Video Game High School
|Video Game High School|
|Also known as||VGHS|
|Genre||Action comedy, science fiction|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||15 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Greater Los Angeles|
|Production company(s)||Rocket Jump Studios, Collective Digital Studio|
|Original run||May 11, 2012– present|
|Video Game High School|
Video Game High School (often abbreviated VGHS) is an action comedy web series from Rocket Jump Studios. It was written by Matthew Arnold, Will Campos and Brian Firenzi and directed by Matthew Arnold, Brandon Laatsch and Freddie Wong. The series stars Josh Blaylock as protagonist BrianD, Jimmy Wong as Ted Wong, Ellary Porterfield as Ki Swan, Johanna Braddy as Jenny Matrix, and Brian Firenzi as The Law. Rocket Jump Studios describes the series as "a show about best friends, first loves, and landing that perfect head shot."
The series is set in the near future where video gaming elevates its best players to stardom by its position as the world's most popular competitive sport. Video Game High School (VGHS) is an elite and prestigious facility which teaches a curriculum of video games of all genres.
The show's protagonist, BrianD, gains entry to the school after unknowingly defeating "The Law", an international first-person shooter star, on live television. The show follows BrianD and the friends and enemies he makes at the school, playing on standard tropes of school dramas with a video game backdrop.
The show uses live-action scenes with the characters to show action within the games. The games depicted are inventions of the show, the first-person shooter depicted is named Field of Fire.
- Josh Blaylock as Brian Doheny (commonly referred to as BrianD), an FPS player and the main protagonist of the series.
- Johanna Braddy as Jennifer Mattheus (commonly referred to as Jenny Matrix), sophomore Junior Varsity team captain. She is The Law's girlfriend in season 1, and Brian's love interest throughout the series.
- Brian Firenzi as Lawrence Pemberton (commonly referred to as The Law), the world's #1 amateur gamer. He is Jenny Matrix's boyfriend in season 1 and the series' principal antagonist.
- Ellary Porterfield as Ki Swan, going to school for game development. She is Ted's love interest and one of Brian's friends.
- Cynthia Watros as Mary Matrix, coach for the FPS Varsity team and Jenny's mother. (Season 2)
- Jimmy Wong as Theodore Wong (commonly referred to as Ted, and occasionally the gamer tag Gr8fulTed), Brian's best friend and the son of Rhythm Gaming teacher Freddie Wong. Ted wants to pursue rhythm gaming to make his father proud of him, though he is more talented at racing games.
- Joey Bertran as Jumpin' Jax, a JV team member
- Will Campos as the voice of ShotBot
- Rocky Collins as the Drift King, the captain of the Drift Racing team
- Joel Dauten as Scott Slanders, co-host of PwnZwn
- Benji Dolly as Games Dean, an FPS gamer
- Clinton Jones as ShotBot, robot co-host of PwnZwn
- Zachary Levi as Ace, teacher of FPS 101
- Harley Morenstein as Dean Ernie Calhoun
- Brennan Murray as Wendell (gamer tag TacoBoy14), a dorky student
- Chase Williamson as Shane Pizza, head RA
- Freddie Wong as a fictionalized version of himself. He is a world-famous rhythm gaming expert, teaches rhythm gaming at VGHS, and is the father of Ted Wong.
Guests and cameos
- Matthew Arnold as Zoostcaster
- Cliff Bleszinski as TheJackrabbit
- Meghan Camarena as Rapwnzel
- Will Campos as Buddy Phelps
- Wesley Chan as K-Pop
- Arden Cho as Korean TV Host
- Desmond Dolly as Acid Reflux, Quad Student #2, and Goon 2
- John Ennis as Ken Swan
- Justine Ezarik as Bella
- Bryan Forrest as Captin Barnstormer
- Chris Hardwick as Newsanchor
- Clinton Jones as Clint Lockwood
- Brandon Laatsch as Brandon
- Shira Lazar as Rosalie
- Stan Lee as Stan L33t
- Tara Macken as Ronin
- Ashton Moio as J-Pop
- Ethan Newberry as Clutch
- Kara Petersen as Freezerburn
- Noah as Cheeto the Cat
- Michael Rousselet as Alliterator
- Jon Salmon as Chip Trigger
- Phillip Wang as Oldboy
- Nicole Wyland as Moriarty
Production and release
Video Game High School is co-created by Freddie Wong, Will Campos, Brian Firenzi and Matt Arnold. In addition to acting as showrunner, Matt is also a writer, along with Will Campos and Brian Firenzi (founder of 5secondfilms.com). The series is based on a concept by Will Campos and Chris Pappavaselio. The team found funding for the series through Kickstarter, where they set a funding goal for $75,000 to be raised in a 30 day period. That amount was quickly pledged in less than 24 hours and continued to climb from there. On October 22, 2011, pledging came to a close. A total of $273,725 was raised for the project from 5,661 backers.
The team at Rocket Jump chose a webseries as the medium because they "strongly believe the foundations for the future of digitally distributed content will be laid by webseries". Production began in mid-October, with the project finishing in early 2012. Principal photography for the film began on October 25, and ended in late November. The final four days of shooting took place at the Eagle Mountain iron mine and Mojave Desert. Post-production started shortly after and ended in early 2012. The trailer for the series premiered on YouTube on May 11 on freddiew's channel.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||9||10–22 minutes||May 11, 2012||July 5, 2012|
|2||6||30–44 minutes||July 26, 2013||August 31, 2013|
|3||6||October 13, 2014||November 17, 2014 (tentative)|
Season 1 episodes were released in May, June, and July 2012, first on the Rocket Jump website, and a week later on YouTube channel "freddiew." People who pledged to the project's fundraiser received HD digital downloads and DVDs. The Kickstarter fundraiser for season 2 ended in February 2013 with the project more than sufficiently funded. The second season was released in July and August 2013. In July 2013 Freddie Wong said that a third season was being worked on, and filming began in March 2014.
- "About: Rocket Jump". Rocket Jump. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- "Video Game High School". Kickstarter. October 21, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
- "It's All About the Game". Video Game High School. Season 1. Episode 9. July 5, 2012. Event occurs at 15:01. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK7lc4rNvkI. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- jimmywong (August 23, 2013). "Season 2 Episode 5 - Episode Discussion". Reddit. Retrieved August 28, 2013. "Lawrence Pemberton*"
- "VGHS Credits: Rocket Jump". Rocket Jump. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Welcome to Varsity". Video Game High School. Season 2. Episode 1. July 26, 2013. Event occurs at 29:13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAjKT8FhjI8. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Welcome to Varsity". Video Game High School. Season 2. Episode 1. July 26, 2013. Event occurs at 29:09. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAjKT8FhjI8. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Shot Heard Round the World". Video Game High School. Season 1. Episode 1. May 11, 2012. Event occurs at 3:49. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JqR3GVqib4. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- "Loopholes (TV Episodes 2013) - Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
- Wong, Jimmy (February 17, 2013). "Training a Cat - VGHS Vlogs!". YouTube. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Don't Let Go - Behind the Scenes". Rocket Jump. May 16, 2013. Event occurs at 1:03. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0zlvxH4u2U. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- Arnold, Matt (May 10, 2012). "VGHS Trailer". Rocket Jump. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- "VGHS Trailer". freddiew. May 11, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- "iTunes - Movies - Video Game High School". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- "Watch Video Game High School Online | Netflix". Movies.netflix.com. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- Rocket Jump (January 23, 2014). "Video Game High School - Season 3". Indiegogo. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
- Lazar, Shira (July 27, 2013). "Freddie Wong Brings Half Hour 'Video Game High School' Season 2 To YouTube". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
- "Video Game High School: Season 2 - Episode 6". YouTube. Retrieved August 31, 2013. "We will return with SEASON 3 - Next Year."
- "VGHS3 Production Update". YouTube. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.