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    • Review - Balls Out

      1 year ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin


      Ok, so on my personal Facebook page, I like to post the images of movie posters of movies that I have recently watched and then in the description give a short review of the movie, post my opinion, etc. I figured since I should probably increase my presence on this site, I'll just start posting here as well (sorry guys, not going to add people on BookFace, but you can follow me on here and on Twitter @PhoenixFilmsJ79). Anyways, I figured this would be the best movie to start out on this site, as it has a relation to RoosterTeeth, in a way.

      I was able to catch this movie while at an Austin Film Society party at Roosterteeth my first week there. I wandered around, not knowing anybody, nobody talking with me, and going up to all the dogs people brought and petting them because I'm horrible at meeting new people but I love puppies (and Kerry's corgi stole my heart).

      Anyways, about the movie. I don't think I've genuinely laughed out loud as many times as I did with this movie. It's extremely crude humor, but it's amazing in that regard. It's an Austin made film. It was actually really funny to be watching this and then go "hey, that's Billy Blair!".

      The cast in this got every comedy note spot on, and I think I laughed the hardest watching Beck Bennett. The movie is about a bunch of college losers (sorry guys) who are looking to grab one last claim to fame (fame?) in intramural flag football. It plays with a lot of sports movie tropes and really turns them on it's head, and has some of the funniest sequences I've seen in comedy movies recently. Where else will you see someone shit on the ceiling?

      This just opened in a limited theatrical release, so if you like comedy and sports movies and comedy sports movies, you should definitely seek this one out and support Texas film.

    • RT Internship - 10 Years Later

      1 year ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      So I guess introductions are in order. My name is Phoenix Williams. Ok, so Phoenix isn't actually my name, but I've had the name a long time. So let's start there.

      Back in middle school/high school, I was socially awkward... I still am, but I just talk a lot more now, so humor me. I didn't talk to a lot of people, but there was something I did a lot of. Gaming. Also, I was the one who installed the original Unreal Tournament on most of the school's computers, allowing anybody in the various computer classes access to play the game against other people at the school over our LAN connection. On the game, I always used the username Phoenix. As this was a primary introduction to me for most people at the school, and what was able to get me friends I normally wouldn't meet in person, everybody started to know me by "Phoenix". Usually this introduction was somebody laughing and calling out in class afterward "Who's Phoenix? He just kicked my ass."

      You know what else was big for me in middle school/high school? A little thing called the internet. As I only had dial-up at the time at home, I would use the school's fast internet to download videos to save on a disc (I had to burn to discs back then). One of those videos was a young show called Red vs Blue. I'm sure this story is very familiar to people my age. Right click, save as, get as many episodes as possible. I even have an old RT profile on here that I've long forgotten the password to, and it has all the horrible fanart of FMA and Halo that I used to draw. (Can't draw for the life of me now).

      That was around, oh, maybe the start of season 2 of RvB, and I've been following RoosterTeeth ever since.

      Fast forward. I've been working almost as long as I've been a fan at getting a career in filmmaking. I've directed a lot of shorts, written and directed webseries episodes, I even have two feature length scripts that I haven't done anything with yet. I'm really getting into color grading, and I edit a lot. I've worked as DIT, AD, and Editor. I've been a PA for features and tv shows, my first PA job being on a feature with Kevin Sorbo (and when Hercules has a craving for Whataburger, you bet your ass they're sending the PA to pick it up for him), and since then I've worked on shows like American Ninja Warrior (one episode I'll have helped on is airing this Monday), The Amazing Race, and a few reality shows.

      But there was always that thing in the back of my mind. RoosterTeeth has always been an extremely forward thinking company. They've had so many "firsts" on the internet. There weren't a lot of webseries before RvB, heck, there was barely any video at all on the internet. There was no YouTube, there was no social networks beyond things like Xanga, and there were no "Internet Celebrities". RoosterTeeth got there first, or had the nugget of the idea first. The thing in the back of my mind was, I want to work there.

      10 years later, I'm now an intern at RoosterTeeth in their live action department. I know I know, it's just an internship, but who cares. The opportunity to learn from a company I've looked up to for a decade is definitely something I love doing.

      I've had a lot of jobs. Delivery driver jobs and retail, I've never enjoyed it. What I've enjoyed have been the gigs I get outside of that. When I run myself ragged setting up the course for American Ninja Warrior, or driving around producers all over Dallas for Amazing Race, or working in crazy situations as a PA for literally everything I've been a PA on (seriously, it's always some new and exciting adventure in the film world, both good and bad). That's the stuff I enjoy doing. It makes me feel alive.

      Yesterday was my first day at RoosterTeeth. At the end of the day, Brandon came by and said "You can go ahead and head home." And for the first time in any job/internship/whatever I've ever had, I had the thought "Do I have to?"

      This summer will be another adventure for me, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me.

    • 3 years ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin
    • Making a medival short film

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      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      Hey guys, I'm not new to the RT site, but I am new posting to the forums. I'm a filmmaker/editor/colorist from Dallas who hopes to move to Austin this year, if I can actually find a job down there. I thought I'd share something I'm working on, just to spread some exposure. I recently created a short film that starred an anime voice actor by the name of R Bruce Elliott (Case Closed, DBZ, Samurai 7, Space Dandy) and it actually went over well. It's called Witchbane: Hunters and you can view it over at my youtube page:

      This time I'm making a medieval short with a sword fight that is based on a real medieval martial art, fiore de liberi. I'm shooting at the beginning of February and hope to get it into a few festivals around the Dallas/Austin area in the summer. We're trying to raise money to be able to pay cast and crew as well as rent the equipment we're missing, lenses for the most part since we're going to be shooting RAW on a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

      Here's the indiegogo page:
      And here's a link to the facebook page:

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    • 3 years ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin
    • 2017 years ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin
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