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The Rooster Teeth Community is an amazing thing. Seeing how you guys interact with each other, what you create, and how you’ve grown amazes us every day.
A few weeks ago we announced that episodes for all animated shows – including Red vs. Blue, RWBY Chibi, and Camp Camp – would be released a week earlier for Sponsors. We’re always trying to add to the value of Sponsorship, and to give you guys as much as we can as a thank you for supporting us. After reading your comments, it became clear that this was not a perk that most Sponsors wanted. So we did something about it.
Starting this weekend, Sponsors will be able to watch animated shows the moment they’re released, and 24 hours later those shows will be available for all registered, signed-in users on RoosterTeeth.com (both Sponsors and non-Sponsors). That means non-Sponsors will have to have an account on the Rooster Teeth site to be able to watch shows 24 hours after they’re released for Sponsors. If you don’t have an account, you’ll have to wait one week to see it.
In short, there’s a new three-tier release schedule for RWBY Chibi, Red vs. Blue, and Camp Camp:
- Rooster Teeth Sponsors see the episode first
- One day later, everyone signed into a Rooster Teeth account (including non-Sponsors) can watch the episode on the site
- Six days after that, the general public can watch the episode on RoosterTeeth.com or YouTube
We recognize that a huge part of our story-driven shows (such as RWBY and Red vs. Blue) is the discussion surrounding the show, the fan art, and the ability to share your reactions and theories. We hope to unite the community on the Rooster Teeth site, encouraging discussions among fans whose paths might not have crossed in the fragmented fan communities across the internet. We want to make sure this can continue and flourish as much as it has. You guys make what we do all worth it, and sharing is caring, right?
Tune in Saturday, May 7 at 10 AM CT for the premiere of RWBY Chibi, and Sunday, May 8 at 12 PM CT for the premiere of Red vs. Blue Season 14! (May 8 and May 9 for non-Sponsors signed into the Rooster Teeth site, and May 14 and May 15 for the public, respectively.) If you aren’t already a Sponsor, now is a great time to take advantage of our free 30-day trial.
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As of today, the RWBY Volume 3 soundtrack is available for download via iTunes. While you were waiting for the album to drop, I was on the phone with RWBY composer Jeff Williams to get the scoop on his music and creative process.
No matter how familiar you are with the songs after watching RWBY Volume 3, there’s probably something you haven’t deciphered in the lyrics. Jeff likes to stay one step ahead of everybody else, using his lyrics to foreshadow future events. “I really never want to spoil anything,” he said. “That’s the last thing I ever want to do. But what I’ve been able to do is to have the fans look back on old song lyrics that I released a year ago and say, ‘Oh look, it was right there. He told us, he told us this before.’”
So what clues about the future of RWBY are planted in the lyrics from Volume 3? Well, Jeff’s not just going to tell you, of course. But he is willing to take you behind the scenes to see exactly where the music comes from. Let’s walk step by step through his creative process.
Step 1: Find Cool Words and Phrases
If step one sounds pretty simple, that’s because it is. Here’s Jeff:
“One of the very first things I’ll do when I read the script is, I’ll just go through it with a marker and highlight words and phrases that I think are cool. You know. They might not even necessarily have any huge meaning. But if it’s just a line that a character says, or even a description of a setting that I like the sound of, I’ll make a note of that.”
“I’ll end up with a text document full of just random little words and phrases that I pulled out of the script. And as I’m writing songs I’ll have that open. So sometimes it’s not even all that deep. It’s more like, ‘Oh, that’s a cool word, I’m gonna use that word.’”
Step 2: Have Access to Secret Info
Sorry, you can’t try this step at home. One key aspect of developing the lyrics is knowing what’s already happened in the characters’ past, and knowing what’s coming in the future:
“Sometimes [the inspiration for a song comes from] a much bigger picture of the story or the character. Either knowing where their backstory comes from – which sometimes is a secret privilege that I might have – to knowing where their story is going, which again is a secret privilege that I might have.”
“So for example with Weiss’s character, I was able to have a little bit more knowledge of her background story and her life and, you know, her feelings and her life before she got on camera. And again that would come from a discussion with the writers and producers about who this character is and where their background really came from.”
Step 3: Identify the Emotions of the Scene
“For any given scene that you’re going to write the music for, there’s this obvious thing that happens first, which is like, ‘What’s the general tone of the music? Is there tension building, is this someone being emotional? Is there some love between the two characters on the screen at the moment? Is it a battle scene?’ So there’s a basic thing of, ‘What are the emotions that are happening onscreen at that moment, or throughout this five minutes?’.”
Step 4: Find a Tempo and Choose the Instrumentation
So now we’ve figured out the emotions on screen and gathered some basic words and themes. How does the actual music begin to come together?
“I’m gonna find a tempo. Whether it’s this slow and brooding thing or whether it’s this high-energy fast thing, the very first thing I’m going to try to identify is tempo.”
“And then instrumentation. Again, is this gentle strings, or is this full rock band? Or a combination, or somewhere in the middle, or transitioning from one to the next?”
Jeff also has the option to reuse any particular character’s theme music. But do you want to repeat the same theme every time a character appears?
“Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t. Just because there’s a character onscreen doesn’t mean you always want to use their theme. It would get kind of boring and predictable. So you know, sometimes we turn those themes inside out in very different ways. That’s a big question too – am I going to work the character’s theme in at all? Is it going to be blatant and obvious, or are we gonna try to sneak it in, or play around with that character’s theme?”
Step 5: Create a Drumbeat and Watch the Scene Over and Over and Over
“Let’s say we’re going to put a song along with a fight scene. I’ll do a drumbeat first. That’ll give me my tempo and my energy, and at that point I’m probably just gonna sit and watch the scene over and over again, so I’ll loop a little section of it with my drumbeat going and I’ll just watch that over and over and over and I’ll look for the movements of the characters as they’re moving, running, jumping, and fighting.”
Step 6: Find Rhythms in the Animation
“This is a really core concept that Monty and I talked about all the time, and it’s a very core part of the way he worked. He established the [method] that a lot of the animators have followed through with, which is that there’s always rhythm involved. For Monty, everything was music, everything was dancing, everything was about rhythm. So what a great thing for me, to be able to work with someone who thinks in that way.”
“I always considered it this game where I would watch the animations and try to guess the tempo that the animator was thinking about while they were making the animation, and look for the rhythmic movements in the animation itself.”
“These characters – they step and they jump and they punch. And they step and they jump and they punch. So you’re looking for drumbeats you know? Drumbeats and rhythms in the movements of the characters. It’s almost like they’re dancing while they’re fighting or jumping, so it gives you a whole different way of almost turning anything into a music video.”
“And then it gets interesting because you’ll get into something rhythmic, and all of a sudden the animation will pull you away from it. And you’re like, ‘Oh shit, now what do I do? I was in this groove and now the animation seems to be not in it anymore.’ So then you say, ‘Well now what happens? Do we change the music? Do we just go with it? Do we ask if they can tweak the animation?’”
Step 7: Well… Compose the Music
It sounds obvious, but now that everything else is in place, it’s time to get down to the heart of composing. As Jeff says:
“You know, sooner or later there is a lot of flat-out sitting at the keyboard and/or the guitar.”
Jeff writes pretty much every song on his 1964 Wurlitzer 140B electric piano.
So there you have it. You’re almost ready to make your own RWBY Volume 3 soundtrack. All you need now is a home studio, keyboards, guitars, amps, studio monitors, a computer, a digital audio workstation, audio hardware, software plugins, decades of musical experience, audio engineering experience, production experience, and a contract with Rooster Teeth. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?
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It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!
This week’s featured artist is Rose, AKA @RoseMaryM, for her digital painting of Velvet Scarletina from RWBY.
Watch the speedpaint timelapse here:
Rose lives in a small town in Germany, where she works as a freelance artist while taking online classes. This painting was inspired by Rose’s love for RWBY and Caiti Ward (the voice of Velvet). She thinks Velvet is “adorable and badass at the same time,” and wanted to create something as tribute.
This piece was created with Paint Tool SAI and a Wacom Intuos Fun Tablet, and took approximately eight hours (spanning several days) to create.
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The amount of talent in the collective Let’s Play fanbase is nothing short of incredible. Are you passionate about editing, animating, crafting, remixing music, cosplaying, or just creating in general? Whether you’re looking for a reason to try something for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in and have your work seen by hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
A lot has changed with the Let’s Play channel in the last few months, and the new logo is the least of it. As Let’s Play expands and becomes more of a hub for gaming content creators, it only makes sense to also expand the breadth of the Let’s Play Community channel.
Introducing the New Let’s Play Community
On March 28, 2016, the Achievement Hunter Community channel officially relaunched as the Let’s Play Community channel. It’s much more than a pretty new page design, though; it has a new zest of style and substance to accompany its new identity.
The new Let’s Play Community channel is a hub filled with community-created video content that features the Let's Play crew. The content doesn’t just have to be Achievement Hunter-focused; it’s now open to all groups in the Let’s Play family, including Funhaus, ScrewAttack, Kinda Funny, The Creatures, and Cow Chop. The channel has also been opened up to feature a much wider range of content, including fan animations, speed art, music remixes, highlight reels, and cosplay tutorials. Basically, any Let’s Play-related fan content that can be contained in a video is fair game.
Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these popular types of community videos.
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(“Hands On” videos cover anything that involves live-action crafting, including cosplay.)
Though these approaches are a great place to start, don’t feel limited by them. The Let’s Play Community channel is also open to new series ideas, so feel free to get (even more) creative.
Ready to Create?
If you’re ready to start making content, there are a few things to keep in mind. @TrevorC put together a very handy list of instructions and frequently asked questions in the Let’s Play Community group. It’s best to review that info before recording your videos. If you have any questions, the Let’s Play Community group forum is a great place to start. You can also send @TrevorC a message via his profile.
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Everybody loves Waluigi, the tall and slender evil double for Mario’s lesser brother. What’s not to love? He’s one of the oddest characters in the Mario series, really only appearing in the spinoff multiplayer series like Mario Tennis and Mario Kart, but he’s also one of the most intriguing.
Now some of Hollywood’s most prominent celebrities are showing their support for the purple one by incorporating the character’s iconic mustache and hat into their own chic looks. Here are some of our favorites that prove the Summer of 2016 is shaping up to be the Summer of Waluigi.
Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon wasn’t afraid to show off her new purple hat and mustache combo on the red carpet, revealing a fun and flirty devilish side that invites fans to ask, “Is sexy Waluigi the new regular sexy?”
The talk show sidekick has long been a supporter of Waluigi, dating back to his impassioned plea for the character during his short-lived stint beside Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show that led many to believe was the sole reason for their subsequent cancellation. Nevertheless, Andy Richter is a proud supporter of Waluigi and is always quick to clarify that just because Waluigi and Wario are thematically connected does not necessarily mean they are brothers like Mario and Luigi.
Nostalgic ‘90s kids were delighted when Netflix revived the classic sitcom Full House, but every person in every demographic was even more delighted – ecstatic, even – when Jodi represented the big upside-down “L” to the Fuller House premiere. Some people have started openly wondering if this Waluigi thing is more than a mere fashion trend. Is Waluigi the new Scientology? Is it possible there is a sinister organization involved in this?
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Supporters of the Waluigi cult conspiracy theory point to evidence like this: how could the Soup Nazi realistically be a Waluigi fan? Seinfeld ceased production long before Waluigi made his official debut in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 in 2000, yet reruns of the Soup Nazi episode now feature the character supporting Waluigi. That means these episodes were either doctored by hand or by some kind of dark magic. It’s unsettling. On the other hand, it’s also an improvement, aesthetically.
Why would anyone care that Dennis Miller likes Waluigi? Nobody has cared about Dennis Miller in a long, long time. The comedian-turned-FOX News contributor hasn’t been afraid to spout his eclectic and obscure references in the past, so it’s perhaps no surprise to see him take up the Waluigi cause. But if there is a secret Waluigi club, Dennis Miller’s inclusion begs the question: WHY? What advantage could you hope to gain from Dennis Miller aside from willful obtuseness? It’s a question as beguiling as Waluigi himself.
The millennial choice for president, Bernie Sanders has sent a jolt of electricity to young liberal voters, primarily because of his support for Waluigi. Here’s where things get interesting. Would a Sanders presidency mean a wider acceptance for the niche Nintendo character? Is this theoretical Waluigi secret society comparable perhaps to the Ivy League Skull and Crossbones society that has produced several presidents in the past? It casts a dark shadow across a candidate that has otherwise stayed firmly in the light, but there’s no denying this image of Bernie with the Waluigi hat and mustache. Really makes you think.
Rapper, singer, and actor Ja Rule looks a little embarrassed, but make no mistake: he’s so into Waluigi that he changed his name to Jaruigi, which he refers to as “the evil version of Ja Rule.” Maybe that will mean the next Mario Kart will receive hip hop tracks like the ones he’s produced for the Fast & Furious series. Or maybe Jaruigi is, like us, merely a fan.
Do you know of any other celebrities in the secret Waluigi club? Share their pics in the comments!
Chelsea Sponsor & Backer Person
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A big warm thank you from us here at Rooster Teeth to every single one of you. With your help we will have RWBY Volume 1 theatrical screenings in cities all around the world! Good job. <3
To make it as easy and as accessible as possible, here is a list of theaters with seats still available! This will be updated as theaters are
SOLD OUT. So get your tickets while you can! You wouldn't want to miss out on seeing that sneak peek of RWBY: Chibi would you?
United States - All Screenings on April 27th unless otherwise noted
Arkansas: Little Rock
Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson
Iowa: Cedar Rapids
New Jersey: New Brunswick ,
Clifton New Hampshire: Hooksett
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
Rhode Island: Providence
South Carolina: Columbia
Virginia Beach, Alexandria Washington: Woodinville , Yelm (5/1)
Canada - All Screenings on April 27th unless otherwise noted
Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John's
UK - All Screenings on April 27th unless otherwise noted
Northern Ireland: Belfast
Ireland - All Screenings on April 27th unless otherwise noted
New Zealand - All Screenings on April 27th unless otherwise noted
Australia - All Screenings on April 27th unless otherwise noted
Australian Capital Territory (ACT): Manuka
Queensland (QLD): Chermside
South Australia (SA): Oaklands Park
As always, if you have any questions feel free to message me here on the site (@Chelsea) or
email the Team RWBY support(at)teamrwby.com address for assistance!