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GamingIamA makers of Nex Machina, Housemarque here with Eugene Jarvis. AUA!

Jun 27th 2017 by HousemarqueTeam • 16 Questions • 456 Points

My short bio:

Hi Reddit! We are Jon Ehrlich and Jason Derlatka, composers who recently scored Amazon’s Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton. With the new season currently in development, we wanted to come over and chat about our work and answer your questions about all things music for visual media. We each have over fifteen years of television composing under our belt; including creating the scores for all eight seasons of House M.D. starring Hugh Laurie. We’ve also created music for series such as Parenthood, About a Boy, Pitch and APB. Jon also did a film called "Ask Me Anything" so it seems fitting we are here! :)

Our AMA will start at 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET!

My Proof:

https://twitter.com/goliathtv/status/878305018926977025

Q:

You guys are now twin-stick heroes, covering a sphere, cylinder and now a cube (somewhat). Are you going to stick to Twin Sticks, or do a Guerrilla Games turnaround, and do something drastically different next? (and what might that be??)

A:

The pantry on this show is crazy, I keep trying to wrap my head around how people have come up with whatever science experiments were needed to turn the base product into so many different things.

I guess my question is, what's the maximum amount of times per episode Ry's allowed to say "terpenes" before the director throws something at him?


Q:

What is the process like for a "digital 2-D animated feature film" in 2017? I can see you and your team are hand drawing the cells, frame by frame. Can you describe what this old style of animation is like, now that it's blended with the digital age of film making? When does the classical process end and the digital begin?

A:

Hi Jon and Jason!

It's nice to meet you (anonymously)! Thank you so much for doing this - I attended your last panel and it was so insightful!

I had a question that I never got the chance to ask since we ran out of time... But when working with a show or a film, how do you approach the story and what is your process of finding the "right" sound/musical idea for it? I personally find it very challenging marrying the two together and trying to "read" on what the project would need, and tend to lean more on my personal musical knowledge that's within my comfort zone. What is your process?


Q:

We are always up for a new challenge. In the end our motto is "Gameplay is King" and that is the direction we intend to follow.

A:

Terpenes terpenes terpenes terpenes terpenes :) --Ry


Q:

yeah I am in the proccess is actually analogue at first, and then everything is scanned and put together in phiti shop and after effects. The pencil drawings are the way that I liked to work. we did a john Henry like race, animating in photoshop and adding texture, and the scanned pencil drawings won. but the breath is on photoshop with a wacom,

A:

To us, the most important thing is your compass. Your emotional, personal compass. If you're able to expose yourself emotionally and spiritually to the picture, then you will know when something is working and feels like you are on the right trail.

Sometimes we don't even think about it as instruments...its what sound or tone makes us feel the way we need to feel to help tell the story. So its really a journey down the road of trial-and-error.

If you start thinking about what someone else would want you to do, and you lose track of your own compass, then you're in trouble. Please yourself! :)


Q:

Dodecahedron is next ;)

A:

is the weed expensed to vice or for legal reasons do you have to procure it yourselves? what kind of legal counsel does vice provide in making the shows?


Q:

What are some lesser known, or outside of the mainstream animated films and animators that you would recommend to someone interested in more obscure or artistic animation films?

Why do you choose this clearly more difficult process over easier modern methods of animation?

A:

Wow, thank you for the reply. Was there ever a time where it was difficult for you to get to that point with a picture? What did you do to overcome it?


Q:

Hi everyone!

We are here at the Housemarque offices in Helsinki. Talking about arcade games with Eugene Jarvis. Ask Away!

A:

I grow all the weed for bong appetit in my butt

-abdulllllah


Q:

Jeremy Clapin, Sean Buckelew, Joseph Pierce, Suzie Templeton, Mikey Please, and a crazy motion comic-animation I love is Tatsume

A:

Sometimes the temp score can get in the way. You want to trust that what's in the temp is an indication of what they want, but sometimes it is just a placeholder. We get past it through trial-and-error.


Q:

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A:

Hi there, your show encouraged me to experiment with CBD which has stopped my seizures completely! I now follow an almost exclusively Ketogenic diet and combined with THC/CBD, I'm almost completely off all my other medications. So thank you guys! :D

My question: What type of technological advancement is missing from the cannabis industry? What would make your lives in the cannabusiness easier if "that thing" existed?


Q:

How did you choose the planets this story is set on? As an animation filmmaker how have you chosen your style? As someone who believes the major animation style, whilst changing, has not improved over the last 15 years, how has technology impacted on animation style? Finally, how does the comic book industry affect your work?

A:

How much of a show do you get to watch before composing its theme song?


Q:

Favorite Housemarque game for me is Nex Machina, but I might be slightly biased :)

Favorite game of all time is the original Deus Ex.

A:

that's amazing to hear! stories like yours are the reason we do this show!

i'd like to see technology geared towards facilitating home cultivation, the more people grow weed at home, the happier a place the world will be -abdullah


Q:

It started from three threads. Chicago disasters, my interest in Psychiatry , and the notion of the lost traveler, things like the franklin expedition, and the Boris Karloff thread came in one day while animating and listening to an old Lights Out program. The planet I made up, because I did not want to be tied to facts about a particular planet, I wanted to have room make things up, it has elements of several moons, though I do give it an atmosphere, and a relatively earthlike gravity. I also like the idea that it is maybe 10 15 miles in diameter so you can kind of hide, but not completely. you cannot escape yourself .

A:

We watch the whole show, but we are primarily focused on the score. The theme song is a completely separate project.


Q:

Would you guys ever consider doing a 1st person shooter, in the vein of the old Doom (not the new one)? I think you guys could make an amazing 1st person shooter.

A:

Hi there, your show encouraged me to experiment with CBD which has stopped my seizures completely! I now follow an almost exclusively Ketogenic diet and combined with THC/CBD, I'm almost completely off all my other medications. So thank you guys! :D

My question: What type of technological advancement is missing from the cannabis industry? What would make your lives in the cannabusiness easier if "that thing" existed?


Q:

What was it like working out the deal for you to use Boris Karloff's voice for your Bison?

A:

Is it at all scary to know that, when composing a theme song, to know it will consistently reappear in the future?


Q:

I would personally love to make an action packed 1st (or 3rd) person shooter at least, so if the opportunity arised we wouldn't shy away from it.

A:

Congrats on your progress! Diet and cannabis is really a magical combination for proper health and combatting all kinds of ailments.

It's not really a technological advancement as much as it is a legislative/human one, but we really need more consistent lab testing industry-wide and all regulated cannabis markets need to establish standards for testing, because right now it's a total crapshoot. We try our best to dose edibles correctly, etc., but the actual numbers of any given thing are totally dependent on the lab testing. Maybe it's better technology also, but that's my biggest complaint about the industry that is holding us back as far as being a reliable and effective medicine similar to what you'd see with pharmaceuticals.

--Ry


Q:

was not a deal, I was blindly falling deeper into it, and then I sent a long email, about what I was trying to do with the film, and how I felt it would honor him.. sometimes that is all it takes, I have had people have things like that work out with famous musicians IE, can I please use your song... answer... yes

A:

Its no different than a cue, so it doesn't scare us!


Q:

Obviously, Nex Machina takes inspiration from Robotron/Smash TV. Are there any other favorite old arcade games that you would like to try and remake and make it your own?

A:

First off, I love all of you, and love all the creativity each of you bring to the table! What are your favorite infusions to do at home beyond the average cannabutter? ( I love infused honey)


Q:

Did you have scientific consultants or researchers to help with the Space and Astrophysical side to this story? Why Russian Cosmonauts? Why 100 Foot Bison voiced by Boris Karloff? Why psychotherapy? What the hell is going on in that scene where the lecture hall is chanting "I'm too sexy for my books"?

How does your creative process work, bringing all these things together for you? Pretty much everything about this movie seems to intentionally evoke a question, although I'm sure it all adds up somehow. Is that your intent to kind of put the viewer off balance?

Saw that your first film took 15 years to make... can you talk about that process and dedication from inception to completion and finally, it seems, success?

A:

Are you guys synth guys at all?


Q:

One of my favorite arcade games of all time is Rygar, so I'd love to try making a side-scrolling arcade platformer in the same vein. Probably with more explosions and particles :) Rastan and Ghouls and Ghosts are also among my favorites in that genre.

I'd also love to make a traditional scrolling shmup, and DoDonPachi would be my closest reference for that. Though it would probably need to be a horizontal shooter to work better with modern aspect ratios.

Another one I'd like to take a stab at is a single-screen arcade platformer, like Bombjack or Bubble Bobble. For a game with "bomb" in its title, Bombjack is severely lacking in explosions, and I think we could address that :)

These are all just the top of my head. It will be a long time before that well of inspiration dries up.

A:

At home I just have some strong VG tincture and some even stronger infused coconut oil I made using the Ry jar method -abdullah


Q:

To be honest the short answer is, because it felt right, the longer answer is that I always have several stories floating down this flooded river in my head, and I pick them up, and find relations, because they came into my head through some common thread. for instance my father died in 1969, as did Boris Karloff, and in some way a conflated their loss. this one is going slow, but not as slow, the Bison is just a crazy idea that flew into my head. something that is too large to share its love, like in mice and men.

A:

We are everything guys. Its all a part of our toolbox.

It depends on the project, but synths are often a part of the toolbox.


Q:

Harry, where can I get that shirt you're wearing?

A:

What is your favorite cannabis strain?


Q:

Did you have scientific consultants or researchers to help with the Space and Astrophysical side to this story? Why Russian Cosmonauts? Why 100 Foot Bison voiced by Boris Karloff? Why psychotherapy? What the hell is going on in that scene where the lecture hall is chanting "I'm too sexy for my books"?

How does your creative process work, bringing all these things together for you? Pretty much everything about this movie seems to intentionally evoke a question, although I'm sure it all adds up somehow. Is that your intent to kind of put the viewer off balance?

Saw that your first film took 15 years to make... can you talk about that process and dedication from inception to completion and finally, it seems, success?

A:

What is your studio set up like? Favorite piece of gear?


Q:

The current T-shirt is the oldest design we have, so to get that, you need to beat Nex Machina. :)

We do, however have newer version in our merchandice page: https://housemarque.myshopify.com/?v=/forum/

and some new cool designs from our buddies from Fangamer: https://www.fangamer.com/products/nex-machina-shirt

A:

hard q, but overall sour D. honorable mention for Durban poison -abdullah


Q:

accidentally I have become friends with Lindsy Elkins, and have watched her space science ventures (mission to psyche) and love to think about things like gravitational volvanism, and Gamma blasts

A:

We work in 2 similar control rooms, and share a live room.

Our 2 favorite pieces of gear are Neve Pre Amp and Keurig Coffee Machine ;)


Q:

Hi all! Looking forward seeing the team tomorrow! I have only one question concerning The True Last Boss - do you perhaps plan bringing it to arena etc.? I'm kinda stuck because only way to fight it is to beat the game without dying completely. I would like to learn its patterns. Maybe even push some kind of boss run mode.

A:

What is your favorite cannabis strain?


Q:

Hi Chris, Very excited about the upcoming film, already donated to kickstarter. My question is: Do you consider this film (and your previous film) as existing better in context strictly with other animated features (or shorts) or do you wish or hope that it will be considered alongside other independent live action films? (and as a potential follow up: is one better than the other?)

A:

When composing for a procedural, is there a procedure of your own that you put into practice?


Q:

We intentionally disabled continues during the TLB battle, and there are no plans to make it more accessible. I like the idea of keeping some things outside the player's reach (a large part of Nex Machina was designed around this philosophy), and especially for the TLB it will help maintain its aura of mystery and grandeur :)

A:

I am an OG guy, so Triangle Kush is generally my #1 go-to. But I really love equatorial Sativas and obsess over things like Old Timer's Haze that flower for 14-16 weeks and grow like bush weed. So uniquely flavorful and effects like nothing else in modern cannabis.

--Ry


Q:

Really relevent question, Consuming Spirits actually did much better in Live action festivals than it did in animation festivals, partially because it was a film playing in the wrong place (do this when ever you can) the critical praise for Consuming Spirits first came from live action critics, then animation came in more in 2013. Chris Robinson, Carolina Lopex, Nobuaki Doi, Jasmin Basic, Daniel Soldjek (zagreb) are programmers in the animation world who helped me a lot. But first it was Tasha Robinsin, A.O. Scott, Michael Phillips, who made people consider the film as a film, I hope for the same trajectory with The Orbit of Minor Satellites.

A:

We don't brand anything that we work on as one thing or another, so our approach is the same.

We look to find the hidden truth that score can best help bring to life. That's our procedure.


Q:

Was trying to get him to dumb the game down, so I could actually play it. Heheh

A:

What's the best way to decarb?

In the episode where your guest chef decarbed in a Sous Vide it seemed like a game changer to me and seemed like the most efficient way to accomplish the task and preserve the flavor of the flower. Is this the best method or is there a superior way to do it?


Q:

Hi Chris, Very excited about the upcoming film, already donated to kickstarter. My question is: Do you consider this film (and your previous film) as existing better in context strictly with other animated features (or shorts) or do you wish or hope that it will be considered alongside other independent live action films? (and as a potential follow up: is one better than the other?)

A:

You’ve created music for shows about cops, lawyers, and doctors. What are some other jobs you’d like to compose for?


Q:

We hit it off from the first moment with Eugene and had some instant chemistry. It always felt effortless to just sit around and talk endlessly about game design, visual effects and how machines will inevitably take over the world, among other things.

It never felt like there was any challenge or friction from my end, perhaps because our goals and philosophies were aligned from the start. It was more like a continuous torrent of forward momentum and positive reinforcement for all the choices we were making for the game. I mean, I was making a modern re-imagining of Robotron - what could possibly boost my morale more than knowing that I have the blessing of its original creator by my side? :)

A:

We use a really great process called the jar method. You put the cannabis flower, fat (coconut oil, butter, we've even done sweetened condensed milk) into a mason jar, boil for two hours and strain. Decarb and infuse all in one. - vl


Q:

and thank you!

A:

We don't think we care about the profession as long as its good storytelling and working with people who care as much as we do about the project.

We found working on Parenthood, which is relatable to us as parents, to be particularly satisfying.


Q:

What was the tastiest thing you've made on the show and which was the most potent?

A:

What an interesting storyline! What was your inspiration and how did this script come to be?


Q:

What's the hardest part of your job?

A:

I am personally still obsessed with the lemongrass turmeric liquid nitrogen ice cream that Marcel Vigneron made all the way back in episode 1. Such a complex and crazy flavor, especially with the bitterness of the cannabis juice. Other than that, Deuki Hong's fried chicken for sure... I ate so much of it.

As far as most potent, probably the pineapple upsidedown cake we made with Trap Kitchen. I ate a good amount of that and the Mac Attack and woke up at 3 AM high as shit.

--Ry


Q:

see above, and then continuing on. I have always been interested in strange treatments. be it electro shock, imprinting therapy. or how trauma can sometimes release a mind. some one is badly hurt, and wakes up somehow healed of something else.the writing of the script then began to unfold, and I became interested in one room in the film being live action, that is an interesting part too.

A:

Sticking with a scene even when it feels like its fighting you. Because oftentimes, when you ultimately find it, it turns out you had to stretch and go somewhere that wasn't immediately apparent. Sometimes it involves moving onto something else and coming back to it with fresh ears.


Q:

I know this is just a simple response, but what do you think was the least tasty as well(without insulting any of the chefs of course)?

A:

What an interesting storyline! What was your inspiration and how did this script come to be?


Q:

How did you manage to keep the music fresh on an episodic series such as House and having such a high number of episodes ? Also did Hugh Laurie ever assist on the score of the show personally ?

A:

We made some brittle and the cannabis got a little overcooked and bitter. Wasn't my favorite, though some of the guests still really liked it.

--Ry


Q:

I was just seeing if I could make that square go away but I can't oblivion then.

A:
  1. See above answer
  2. Hugh had ideas about a couple of episodes, especially episodes that he directed. He's a huge music fan and talented musician and composer in his own right. He often told us that he wanted our job, but he was a dream to work with. He came to the studio a few times on particular episodes and couldn't have been more gracious and he was a great collaborator. Also, he was hilarious!

There were a few episodes where he played piano on screen. In some cases, he was playing to what we had already recorded (like in the Dave Matthews episode) -- in other episodes, he played on camera and they used it. There were also times where we needed to replace the production performance because of editing or noise on camera. But, he's a great musician!


Q:

I know this is just a simple response, but what do you think was the least tasty as well(without insulting any of the chefs of course)?

A:

How did you decide to dedicate yourself to a career in animation as opposed to non-animated films?


Q:

how do you make your score stand out with shows that have strong soundtracks and other musical accompaniment ?

A:

I always go back to Deuki Hong's keef chicken wings from season 1 -abdullah


Q:

somewhat accidentally, It started with a crush on Sue Bachmin, who was taking an animation class (isn't that how many things start) but then I made my first animated and when I played it in a room full of people I realized that the assembly of people taking in a piece of art is what I wanted, I did live action film, video, and performance, but animation was in many ways what people responded to the most, and granting agencies also, so it became my trade, it is lovely and very painful also. your mind is going like a bird, and your images develope as slow as trees. I love the feeling of losing yourself in a crowd that is experiencing the same thing you are, and letting your Ego quiet down and just take something in, I like being on both sides of the screen the melter, and the melted.

A:

The context for our work is the world of the show we are working on. We would be doing the project that we were hired to do a terrible disservice if we factored in anything else. It ties back to the advice we were giving before...if you are using the show as a vehicle for your own art, then you may have success for a moment, but you won't have a sustained career. The people who are hiring you care deeply about the story they are telling. For the most part, they're not interested in having you pull focus.


Q:

Would you ever consider putting together a video on cooking with concentrates? I'd love some straight forward instructions on how to properly use them. The other tutorials you've done have been wonderful.

Love the show!

A:

Thanks for taking your time in this AMA! I'm an animation student from a country where animation has no future, any advice on how to obtain a job in animation in America? I mean, obtain it while living in another country. Is it worth it to immigrate first in other thing and then apply for animation jobs? Or should I be noticed somehow? How?


Q:

What is the biggest reward of your job?

A:

We would love to do more of this. Noted! Simple instructionals are one of the biggest requests we get, as the show doesn't usually allow for a full explanation of everything for time reasons.

--Ry


Q:

The great thing about the animation world, is that it is an international world, and you can reach out wit ha film and be heard in other countries, the most lo fi kind of film you can make (equipment wise), is stop motion . with single frames on any devise. Most important , make something amazing.. also check out sites like Cartoon Brew, all the information on festivals and artists there, also I love animate projects, website from Britain.

A:

The moment of discovery! When you crack the code.


Q:

Saw an episode the other day where you used UK cheese in a recipe. With cannabis being illegal over here and in the second most illegal category of drugs in the UK, how did you manage to get it over to the US? Or did you grow it over there with seeds?

Maybe I'm being stupid!

A:

Do you ever get into creative slumps? If so, how do you reignite the spark?


Q:

How much time do you typically have to get to know an episode before you need to produce a score?

A:

The clone of UK Cheese made its way to the US long ago and has been grown and used in many breeding projects. I can only assume it was smuggled here, no idea who did that but I thank them every day.

--Ry


Q:

I get exhaustion slums, and I get, I would rather be playing guitar slumps, I plug on through, but sometimes I do just play . here I am playing a cohen and Low song guitar.https://vimeo.com/197636464 but I never disengage from making in a drought way, just times of exhaustion. I also don't watch T.V so I have 5 more hours than an average american per day.

A:

It can be anywhere from a couple of weeks to 3 days.


Q:

Thanks for the reply!

A:

In that case, where do you find your motivation and inspiration?


Q:

What animal would you be and why?

A:

Hi! The first time we realized we'd be working together was pretty cool. I was originally supposed to be a food stylist and then the producer Ari Fishman threw me on camera. Met my good buds Ry and Abdullah, we smoked a bunch of weed, ate delicious food and the rest is history! - VL


Q:

I believe in going to see something that amazes you, and then realize that you are in that strange army, you are just a little voice, but you are not greatly different in your aspirations as your heroes. watch Hearts of Darkness, A Filmmaker Apocalypse. nails it home, everyone is scared they are making shit, no one is sure, and we are all amazed when something turns out.

A:

Lizards are cool!


Q:

How is dusting kief onto food (or ex. when you put it in pizza dough) not a waste of kief? Doesn't there need to be a fat to absorb and activate the THC?

A:

How do you evolve the score across many seasons of a show such as house and do you find a show that expansive influences other shows and projects you do ? Also do you let your kids play house as doctors?


Q:

THCa has its own therapeutic value even though it's not psuychoactive, no waste! Although we do waste weed in many other ways... -abdullah

A:
  1. The shows evolve, so its not a struggle. We are led by whatever they put in front of us.

  2. The work we do on one project does influence us on other projects, but it may not be consciously.

  3. My son (Jon) did play Dr. House in a 6th grade commencement play. My son (Jason) was born in diapers when House ended.


Q:

How is dusting kief onto food (or ex. when you put it in pizza dough) not a waste of kief? Doesn't there need to be a fat to absorb and activate the THC?

A:

Do you find working with a well known actor like billy bob influences the way you write the score for them? For instance would you write different scores for hugh laurrie vs billy bob or do you find the theme of the show has more weight on the influence of the score ?


Q:

no it was the best damn nori ever and totally worked, everything was fine! fine I tell you! we had sushi! it was good!

abdalluh

A:

We aren't focused on who the actor is, as fun as it is to work with talented, brilliant people like the two you mentioned. Our focus is not on the billing of the actor, we're hyper-focused on what is Billy McBride's backstory.


Q:

How is dusting kief onto food (or ex. when you put it in pizza dough) not a waste of kief? Doesn't there need to be a fat to absorb and activate the THC?

A:

see above. help me

-abd


Q:

The highlight of every episode is when you reveal the pantry to the guest chefs! Could you please post a picture of the pantry so we can see what's on every shelf, please?

A:

This is the best I've got: http://imgur.com/a/88NBs. I'll post another one that may be sharper if I can so you can zoom in. But it's honestly hard to capture the scope of the pantry and show the wealth of products in a single photo.

--Ry


Q:

Hi Vanessa, Abdullah, and Ry!! You 3 have truly inspired me to enjoy cooking and to try new methods, ingredients, and flavors. So thank you for that! I have 2 questions. The first is for Vanessa.

Vanessa, I live in Colorado and I am very interested in creating an edible business with a line of infused cooking products. What advice do you have for a person aspiring to enter the marijuana industry?

The next question is for all of you. Do you guys see yourselves expandong the scope of the show as other states legalize. Possibly doing featured episodes in Colorado or Washington?

A:

Hi there! My biggest advice would be to never stop. When there is an obstacle in your way, see it as an opportunity to innovate. - vl


Q:

What's your "Ratatouille" moment - the food that brings you back to your childhood when you take a bite and close your eyes??

A:

LASAGNA - VL


Q:

What's your "Ratatouille" moment - the food that brings you back to your childhood when you take a bite and close your eyes??

A:

Tomato soup with a grilled cheese dipped into it.

--Ry


Q:

Ry, can you tell me about mustached dogs... Where do they fit in here? Favorite Asian noodle shape/ size? Sloths.... two or three toed? Lastly, can you do a creme brule with "the pots"?

A:

Bearded/mustachio'd dogs are essential to proper infusion. Love ya Mary.

--Ry


Q:

I imagine that with licensing stuff, you can't really cook to any music which would drive me nuts. Can each of you give me your kitchen playlist right now?

A:

I fucks with Fela Kuti when I'm cooking and trying to get things done.

--Ry


Q:

I imagine that with licensing stuff, you can't really cook to any music which would drive me nuts. Can each of you give me your kitchen playlist right now?

A:

Some veterans get our smallish doses and are like "where's the potency?", but we have to moderate the dosing because everyone's system is different and we would rather underserve someone rather than overserve, so we tend to play it safe there. Most people have a great experience and go home and have a wonderful night's sleep -- we have gotten many messages for guests the morning after saying how much fun they had and how nice the potency levels were.

Keep in mind that we are also smoking a lot of weed during the show as well, so the edible potencies are kind of a cherry on top of a really high person.

--Ry


Q:

How high do you actually get on the show ? I can get pretty high but I don't know how comfortable I would be around all the production involved. Have you ever been too high to get any good shots ?

A:

I've been really high wielding sharp knives. More so it makes it so I'm not as chatty.. which on camera can be not so great. Everything in moderation or not ;) -vl


Q:

How high do you actually get on the show ? I can get pretty high but I don't know how comfortable I would be around all the production involved. Have you ever been too high to get any good shots ?

A:

When hitting the hookah at the end of the recent Pakistani episode, I got a super cold and massive hit that had 6 different concentrates in it and coughed my lungs out. Made it hard to keep smoking aka "doing my job". Otherwise, Abdullah and I can smoke smoke smoke all day long and not bat an eye.

--Ry


Q:

How many milligrams does a usually meal contain?

A:

We try to keep a meal between 15-25 mg total with the option to eat less or up the dose if they are experienced. - VL


Q:

Vanessa mentioned on one of the shows that she realized she loved weed for the first time once she had sex while high (Or something along those lines)

Then I fell in love, ha! 😍

A:

always!

-abd


Q:

Are all of the meals kind of thought out before hand or do you guys get into the kitchen have fun with the chefs until you figure out what you want to do?

Seriously dig the show...you guys are living the dream. Much love from Queens and if I could send in my resume too, that would be great ;)

A:

We know the chefs style of cuisine before we meet them and they usually have ideas about what they want to cook, but 99% of the food is an organic experiment we come up with during the menu meetings. Thank you for watching! - VL


Q:

Are all of the meals kind of thought out before hand or do you guys get into the kitchen have fun with the chefs until you figure out what you want to do?

Seriously dig the show...you guys are living the dream. Much love from Queens and if I could send in my resume too, that would be great ;)

A:

there will be more prob and i hope they are awesoem cause i wana watch them!

-a


Q:

Are you guys already Planning for another season?! What was better the Artisan Cigar or the hand rolled Cubans?

Any plans to bring on more Viceland people as guests on the show? Maybe people like Desus &Mero, Eddie Huang or Action Bronson maybe?

A:

Fingers crossed for another season! Thank you for watching! My favorite was the sushi blunt we smoked on tonight's episode. We'd love to have our Viceland family on as guests! - VL


Q:

Of the variety of items you all carry in the pantry, which items can be made at home, without the use of a lab? Ry: How did you introduced to all the variations in the pantry and become and expert? Are you experienced in making most of the items or do you have many vendors?

Vanessa: How did you begin your business? What classes did you take or resources did you use to understand dosing and proper use? Were you already a chef?

Abdullah: How did you come up with the idea for the show? I love it! I wish there were more episodes. Also more tutorials or instruction on making the items used to infuse and understanding dosage. How did you all learn?

A:

Kief is a really easy concentrate to make at home. We even show you how to make a DIY kief shaker on one of the upcoming episodes.

I began my business by coming up with a concept and not looking back. I taught myself how to make chocolates and confections, researched packaging, and put every penny I earned into my company. Dosing was trial and error, I definitely overdosed myself a few times before realizing to use a lot less cold-water hash. Marigold was started right after I graduated from Berkeley, I wasn't a chef but heavily involved in the Slow Food movement, throwing pop ups around the Bay Area. Then I went to Rome and did a stage at the Rome Sustainable Food Project which brought up my cooking chops. - VL


Q:

What were those California rolled sushi blunts like?

A:

Crazy potent but smoked like a dream. Ry really loaded on the concentrates - VL


Q:

Does Spike Jonze chill and smoke weed with you guys?

A:

I work with Natural Remedies and Concentrate Remedies, so that would literally be my shop. Otherwise, A Cut Above, Sacred Seed... really great flowers and concentrates at both those places and they are great people as well.

--Ry


Q:

has any recipe/infusion gone horribly wrong? are there dishes that just fail that don't make it into the episode?

A:

We honestly haven't had too many failures. We tried making nori from cannabis leaves blended with seaweed and just probably didn't have the right equipment. It still made it to the table though, just not as we planned. I am very much surprised by how few times we not been stoked on a dish by the time dinner is served.

--Ry


Q:

Love your guys show! I want to know if there is a good way to decarb buds with the intention of trying to retain the flavor profile of the strain? Same question as far as the actual infusion process - I usually infuse the decarbed buds into coconut oil in a jar with a double boiler for a few hours, is there a technique to the infusion step for retaining better terpene flavors and less "green" flavor?

Thanks a lot you guys are my favorite!

A:

Decarbing at lower temps for longer rather than higher temps for shorter is the basic answer. But you always lose some flavor when decarbing. Sometimes we use more weed and do a partial decarb (or use half decarbed and half fresh) so that we get more of the flavor in the final infusions.

--Ry


Q:

Love the show, guys!

Ry: Did you really smoke an ounce of weed overnight when smoking those ribs during the Texas BBQ Episode??

Abdullah: Is the show filmed in your house? It seems like it is, which is f***ing epic!

Vanessa: During the Kimchi+Kush episode, you really seemed to be flirting with Deuki during the shopping scene. Any other guest chefs as cool as he?

A:

I'm flirtatious with every chef, or everyone for that matter. I like to have fun in the kitchen. Tonight's episode with Chef Yoya was a blast! He brought SAKE - VL


Q:

Love the show, guys!

Ry: Did you really smoke an ounce of weed overnight when smoking those ribs during the Texas BBQ Episode??

Abdullah: Is the show filmed in your house? It seems like it is, which is f***ing epic!

Vanessa: During the Kimchi+Kush episode, you really seemed to be flirting with Deuki during the shopping scene. Any other guest chefs as cool as he?

A:

Each episode is filmed in one of my 57 mansions in hollywood. The three of us burn each one down when we're done, piss on the ashes, and then move on to the next house.

-abdullah


Q:

I absolutely love the show!!! I follow y'all on Instagram and love the BTS glimpses. Your show has inspired me to start experimenting with edibles and making my own meals! I would love the opportunity to work for/with you guys if at all possible! Do you offer internships?

Thank you for opening my cannabis world up!

A:

I like live resin dabs. Specifically live budder dabs taken at low temperatures. Even more specifically, OG live budders... haha.

--Ry


Q:

I don't recall you all using tinctures on the show, I'm not sure I even saw them in the pantry, but there is EVERYTHING in there so I'm sure it was. Will you all every incorporate them into a recipe? What is the best way to determine proper dosage when cooking with them?

A:

We do use tinctures (and make them using alcohol) in a couple episodes this season. Proper dosage is completely dependent on the decarb process and the input material. If you have 3 grams of 20% THCA flower, your maximum potential THC is roughly 420 mg of THC after decarb (at 100% decarb rate, 70% loss on conversion of THCA to THC). So that would be your max. If you don't decarb fully then it would be less than that. Without lab results on the input material you're essentially guessing, but most good flower is between 15% and 20% THCA, some as high as 25-28%, some as low as 8-12%.

--Ry


Q:

I often find myself learning about new cultures and cuisine from the show in addition to all the cannabis infusion. Do the menus from each episode exisit online someplace? And is there a Bong Appetit cook book in the works??

A:

There is a Bong Appetit cook book in the works, it may take some time. Munchies has a lot of the recipes up on their site, check it out https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/topic/bong-appetit?topic_id=57a204be8cb727dec7952948 - VL


Q:

I often find myself learning about new cultures and cuisine from the show in addition to all the cannabis infusion. Do the menus from each episode exisit online someplace? And is there a Bong Appetit cook book in the works??

A:

I love the Death & Co. cocktail book. I also love The French Laundry/Bouchon books. And anything that Kenji from The Food Lab or Michael Ruhlman puts out.

--Ry


Q:

What are your favorite restaurants in LA?

A:

EP & LP, Kismet, SQIRL, Sotto, Hatchet Hall, Gjusta, I can keep going. I write for Resy and do a monthly hit list on their blog - VL


Q:

Gonna check it out!

A:

Badmaash, EP & LP, Animal, Republique, Gwen, Wolf... all really amazing. I am from Denver and we were shooting such long days, I barely had time to dig into the food scene out there. The best bites of food I had during either season while I was in LA were at Baroo though... I think the fermentation master that I was so wowed with left there recently though, so I can't vouch for it as much now.

--Ry


Q:

When was the first time you smoked weed? Did you love it at first hit because I can say I did not. I absolutely love it now.

And Vanessa Lavorato, you are a fucking goddess.

A:

The first time I smoked weed was in high school, romulan.. a super heavy indica. Freaked out, told my mom, and she said to put on a funny movie. It wasn't until I went to Berkeley that I fell deep in love with cannabis. ... I'm a mere mortal - VL


Q:

Damn, your mom must be cool AF. Thanks for answering.

A:

in the words of sting, "i hate to say it... i hate to say it... its probably me... (dum dum dummmm)"

but it's true ever since Ry became a Vice host, i can't call that title!


Q:

How high do you get?

A:

As high as I can - VL


Q:

Hi, love your show! It's been super instrumental in getting me and my friends closer than we already were by having something great to watch when we've had one too many puffs. Anyways, I saw that you answered what your favorite strains were but I was wondering what your favorite therapeutic strains were that help you relax more so than others or personally work best for body aches?

A:

When I'm in pain (one week out of the month) I smoke a traditional kush. CBD dominant varieties are great too - VL


Q:

What is on your nightstand right now? What is the story of the shirt you're wearing? Do you believe in aliens?

A:

On my nightstand is an empty bottle of Makers Mark, the shirt I'm wearing I bought on the fly for the vegan episode of Bong Appetit, I do believe in aliens - VL


Q:

What are each of your favorite desserts that you've had on the show?

A:

Dessert is always my favorite. Definitely the Guava Trifle from the Cuban episode. Not to toot my own horn but the pineapple upside down cake was fantastic, and anything chocolate. - VL


Q:

If you could have any chef on the show, who'd it be?

A:

Ferran Adria, Francis Mallmann (outside, of course!), and my good friend Theo Adley, who is maybe the most insane person I've ever met food-wise.

--Ry