Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Rooster Teeth Productions

Fall 2017

Position:  Live Action Post-Production Intern
Student: French Senior

My internship site took place at the old Austin Airport, in two giant redesigned aircraft carriers –which many sound weird, but they’re a weird company so it works. The Austin Film society rents out these giant rooms to Rooster Teeth and we’ve turned the space into a collaborative and creative spaces, which green screens, editing suites, film sets and more.

Rooster Teeth is a production company here in Austin that makes Live-Action shows, shorts, features, anime and other animated shows. I’m the current Live-Action intern so I’m basically like a production assistant on the day to day who also works in the editing suite when needed.

A usual day in the life of a Rooster Teeth intern would be waking up at 4:00am to go and pick up coffee and breakfast tacos for the crew, and to be on set by 5:30am. Then, I load off the truck and all the equipment, including expensive cameras, the art department bins and the wardrobe department’s racks. We carry them on site, set up the lights, rig the cameras and then I go get ice for the coolers and set up the craft station in order to keep the cast members happy (because a happy crew is a happy film set, seriously).

Once I return, we hand out scripts and go over changes that I note down and we begin shooting by around 9:00am. Cast has arrived by now and we go through the various shots from the shot list and make sure that everything is smooth and there are no continuity problems (eg. Someone’s makeup is the same in each shot). I assist the director and the lead producer in any tasks that they don’t really want to do themselves, and try to get as much hands-on experience with the cameras as possible.

A few hours later, we wrap up and break down the entire set. We reload the trucks, check all the equipment and then release the talent home once they’ve all signed NDAs. We drive the trucks back to set and then I take the memory cards from what we shot that day and start to ingest the footage to our editorial department. I also take the separate audio recordings from out sound department and give them to our audio engineer to ingest. It’s then my job to synchronize the various cameras with the audio, which is called a multi-cam session. Normally around now there’s Live-Action meeting where we go over the day, and then we’re allowed to go home. The footage and audio will run overnight so that in the morning the following day, we can begin to edit and compress the files.

Position: Broadcast Intern
Student: Economics Senior

Taking a broadcast internship at Rooster Teeth is a fantastically brilliant way to experience a new field of work outside of the classes you would normally be able to take in the college of Liberal Arts. The staff that will oversee your internship is super kind and helpful and they will help teach you any aspect of broadcasting to a live audience that you may have an interest in.

In general, you will most likely be tasked to be a camera operator. Before a show, you will have to adjust the pedestal, tilt or pan the camera to frame up you subject properly, and adjust the zoom and focus to make sure the shot looks good. On average, you will have about two shows to work on per day whichever day(s) you work. But camera operating is not your only option. You can also learn how to tech direct, live mix sound, run live graphics, help manage the floor, edit, produce, or color correct. Rooster Teeth is pretty flexible, so you can take almost any position that piques your interest and you will be given the opportunity to try that position. All you have to do is ask to learn about something and your manager and they will readily set you up with an informative example or let you outright try it.

Summer 2017 

Position: Programming and Distribution Intern
Student: Economics Senior

Rooster Teeth is a company that creates content for various platforms and also hosts live events. For example, some of the content that Rooster Teeth creates centers around YouTube videos and podcasts and we also host an annual convention called RTX focuses on internet culture and gaming. The site of Rooster Teeth was actually the most interesting part of this internship. It is located at the old airport located on E 51st Street in Austin, TX. During the course of my internship, I was able to watch productions get filmed as well as being able to meet some of the talent that starred in them. Watching the shooting was more interesting than meeting the talent though because I could watch films that have not been released yet.

During my internship as a Sales and Business Development Intern, I went into the office four days a week for five hours each day and was also expected to attend the RTX convention that was held July 7-9th. For the first few weeks of the internship, I was instructed to watch the content that Rooster Teeth produces and also assist in various projects. The projects included contacting potential new clients and identifying the champions in our sponsorship companies and to try and establish a connection with them. I also updated spreadsheets on how many advertising spots we had left and updated the talent deck on how large the reach is of each member of our talent on each platform of social media (Instagram followers, YouTube subscribers, etc.). After a few weeks of doing that, we had RTX in Austin and my job was to follow the team and assist with whatever projects they may have with the convention at the Austin Convention Center downtown. I was also asked to attend events outside of the convention center such as the industry party and a couple of concerts that Rooster Teeth sponsored. Overall, it was a very interesting internship and I was able to improve my communication skills, get my foot in the door, and enjoy my time this summer.

Spring 2016 

Position: Intern
Student: Sociology Junior

To start out, I feel like I should first give a rough description of what Rooster Teeth is as a company. Rooster Teeth is a creative production studio responsible for award-winning online videos such as Red vs. Blue, the longest running web series in history; the reality gamer series The Gauntlet; comedy series Rooster Teeth Shorts; the upcoming animated series RWBY; and Immersion, a show that tests video game concepts in the real world. Rooster Teeth founded and operates the gaming website and produces the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast, voted Best Gaming Podcast at the 2012 Podcast Awards. With a dedicated worldwide fan community, Rooster Teeth created RTX (Rooster Teeth Expo), an annual gaming and Internet convention held in Austin, TX which attracts thousands of gamers, online video fans, and Rooster Teeth community members from around the world.

The Rooster Teeth YouTube channel became the 8th most viewed YouTube channel in the world (non-music) in 2012, now with over 5 million YouTube subscribers and 2.2 billion views, and the Rooster Teeth website has 5 million unique monthly visitors with 1.4 million registered community members. Rooster Teeth has won multiple awards, including 2011 and 2012 Best Animated Series (Red vs. Blue) from the IAWTV, and has been featured by hundreds of major publications and networks including MTV, G4, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, and many more. Your daily work day as an intern is to be apart of the creative process for all of these attributes of Rooster Teeth Productions. You do it all.

Summer 2015 

Position: Animation Intern
Student: Government Senior

As is the defining cliché in a film job, there really is no such thing as a typical day. I’ve done a lot of different things, but in the last couple of weeks, one of the biggest things that has been my job this semester has been subtitling. Very importantly I kind of got that job by accident. I was helping a quality assurance team for the RvB 13 Blu-Ray, spotting errors, trying to make the disc stop working, and we were noticing a lot of the subtitles were mistimed, misspelled, and in some cases, were the wrong line. When I brought this to the editors working on it, I got given the job of trying to fix some of the subtitles, because they were due the next morning, and the person that they had contracted to do them couldn't be trusted to fix the issues. So I started off small, a few episodes, and by the end of the day had managed to do the entire Blu-ray, almost about three hours of content.

After that, I was the subtitle guy, and I spent the next couple weeks fine tuning the Blu-Ray and DVD, as well as adding subs to just about every animated feature shown at Rooster Teeth's convention RTX. Depending on how the year works out, I might get contracted to do subs for the RWBY Blu-ray. But that might be the most representative thing about my internship; you say yes to anything and find what you are good at. For me, I have a background in editing, and subtitling is basically an odd form of editing. So I was able to take those existing skills and use them to carve my own niche. I never thought about subtitling before, but now I could try and start my own subtitling service, if I wanted to.

That’s the best way to think about my day to day. It’s being able to do new, different things on the fly. In addition to that I’ve done sound work, pipeline management, animation tests, worked on a script and so much more, because you get rewarded for just saying yes, and for me I just like doing work. This is a job that is perfect for workaholics who are workaholics because they'd rather be doing this than anything else. It's for the kind of people who don't notice that they've worked into the middle of the night, and even if they did, they frankly wouldn't care, because they can't imagine being anywhere else.

Spring 2015 

Position: Animation Intern
Student: Government and History  

For the last three months, I have been one of the spring animation interns at Rooster Teeth Productions. Rooster Teeth is best known for creating the show Red vs Blue, a web based machinima that is the longest running American science fiction show. It is hard to define what my day to day experience, because a lot of what I do varies from day to day.

The main things I do are such. One, I watch episodes in varies stages of production to ensure that no errors were missed, and if there are errors I notify the relevant person. Two, I do script breakdowns, where I go through a script and highlight any asset that the script calls for, such as characters, props, visual effects, among others, so that at first glance anyone can see what assets they need for any particular scene. Three, I compile data form the render process and use that to calculate the efficiency of the process with particular device so that our render time can be as short as possible, as well as to create the best render farm possible.

Additionally, I work in the sound booth and mark selects during the sound recording process, which is to say that I sit behind the director and mark down which take he liked the best so that it’s easy to sort later, and then I go through the recording data and cut out the bloopers for future use. Those are the tasks I do most often, but by no means are the only tasks I do.

At various times I’ve also filmed the motion capture sessions, installed a fan, did a couple of runs for equipment, and even occasionally was able to be a machinimator, which means that I was basically a puppeteer for the show. If this doesn’t sound like something you’d want to do, there is not much else I could say that could convince you that this job is for you. However, if you want hands on experience, working with hilarious and awesome people, in a professional online film environment, I cannot think of anywhere better.

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