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===The Presentation===
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// NOTE: Below is what happened _before_ the presentation (humorous, but not overly interesting)
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'''MATT:''' Every time I turn [my machine] on it reinstalls this one printer.
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''{group laughter}''
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'''MATT:''' And I'm really sick of it.
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''{Mike suggests something indecipherable}}''
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'''MATT:''' ''{responding to Mike}'' Well you see I did that once and it just got it rid of the printer all together. I don't want to do ''that'' every time.
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'''MIKE:''' Do you want help now or do you want help later?
{Incomplete Section}
{Incomplete Section}
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'''MIKE''': As a precursor, we made a DVD a few months back. One of bonus things was a little clip about the sounds - how Matt did out the voices. And so if you saw that, this is sortof the "follow-up" to that. So...
 
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'''MATT''': Here goes.
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'''MIKE:''' Hi everybody.
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''{Video begins to play showing Mike in a red shirt with white text}''
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'''THE AUDIENCE:''' Hi!
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'''MIKE''': Hi, I'm Mike Chapman. People are all the time coming up to me on the street and asking me, "Mike, how do you (animations) on homestarrunner.com?" I tell them...hey guys, we're about to go film something with the character Strong Bad being animated and I will show you how to answer your question. Come on!
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'''MIKE:''' I'm Mike Chapman and this is my brother, he's called Matt Chapman.
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''{Cut to next scene where Matt is wearing a white mask currently flipped up on his head. He is . Behind him is a solid yellow screen.}''
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'''MATT:''' We two are the chief executive officers of the Thorax Corporation LLC. Comma comma period.
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'''MATT''': ''{wearing "motion capture" suit waiving his arms}'' A lot of people think it is just straight up flash animation - far from it.
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''{Camera cuts}''
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{Incomplete Section}
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'''MIKE:''' Our little slave is running downstairs editing together and burning onto DVD right now. He's supposed to be done, but's he's not. So, he will run up here and give it do us and we'll show it at that time... But, in the mean time, we have some other stuff to show you that you may or may not have seen. Matt? Tell them what we did.
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'''MIKE''': This is our motion capture suit...in the air, they bounce off this pretty green wall which is represented and sent to the computer here.
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'''MATT:''' ''We'' haven't even seen this yet. Have we?
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''{Matt continues to animate his body}''  
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'''MIKE:''' No we haven't.
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'''MIKE''': Homestar- ''{audience laughter}'' ping pong ball represents one spectrum of Bluetooth wireless mobility.
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'''MATT:''' So I don't think you have seen it.
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'''MATT''': You can talk to the suit, Mike.
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'''MIKE:''' As a precursor, we made a DVD a few months ago and there was some bonus stuff on it. One of bonus things was a little background information on how we did the sounds and how Matt did all the voices.
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'''MIKE''': A ping pong ball.
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'''MATT:''' Behind the scenes.
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{Incomplete Section}
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'''MIKE:''' Uh, behind the scenes, yes. For the website. And so if you saw that, this is sortof the "follow-up" to that. So...
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'''MATT''': Every time I turn [my machine] on it reinstalls this one printer.
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'''MATT:''' Here, here goes. ''{mumbles quietly to Mike}''
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''{group laughter}''
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''{Video begins to play showing Mike in a red shirt with white text}''
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'''MATT''': And I'm really sick of it.
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'''MIKE:''' Hi ''{dodges a ball thrown at him}'' I'm Mike Chapman. People are all the time coming up to me on the street and asking me, "Mike, how do you do the animations for your characters on homestarrunner.com?" I tell them...hey guys, we're about to go film something with the character Strong Bad being animated and I will show you how to answer your question. Come on! ''{gestures with his hand}''
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''{Mike suggests something indecipherable}}''
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''{Cut to next scene where Matt is wearing a white mask currently flipped up on his head and he is wearing a "motion capture" suit. Behind him is a solid yellow screen}''
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'''MATT:''' We're ready to go. ''{begins to wave his arms as the camera zooms out}''
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''{Cut to scene where Matt and Mike are sitting down holding video game controllers. Matt is still wearing his special suit}}
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'''MATT:''' A lot of people think it is just straight up flash animation-
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'''MIKE:''' It's a lot more advanced than that.
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'''MATT:''' far from the truth. Far from it.
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{Incomplete Section}
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'''MIKE:''' This is our motion capture suit...in the air, they bounce off this pretty green wall which is represented and sent to the computer here.
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''{Matt continues to animate his body}''
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'''MIKE:''' Homestar- ''{audience laughter}'' ping pong ball represents one spectrum of Bluetooth wireless mobility.
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'''MATT''': ''{responding to Mike}'' Well you see I did that once and it just got it rid of the printer all together. I don't want to do ''that'' every time.
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'''MATT:''' You can talk to the suit, Mike.
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'''MIKE''': Do you want help now or do you want help later?
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'''MIKE:''' A ping pong ball.
{Incomplete Section}
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Revision as of 02:03, 21 March 2005

On March 1, 2005, The Brothers Chaps appeared at a talk at New York University. They showed many things including a Sample of Style sequel, a new game and Puppet Homestar touring around New York.

Contents

Transcript

Below are the transcripts of the segments recorded by Tom:

In the Lobby

{Matt and Mike are standing at a table before the presentation. Many fans begin to gather around to watch them answer questions and sign autographs.}

MOTHER OF A FAN: So you guys will be talking about the whole phenomena?

MATT: I guess. I mean, yeah. We'll just be doing...we brought a bunch of stuff to show that's not on the website and things like that. And uh it will all be on the website at some point or on maybe another DVD or...yeah. Um but uh yeah we shot some stuff around campus - so we'll show that.

A FAN: Did you already film that?

MATT: Yeah yeah. Ryan is our video guy - he's upstairs editing it right now actually. He'll burn a DVD of it.

A FAN: How did you (get) They might be Giants?

MATT: They just emailed us. (Boern) Lamel just emailed us a while back. I guess at first we just like sent each other some free stuff...[indecipherable mention of shirts]...and then they were just like, "If you guys ever want to collaborate, just let us know and just-"

A FAN: Does Strong Bad have genitals on his boxing gloves?

MATT: Those are his - They're his hands. Like so he doesn't have fingers - he can't take up wrestling creatures. That's why his mouth is really the place where your mouth would go in and then there's a wrestling mask. {Matt uses his hands to demonstrate} It's like, you know if he was wearing a wrestling mask and boxing gloves and fell into a vat of radioactive goo and in turn then that melted it in to one.

{Incomplete- Presumed question about "how it all began"}

MATT: - Based loosely on the term "children's book" and, uh Mike and our friend Craig and it was just by that I meant Homestar and Pom-Pom and The Cheat and Strong Bad {pause} and then after that just started around messing around with Flash and then...mostly out of demand from people we started selling t-shirts and flash stuff and I worked for an Internet company - Like "quit your job."

Mother of a fan: And so that supports your-

{Matt answers While he signs an autograph}

MATT: Yeah. So that's all we do is..is is-

MIKE: He used to be a retired accountant.

MATT: Yeah, so our dad's like...it helps to have a retired accountant for a dad.

A FAN: Where did The Cheat come from? Like ... pokemon all along?

{Mike and Matt laugh}

MATT: It was, uh, it was supposed to a be Pokemon - 'cause it was '96 when we first drew The Cheat and he was more sort of this kinda to be a "sluggy" thing. Uh and uh and, yeah, then he ended up we first saw-

A FAN: How do you guys divvy up the like production stuff?

Mike: He writes the voices and I'll be in starting the animation and once he's done with the voices then we kinda just split the scenes up fifty-fifty.

A FAN: Do you guys still record on paper first?

MIKE: No. We kinda just do it on the fly. We don't have time for that at five in the afternoon. We don't have time for storyboards.

A FAN: You do The Cheat, right? The voice.

MIKE: Yeah, when The Cheat makes cartoons I do all that- bad impressions of the characters.

MATT: (to Mike) You don't have the gloves in your pocket, do you?

MIKE: (quickly) No.

{Section Missing}

A FAN: Have you guys toured anywhere else?

MATT: We've only done this a couple of other times...so, I went to Florida State University and so we went there and talked. And uh, we went to, we got to the University of Saskatchewan. Which ruled, so cool we had never been to Canada at all.

A FAN: They love us in Canada.

MIKE: Yeah Exactly.

{A fan shows Matt his Messenger Bag}

A FAN: This is, I think, the most apropos use of the patches.

MATT: Yeah, hell yeah, that's great. {he points at the bag} Nice work.

A FAN: This nice thing that unzips here, you don't even see the, uh.

MATT: Exactly. {laughs}

FAN WITH MESSENGER BAG: I was wondering what the purpose of that thing was when I first got the bag-

MATT: So you could sew stuff on. Right. And it still looks good.

FAN WITH MESSENGER BAG: {in the background} I don't know why but these two always give me a craving for nachos.

MIKE: Really?

MATT: {laughs} He's gotta little south-

FAN WITH MESSENGER BAG: He goes, "Eh Steve!"

MATT: -southwestern flair to him. That's funny because, uh, a friend of mine drew through this, uh, it was from my wife and I's like wedding present. He like drew us this portrait with these wierd versions of the Homestar characters and then the human version of Eh Steve he drew was this this guy with like- he looked like a flemenco dancer...guy and, which was pretty cool.

A FAN: Am I the only person who wants-

MATT: What?

A FAN: ...little girl merchandise? [indecipherable]

MATT: I'll tell my sister that. Yeah, uh. Like she knows that it's on the web and like she's been to like- What? {interrupted by group laughter} But she knows that like. I don't know, that she knows that like a lot a lot of people have seen it and like it and stuff. And so it's like I don't know - Merchandise...would screw her up even worse. We're like afraid that we've done irreparable damage to her.

A FAN:Where's Missy?

MIKE: She will be coming down here, she-

MATT: Yeah totally, man. Thanks for making the h---

A FAN: We were unable to get tickets

MATT: Oh you guys can't get in either? Oh, I'm sorry. Are you doing school here?

A FAN: No. [indecipherable] I just found out about this.

MATT: (In response) Oh you were just visiting here? Oh, you live here.

A FAN: ...we watched the first Strong Bad email-

MIKE: No way! That ruled!

{Indecipherable question. Presumed to be asking about the various interviews on cable shows}

MIKE: They came to us. We were on Pulse twice and then they came to us and then I guess they cancelled that show. And then 'The Screensavers' came to us.

A FAN: The new format of 'The Screensavers' was good. You were- guys it was a lot of fun.

{Incomplete Section}


The Presentation

MIKE: Hi everybody.

THE AUDIENCE: Hi!

MIKE: I'm Mike Chapman and this is my brother, he's called Matt Chapman.

MATT: We two are the chief executive officers of the Thorax Corporation LLC. Comma comma period.

{Camera cuts}

MIKE: Our little slave is running downstairs editing together and burning onto DVD right now. He's supposed to be done, but's he's not. So, he will run up here and give it do us and we'll show it at that time... But, in the mean time, we have some other stuff to show you that you may or may not have seen. Matt? Tell them what we did.

MATT: We haven't even seen this yet. Have we?

MIKE: No we haven't.

MATT: So I don't think you have seen it.

MIKE: As a precursor, we made a DVD a few months ago and there was some bonus stuff on it. One of bonus things was a little background information on how we did the sounds and how Matt did all the voices.

MATT: Behind the scenes.

MIKE: Uh, behind the scenes, yes. For the website. And so if you saw that, this is sortof the "follow-up" to that. So...

MATT: Here, here goes. {mumbles quietly to Mike}

{Video begins to play showing Mike in a red shirt with white text}

MIKE: Hi {dodges a ball thrown at him} I'm Mike Chapman. People are all the time coming up to me on the street and asking me, "Mike, how do you do the animations for your characters on homestarrunner.com?" I tell them...hey guys, we're about to go film something with the character Strong Bad being animated and I will show you how to answer your question. Come on! {gestures with his hand}

{Cut to next scene where Matt is wearing a white mask currently flipped up on his head and he is wearing a "motion capture" suit. Behind him is a solid yellow screen}

MATT: We're ready to go. {begins to wave his arms as the camera zooms out}

{Cut to scene where Matt and Mike are sitting down holding video game controllers. Matt is still wearing his special suit}}

MATT: A lot of people think it is just straight up flash animation-

MIKE: It's a lot more advanced than that.

MATT: far from the truth. Far from it.

{Incomplete Section}

MIKE: This is our motion capture suit...in the air, they bounce off this pretty green wall which is represented and sent to the computer here.

{Matt continues to animate his body}

MIKE: Homestar- {audience laughter} ping pong ball represents one spectrum of Bluetooth wireless mobility.

MATT: You can talk to the suit, Mike.

MIKE: A ping pong ball.

{Incomplete Section}

Brief Summary

A brief summary of what they did follows:

  • First Matt and Mike sat downstairs in the lobby of NYU's Kimmel Student Center signing autographs and talking to fans. At least on two separate occasions, Matt was willing to talk on people's cellphones as Strong Bad and/or Homestar.
  • Matt and Mike aren't much for introductions; they opted to start by showing off an early cut of a humorous sequel to "Sample of Style" (on the DVD) where TBC told how they made the characters move (a "how do you animate the characters" answer). They parodied the "motion capture" greenscreen and ping-pong-ball setup, much like that used for Gollum in Lord of the Rings. This was an early cut; they're bound to release this someday in a more concise format.
  • They also showed the Peasants Quest video, followed by a special feature where they simply played video of Matt fixing the hair of his fake wig. Later, they showed some footage that took shots from the video and removes each special effect one at a time.
  • They showed an old planned feature that never happened where Bubs shows a bunch of Bazooka Joe comics, mostly making fun of the fact that they rarely had punchlines.
  • They showed Coach Z's "These peoples try to fade me" video, a hidden track on the CD.
  • The results of their "lets animate a cartoon on the plane!" competition. Mike made one with a fridge on a beach with some really well-animated grass here and there. There were some notes on it written from a father to his kids. The other cartoon made by Matt took some of the flight safety card drawing and animated them, including one where an airbag and a passenger have a conversation, and another where a passenger about to exit out the emergency door look out the window to see fish swimming by.
  • They explained the origins of the Homestar Puppet and the Bubs With Growling Teeth and a Horn doll; both were samples sent by a Japanese company (pretty sure it's the one that makes Cheat dolls).
  • A funny puppet short with Homestar travelling around the NYU Area. Whether a condensed version of this will appear on the site has yet to be seen.
  • They showed off a preview for a new game, Stinkoman 20X6. It appears to be based off the original NES Megaman games as the sprites in the game and style are very similar.

Screenshots

"Bubs' Dumb Bubblegum Comics"
"Processing" the data
A future game - 'Stinkoman 20X6'
Matt's "Scientific" animation suit
Rain drops keep falling on our heads...
Animation on the plane
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