i know u guys don’t know any of the songs so i’ll explain everything i mention under the cut!!!
Song I wish was longer: Luke’s Good Kid Reprise (listen i know it’s part of The Last Day of Summer but like. It should get to exist in its own right). but if we’re talking full songs, probably Strong. Song I wish was shorter: The Last Day of Summer (except Luke’s part) The one song I always skip: um there’s no soundtrack yet but i could probably go without Drive. or The Oracle. Song I sing the best: Good Kid is the only one I’ve tried but i sound p good i guess. I’ve also sung the only 3 words of Son of Poseidon that i know and they are right in my range god bless Song I still don’t know all the words to: fucking….all of them. i want to know the words to my grand plan tho Song that honestly deserves an award or five: my grand plan Song that’s terrible but I still love: Lost! (it’s not bad at all it’s just a little cheesy haha. honestly one of my favorite songs) Song that’s really good but I hate: i loved them all! Song I think could change the world: good kid Song I wish I’d written: the tree on the hill
Also shoutout to other songs that were great but i didn’t mention: DOA, The Campfire Song, and Another Terrible Day!
history teacher: so who knows how world war one ended?
some fucking loser: the germans surrendered at-
me, who knows whats up: diana of themyscira engaged in an intensive battle with the previously MIA god of war, ares, with explosions and guitar riffs and she threw a tank and it was really hot, nonetheless despite her destroying the evil god, war goes on because we, as humans, are flawed, but regarding WW1 this specific event was enough to cause a cease fir
Bolo recognizes a minor actor from something else. spends the rest of the movie looking up trivia about that actor on his phone. tends to enjoy documentaries more than everyone else, and the creature designs in horror flicks/thrillers. also a fan of historical dramas.
Shantae brings snacks for everyone. forgets the rest of the world exists and gets startled if you like. tap her shoulder in the middle of the film. Gets very invested and cries easily. prefers comedies but also has a thing for musicals (live action AND cartoons).
Rottytops keeps bringing in old movies nobody’s ever heard of, always has a ‘good feeling about this one!’. Will point out flaws in continuity and set pieces for the express purpose of her friends not being able to unsee them. Enjoys action filcks and sci-fi, but she’s a sucker for good camerawork and also loves artsier films.
Sky’s popcorn is gone in 5 minutes because Wrench keeps stealing it. She riffs on characters being dumb as well as plot holes. The others eventually join in but Sky always starts it. Enjoys mysteries and that very specific niche of ‘plucky protagonist tames untameable animal’.
All four of them enjoy movies that are so terrible that they loop back around to being enjoyable. They also all enjoy cheesy romances but only Shantae admits it.
BONUS SHIPPY STUFF:
Rottytops and Shantae throw themselves onto the comfiest piece of furniture they can together. Shantae wants to watch the movie while cuddling - unless the movie is scary, and then she’ll happily ignore it. Rotty wants to cuddle while the movie runs in the background - unless there’s an impressive plot twist or exceptional cinematography.
Bolo and Sky get into heated discussions over whether something’s a plothole or a twist the other doesn’t like, over character motivations, etc. They both actually really enjoy it but Shantae’s always worried they’re going to start physically fighting.
BONUS RISKY BUSINESS:
Risky doesn’t watch films often, but when she does, the Tinkerbats do too. She makes sure every single one of them has snacks beforehand.
Prefers serious films, but also has a soft spot for Stupid Pirate Movies because the look on people’s faces when they realize she ISN’T a Stupid Movie Pirate is fantastic
Definitely doesn’t get emotional about animals-finding-their-way-home movies. Absolutely Not™
Taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis saved a rat she named Riff Ratt from becoming snake food when he was just weeks old. Little did she know, her dog Osiris – a Dutch Shepherd and the new family member would become the best of friends and viral superstars on Instagram.
Riff Ratt was bottle fed for two weeks after Mickey brought him home. Osiris would sit by their side, licking the extra milk off the baby rodent. Their bond is so strong that Osiris lets Riff Ratt in his mouth to clean his teeth! “Riff Ratt really likes licking the inside of Osiris’ mouth. I’m sure you all are wondering if we’re afraid Osiris will eat Riff – NOPE! Osiris has helped foster and care for dozens of animals and he is the gentlest dog I’ve ever met”.
They also play and snuggle and do what best friends do. “They’re super photogenic, and they’re just so sweet”, gushed Mickey.
Photoset for The Glass Scientists (and GLOOMLORD) sketchbook 2.0! I’ll be selling these at Wondercon 2014.
I’ve added a lot more stuff to the book and (in my opinion) really snazzed up the presentation and overall fanciness with homemade borders and nicer font faces. Also, heads up, I gave Rachel the wrong last name. Her full name is Rachel Pidgley but I wrote it as Rachel O'Reilly because she was originally a riff off the character Mary Reilly from the slightly silly book and movie of the same name.
Hello, everyone! This is the second part to the Q&A between Stephen Russell and us fans. He is extremely busy, but he still found the time to answer our questions. So if you’d like to leave a small “thank you” for him, either here or in my ask box, I’ll be sure to send it his way. I’m sure he’d appreciate it. ^_^
Personal Questions: 1. You’re a very talented voice actor and you can throw
your voice so well. Have you ever used
this to pull any awesome pranks? Do you
have any funny stories in regards to any antics caused by your voices?
I used to enjoy talking to telemarketers in the character of
a very elderly, hard of hearing and slightly confused person for whom English
was not their native language. Or even
one they used very often. This
character had a lot of questions and seemed particularly puzzled by the concept
of credit card promotions. I figured if
the telemarketers were going to waste my time, the least I could do was return
the favor. My wife tried to convince me
this behavior, which I just saw as an opportunity to practice my craft, was
cruel; but then she wasn’t the person trying to work from home. When she retired last year and was, herself,
subject to the endless barrage of telemarketing calls, she mostly solved the
problem by canceling our landline.
2. What is the weirdest/most fun interaction you’ve had
with a fan?
That time when someone asked me, “What is the weirdest/most
fun interaction you’ve had with a fan.“
3. The last time you answered our questions, you said you
used to sing in a choir. Is there any
chance we might get to hear you sing in an upcoming game?
I got to sing a little bit as Raoul in one of the
"Thief” games, and I’m always hoping for more opportunities.
4. Have you ever read the fan fictions for the games
you’ve voiced in?
I confess I haven’t.
I wasn’t even aware such things existed. I’ll have to look for them.
I have to read quite a lot for my other work, so the opportunities to
read just for pleasure are few and far between.
5. When did you start acting and what sparked your
Third grade? Fourth
grade? Somewhere in there? As to what sparked my interest, I think it
all boils down to my love of stories and storytelling in all its varied forms.
6. Did you always want to be an actor?
Yes and no. I always
wanted to be a performer and to be involved in the business of telling stories,
and for many years I really thought that music and writing would be my avenue
for that. Music is still really my
first and most enduring love, but I’ve learned I’m a far better actor than I am
7. It says on your bio that you’re a writer, too. Have you published any novels or other
I’m primarily a playwright, as well as a songwriter, and
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing somewhere around 18 of my plays for family
audiences produced. None of them have
been published. Not for want of trying,
8. In the previous Q&A you did for us, you seemed
very passionate about the writing surrounding the characters you voice. What do you think is the importance of
storytelling and developing a meaningful narrative?
Story is the foundation for everything. If you don’t have that, you don’t have a
play, a movie, a song, a game, etc. It
doesn’t have to be that complicated, either.
It just has to be something that makes us care about the situation and
the characters in that situation. The
stakes have to be high, but that doesn’t always mean Armageddon. In Jane Austen’s world, the right marriage
proposal really was life and death.
9. What is your favourite part of voice acting?
The feeling that I get when I’ve really nailed a line. I also really like all the people I get to
work with - the audio directors, the writers, the engineers, the sound
designers - all of whom are smart, funny, and totally dedicated to getting the job
done right. My other favorite part is
when I see that red, white and blue truck pull up to my mailbox, put something
in it, close the little door and then pull away, and I walk down my driveway
and discover that the check has arrived.
10. What is your favourite band/genre of music?
Too numerous to mention.
I’m a sucker for a good melody, no matter what the genre, and I like
exploring unfamiliar territory. In
fact, I don’t even really like classifying music by genre. I tend to think of music as either formal or
informal, which roughly translates to classical and everything else, but even
there the lines get blurred very quickly.
I’ve mentioned somewhere else that I’m a huge Bellowhead fan, and one of
the reasons why I like them so much is that their arrangements of traditional
English songs draw from so many different influences. I think “Stardust” is the most beautiful song ever written and
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is the crowning achievement in all of Western music. As you might guess, I can get very
passionate about voices, both the ones I like and the ones I can’t stand.
11. When is your birthday? We want to shower you with birthday wishes!!
I think last year it was on a Wednesday. It probably will be again in about six or
Game-related Questions: 1. What’s it is like to voice Corvo in the upcoming
Dishonored 2? Is it challenging to
voice him fully this time around?
Nothing but fun. I
was thrilled to get to work with the wonderful director Wes Gleason on this
project, and we were also very fortunate to have in the studio with us Arkane’s
Harvey Smith, who probably knows this character better than anyone. When he heard the initial takes and said,
“That’s Corvo, that’s our guy.” I knew we
were on the right track.
2. What has been your favourite game to work on? Are there any that are particularly dear to
you? I’d imagine “Thief” has
a special place in your heart.
“Thief” was pretty special because that’s where it
all began, but, otherwise, I don’t really think in those terms. I love to work and I love a challenge, so my
favourite is usually the one I’m working on at the moment.
3. Do you improvise often, or do you have to read
everything word for word with no exceptions? 4. Were all of Codsworth’s jokes scripted, or did you
throw any of your own in there?
It’s kind of the same answer for both questions. 99% of what you hear in the game is what was
in the script. The voice recording
happens pretty late in the development of a game, so there’s not a lot of room
for improvisation. On occasion, a line
will feel a bit stilted or awkward in performance and then will need to be
adjusted, and every now and again there will be an ellipsis at the end of a
line that allows me an opportunity to continue a character’s thought beyond
what has been written. This happened most
often with Codsworth, and I certainly enjoyed cracking wise when the
opportunity arose, but, again, 99% of those jokes came from Emil Pagliarulo and
the other writers at Bethesda. They’re
very funny people.
5. Do you ever get to work with the other voice
actors? For example, did you work
alongside Courtenay Taylor and Brian T. Delaney, or was everything recorded
Everything was recorded separately. It’s a lonely business, voice acting. Just you in a room with a microphone, a
glass of water and #2 pencil. And, on
the other side of a wall of glass, half a dozen people judging every word that
comes out of your mouth.
6. What’s your favourite silly name from Codsworth?
7. What was it like recording all the different names that
Codsworth can say?
8. Was it difficult voicing Nick and DiMA back and forth?
Those characters were recorded in separate sessions so, not
9. Do you think that if Nick had the chance to become a
third generation synth, he would take it?
Hard to say. But I
do happen to know that if Nick had the chance to play third base for the Red
Sox, he’d jump at the opportunity. Why
do you think he has his office in Diamond City?
10. How would you describe the relationship between Nick
and his secretary, Ellie Perkins? I
always felt like there was a great friendship there, even though we didn’t
really get to see that played out.
It’s kind of the classic noir detective/secretary
relationship, like Sam Spade and Effie Perrine. One of the things I really like about J.K. Rowling’s “Robert
Galbraith” novels is how she riffs on that relationship with her
characters, Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.
11. Are you surprised with the reactions and fandoms
surrounding Fallout and all the other games you’ve voiced in (Skyrim, Thief,
Dishonored, etc.)? Part of that is
definitely because of your hard work and dedication to the characters you
Surprised, delighted and very grateful.
12. Nick Valentine is by far one of my favourite companions
and characters in the entire Fallout series.
As someone with particular insight into his character, what would you
say his reasons are for not being romancable?
Too busy thinking about playing third base for the Red
Sox? But, really, I think his work is
his life and he’s just not that interested in anything that distracts from the
case at hand. It’s just the way he’s
13. What ending of Fallout 4 would you choose?
Myself, I love a happy ending, don’t you?
14. Would you say that robots like Codsworth are
15. What were the hardest/most emotional lines to record
I think some of the exchanges with DiMA, but they were also
some of the most fun to record.
16. How do you feel about Nick becoming such an influential
character, along the lines of: “What would Nick Valentine have to say
Nick seems to have a pretty good moral compass, so I’m
thinking there are worse individuals to look to for guidance.
I hope this answered all of the questions people submitted. Thank you all so much for your patience and for participating! Please remember to follow Stephen Russell on Twitter and continue to support him. ^_^
“Okay but what if the songs from the RWBY soundtrack were actually sung and performed in the RWBY!Rock AU?
“Red Like Roses Part II” by Grimms and Roses, sung by Ruby Rose and rock idol Pyrrha Nikos as joint lead.
“I Burn,” sung by Blake Belladonna, with Yang Xiao Long on guitar and raps, Weiss Schnee on drums, and Ruby on bass.
Also, Ruby has the rap stuck in her head and sings it during downtime, and Yang thinks it’s the cutest thing ever.
“Die” by Grimms and Roses, where all the girls of team RWBY were supposed to shout “Die” at the end, but Weiss was so focused on her killer guitar riffs that she forgot to join in.
And obviously Yang goes positively berserk on drums, particularly with those double bass pedals.
“I May Fall,” sung by Ruby and Jaune Arc, covered later by JNPR, where Jaune takes the lead part and really shines and Pyrrha can’t stop grinning while she sings the second part.
Penny ends up taking a huge liking to this song and learns both parts by heart. She can often be heard humming the tune.
“Sacrifice,” performed by JNPR, where Pyrrha sings her heart out with backup vocals from Jaune and Lie Ren.
“All Our Days” was a Pyrrha’s secret solo project, but Nora Valkyrie found out and insisted on helping and dragged Ren along. The beautiful song was later performed for Jaune, who couldn’t hold back his tears.
Nora surprises everyone with her tender piano skills, and Ren joins on cello.
“This Will Be The Day” (Acoustic) was performed by Weiss as a draft during the composing process for the full rock version for Grimms and Roses.
I need to find some lady singers so I can figure out these parts better.
This moment…. This right here… Was one of the best moments of my life. After 21 years my dream to see the band that saved my life finally came true. I got to make my 5 year old’s dream come true. Guys… When she heard the opening riff to Master of Puppets you should have seen the smile on her little face. That was the most beautiful moment of the night. She cried when she first saw James and Lars too. She said, “Mommy look! Mommy they’re right there and they’re so pretty! I love them so much Mommy!”
Patina Miller is made of sunshine and magic and perfect riffs, but she can also snap you in half like a twig and just Fosse away from the scene of the crime like nothing ever happened and I think that’s cool too.
“The media is consistently producing digitally altered imagery and in response to that I want to create images that are organic and unedited”, she riffs. “My goal is to remind myself and others that there is always something missing from the picture; another side to the story. There will forever be simultaneous events occurring in the universe that none of us know about. I find that abundance of possibility endlessly inspiring.”