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    • First time Directing at RT!

      9 months ago

      stephard Art Dept. Coordinator

      Hello Peoples!  Happy Tuesday!

      I just thought I would come write a little post about my first time Directing for RT! :)  It was for this episode of Million Dollars But... 

      MDB: Puppet Pandemonium

      I twisted @bgibbles 's arm enough to let me direct 3 scenes from start to finish:  Becca eats Rupert the Hot Dog Dog, Becca eats her friend's Bird, and Chris and his Puppet friend pick out an outfit!  And by twisted Blaine's arm, I mean I asked and he said yes :) Thanks Blaine!!

      So the process started by listening to what we call the "Audio Edit" and writing a script around that!  Basically, the audio edit is the dialogue that comes from the roundtable portion of MDB.  An editor and Blaine sift through the entire Alcohol-laden conversation, and determine which scenarios and which bits of conversation will make the best episode and then present that to the Episode Director.  Then he/She takes that dialogue stream and breaks it up into scenes, puts the scenarios into Locations and adds in hilarious bits and jokes to beef up the comedy!  

      I wrote my script for the whole episode and then Blaine and I traded scripts, compared and contrasted and determined which scenes I would direct!  Just that alone was a very fun process... especially since I had the flu and we had to do it all over the phone   mask But for reals, I really enjoyed sharing ideas and collaborating.  It was very fun to see each other's different ideas for the MDB scenarios!

      Then from here, I started to shot list.  Admittedly, this portion of the process is somewhat tedious and not my favorite, but it is so crucial and helpful.  Shots that I plotted did change once we got into the actual location, but on a whole, shot listing helped me clearly see the scene in my head before we ever got to our shooting day.  It also helped that I had the AMAZING Alex Toader to help my storyboard a scene that presented some challenges (see below)   stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye


      Then we got to the shoot day!  I was very excited to be there, and even more so because the crew was made up of a lot of my friends!  I got to shadow Blaine on his scenes and then take charge on mine :)  An added fun thing was that I was on Day 2 of a sinus infection, yay! (The flu really kicked my ass this year).  My favorite part of directing is working with the talent, so it was super fun to work with @Becca and @Chris and of course, Rupert :)  Ya know, they say to never work with Children or Animals in film, but I think we had a great time!


      After the actual shoot day, we went into post-production.  I really love this process too - it's where you see everything come together and it's super fun to see how things change and progress as the timeline goes on.  We have such talented editors and sound mixers (shout out to John Moore and Jake Camita!) so they made this process so easy!  We also had a few VFX shots and that was very interesting - giving notes and being very clear on what we wanted, so we didn't waste time and money.  

      All in all, I'm very happy to have gotten to direct my little slice of MDB, and I'm excited to hopefully direct more for Rooster Teeth in the future!  It's been a bit since I directed (I directed my first film in 2015 and it premiered at Berlinale!) and since then, I've been really itching to Direct more!  

      Hope y'all enjoyed the Puppet Pandemonium episode of MDB!  I def enjoyed working on it!

      ~ Steph

    • 2017 Reflecting :)

      1 year ago

      stephard Art Dept. Coordinator

      Hi y'all!

      This is my first blog post!!  Wow!  Excited to be here!  If you don't know me (which probably most of you don't), I'm Stephanie Ard!  I'm the Art Department Coordinator here at Rooster Teeth!  This means I work with Marcus, Max, Ashlyn, Stephen, Alex & Travis and all of our awesome contractors to put a beautiful touch on everything you see on screen (well, except for Animated shows)! 

      In addition to being an Art Department coordinator, I'm an actress/writer/director and do a lot of improv and sketch comedy!  My main improv troupe here in Austin is called SheSheSheShe - one of Austin's first all-lady troupes!  I have a cat named Swayze, I've lived in Austin for 7.5 years, and I've been working at Rooster Teeth since Feb/March of 2016!

      2017 was one of the busiest, craziest and most fun years I've experienced in my career and life to date! 

      Here were some highlights:

      - Handling pre-production for Lazer Team 2, Immersion: Mass Effect and the RTX AH Escape Room alllll at the same time :)

      - re-connecting with and sealing the deal with my amazing Boyfriend!!

      - getting to know and become friends with a lot of the AWESOME ladies at RT!

      - my 30th Birthday trip to NoLa with my besties! - Herding cattle on my best friend's ranch in Northern Colorado and loving on her sweet baby son!

      - Art Coordinating on my first feature: BLOOD FEST!

      - a two-week New Mexico/Colorado Road trip with my love!

      -  Working on a new sketch troupe at my local improv theatre

      - RT Coven at Extra Life!

      Clearly, things were fun and busy!  There were also some major challenges:

      - Handling LT2, Mass Effect and RTX at the SAME TIME (haha - that was a doozy)

      - working out with a new trainer and learning how to take better care of my body

      - friendships and relationships changing and growing

      - Working on my first feature: BLOOD FEST ;) ;)

      - dealing with @MaxCookie (just kiddinggggg - I love Max!)

      One slightly comical challenge (although, not at all funny in the moment) that happened this year, happened in the final hours of assembling the RTX Interactive event, the AH Escape Room.  In the final hours, the real crunch time of getting that room built and ready for all of the attendees, Austin's brand new Fire Marshall made his rounds.  Now, I had only done one prior RTX, but there was no Fire Marshall present last year, and I wasn't aware of any specific Fire laws that needed to be followed.

      BOY was I wrong! This new Fire Marshall was by-the-book, and scared the living SH*T out of all of us.  He threatened to shut our whole event down because we didn't have proper fire exits, an evacuation plan, and our structure had a muslin roof.  Long story short, we had to quickly tear the roof down, run out to Home Depot to get Exit signs and Fire Extinguishers, quickly install them, and I had to throw together the fastest, most-professional evacuation plan you've ever seen!  

      In the end, the Fire Marshall gave us some slack and with our minor changes, he let the event go on!  And it was a good thing he did, b/c that Escape Room was a hit!  Can't wait to see what we do at this year's RTX!

      Speaking of this year, in 2018 I'm looking forward to so many things!  I'm looking forward to possibly stepping into a directing role at times (stay tuned!) and developing more as an actor/comedienne and as a writer/director!  I'm also looking forward to all the inevitably crazy times we will have as an Art Department!  I'm excited to work on more creative, cool content for you guys and get to know all of you more :)

      That being said - if you want to get to know me more, hit me up!  I'm always down to answer questions about me, my team, what we do... whatever!  And if you want to follow along, my twitter handle is @StephanieArd :)

      Happy New Year y'all!  I hope you're looking forward to a new year filled with exciting new adventures!

      ~ Steph

      Proof that I herded cattle (and was not at all terrified that I would be thrown off and trampled on by this beautiful old horse grimacing):


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