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Red vs. Blue
Red vs Blue Logo
Filmed using Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo 2
Halo 3
Halo: Reach
Halo 4
Halo 2 Anniversary
Halo 5: Guardians
Character Animation
Marathon Trilogy
Genre science fiction; comedy
Running time 8 to 10 minutes (average)
Created by Burnie Burns
Matt Hullum
Geoff Ramsey
Gustavo Sorola
Jason Saldaña
Directed by Burnie Burns
Matt Hullum
Gavin Free
Monty Oum
Miles Luna
Voices Jen Brown
Burnie Burns
Dan Godwin
Joel Heyman
Matt Hullum
Shannon McCormick
Geoff Ramsey
Jason Saldaña
Gustavo Sorola
Kathleen Zuelch
Production company Rooster Teeth
Release(s) April 1, 2003 - Present
No. of episodes The Blood Gulch Chronicles: 105
The Recollection: 68
The Project Freelancer Saga: 51
Chorus Trilogy: 61
Anthology: 24
http://www.roosterteeth.com
Red vs. Blue, often abbreviated as RvB, is a popular sci-fi action comedy Machinima series created by Rooster Teeth Productions. It focuses on the lives and adventures of the Red and Blue teams from Blood Gulch. Praised for its originality, the series has won four awards from the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences and won the award for "Best Animated Web Series" in the International Academy of Web Television in 2012 and 2013. Red vs. Blue is currently the longest running American web-series in history, spanning over 10 years with over 300 episodes.

Production

Season 10 Table Read

The Red vs. Blue cast reading their lines.

The writing process for the series has changed over time. Early in season 1, Burns wrote the episode scripts from week to week, with minimal planning in advance; major plot events were conceived shortly before they were filmed.[1] For the second season, Matt Hullum became a main writer.[2] A rough plot outline is now written before a season begins, although the actual content of an individual episode is still decided on a more short-term basis.[3] Because Red vs. Blue is loosely based on the Halo universe, Rooster Teeth encountered some difficulties when trying to synchronize events in the series with the release of Halo 2.

Season 10 production1

Red vs. Blue: Season 10 Production

Aside from a few scenes created using Marathon Infinity, Marathon 2, and the PC version of Halo, Red vs. Blue is mostly filmed with interconnected Xbox consoles. Originally using the Halo: Combat Evolved engine, it has since been filmed using three sequels and one prequel of the popular game: Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo: Reach, as well as utilized Computer Generated Imagery. During The Blood Gulch Chronicles, episodes were largely set in the Halo map Blood Gulch and its Halo 2 counterpart, Coagulation while some episodes were filmed on other maps, including Sidewinder from Halo and Zanzibar from Halo 2. After The Blood Gulch Chronicles had ended, they began using more locations within later games, such as Valhalla from Halo 3 and Exile from Halo 4. Within a multiplayer game session, the people controlling the avatars "puppet" their characters, moving them around, firing weapons, and performing other actions as dictated by the script, and in synchronization with the episode's dialogue, which is recorded ahead of time.

The "camera" during the first four seasons was simply another player, whose first-person perspective is recorded raw to a computer. As the recording occurs within the game, a few different bugs and post-production techniques have been exploited in order to achieve desired visual effects. In particular, Adobe Premiere Pro is used to edit the audio and video together, impose letterboxing to hide the camera player's head-up display, add the titles and fade-to-black screens, and create some visual effects that cannot be accomplished in-game.[4] For Season 5, the PC version of Halo 2 was used to film episodes, making use of detaching the camera. From Reconstruction onward, Halo 3's (along with its sequels/prequels) theater mode was utilized for shooting scenes that were more difficult to achieve using previous titles.

Kick of Faith

An example of the blend between gameplay and character animation as seen in Revelation.

In 2009, Monty Oum was hired to work on minor special effects in Recreation, most notably Epsilon's laser beam in Think You Know Someone.[5] During the production of Revelation, Monty began working on animating the Red vs. Blue characters in Computer Generated Imagery, which was blended within Halo 3 by Nathan Zellner and Matt Hullum. Since then, Rooster Teeth has moved to a new office building with a whole empty storage room, used for motion capture. Rooster Teeth also currently have a full team of animators working on Red vs. Blue's animation, alongside Monty Oum. They have produced the Poser animation for Season 9 and Season 10.

During the production of the third saga, Rooster Teeth Productions decided to employ a new writer to the series. Around 2012, Miles Luna became the writer of Red vs. Blue, who has written for the Where There's a Will, There's a Wall mini-series and Season 10. Currently, Miles Luna is the main writer and director of The Chorus Trilogy. For Season 12, Chris Dike was hired to take over for the series' additional animation, which was blended with the in-game engine similar to Revelation. The full animation staff returned for Season 13 onward. After writing The Brick Gulch Chronicles for Season 14, Joe Nicolosi was chosen to helm Season 15.

Main Characters

Main Article: List of Characters
Main Article: List of Appearances

Red Team

Blue Team

Other

Story Arcs

The Blood Gulch Chronicles

RvB BGC Poster

The poster for the original series.

The Blood Gulch Chronicles is the first main saga in the Red vs. Blue series, spanning 5 seasons, 100 episodes, and a 5-part mini-series.

The Recollection

The Recollection, also known as the Recollection Trilogy or simply Recollections, is the second saga in the main series that includes the sequel series: Reconstruction, Recreation, and Revelation, seasons six, seven, and eight respectively. It also includes two mini-series: Recovery One and Relocated.

Project Freelancer

The Project Freelancer Saga is the third main saga of the series, spanning two seasons and two mini-series. Unlike the previous two sagas, however, the Project Freelancer saga focuses on prequel events taking place before The Blood Gulch Chronicles, as well as present day events.

The Chorus Trilogy

The Chorus Trilogy is the fourth main saga of the series and takes place after the present-day events of Season 10. The story focuses on the Reds and Blues shipwrecked on a long forgotten planet and unexpectedly becoming involved in the planet's civil war. 

Season 15

Season 15 takes places approximately ten months after the events of The Chorus Trilogy. The story focuses on a reporter that starts an investigation to discover the truth about the Reds and Blues after a series of violent attacks have been attributed to them.

Reception

Impact on Machinima

RvB Heroes

Red vs. Blue is widely credited with attracting public attention to Machinima. Although examples had existed since the 1990s, Clive Thompson credits Red vs. Blue as "the first to break out of the underground".[6] Tavares, Gil, and Roque call it Machinima's "first big success".[7] Thompson notes that "Microsoft has been so strangely solicitous that when it was developing the sequel to Halo last year, the designers actually inserted a special command — a joystick button that makes a soldier lower his weapon — designed solely to make it easier for Rooster Teeth to do dialogue." The series has inspired other machinima productions, including The Codex, Fire Team Charlie, and This Spartan Life. [8]

Impact on Video Games

Due to the series' large and growing popularity, many within the video game industry have made reference to the web-series numerous times. For example, the Halo franchise has referenced the series' characters and recurring jokes in many of its games, as well as hiring Rooster Teeth Productions to promote their products through the web-series. Critics have even stated Red vs. Blue to have amazing character development which other media should take an example of.

Trivia

  1. Season 1: Omega escapes death by infecting Caboose.
  2. Season 2: Doc/Omega kidnaps Lopez and the Reds and Blues work together to stop him before being sent across the galaxy.
  3. Season 3: The Reds re-discover Blood Gulch and the Alien is seen.
  4. Season 4: Junior is born and a Pelican lands on Donut.
  5. Reconstruction: Church is revealed to be based on Director Leonard Church.
  6. Recreation: Washington teams up with Meta and shoots Donut and Lopez.
  7. Season 9: Carolina is revealed to be alive after her supposed death.
  8. Season 11: Carolina is revealed to have secretly contacted Locus without his knowledge.
  9. Season 12: The identity of Control is Malcolm Hargrove, who not only recovered F.I.L.S.S. but is also in possession of the Meta's helmet.
  • The Chorus Trilogy is the only saga in the series that does not contain a mini-series. It is also the only saga to end on a cliffhanger.
  • Some of the voice actors from Red vs. Blue were featured in the level Crow's Nest in Halo 3, as two Marines arguing over a password. The voices vary depending on difficulty: Jason Saldaña (Tucker) and Matt Hullum (Doc) on Easy and Normal; Geoff Ramsey (Grif) and Gus Sorola (Simmons) on Heroic; Burnie Burns (Church) and Joel Heyman (Caboose) on Legendary. Sarge cameos on the level Tsavo Highway as the radio operator's voice, just before the tunnel prior to where the Pelican drops off the Warthogs.
    • Several Red vs. Blue actors also appear throughout the Halo: Reach campaign as marines, with Geoff Ramsey on Sword Base, and Burnie Burns on The Package, among others.
  • In both Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, "Puma" can be read on the wheels of a Warthog.
  • In the expansion pack for the video game Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, there is an achievement called "Chupathingy," when a player kills a Chupacabra, a reference to Red Gets a Delivery.
  • In the game The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, there is an achievement called "Bleep Bloop", in reference to Caboose's self-created achievements in the Small Rewards PSA.
  • In the game Gears of War, there is an achievement entitled "Is it a Spider?", awarded for sticking 100 enemies with a grenade in multiplayer, a reference to the episode Knock, knock. Who's there? Pain.
  • The series inspired the creation of the Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4 game-type Grifball, based off the statement made by Sarge in Episode 59.
  • In Halo 4, several characters make voice-only, cameo appearances as Easter Eggs in the Spartan Ops campaign when finding hidden boxes. When shot, the boxes play a segment of Blood Gulch Blues and cause different audio segments to be heard than in the normal campaign.
  • There is a reference to Red vs. Blue in Windows 10. It can be found by simply asking the server's virtual assistant Cortana if she watches the show. The latter will reply saying "You know, I do sometimes wonder why we're here".

Sources

  1. Burns, et al., Red vs. Blue Season One, Audio Commentary.
  2. Burns and Hullum, Red vs. Blue Season Two, Audio Commentary.
  3. Konow, 3.
  4. Burns, et al., Red vs. Blue Season One, Audio Commentary; Moltenbrey.
  5. Red vs. Blue: Revelation, Audio Commentary.
  6. Thompson, 2.
  7. Tavares, Gil, & Roque, 4.
  8. Whitley

External Links


Red vs. Blue
THE BLOOD GULCH CHRONICLES
Season 1 · Season 2 · Season 3 · Season 4 · Out of Mind · Season 5
THE RECOLLECTION
Recovery One · Reconstruction · Relocated · Recreation · Revelation
THE PROJECT FREELANCER SAGA
Season 9 · MIA · Where There's a Will, There's a Wall · Season 10
THE CHORUS TRILOGY
Season 11 · Season 12 · Season 13
STANDALONE
Season 15
NON-CANON
PSAs · Special Episodes · Animated · Season 14 · 360
Team Slipspace: An Epic Grifball Saga

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