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Wow, judging by yesterday’s comments this was a winner for April Fool’s. I tried to make something strange enough that people would realize it was a joke, but I think some people regard me as insane anyway, so who knows what I’m thinking. Since a few of you got pretty confused, here’s a quick FAQ for you:

Q: Is Civil Protection cancelled?
A: No. Production is underway on what’s going to be the longest episode so far.

Q: Will you continue making the Halo videos?
A: No. Trying to get 3 people online at the same time reminded me why I work in single player to film.

Q: Did you delete my comments?
A: No, but I held back the ones saying it was April Fool’s Day to see how many people fell for it. All the comments are back up now.

Q: Did you stage fake comments?
A: No. Those are all by you internet people.

Also if you missed it, for April Fool’s Day last year, I took down the site entirely and put this up instead:


Speaking of the website, I’m leaning towards relocating the homepage for a couple reasons. The main one is that I’m making videos aside from just Civil Protection (though that will still be my main focus), so a different name might make more sense. Another is that I want to add extras like subtitles, alternate shots, etc., so more flexibility would be nice. Finally, everyone who’s helped me try to edit the website seems to hate using blogspot. I don’t have any definite plans yet, but I’m looking into different options.

I’ll make another post when I have something to update, but right now everything’s still in production.

Due to an overwhelming number of requests and the amount of production time involved, I‘ve decided to discontinue Civil Protection and will be filming exclusively in Halo from now on. To kick things off, we‘ve a made a pilot episode for a currently unnamed new series, so be sure to check it out:

Youtube version:

High quality version

I was able to get access to a webcam recently, and thought some of you might find this comparison interesting. I’ve seen some comments for Freeman’s Mind saying how my voice doesn’t sound like how they think Freeman’s should, well at I at least look the part:



It’s not exact, but Freeman has about 2 years on me, plus he’s fictional. Anyway, work is progressing on the next Civil Protection episode and I’m hoping to have another Freeman’s Mind episode before the end of the month.

EDIT: I don’t think I’ll have a new FM episode out by March afterall, but only because I’m working on the next CP episode.


Youtube version

640x480 WMV version

Well I’ve finished the project I was working on so now I’m back to work on Civil Protection. I know I said the next release was going to be a CP episode, but there’s still a lot I need to do and I hate going so long without releasing anything, so here’s the longest and my new favorite episode of Freeman’s Mind so far. This one has a little more language in it for those of you that care about that sort of thing. Since the game Half-Life has unavoidable mature content, the episodes for Freeman’s Mind will be around a PG-13 to R rating, while Civil Protection will be around a PG to PG-13 rating. I make no promises however.

For those of you still waiting for more CP, thanks for your patience. Multiple episodes are in production along with a cameo appearance in an upcoming Half-Life 2 mod. Believe it or not I want to get the episodes out just as much as some of you want to see them. Just because you don’t see frequent updates here doesn’t mean I’m not working on it. I’m kind of bad at time estimation, but I will be trying to get at least one more video out this month, so I guess check back at the end of the month.

Well I’m still not done with this project that’s been keeping me so busy, but I’m getting close. Since some people are wanting updates, here’s what I plan to work on or look into once I’m done with the current job I’m working on:

Unfinished Episodes: There are currently 2 episodes that are partially completed that I want to go back and finish before making too many new ones. I have plenty of good ideas for new episodes, I just don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.

Simultaneous Production: One of the animators in a previous episode has gone and founded his own machinima group, who has expressed an interest in helping to produce CP episodes. Since I’m already working with some good people on other episodes, I’m going to try and manage two projects at the same time, letting his group handle most of the production. This is an experiment, but it may lead to good things.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: I’ve been wanting to play this game since it uses the same engine as Half-Life 2. I’m going to see how much material it has for me to work with and if things look good, I may start a fantasy oriented series within it. If I do, it will also be comedy and will still have Mike and Dave, but maybe as guards in a more medieval setting.

Freeman’s Mind: While the writing is more difficult and the format is less interesting than my other ideas, it has the shortest production time of anything else I do, so I plan to continue it interspersed with other projects.

New Website Design / Subtitles: People are still working on this, hopefully it will be done before too long. Thanks to all the volunteers translating and your patience with this.

Other Game Engines: I use the Half-Life 2 engine primarily because it has better animation tools included with it than a lot of other games. If I have time I’d like to research other options. If anyone has experience doing animation in other games and thinks an engine in particular would be good to work with, please email me with more information. If you’re at this site, you’ve probably seen what I can do with the Source engine, so it would have to be roughly comparable to that.

That’s it for now, It might take about a month before I have anything to release again, but once things get going, I’d say to expect more machinima from me than ever before.

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