty good.

    Of course, I play more CS than I do Halo. Counter-Strike is amazing!

  5. Nathan

    Someone left a comment on RT before PAX saying that they should set up a webcam at their booth and have it streaming live for all us non-american machinima junkies who cant make it. I reckon you guys should do this next year!!

  6. SNOWMAN7

    Daniel, if you can hear me, your sunglasses make you look aaawesome…

    Wow, you guys met Jonathan Coulton!? I wonder what will happen if DD and him teamed up…

  7. Ryu

    HOLY CRAP! ADAM SESSLER WOOOO!!!

    If G4TV ever mentions you guys, that will be awesome. *imagines SFF actually releasing an animated show to be broadcast on G4, similar to that of Code Monkeys, but still with all of the SFF Machinima goodness…*

  8. NicoyaPapi08

    how did u help RT on episodes 1 and 5 of reconstruction
    it would be funny if like the T’s and CT’s went into like halo with all those ppl that are there like caboose

  9. CrazyFAN

    Wish I was there 🙁
    U were wright about the money.
    I would have spended all of my money if I could go to soemthing like that 🙂
    Also osam pictures 🙂

  10. GainesWorthy

    The growth you guys have shown throughout the season of The Leet World and your shorts has shown.

  11. zombie bait

    [quote comment=”11323″]HOLY CRAP! ADAM SESSLER WOOOO!!!

    If G4TV ever mentions you guys, that will be awesome. *imagines SFF actually releasing an animated show to be broadcast on G4, similar to that of Code Monkeys, but still with all of the SFF Machinima goodness…*[/quote]
    that would either be as eddie put it as chet “ITS TOTALLY SWEET!!!!!!!!!” or it could be the worst disaster in tv depending on how much production time, effort, money, ect. but yea if he mentions you on the air then holey shit you guys got 15 minutes of fame raiseing the question What do you want to do with it?

  12. Jangaroo

    Man i wish i could see what the animated rvb looks like. Btw how did you help roosterteeth with reconstruction 1-5?

  13. GainesWorthy

    [quote comment=”11330″][quote comment=”11323″]HOLY CRAP! ADAM SESSLER WOOOO!!!

    If G4TV ever mentions you guys, that will be awesome. *imagines SFF actually releasing an animated show to be broadcast on G4, similar to that of Code Monkeys, but still with all of the SFF Machinima goodness…*[/quote]
    that would either be as eddie put it as chet “ITS TOTALLY SWEET!!!!!!!!!” or it could be the worst disaster in tv depending on how much production time, effort, money, ect. but yea if he mentions you on the air then holey shit you guys got 15 minutes of fame raiseing the question What do you want to do with it?[/quote]

    Eddy isn’t Chet.

  14. Ricky Grove

    Totally right about getting out there and promoting yourself. Good for you to conquer your anxiety and just do it. Meeting all those people and networking like that will only build your confidence and help get the word out about your work. I wished everyone at the Expo could have been there hanging out with you. Your write up of the event has convinced me to attend next year. Thanks!

  15. Maxxef

    lol
    i love the second pic
    eddy and the team are just grinning like fools
    damn, wish i had been there.

    [quote comment=”11338″]Totally right about getting out there and promoting yourself. Good for you to conquer your anxiety and just do it. Meeting all those people and networking like that will only build your confidence and help get the word out about your work. I wished everyone at the Expo could have been there hanging out with you. Your write up of the event has convinced me to attend next year. Thanks![/quote]

    I agree with ricky. you guys just got out there and promoted your hard work. you had the guts to do it, too. grats guys. cant wait for your next production(s)!

  16. DeadFable

    Glad to hear it was awesome. I went on Sunday and I didn’t get to see you guys D: I looked every where.. Oh well next time.

  17. HuckDoll

    this weekend was awesome. I was there on saturdaY. Did you guys have a booth? I really wanted to meet you.

  18. Eddy

    No, no booth- that stuff is only for famous people or people with money, and we have neither of those requirements. It’s a shame we didn’t know you guys were going to be there, or I would have posted a meeting place for us to say hey.

    Heh, on Friday we would have been easy to spot as we were rolling with Travis from Darkspire Films, who was sporting his TLW shirt.

  19. HuckDoll

    bah! oh well. Next year I guess
    In the meantime, can’t wait for G.R.I.E.F.
    I’ve actually been using the term griefer when guys start betraying in our games

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