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FSS Bleach Abridged (Feedback, please)
12-09-2016, 01:14 PM (This post was last modified: 07-22-2017 11:47 PM by Xelrog.)
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FSS Bleach Abridged (Feedback, please)
Howdy, abridgers. I'm Xelrog, the creator of Fourth Seat Studios, a small bunch of abridgers and streamers who you don't have to be ashamed of having never heard of. We've been doing our Bleach Abridged series for some months now, but I recently learned of this lovely little forum and thought I'd drop into the community here.



Fourth Seat Studios' Bleach Abridged
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydnYC_...J7VspzGJ_Q
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/fourthseatstudios
Vidme: https://vid.me/FourthSeatStudios

Wiki: http://abridgedseries.wikia.com/wiki/Fou...h_Abridged
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FourthSeatStudios/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FourthSeat
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/fourthseatstudios



Episodes
Episode 1: Ichigo and His Half-Ghost Friend

https://vimeo.com/fourthseatstudios/fssb...bridgedep1

Episode 2: Sora the Heartless
https://vimeo.com/fourthseatstudios/fssb...bridgedep2

Episode 3: The Fisher of Men
https://vimeo.com/fourthseatstudios/fssb...bridgedep3

Episode 4: Cool Guys Don't Look at Soul Reapers
https://vimeo.com/fourthseatstudios/fssb...bridgedep4



About the Series
Me and my friend and co-writer, Jack Anderson, have been kicking around ideas for the series for years, and finally bit the bullet and started things off late last year. We did a local casting call and recruited a small troupe of actors, did some recording, and with my basic college knowledge of Adobe software, finally made it happen. Production has been slow, given that I was the one doing all of the non-acting work for the first two episodes, with Jack taking over sound design for episode 3, but we're still chugging along one episode at a time.

We're not fans of the rapid-fire style that other abridged series use to get by Content ID, and so we've had some problems with YouTube. As a result, the actual episodes are only viewable on alternative hosting sites. We've got bloopers, production videos, and our occasional podcast, The Fourth Seat, all uploaded to YouTube as extras, though.

I'm interested to hear any feedback from you guys. Some things to bear in mind, though: Episodes 1-4 were all written before recording, and most of the recording was done in a single session, so any big changes aren't likely to happen until 5+. This has also been a learning experience to us, as is hopefully noticeable from the leap in quality from episode 1 to 2 to 3. Episode 3 was Jack's first time doing sound design, meaning hopefully 4 will be another leap forward.
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12-10-2016, 06:12 AM
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Quote:We're not fans of the rapid-fire style that other abridged series use to get by Content ID, and so we've had some problems with YouTube.

This is usually a sign that you're too fandubby, as in less of a parody and more of a dub with added swearing. I watched your third episode. It was very 10 minutes long.
This isn't uncommon or even wrong as it's all up to you m80. But I for one don't like these fandubs with lip flaps which seem to have become the norm.

The answer is simple. Don't care so much. Talk in a funny voice and try to make your friends laugh. Use that material rinse and refuck. Also improv, take two characters voiced by different people and record them together and just try and make each other laugh. Tis what I do and I'm the funniest guy on the whole internet.

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12-10-2016, 11:59 AM (This post was last modified: 12-10-2016 12:42 PM by Xelrog.)
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RE: FSS Bleach Abridged
If you think it's too much straight adaptation and not enough jokes, that's something I can take to heart and work on, but I can tell you that a complete reversal in style is not up for consideration. We're very adamantly against the kind of "lolrandom" humor you're talking about. The rapidfire shtick only carries something so far, which in my opinion is not very. DBZ Abridged does none of what you're talking about. It's just a well-written satire, and there's a reason it's successful.

In my experience, it's (sadly) been the super fast, no-fucks-given, throw-everything-and-not-care-what-sticks stuff that's become the norm, like None Piece, but you probably have more experience watching abridged series than I do, so I guess I'll take your word there.

As for random improv conversations... well, we do plenty of those during recording, if you're interested. They usually make it into blooper reels.

Thanks for the input, in any case. It's much appreciated.
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12-10-2016, 05:15 PM
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Ah I didn't realize you were a comedic writer with integrity. I apologize for my lesser ways of thinking none piece is funny.

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07-22-2017, 11:41 PM (This post was last modified: 07-22-2017 11:46 PM by Xelrog.)
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Necro incoming. We're back from the dead!

After an exceedingly long production cycle, episode 4 is finally out, and I think it came out quite well.

That said, for the sake of a faster release schedule, episodes 5+ will aim to be shorter at about 5 minutes per. Still very much looking for feedback, for any of you willing to give it. I realize the previous post came off a bit harsh and hope it won't be held against me.
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07-31-2017, 08:47 PM
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RE: FSS Bleach Abridged (Feedback, please)
Personally I think you have too much exposition and not enough jokes. I dislike LOL RANDOM humor too but you have to cut the monotony of the real show progress and show your own creative touch. You have good editing and decent voice actors, but some need a new mic (sometimes can't be helped I get it). But keep up the good work I do enjoy it!
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08-03-2017, 12:04 PM (This post was last modified: 08-03-2017 12:07 PM by Xelrog.)
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RE: FSS Bleach Abridged (Feedback, please)
(07-31-2017 08:47 PM)schnurmanater Wrote:  Personally I think you have too much exposition and not enough jokes. I dislike LOL RANDOM humor too but you have to cut the monotony of the real show progress and show your own creative touch. You have good editing and decent voice actors, but some need a new mic (sometimes can't be helped I get it). But keep up the good work I do enjoy it!

Episodes 5+ are scripted at about half the length and should be a lot faster paced. Part of it is that Bleach itself is just such an exposition-heavy show, but yeah, the first couple episodes especially were a bit too withheld.

Everyone was actually recorded on the same mic, but most of it was done in one session. Audio quality should improve for coming episodes as well.



Unrelated note: I applied for a copyright dispute on YouTube just recently, and not only was it rejected but a strike issued on a video that wasn't even published. So that's sadly another loss for abridged series, and a big middle finger from me to Viz. >>
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