Full, Unedited Robot Battles Posted from BattleBots / BotsIQ 2011

By popular request, I’m posting the raw video from fights I shot at BotsIQ 2011 (and 2010, the competition in the film). Teams like to analyze the fights frame by frame to see what happened. Right now I’m posting El Cholo and Fluffy DeLarge fights. If you have any requests, email me. I know it’s been a while with the videos, but the good thing about unedited fights is they’re super easy to do! I’m only putting them on YouTube, so watch the Bots High Channel for future...

Robot Battle Vid – Grasshopper vs Witch Doctor in Slow Motion

This has been online for a few weeks, I just forgot to post it on the blog (which is why you should like Bots High on Facebook, because there’s where I post everything first). It’s from the 2011 BattleBots IQ tournament, which happened last month. 120 lb. open division – last year’s champ Witch Doctor vs. Grasshopper, Jim Smentowski’s robot, who also did BattleBots champ Nightmare. He also runs Robot MarketPlace. The first video I posted was more of a teaser – the raw footage from Sir Cam-a-bot, my Flip camera crash house. I died laughing when I watched it – it’s like something from a cartoon. The first video of the full fight was shot in slow motion at 60 fps. Get all the videos on...

Girls in Robotics

One of the biggest elements in Bots High is featuring girls build robots and involved in fields that statistically you don’t usually see them in – science and engineering. Two of the three featured teams are all-girls teams (My Mechanical Romance and Mechanical Misfits), and girls play important roles on the other teams as well. This Short Bit is a clip straight from the film, featuring young girls starting to build robots and Elizabeth and Danielle’s experience in competing at national competitions and being one of the few girls there. It also explains the importance of...

How a Robot Battle Works

This little sequence above has turned into one of my favorite parts of the film. When I got to Texas for sound designing, they said “We have an idea,” and suggested adding an announcer to this sequence. Coincidentally, the head of the sound studio is also a voice actor and has one of these epic voices. I was a little hesitant to add a narrator, but he recorded it anyways and I was convinced. Add the campy sound effects and rock music and we’ve got an epic sequence. I recorded a lot of video of the recording and sound design of this. Check back for it soon. Tomorrow – off to New York to color time the film! More...

Post Robot Competition Updates

Well the BotsIQ competition came and went in a blazing two days. While that wrapped up most of the filming for the documentary (with a few post-competition interviews left) there’s still a long road ahead in first sorting all the footage, and then editing it all. As I go through stuff I’ll be posting more clips. In the meantime here’s a cool shot Sir Cam-a-bot (more info coming soon) caught inside the arena. Witch Doctor was a beast. (I post lots of updates on the Facebook Page, which trickles down to Twitter. Keep updated...

The Calm Before the Battle

Just finished lighting the arena. I’ve been helping build it since Saturday. It’s a beast. I’ve also found myself living on the roof of the arena for the past few days too. I think I might have been a cat in another life, hoping from beam to beam. Early registration starts tomorrow. Then more registration. Then the battles. It’ll be insanity meets awesomeness. And it’s National Robotics Week! Let the fun...