||It has been suggested that Matt Hullum be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since August 2013.|
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|Founded||April 1, 2003|
|Key people||Matt Hullum (CEO)
Yvonne Secretan (VP, Operations)
Burnie Burns (Creative Director; Former CEO)
Rooster Teeth Productions, LLC. is a production studio and Multi Channel Network located in Austin, Texas of the United States that specializes in the creation of live action shorts, animated pieces and machinima, or films created using real-time, interactive engines from computer and video games. The name Rooster Teeth is a euphemism for Cockbite, an insult used in one of the group's trailers. Burnie Burns created voice-over-enhanced gameplay videos of Bungie Studios' popular first-person shooter video game Halo: Combat Evolved. Eventually, these videos led to the creation of Red vs. Blue, an award-winning comedic science-fiction series that premiered on April 1, 2003 and still in production; Season 11 premiered on June 14, 2013. The production team also focuses on projects such as live-action shorts, comedy game play with the branch Achievement Hunter, and full animated productions such as RWBY and Nature Town!.
As of November 2013, Rooster Teeth's YouTube page has more than 6 million subscribers and 2.5 billion video views; the company also operates the Game Fails channel (0.47 million subscribers, 143 million views) and the Let's Play channel (1.9 million subscribers, 194 million views), which have their own exclusive content.
- 1 Early company history
- 2 Rooster Teeth
- 3 Live action
- 4 RTX
- 5 Achievement Hunter
- 6 Grifball
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Early company history
While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Burnie Burns and Matt Hullum collaborated with actor Joel Heyman on a 1997 independent film called The Schedule. The film helped Hullum and Heyman to find work in Los Angeles, California, but otherwise had limited success. Working for a local company named Telenetwork, Burns later met Geoff Ramsey (then named "Geoff Fink"), Gustavo Sorola, Dan Godwin, and Jason Saldaña, and the five formed drunkgamers.com, a website where the five reviewed various video games while drunk. According to Ramsey, the group tried to receive free games to review, but "incurred the wrath" of several game developers in doing so.
One of the non-gameplay videos that the drunkgamers crew created during this time was a live-action parody of the Apple Switch ad campaign. This video featured Sorola as the main actor, used Peter Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" as background music, and focused on the lack of games available for the Apple Macintosh computer.
Gus Sorola and Burnie Burns said that the name change from 'Drunk Tank Podcast' to 'Rooster Teeth Podcast' was for the same reason that 'Drunk Gamers' was changed to 'Rooster Teeth'. They explained that they realized nobody would give games or sponsor something with 'drunk' in the title "because it was so unprofessional." 
Red vs. Blue
In a parody of science fiction films and games and of military life, Red vs. Blue tells the story of two groups of soldiers fighting a civil war in a desolate box canyon. Initially, Rooster Teeth expected the series to consist of only six to eight episodes. However, the series became popular quickly, receiving 20,000 downloads in a single day. Accordingly, Burns conceived an extension of the plot. The series' fifth and supposedly final season officially ended with episode 100, released on June 28, 2007. However, the group has continued to release new material, including six additional complete seasons (seasons 6-11) and numerous PSA announcements. These PSAs included a five-part mini-series to promote Halo 3. Season 11 premiered on June 14, 2013.
Other Rooster Teeth
In May 2004, at the E3 gaming convention, Rooster Teeth was introduced to The Sims 2 and realized that the game would be suitable for a series that parodied reality television; Electronic Arts agreed. The result was The Strangerhood, a comedy series that centers on eight strangers who awake one day unaware of where they are or how they arrived there. Its first season of 17 episodes completed on April 27, 2006. In 2005, the group collaborated with Paul Marino on Strangerhood Studios, a spin-off commissioned by the Independent Film Channel. This spin-off was the first machinima series to be commissioned for broadcast and won an award for Best Editing at the 2005 Machinima Film Festival.
Also in 2006, Rooster Teeth partnered with Maybeck Productions to create PANICS, a short series that chronicles the misadventures of Bravo Team a group of soldiers sent to investigate a paranormal disturbance . The four publicly released episodes were released between September 27, 2005 and October 18, 2005, and a prequel was released with F.E.A.R. - Director's Edition. The mini-series won an award for Best Writing at the 2005 Machinima Film Festival.
In mid-2006, Electronic Arts commissioned Rooster Teeth to direct commercials for their EA Sports brand of games, including Madden NFL 2007 and NCAA Football 2007, for broadcast on television. Rooster Teeth released some of this work on their website. In late November 2006, controversy arose over a Madden NFL 07 commercial, when Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark complained about his depiction in the commercial. Hit and tackled multiple times in the advertisement by Philadelphia Eagles players, Clark stated, "I haven't seen the commercial, but I'm upset about it. It makes me look like a punk." In response, Rooster Teeth posted a director's cut, in which Clark plays and dominates every position.
Rooster Teeth's other machinima productions are 1-800-Magic, a four-episode mini-series created in 2006 using the game Shadowrun, and Supreme Surrender, a 2008 mini-series made using Supreme Commander.
Rooster Teeth first ventured into live-action in 2009 with Captain Dynamic, a mini-series to promote the online game "City of Heroes".  It was based around a team of writers hired to use the new in-game content creation tools to promote the title character, Captain Dynamic, the 'worst superhero in the world'. Directed by Matt Hullum and written by Burnie Burns, the series starred Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, who is a long time friend and fan of Rooster Teeth. A number of Rooster Teeth employees were present throughout the series, notably Joel Heyman as Captain Dynamic's primary writer. Actor Shannon McCormick appears as the series' antagonist, Great Face. The series also led to the release of an iPhone app called the Awesome Button. 
Rooster Teeth Shorts
Following the positive reception of Captain Dynamic, Rooster Teeth began producing another live-action series, Rooster Teeth Shorts, a sketch comedy which parodies life at their offices in a similar fashion to the webcomic. The series was slated to end after four seasons, but on April 1, 2013, Rooster Teeth announced Rooster Teeth Shorts would return with a fifth season, with the season premiere episode "Reunion" being released on the same day, marking the tenth anniversary of the company.
The Slow Mo Guys
The Slow Mo Guys is a live action series created by Rooster Teeth employee Gavin Free. The series premiered on November 3, 2010, and features Free and costar Daniel Gruchy filming different things in extreme slow motion using a Phantom Flex digital high-speed camera. Free confirmed that the series had been picked up by Rooster Teeth on February 20, 2013, and that further episodes of the series would be released on Rooster Teeth's website as well as the series' existing YouTube channel. In the beginning, the series helped Gavin gain his visa to live in America and work with Rooster Teeth as Free did not at first have the right qualifications to get a visa and move to America. After releasing an episode of Gavin and Daniel popping a giant water balloon the video went viral. Free then appeared in national television and papers which got his qualifications to get a visa.
Immersion is a series in which Burnie Burns tests the concepts of video games in real life. Burnie joked in the company's Podcast that the series started as an "elaborate way for [them] to do fun stuff and get paid for it". The "test subjects" include Geoff Ramsey, Gus Sorola, Gavin Free, and Michael Jones. The second season will premiere in Fall 2013.
A parody of historical events done in the style of modern vlogging on YouTube. This series marks the launch of a new channel from Rooster Teeth Productions called Rooster Teeth Shows. The show features many employees playing many famous icons such as Julius Cesear, Che Guevara, Adolf Hitler, John Smith and Abraham Lincoln.
On Halloween 2012, a partnership between Rooster Teeth and Blip was announced, with the premiere of their new 10-episode, reality game competition series sponsored by GEICO. The show follows gamers from around the United States competing in contests of skills, concentration, agility and stamina, inspired by reality competitions Wipeout and The Voice. The show was hosted by Ali Baker and Burnie Burns, the Geico Gauntlet Games Master. The first episode of The Gauntlet Season 2 was released on September 7, 2013.
A Simple Walk into Mordor
Created to celebrate the release of The Hobbit in December 2012, Rooster Teeth employees Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais walked from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand to the filming location of Mount Doom, at Mount Ngauruhoe. In the Lord of the Rings movie and book series, Frodo and Sam made the trip in six months. Chris and Kerry, with New Zealand guide Nick, were able to replicate the journey in six days. The participants "wanted to do something that no one had ever done before"; in homage to the movie, they had hoped to drop a replica of the One Ring into the mountain. The adventure was ended after more than 120 miles, and the ring buried about 1/3 of the way up the mountain; Fans were challenged to go and find the ring.
Rooster Teeth moved into a larger office in early September 2010, which they have made into "half a warehouse" in order to allow plenty of room for live action sets. In the future, they hope to produce a live-action feature-length film.
On May 27–29, 2011 Rooster Teeth held their first official community event in Austin, Texas. Initially planned as a small gathering for 200 people, demand was so high that over 500 tickets were accidentally sold within minutes of being made available online.
Achievement Hunter is a gaming website created by Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo. The website is largely based on the achievement mechanic, found in seventh generation video game consoles after being made popular with Microsoft's release of the Xbox 360. The website was launched in 2008, along with Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel. Achievement Hunter has since gone on to become a core component of Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel, and hosts additional YouTube videos on the channels Game Fails, Let's Play, and Achievement Hunter Community.
In late 2007, Rooster Teeth created a Halo 3 multiplayer game-type called Grifball, played on the map Foundry. The idea for the game came from a joke that was cut from an episode promoting the Heroic Map Pack, in which Grif creates the "laziest gametype in the world"; a round of capture the flag where the flag spawns right next to the capture point. Burnie realized that the frantic nature of only having seconds to stop the flag reaching its destination was fun and changed it to the "Assault" gametype so that each team had a point to defend, as well as spawning the players with weapons. The name "Grifball" comes from a gag in season four of Red vs. Blue when Sarge exclaims, "This is the best game since Grifball", while trying to shoot Grif down from a ledge. In reference to the joke, Burnie changed the game settings so that players who pick up the ball turn orange, Grif's armor color. Players who pick up the ball will either explode when they plant the bomb or will be killed by an enemy, referencing Sarge's hatred of Grif.
The gametype became so popular that Bungie began to regularly include the gametype in the Double EXP Weekends playlist of Halo 3 matchmaking, making it a ranked playlist for a limited time in December 2009, and adding Grifball courts with identical specifications to the original into other maps. In February 2011, Bungie added Grifball to the matchmaking community playlist, as a permanently available gametype. Grifball is now also a built-in gametype in Halo 4. Rooster Teeth has organized their own official Grifball leagues, covering the United States, the European Union and Oceania. McFarlane Toys also released a Grifball action figure. Rooster Teeth created a machinima series based on Grifball, and a spin-off of Red vs. Blue, titled Grifball. The first season, titled Grifball: Expansion follows an untalented Grifball team, and was distributed via Halo Waypoint and ran for three episodes. There were three follow-up seasons titled Grifball: Zero Tolerance, Grifball: Franchise Player, and Grifball: Double Agent, each of which also ran for three episodes.
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