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Evo2k11 Retrospective

August 15th, 2011 57 comments

Another year, another awesome Evo experience in the rear-view mirror. It was an incredibly fun event as always, but particularly draining and exhausting this time around. Two weeks have gone by since Evo2k11 wrapped up – and in all honesty, i’m still recovering.

Somehow i managed to catch some nasty cold/flu bug (aka Evola, as jchensor calls it) which has taken its sweet time burning through my system. Having three meals and an energy bar over a 96-hour period with under fifteen hours of sleep probably didn’t help matters.

I’m not proud of that rookie mistake, but there was a lot to take care of during Evo weekend and throughout the day after i drove home. In hindsight, it’s probably a minor miracle that both the DAMAGE exhibition v.one and Balrog: Behind the Glory premieres went off without a hitch. Huge thanks to everyone involved with those projects for actually making them happen; although hopefully we won’t have to cut it so close next time.

The tournament itself was amazing as usual. There were countless clutch moments, upsets, comebacks, and unbelievably creative gameplay tactics on display. The SSF4AE top 8 lineup was surprising, but every single one of those players proved they belong. How crazy is it that Yun didn’t make top 3 and that there was only one mirror match in the whole top 8 bracket?

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Balrog: Behind the Glory (Evo2k11 Premiere)

August 7th, 2011 4 comments

Balrog: Behind the Glory premiered last Sunday at Evolution 2011, between MvC3 and SSF4AE finals. It was seen by a live audience of approximately six thousand attendees, and their immediate reaction was overwhelmingly positive. An additional 60,000 viewers from all over the world watched the movie live-streamed online.

It was an honor to play a (relatively minor) role in bringing such an ambitious project to life. For anyone who missed it, you can now watch the entire short film in HD-quality for free.

Balrog: Behind the Glory

If you enjoyed watching it, here are some additional resources you may want to explore. The whole project was produced independently by Chubby Boy Films with no external funding or financial support. Complete cast and crew credits can be found on the film’s IMDb page.

For news on future productions, follow @ChubbyBoyFilms on twitter. They’ve been posting exclusive extras for the past few weeks, including snazzy promo materials and high-quality stills – many of which can be seen on CBF’s flickr photostream.

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