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Episode 6: Newbtastic

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<br /><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&#038;vid=09ca7e47-a094-46b3-ace4-d28658ee76a1" target="_new" title="Season 3 - Episode 6: Newbtastic">Video: Season 3 &#8211; Episode 6: Newbtastic</a>

I’m late on this post! I’m kinda throttling back this week after 4 straight months at full-speed run. Yesterday I actually had NO PHONE CALLS, NO APPOINTMENTS! I actually RAN ERRANDS! Bizarre feeling. I took the last few nights off to play video games, meant to play WOW but I got hooked on Trials HD, an Xbox Arcade game where you drive a motor cycle through crazy courses, it’s addictive and awesome. SO much so that I bought a leather jacket today for the first time ever, not realizing the subtext. Oh well.

Episode 6! Each episode this season makes me laugh more and more, we just locked episode 10 and I swear I think it’s the funniest episode we’ve ever had, but that’s in the future. Episode 6 has one of the core scenes I wrote the season around: Wiggly being incompetent. If you’ve ever JUST started playing a game you know the feeling of being lost and overwhelmed by the controls, I LOVE LOVE how incompetent Brett Sheridan plays Wiggly, and how Clara doesn’t care AT ALL, even making him play on the trackpad, which is AWFUL for gaming.

Like I’ve mentioned before, this script was MUCH different in previous drafts, I reworked everything from episodes 6-10 about a zillion times, moving whole sections and storylines around over and over. I can’t believe it’s turned out so great. The biggest lesson I learned is don’t do a 140 page draft when it needs to be 100 pages max and then expect it to be easy to cut. Noooooo. 😀

I really love the scene between Codex and Riley as well, for a while that scene had been cut from the script because we were running long, but it kept pestering me in the back of my mind. So great we added it back, Michelle plays such a fine line with being a psychotic and sexy, she’s sooo good. The slight tension thing has definitely…gotten a lot of comments 🙂 I can’t wait for you guys to see next episode, Vork has one of the funniest scenes ever.

Ok, I have some blog posts lined up so I’ll be doing that more frequently in the coming weeks. Also, back to the comic writing! Got a draft of the first issue back from notes, of course…I’m long 🙁 Cutting hurts so bad, it’s better to let it sit for several days, get objective, then go in with a machete and start chopping stuff out. For some reason distance helps. As does playing motorcycle games 😀

Oh, also just uploaded the finale to Season 2 to YouTube. Best comment ever: “wish they would have kept the production values a bit lower…its starting to just be another random youtube show.”
WHAT!?! Oh gosh, I love the internet! :)?

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