Help Fund Bots High – The Robotics Documentary

Bots High – Robotics Documentary – Teaser Trailer from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. We’re about 4 weeks away from the grand finale – the National High School BattleBots Championship. So far I’ve mostly been filming everything myself, but this time I’m bringing in more crew, more cameras, more epicness – to do things right and make sure everything is covered. However, the epicness does not come cheap, which is why I started a Kickstarter project. Basically Kickstarter is a cool way to fund projects where people pledge money to reach a goal, and that money is only deducted from your account if the project is fully funded. So the project is to raise funds to film the championship with multi-cameras, and also to travel to San Francisco to film the regular BattleBots competition, which has an open class where some of the high school teams will compete. Plus I want to interview the cool people out in SF. So please check out the Bots High Kickstarter page and consider becoming a backer. Like PBS, there’s different rewards for different levels. You can get a DVD, poster, t-shirt, associate producer credit, and all sorts of other stuff. Thanks for your support (I need...

Bots High Teaser Trailer

Bots High Teaser Trailer from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. It’s probably not the best to call this a trailer, since I really have no idea how the film will shape up (though I’m 90% sure Flamin’ Fluffy will be in it), but this played in the trailer section of the Borscht Film Festival, so I’m calling it a trailer. It’s more of a good highlight reel of all the action at Mayhem in Miami. It even includes foreshadowing! YouTube and blip.tv...

Miami Science Museum Competition

This past Sunday was a task competition at the Miami Science Museum. A ring is filled with 10 red and 10 blue balloons, and the task is to design a robot to pop an assigned color, plus a white balloon on the back of your opponent, while preventing yours from being popped. While this isn’t the main focus of the documentary, it was still a lot of fun and lots of the teams that participated have or will be building robots for BattleBots. The top two teams were from Columbus. Actually, they were the same team and decided to split their odds and build two robots. Seems to have paid off. The team in third place has one of the best stories. They’ve only been doing robotics for a few months, beginning from a workshop held over the summer (I feel bad, I forgot what school they’re from). Here’s a video from a camera I stuck in the heart of BatBot, made by Mechanical Misfits: Bot Cam on Bat Bot from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. And here’s a stylized video from a match shot in slow motion: Robot Dance in Slow Motion from Joey Daoud on Vimeo. The robot with the syringes ended up coming in first place, while the other robot came in third. Remember to join the Facebook Fan Page to get more photos, videos, and...