New Epilogue Video Update

I’m working on the epilogue for the new DVD release and took a brake to show the bizarre, close proximity I am to what I’m editing.

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...

Starbot – Miami’s Robotics HQ

Starbot is pretty much the nerve center of robotics in South Florida. It’s a center that focuses on enabling high schoolers to create whatever they can imagine. Though it’s usually robots, I’ve seen student work on go-karts, R/C cars, art projects, and even a camera dolly (ok, that was me during some down time). An independent, non-profit organization, it’s great because even if you’re a student at a school that doesn’t have a machine shop (like most schools), you still have the opportunity to get involved with robotics and other cool programs. They even offer a large amount of classes, from welding and mill work, to design methodology and marketing. Find out more about Starbot by checking out their...

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...