Case Red: A Fuel Rat Rescue Cinematic

I have always been a sucker for a good narrative, and for the past few months there has been no greater opportunity for me to craft one than in my time with the Fuel Rats. Over the past month, I sat down and came up with a cinematic adaptation of one of the most intensive rescue situations in Elite: Dangerous — a Case Red scenario. With a client’s fuel reserve exhausted and their emergency oxygen reserve draining, every second lost is a second closer to death. With the clock ticking on a client’s survival, the Fuel Rats have to quickly jump into action. What happens next? Check out the video for yourself:

To get an idea of what goes into a rescue in the somewhat less sensational reality, check out my video for the Fuel Rats’ 2000th rescue.

Fuel Rats: An Interview with Polygon

With growing publicity for the Fuel Rats, the player based emergency refueling community in Elite: Dangerous, much like the amount of players that have been rescued, Charlie Hall at Polygon contacted me about doing an interview to get some of the background on the group, for those unfamiliar with how they came to be or how they operate.

You can also check out the 2000th rescue video that I produced for a behind the scenes look of what a rescue looks like. Since then the Fuel Rats have surpassed 7000 rescues!

The full post on Polygon can be viewed here.

Elite: Dangerous – Racers on the Horizon

The Elite: Racing community has been busily combing through everything that the planetary landings update has to offer as the start of the Elite: Dangerous Horizons season, and we have found a number of great racing opportunities for those high octane pilots out there!

I put together this compilation video highlighting some of the events we have had, developing half a dozen new event categories from the content that the planetary landings update will drop to kick off the Horizons season!

Fly dangerously, and I’ll see you on the Horizon!

Irving Force: The Violence Suppressor

A while back I was contacted and asked to provide a grindhouse styled narration for the trailer to Irving Force’s new EP, The Violence Suppressor. Set firmly in 80s synth and ultraviolence a la Kung Fury, I introduce a world full of conflict, where only one man can save the day…

WARNING: This video contains scenes of graphic violence after my introductory narration.

Elite: Dangerous – Fuel Rats Rescue #2000

After becoming a part of group of Elite: Dangerous players called the Fuel Rats, and racking up over 100 successful rescues in the process, I had an opportunity an early Friday morning to reach a milestone for the group, successfully completing our 2000th rescue of a commander stranded and in need of fuel.

Taking this opportunity to record some footage, I set on putting together a video to commemorate the event, as well as add some commentary to help explain everything that was going on, resulting in the below product, involving six minutes of narration dissecting a typical rescue performed by the Fuel Rats.

Fly safe, fly fueled!

PlanetSide 2: Regret

In another collaboration by some of the great creative minds in the PlanetSide 2 community, Regret is a short film providing a dramatic look at the lore of PlanetSide, specifically the scientific breakthrough of rebirthing and the unintended consequences that humanity was faced with in the never ending conflict on Auraxis.

I serve up the background in this short story with some narration, which is accompanied by impressive visuals from Alexs189, leading into a stirring monologue given by voice actress Ellie Underscore set against some great animated stills and ingame footage captured by p4nda (who I previously worked with on Connery’s Redemption).

“While the law has many penalties for the atrocities we inflict on others, there are no punishments for the terrors we inflict on ourselves.” -Dr. Leonard Church

Upcoming Project: Bombshell – PAX Trailer

At PAX Prime, the latest trailer was released for 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment’s upcoming isometric shooter: Bombshell.

This trailer opens up with some dialogue between the titular character of Bombshell and the leader of the GDF, General Holloway; a short preview of some of the work I have done for this game, which should offer an amazing shoot ’em up experience with a bit more story than the genre might have historically been known for.

You can learn more about General Holloway in the World of Bombshell, including some extra lines that you might hear in the game!

Elite: Dangerous – Fangs 09: A noir web comic adaptation

Yet another video inspired by Lee Hutchinson’s Fangs, a web comic set in a noir stylized Elite: Dangerous universe, this ninth entry into the series offers a cautionary tale to new pilots out there with eyes bigger than their hardpoints.

There were definitely some out of the way locations to get footage for in this one, and an amount of time spent, which I would prefer not to disclose, hunting for the right strong signal source to get the footage I needed.

Elite: Dangerous – Fangs 08: A noir web comic adaptation

Continuing to be inspired by Lee Hutchinson’s Fangs, a web comic set in a noir stylized Elite: Dangerous universe, this eighth entry in the series shines a light on one of the professions on the dark underbelly of society: the smuggler.

Featuring the usual nods and references scattered throughout the work, this piece closes out with an adaptation of, “Home on the Range,” causing a rare example of me attempting to sing…at least, however I think a smuggler would sing about the wild frontier of space and the wares with which he works.

Elite: Dangerous – Fangs 05: A noir web comic adaptation

An interesting noir sytlized web comic, Lee Hutchinson’s Fangs sets out to tell a series of short stories using threshold filtered screenshots from Elite: Dangerous. The fifth entry in this series, “Why does Rice play Texas?” illustrates the innate human aspiration for exploration, and is sprinkled with all sorts of homages, even down to the title reference to John F. Kennedy’s personal addition to his famous, “We Choose to go to the Moon,” speech at Rice university.

I am a sucker for good monologue, so after reading this I felt like recording a take on it. Of course I did not think that audio alone would really do this justice, so I set out to adapt this web comic into a video using footage I could obtain from Elite: Dangerous. Due to time constraints, it did not end up as a 1:1 recreation (getting a shot of Sagittarius A* and coming back to civilized space is about a week long journey if you’re not trying to marathon it), but I am pleased with the end result.