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    • Ashes Rising Gaming Patreon

      1 year ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX


      So hey, I started a Patreon.

      Last fall, I started my Youtube channel, Ashes Rising Gaming. For a few months, I was able to consistently get out 1 video per day. Obviously, that was an outrageous goal. I've since changed to 3 videos a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I've made videos where it's just me, some with facecams, some without. I've made videos with other small youtubers and indie game developers. And I've recently added my roommate, Danzer from Twelve36, as a regular on Ashes Rising Gaming, so there will be many videos with the two of us coming.

      Here's a little about myself though, for those who don't know me. My name is Phoenix Williams, I'm a freelance video editor by day who edits and produces social media videos. For a short period of time in 2015, I was an intern at Rooster Teeth productions, where I got the inspiration and the drive to start my own channel and actually create content. I still create and commentate videos on the Let's Play Community channel.

      So why am I creating a Patreon? Well, I post three videos a week here on top of all the videos a week I create for my day job, on top of freelance gigs that can sometimes take me out of town, and on top of, well, life. This is what I enjoy doing, and although I post a lot, I don't have the best equipment. I may not get a lot of views, but I'm hoping that by constantly making, that will one day change. I hope to be able to buy better equipment that can be used to make the content better, and make even more content, and to be able to stream more regularly.

      I will be clear though.

      Everything I make will still be free to view.

      I'm not putting anything except one video a month (non gameplay) behind the patreon perks. This is simply a way for people who wish to support me to do that. Like my stuff but don't want to be a patron? That's absolutely fine, I don't hate you, I just might like your other siblings a tiny bit better though.

      Thanks a lot and I hope that with the help of patreon, my channel will continue to grow!

    • RTX Round Up - Internet Friends are Real Friends

      1 year ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      With RTX over, and the post-RTX day spent sleeping most of the day done, time for a wrap up of what all happened, and wooo, it's a doozy...


      I was able to be a guardian this year and I was assigned to the AH Lounge. First though, there was quite a few people who flew into town. @RJ, @DBenitez87, @ghostsol, @KyleDoesGTA, @aclarkislost, @Left2Cry, @Brady, @TonyPaoli, and more joined us local Austin guys, me, @IAmVeryMoist, @Ijuycra, and @Riles for a big ol LP Community group.

      Even before the convention we would go out to hang. I was able to show the guys the joys of Austin food, since I'm a big guy who knows food. They finally got to try Torchy's Rudy's, and P Terry's.

      Thursday night we did our guardian thing, then decided to go to the K1 Speed charity event hosted by Jack. First though, we had to go pick up Tony from the airport. Since I'm the only person with a car, we had to figure out a way for us to all get over there, since we had so big of a group, we couldn't all travel together.

      We picked up Tony and headed over to the k1 speed event. My car then promptly broke down. We waited over an hour for a tow while Kyle and a few others were already at K1 speed. Luckily Riles was able to squeeze us all into his car.


      I later found out that my car repair will cost me $580 to fix, so for the rest of RTX, all of us spent money using Fare and Fasten, two new replacements for Uber and Lyft. At K1 Speed, we all ran into @AxialMatt. Glad he remembered me from last year. We waited in line for an hour for all of us to introduce ourselves as AH/Let's Play Community creators. He told me I didn't have to wait in line and I should've just walked up to him cause he knows me. Definitely didn't want to be a dick and skip all those people, so I'd say that was an hour worth it, in my book, haha.

      That night, because there were so many of us, we took a Fare in an SUV back to the apartment. Sadly, that fare turned out to be a $80 ride. Definitely not going the SUV route next time.

      The first day of RTX was amazing, and @micaburton got cookies for all the guradians, it was awesome. At the AH Lounge, @MoofMurphy made signs to try and keep @Joel away from the Tower of Pimps, since he has signed it every year for three years so far. Ultimately, we failed, but only just... Joel was able to get a "J" in before Moof was able to stop him.


      One of the perks of being at the AH Lounge was getting together with other guardians to play Million Dollars But on the Off Topic set and table.


      On Saturday night, we had a big Let's Play Community meetup on 6th street. Met up with some cool friends I've only ever talked with online, as well as some old friends. Thanks @Ijuycra, @DBenitez87, @RJ, @KyleDoesGTA, @aclarkislost, @Left2Cry, @Brady, @IAmVeryMoist, @FromShanePR, and Zach for all coming by, it was a blast.


      Unfortunately, our friend @TonyPaoli wasn;t able to make it. He got into Austin on Friday and then started having stomach pains on Saturday. it was so bad he had to go to the hospital. Turns out he had an appendicitis. He had surgery that night, and we all made sure to visit him that night beforehand. He flew out that Sunday after a successful surgery, but he missed the majority of RTX. Sorry man.

      Overall, this RTX was full of some crazy emotional ups and downs. It was amazing. Last year at RTX, I was an intern at RoosterTeeth, but even though I had spent three months there, I probably focused too much on keeping my head low (or having my head too high, in some cases) that I didn;t really make any friends. My RTX last year had me wandering around the convention without really anybody else, just by myself. It was lonely, and while it was still amazing, I was totally friendless. This year I was blessed with having some amazing friends, almost all of which I met through RT events or through the AH Community channel. We're all friends because of this, even when we sometimes get jaded on the fandom itself. You all are amazing and you have no idea how much I appreciate the fact that you guys are around.

      Internet friends are real friends.


    • RTX Meetup

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      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      Going to RTX? Us too. We're planning on possibly grabbing some pizza at Roppolo’s Pizzeria on 6th street one of the nights during RTX. Not sure when exactly yet, possibly Saturday evening, but join us on the Discord chat, we'll be planning some meetups there and I'll update this thread with the plans. Can't wait to see everybody at RTX and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Let's Play Community panel on Sunday! In the meantime, I'll be a Guardian stationed at the AH Lounge, just look for the black cowboy hat.

      Ropollo's Pizzaria on 6th street
      Saturday night at 7pm

      LP Community meetup!

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    • LPCommunity Discord Chat and Voice Server

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      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      Hey guys. So when a lot of us do co commentaries or gameplay, we usually use Skype, but we've never really had a chat group beyond the forums here. There's been skype groups here and there for smaller groups of us, but I thought having a Discord server could help us in more speedy co commentating and gameplay requests. There's text and voice channels. Open to all community creators, not just the gaming side of things, but music, crafts, art, animators, compilations, etc. It's new and we'll see how it works, cause a lot of us have been moving to it from skype.

      Here's the link to join the server. it's completely open, and there is a general chat, but there are seperate text and voice channels for video recording or just general playing games for fun.

      Edit: Been getting a lot of people joining just looking for a Let's Play discord for their own let's play channels. this discord is specifically for creators on the Let's Play Community channel. We have a separate chat on the server for personal channels, but that's definitely not the focus. 

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    • 1 Million Views

      2 years ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      So I've recently been brought on as a freelance editor for the Daily Dot, a social media news organization. I've been making short little bite sized, text based videos. I recently had one pass 1 million views, which I'm extremely proud of.

      This is the second video I've ever edited that has passed a million views, the first being the Scorpion Prank for Rooster Teeth back when I was an intern. It's a pretty satisfying feeling.

      EDIT: So... uhhhh... correction... As of right now it's at ̶2̶.̶6̶ , 5 million. O_O

    • Moving!

      2 years ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      So I've been in Austin for a couple months now, but I've been living on the couch of my friend Danzer, who has very graciously been letting me stay there. But, starting the 10th, I'll be moving into a new apartment in South Austin with @Ijuycra and @RJ, where we'll be making more content together on our channels and the Let's Play Community channel. If you've noticed I haven't been uploading on my channel, this is the reason.

      So yeah, I've got a nice freelance gig consistently with the Daily Dot, new apartment, living with friends, etc. I'm excited

      And for those wondering, no, I haven't done anything with Rooster Teeth since my internship ended last summer, I'm just living in Austin now, it's not for that.

    • Witchbane

      2 years ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      So a lot of people here don't know about something that's a big part of my life. Sure, I do a lot of freelance editing/PA/Grip/etc, but I've made short films as well. Not a lot, and not the best, but still. Back when I was in college, I made a 25 minute action/scifi short film called Witchbane: Hunters. This short was supposed to be (and in some ways, still is) a prequel to a feature film I planned to make.

      Like most college shorts, this isn't the best. Not good acting, not good dialogue for them to work with anyways, not good sound, etc. However, what I did think we got right was the story, and setting up the world of Witchbane, which, truthfully, was the entire point of the short to begin with.

      So what's Witchbane? In the world of Witchbane, witches have been around for centuries, but the powers are passed from parent to child, passed through the genes. Not all the witches are bad, but using their powers are addictive, and the more they use, the blacker their soul becomes, tainting them. The most powerful witches were the 7 Seeds, centuries ago, and immortal. None of the Seeds are around in the modern day, all of them have been killed or gone missing. The story follows a small group of E.D.E.N. Witch Hunters who regulate witches, capturing the most dangerous or those that pose a threat to humans, while keeping tabs on the safe witches.

      Alex is their reluctant leader with a legacy to live up to. His partner is Kate, a white witch (a witch whose powers have a cost taken from the human realm as opposed to the soul like most witches). Her powers are as an empath, and due to an unspecified accident, her and Alex's minds became trapped inside each other. They're never alone with their own thoughts. They have other teammates: Nox, the arrogant hacker, Marcus, the new guy who is also a white witch, and Barrett, an almost untrustworthy private investigator.

      While they never appeared in the short film, there is set up for our main protagonist and antagonist. Bane is the real main character, the son of one of the Seed witches and one of the greatest witch hunters of their time, who wants to kill witches rather than capture them like EDEN does. He butts heads and ideologies with Alex but ultimately, he's still a good guy, if extreme. Meanwhile, there is another Seed witch, known only as Prometheus, who has been gaining his old powers back and is beginning to become a major threat by uniting the many witch covens of the world, and he's the number one target of Bane.

      This is the initial short film, which puts focus on Marcus and his recruitment into Alex's EDEN team. It's not perfect, but I'm still proud of it.

      So with that, Marcus is on the team, and they are given a warning about Prometheus.

      This was several years ago, and guess what... the feature hasn't been made. I'd need money for that, and there's been a lot happening since then. Last year, one year to the day in fact, we were in the planning stages of a Witchbane webseries. A 9 part 10 minute episodes series that would once again be a prequel to the feature film, but would introduce Bane and a new temporary villain, Aries, the harbinger of war... Prometheus' war.

      As you can guess, nothing came of that. We shot half the teaser trailer we would have used in a kickstarter, but the weather rained us out of the rest of the filming, and shortly after I got the RT internship, so it took me away for the summer. I came back to Dallas literally financially broke and it was put on the backburner.

      The teaser we shot may see the light of day at some point down the line, but for now, not yet. I still plan to make a Witchbane movie, and maybe even the webseries, who knows, but right now, I need to get my life and finances sorted out. When I'm in a more comfortable place in my life, expect to see more. Until then, enjoy my college student short film and a few screenshots from the teaser we shot. To see all of my stuff, go to




    • New job

      2 years ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      I'm happy to say I'm now a freelance editor creating social media videos for the Daily Dot. They'll throw me videos to put together a few times a week and I can't wait to be doing more.

    • 7 Months

      2 years ago

      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      So next week marks 7 months since I started regularly posting videos on my YouTube channel. When I started, I was posting daily. It took about two months of that for me to realize how unrealistic that was with my time/income/etc. I moved down to posting three videos a week, and I've mostly kept to that schedule, missing a few days here and there depending on if I have a gig that keeps me busy and away from my desk. Even though I barely get any views besides my own adding annotations and cards, it's fun, and I enjoy doing it.

      Some of the best content I think are the collaborations I can do with others, and I have some news coming soon on the front of collaborations with other Let's Play Community gamers on our own channel separate from my own.

      In the meantime, I'll still be posting videos on the Let's Play Community channel, but I want to focus on quality, where in the past, I've fallen in the trap of making a video just for the sake of it. I'll definitely pop up in other commentaries, but for my own videos, I've got some ideas, but it'll have to wait till I have some free time outside of my own channel.

      As some of you know, I'm back living in Austin, and I'll be moving in with some really cool friends of mine starting the beginning of June. I've been working freelance, doing PA and grip work wherever I can find it. I'm always looking for a more stable job, but I absolutely can't go back to working food industry or retail. I've been doing this film/PA/editing thing way too long for me to give that up, and I'd rather stress about those aspects rather than stressing about somebody else's food order.

      So yeah, 7 months since starting my channel, which makes it about 8 months since leaving RT. Being there definitely left it's mark on me, and showed me what I really wanted to do and enjoyed doing, thus why I started my channel.

      So if you want to watch me make a fool of myself three times a week, go ahead and subscribe. :)

    • Need help gathering footage - Unreal Tournament - UT2k4

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      PhoenixFilms The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      Hey guys. I'm working on a video that needs footage from the original 1999 Unreal Tournament and from UT2004. Unfortunately, I have those discs, but they're at my parents home in another city. If anyone has those games in their steam library and can capture footage using fraps, obs, or xsplit, could you grab me about 30 seconds of gameplay footage to use in the video? (We can't use footage from other people's videos already on youtube, so I need some original raw footage to use in the project)

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