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Director / CrewI am Scot Armstrong, writer of Old School, Hangover 2, and Road Trip. Season 2 of my show Dice premiers this Sunday on Showtime, so AMA!

Aug 16th 2017 by ScotArmstrong • 9 Questions • 37 Points

The Associated Press is launching Future of Work, a series of stories exploring how technology and global pressures are transforming workplaces across the U.S. and around the world. The first installments went out this week and focus on workers’ relationships with robots, and how automation is changing the availability and nature of employment in manufacturing.

There’s a paradox in how we think of modern American manufacturing jobs.

While it’s true that many of these jobs have gone overseas, U.S. manufacturers have actually added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years, and federal statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs are unfilled.

But this isn’t the kind of assembly-line work your parents and grandparents did. More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills to run robots. Many of the workers laid off from low-tech factories lack such qualifications, and training opportunities are limited, particularly for older workers. Japan is way ahead of the U.S. in introducing robots to the workplace, but it hasn’t resulted in some of the job reductions observed in other nations. It has also not created the surge in higher-skilled employment. So, it turns out, there are plenty of manufacturing jobs. There just aren’t enough of the right kind of workers to fill them.

Here’s your chance to talk about this with some of the Associated Press journalists who reported these stories in text, photos, video and graphics across three continents. We are writer Dan Sewell and photographer John Minchillo in Cincinnati: business writer Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo: economics editor Fred Monyak in Washington: and enterprise editor Jeff McMillan in Philadelphia. Ask us anything!

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This AMA is now closed. Thanks to everyone who offered questions!

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Is Mitch Trubisky going to be the best bears QB of all time?

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Who was the person that had the biggest impact on you while you were inside?


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How did you guys live and support yourselves financially during the development process? Before you released on early access?

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I have a family member who has been in the Church for a number of years now, she has essentially distanced herself from most of us because we could be considered SPs. What are some ways to reach out to her and show her we care about her?


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If somebody else were interested in starting up their own label, what advice would you give them to help them start up?

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Do people ever shout "Waaaalt" at you in public?


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I don't know much of how you get paid for competing on the Olympic circuits, is it all reliant on sponsorships or are the competitors paid a living stipend?

Or, am I likely to run into an Olympian working at Home Depot?

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Do you think robots should be taxed?


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I think he is. Part of that is just pure hope. And part of that is watching his raw talent. And part of that is knowing there is a low bar for being the best bears quarterback. Right now Cutler owns all the records.

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That would have to be Carl King, my best friend. He was a fanatic, and that's how his family labeled him. He was always fighting for me.


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Gustaw - We gathered funds during a Indiegogo campaign. Before that, we were working after hours, with no funding at all, working day jobs / freelancing.

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Leah: You have to fight for her. You have to fight. I used to say be kind, just be there for them, but that doesn't work. You have to shove the truth in their face you have to say, "Look at what's been going on and it's your responsilibiy to look." The only Scientology I would to use to the people that are still in LRH and Scientology is, "What's true for you is what you have observed" and "Look don't listen" and "Think for yourself" and I would say to them, Why are you not allowed to look on the internet? Why can't you watch the Aftermath? Why can't you watch Going Clear? If Scientology is so perfect they should be able to confront what is being said about Scientology outside of Scientology. That is the argument I would use to Scientologists.


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the most important thing & first step is to find the band that you are passionate about working with and see if they are willing to take a chance on a label startup. from there, they should figure out what they want to do for the release (cd's, vinyl, tapes, digital) and do a little research to find out where to get the exact product they want for a good price. then, they will have to get started on the behind the scenes stuff - finding a website host, ordering shipping supplies, creating some sort of marketing plan. a lot of the stuff you don't realize you have to do until you do it.

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Unfortunately, all the time.


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Americans do not get paid at all to be in the US team. The us team provides coaches, techs, trainers, and travel budget. It is up to you to seek other sponsorships and ambassador opportunities to create an brand and a following to help you continue what you love to do.

I go to Home Depot all the time, I love crafting and fixing things ha

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Some people do. The idea of a tax on companies that automate human jobs out of existence isn’t being considered at the federal level. But the notion has begun to emerge in a few politically progressive pockets of the country. Officials in San Francisco, for example, are calling for a tax on companies that automate jobs and put people out of work. It’s too soon to say if the idea will go anywhere, even in San Fran. Some Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs say they’re being unfairly targeted. So prospects for the idea remain hazy. (Monyak)


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Hi Scot, you started out working at an advertising agency. What prompted you to start taking improv classes? And how was it making that transition in your life?

Edit: Bonus question: How big of influence was Del Close in your life? Thanks, I love your work.

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Did you confide in other inmates? Did they believe you were innocent?


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There's a lot of trippy shit in this game. Any real life experiences / dreams that became an inspiration for darkwood?

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Hi Leah, how are you now treated by Scientologists in Hollywood?


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I'm the sort of nerd that all I took from reading this is you need to create marketing plans for all of these new bands you take on. I've worked with a number of different marketing automation systems and I love any sort of design / marketing projects so if you need any help or advice your welcome to ask.

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Waaalt!!


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Is there anything else about Japanese culture or policies they're developing that makes them more accepting of robots at work? Thanks!


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Looking back, I've noticed that in each stage of my life I've looked for ways to do new things. I think it was just part of that process for me, I tried so hard to get a job where they paid me for inventing ideas (in advertising) once I achieved that goal I was like, what else. And growing up, my Father always looked up to the second city and take me to shows. We watched SNL together all the time. The Steve Martin Specials. But I never considered myself a performer, always more of a writer. But then a friend of mine was taking a class and I was really into trying it. More, I think, to round out my skills at the time. But now it's how many years later and I'm still performing.

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Yeah, my story didn't changed. What else I could say? I was never going to admit to the crime, and in my mind, if I was telling my story, it hopefully would reach the ear of someone who would be able to help me.


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Gustaw - both me and Artur suffer from having hallucinations when waking up during the night. I used to even have sleep paralysis, but not anymore. Sometimes I see some really trippy stuff. Today I woke up and stared at a poster on the wall for like a minute, which changed from a hole in the wall to it's original form (a face). I guess those were pretty easy to take inspiration from, at least from the perspective of emotions we wanted the player to feel.

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Leah: They ignore me and walk out of rooms.


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when i say marketing plans, i mean like i think of "ok these sites may write reviews or premiere a track, these subreddits may be interested in the album" nothing too in depth

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see?


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mt Baker in Washington. It is a small family owned and they keep it far from the commercialized classification ;)

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Traditional Japanese culture sees life in inanimate objects. Also the Japanese government supports the development and use of robots. (Kageyama)


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Roughly how long did Old School and/or Hangover 2 take to write? What's the process like?

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What was it like to be in prison knowing that you're innocent? What did you feel when you were trying to tell people you were innocent but they didnt believe you?


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Ya'll called your company AcidWizard...sure it does not have anything to do with you guys taking copious amounts of LSD? I mean that logo sure seems like it.

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Out of curiosity what are your opinions of Matt Stone and Trey Parker?


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Hey I work for a publication up in Canada and we love premiering new music (singles/videos/albums etc). If you are interested we can chat a bit offline if you have any upcoming stuff you are trying to promote!

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Came here for this! Waaaalt!


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Hey Lindsey, did you enjoy your time on Champs vs. Pros? It was refreshing to see pro athletes such as yourself compete in silly (but still challenging) competitions. What castmember were you closest to during filming?

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Are you worried about reddit and other internet sources eliminating your jobs? I see more MSM content that originated here, every day.


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ooh boy it depends. Those were both different animals. Old School evolved over time. I remember I was pitched the basic one liner idea and asked if I thought it could work as a big hook. Todd and I met up and played around with it for a few days to see if it really was a 'movie' (as opposed to just a funny premise). So the process was that- once we feel like we really got something we went to Ivan Rietman etc and kind of pitched the mechanics of who the characters were, and how the story would play out. Hangover 2 was different. We there was more pressure and there was def a deadline. So that was probably faster. But you benefit from knowing who the characters are and who the actors are and being able to push the material forward. From the beginning on both, I think we felt like we wanted to be aggressive with the voices, who these guys were, pushing it, making it a cool tone etc. Once we get the go ahead on the story beats it takes three months or something for a first draft, takes a while to get feedback and then the re-write takes another big chunk of time. Then there is re-fining and trying to get a green light while going out to cast. You're really re-writing on and off all the way until you wrap on the last day of shooting.

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Being in prison felt like hell. It felt like a strange land that I was forced to get accustomed to. What I realized early on was that I was fighting for my survival. From the day of my arrest to getting out, I was fighting for survival in prison on a daily basis and fighting for my freedom. My feelings were loneliness, frustration, a lot of anger, feeling like I was a nobody. Feeling like I had no one in the world that I could depend on. My main fear was that I would come out of prison and still be labeled a murderer.


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Gustaw - we're called Acid Wizard because we make stuff that will make you feel as if you've taken acid.

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Mike: Funny Leah: Ballsy Mike: I think it's about time they did another episode on Scientology


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email me [email protected]

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you and 16,000 other people.


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Champs vs Pros was really fun until I had to eat a pig heart. That was gnarly and by far the hardest thing I have ever had to force myself to do but it was for my charity so I tried my best. I had a blast with everyone, I got to meet all sorts of new people with all different walks in life and everyone relationship created was wonderful

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I worry about everything that could eliminate my job, from Reddit to robots. That's why we try to keep evolving forward as journalists. And we believe that in the flood of information today, there's a great need for journalists who can dig out information and verify it with the help of editors. (Sewell)


Q:

Who is you dream guest star for season three of Dice?

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What was your first meal when you got out?


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Why were you forced to launch the game in early access in 2014?

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Hi Leah and Mike! My question is for Mike: After you left your position with Scientology and began to expose things, how long did it take people to truly belive that you actually left and how hard was it trying to make things right with the people you tried so hard to public destroy?

Thank you both for all of your hard work!!


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What about Bay Faction wanted to make you invest in them?

Also, favorite band not on Counter Intuitive?

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Double homicide notwithstanding, I sympathized with Michael on LOST, and it always bothered me that he seemed to be the one character out of reach of redemption. I mean, even Ben made it to the pre-afterlife "place," and he was responsible for more deaths than Michael.

How do you wish Michael's story had ended?


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we love Tia!!!

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I live in Reno Nevada and I've met a few people now that work at Tesla and Panasonic...these are part of the new economy that your topic today is centered around. Do you think companies like these moving to Western Nevada will create a tech hub for us here?


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hard to beat this year bc we got Michael Imperioli, David Arquette, Billy Gardell, Teller, Yakov Smirnof, Tony Orlando, James Woods and Mickey Rourke! I guess my dream would be to do an episode about Dice doing the stern show - and making up a story where things go all wrong behind the scenes at sirius, and have Howard play himself in a couple of scenes 'off air'

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It was a vegetarian place. But I barely remember it because I was more fascinated by the fact that there was no cord on my wife's phone anymore.


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Kuba - We were running out of cash, to finalize project. Money from crowdfunding campain weren`t sufficient to make DARKWOOD happen.

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Mike: Wow, I don't know how to answer that... to first part of that question, that's for people to decide whether to believe me or not. As for the second part that's an ongoing process and this show is a part of that process.

Leah: Mike is taking responsibility, unlike Scientology.


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when i listened to the bay faction demo for the first time, despite the lofi production, their songwriting talent just bled through and was so infectious. i hadn't really even thought to start a label before but i had to at least reach out to them and once they showed interest, i must have relistened to that demo 500 times over the next 6 months until the real lp masters came in. even now, i love that demo to death.

fav band off the label currently... gotta be oso oso

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So, (double homicide notwithstanding) I've said this before but I think Michael and Walt should have had a chance to be together. I wish Michael could have raised Walt, on the island or back in the real world, because I think Michael was robbed of that opportunity from the beginning. But that's just me.


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love tia too, I get to see here when we are both not off traveling somewhere and we grab some waves :)

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Companies decide to move operations to a region based on many factors, including state and local government policies, existing infrastructure, workforce numbers, and many other competing interests. This very specific question demands more investigation on a local level. This is an interesting topic to explore! (Minchillo)


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How much was ad-libbed during the filming of Old school? And who did it the most and did you as a writer welcome the ad Libs or did you want them to stick to the script?

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What was the biggest change in society/people that you found once you got out?


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Which programming language did you use for developing this game? And/or did you build upon an existing engine?

Bought your game since day 1 - it was an awesome ride following you guys...

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You’ve suggested that some of the things you learned in Scientology (such as how to ‘get to the bottom of things’) are useful skills while other things you learned are lies, often used to control you. Now that you’ve been out for a while, how easy is it to tell whether a particular thing you learned in the church is helpful or detrimental to you as a person?


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Is it possible to hear the demo?

Apologies if it's been listed already, I'm posting on mobile and will be back tomorrow to scour everything you've posted at work I mean on my computer.

Great AMA I really love these kinds of stories, best of luck to you, the label and the bands! Cheers

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Thank you for giving your life for the Oceanic Six ;) OK so I know you 're not really Michael Dawson obviously but the show was a huge part of my life for many years. Did you keep any items off the set of Lost when you left?

Also, thanks so much for raising autism awareness, dude.


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Much respect.

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Right now most of the automated jobs are things that don't require a massive amount of reflexes and instant response times. Eg maybe a robotic nurse preventing an elderly man from falling down.

Any idea about where that level of robotics is at the moment, and how soon we can expect them to actually significant affect a larger proportion of the work force ?


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There was improvising for sure. And I totally welcome it, as long as it's coming from the character and we believe it, and it's funny in a way that fits the tone and the story of what the movie is, it's always welcome. It's great to have options in the edit. I've noticed that sometimes it feels like they are improvising but they are doing lines that are written, and that is a tribute to good comic acting and writing well in the character's voice, and putting things in the actor's wheel house so they can really make it their own. Todd Phillips and I will add new lines on the day, too, which a lot of times feel spontaneous.

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What I found out and I probably didn’t realize before I went in, was how scared people were. Scared about everything. It threw me back because I never saw it in people before. On a small matter, the use of cell phones. I don’t remember people talking like that so I was asking my wife “Who are they talking to?” Even the geography of Crown Heights where I came from, it seemed like it was sunk in, not expanding and growing. The streets looked dark and bleak to me, so it was hard to try and reorganize things in my mind.


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Gustaw - we used Unity, and everything was written in C#. The main plugins we took advantage of are toolkit2d, A* Pathfinding, 2d volumetric lights, Rotorz tile system, Rewired. Previously we were developing in XNA and the jump to Unity was a tremendous quality of life improvement! Although some versions of Unity are very buggy, I would still heavily recommend this engine for small teams.

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Leah: Still dealing with it.

Mike: I think I have it sorted it, but I'm not totally convinced that's true.


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not my place to send that out anymore. ask the band

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Thank you my friend. I did not keep anything from lost because I was so in and out of the show everything thats there needed to stay until the end. Tough I do have a few 8x10s of Josh Holloway that I kiss nightly 😁.


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In Japan, robots are starting to be used to take care of the elderly, such as helping in picking up things and shampooing their hair and other tasks. In auto plants, some robotics parts are getting designed to be soft and gentle to the human touch so they can be present in the same space. (Kageyama)


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Whatever happened to old school dos?

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Wow, thank you for doing this AMA. What would you say to the other people who are currently serving time for a crime they didn't commit?


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Did you guys have any prior knowledge on Unity or the C# language before starting development on Darkwood?

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Do u think more members will leave since the awareness you're raising is making it impossible to ignore? I even see Kirstie Alley has been specifically tweeting about the show. Also, with allegations of children being abused, WHY hasn't law enforcement stepped in? Isn't it illegal for children to work?


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Hi Jake, how's it feel to be a big-time manager for the most cooked band on the east coast?

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Do you think Josh Holloway could have played Gambit of the X-Men 10 years ago? I would have loved to see him in that role.


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Hey Lindsey, I played flipcup with you once, many years ago, and you were the most competitive person I've ever met. Do you know anyone who hates losing more than you do?

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Right now most of the automated jobs are things that don't require a massive amount of reflexes and instant response times. Eg maybe a robotic nurse preventing an elderly man from falling down.

Any idea about where that level of robotics is at the moment, and how soon we can expect them to actually significant affect a larger proportion of the work force ?


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see above!

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Try to find some type of network. You cannot do it all from prison, from behind the walls. We have to start to build, and in order to build, we have to change our thought process. A lot of prisoners know what people on the outside want and you give them that, but it's all lip service. Self-introspection is a must. If that's not taking place, you are not growing, and if you're not growing, you're more likely to make the same mistake.


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Gustaw - I had a little bit of experience in making web sites, flash and apps. But that's about it, I learned as we went ;)

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Leah: Great questions. Why hasn't law enforcement stepped in? RIGHT?!


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my answer to this question may be very different after spending next week in the van with you

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yup!


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oh man throwing it back......probably not :)

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We did see robotic systems in plants that self-adjust (with humans monitoring) and to your question, a lot of growth is expected in the next decade with use of robots in the kind of service roles you mention becoming a major area, as the needs increase for aging Baby Boomers (like me) (Sewell)


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Is there a place I can listen to old episodes of "Bear Down"?

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What's surprised you most about technology since you've been out?


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How are the animations made? Frame by frame, pixel by pixel, or is it done another way and then pixelised to your style afterwards? Sort of like a filter over the animation to make it look pixely?

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What do you think draws people towards becoming Scientologists?


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How is this the most upvoted question lol

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As a father to two autistic children I wanted to thank you for doing this AMA and supporting those with autism! It means a lot. :)

Which character would you say you feel best represents you? The character that most clearly resembles you as a person?

I've also downloaded and installed your app. I'm proud to be one of your supporters and fans!


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I didn't think so! Was it really hard to move past the infamous method at the olympics or were you able to shake it off and move forward pretty quickly? For the record, I would have done the same thing!

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Did anyone say they liked working more with robots than humans?


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the best of bear down is free on itunes, but I really recommend you listen to UCB Sports & Liesure, it's kind of the same thing - Matt Walsh and I's comedy podcast, new and improved! https://soundcloud.com/ucb-sports-and-leisure

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The cell phone is a trial in itself for me, so anything after the cell phone I leave to my wife. What is amazing to me in my mind is that I see cell phones as a weapon. There's so many people with cell phones and I believe we are so conditioned that we only see this as a toy. Very few people maximize the use of it. But I believe we can change our habits and we may see things a little different.


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Kuba - Character animations were made frame by frame. I was working on bigger image, like 4x bigger than destined sprite. When we were exporting sprites we scaled sprite 4x smaller and then we were scaling it 200% so it was working like a filter pixelating graphic.

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In the past people were drawn, because they were looking for something new. Currently, it’s only the second or third generation that are growing up in it and have no choice.


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for those curious this idiot plays drums for nj based rockers toy cars..we are touring together later this week with this rad band retirement party from chicago

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Thank you for your post. Means a lot when I hear from parents in the Autism community. I would say Michael from Lost was probably most like me. He wants to be with his kid. He works hard. He's trying to do the right thing.

Thanks for checking out my app. I look forward to actually interacting with my fans there.


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you can only move forward in life

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Some people said they liked that robots did their jobs without much trouble, never call off sick, etc. At least one person said he's still a little afraid of them, though, because there is always the possibility of a malfunction. (Sewell)


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Right but when will we be seeing Hangover 4 and Roadtrip 2?

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How much time did you spend with the actor portraying you, Keith Stanfield? Are you happy with how he represents you on the big screen?


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Is telling everyone that there's no jump scares really just a long-con setup to a major jump scare?

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Hi Leah, I got an autographed picture of you years ago(thank you) and with it was information on Scientology. Did you know they were sending these things to your fans?


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That's awesome, I actually met and helped throw a show for Toy Cars when they came to VA!

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What was it like working with Terry O'Quinn on Lost?


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That's a good outlook! Speaking of forward in life, have you given thought to what you will do after competing? Maybe some coaching?

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How do you see automation in 50 or 100 years?


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I'm not sure. It's always tempting to go back and bring those characters to life again. But right now I'm personally trying to focus on new and different stuff

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I spent about a week with Lakeith. He came to my house, came to see a movie with me. I like him a lot, because he's young, and he's doing what he loves. He found it early. For my role, you can't capture everything in a movie, but there's a lot that people can identify with. I want the movie to touch as many people as possible.


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Gustaw - unfortunately no, but we will use this idea for our next game which will be solely jump scare based.

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Leah: I think that was something that I was doing and agreed to do for Scientology so yes and I am sorry and you're welcome


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was that the show with modern chemistry? i was there :)

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Loved working with Terry. He's a lot like his character. Lots of walkabouts, good guy. Great family.


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personal trainer maybe , yes i have a few ideas in the hopper

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A very rapid acceleration in automation is expected over the next decade, and jobs to monitor, operate and maintain will grow with that. Further in the future, the impact on the human role remains to be seen. Most economists expect that there will continue to be a human role; how much 50- to 100 years from now is hard to predict. (Sewell)


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MITCHAPALOOZA! Did you think the Hangover 2 would do so well globally?

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Do you still have faith in the justice system?


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I am also afraid to play horror games. Should I play Darkwood?

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Do you think Scientology will continue to grow once David M has died ? Because he seems like the driving force at the moment and if so is there someone lined up to replace him ?


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It was actually with Quinn Cicala! The sound situation didn't really work out in Toy Cars' favor, but it was a great time regardless.

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"WHERE'S MY PUS--... heyyy..?"

  • The Matrix Reloaded

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How to you make a living. Is it solely on sponsors paying you for being awesome (and I guess talented)?

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What is the very best cheese?


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Well, we really were riding on the coat tails of what the first one was of course. But at the same time, that only gets you so far. Audiences usually will not support something the don't think is funny, even if it's a good title etc. So the answer is: I was hopeful we could do really well and I was pleasantly surprised it made what it did, which is a lot. I don't have a big stake in in the back end I'm mostly really psyched people were responding so well to the movie and it took off like it did. Gotta give big credit to Todd Phillips for pulling it off.

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My feeling on the justice system is still shaken. I don't have faith in it. But what I do know, is that nothing stays the same forever. You may take little dents and little hits, but the ultimate goal, is for people to become more aware of their choices. I believe that we have the power to get together, organize, get a program, and institute that program. It doesn't make sense to recognize the truth and be dormant. We have to move.


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Gustaw - I don't know to be honest. This was meant to be a horror game for players who are not horror fans (made by players who are not horror fans), but after reading some comments I'm not sure anymore, as there are both people claiming that the game is not scary at all, and at the opposite end there are players who uninstalled the game after their first meeting with the Banshee... Maybe wait for some reviews?

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Mike: Scientology isn't continuing to grow while David is alive! it's shrinking.

Leah: Yes, one of the people that David is holding in Riverside county, they will be able to take a shower, put on a suit and take over.


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ahh i see, must have been a different tour

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PUSH POP. that's what I was going to say.


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sponsors and prize money

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My favorite is Camembert but there are many great kinds of cheese in the world (Kageyama)


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Hey! Love Dice! How is this season going to be different from season 1?

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To elaborate- what is your current opinion on the justice system? How it's progressed (for better or worse), any comparable cases' results you may've encountered, etc.


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I'd say all the devs that make the awesome unusual games are from poland.

See: Ice-pick Lodge Edit: actually they are russian, oops. They made some really weird but great games though

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I'm just going to get straight to it. Is Tom Cruise a good person?


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Oh god I hope they're good. We don't need another disappointment coming from Jersey. We already have Christy.

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I second this! u/harold_perrineau As an autistic person, I'd really love to know more about what made you decide to do advocacy for us - thank you, BTW - and why you picked ASAN over other charities?


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So you get those really big checks like in Happy Gilmore?

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This year there is more of a story that spans the seven episodes that all fit together. And that was really fun to do - dif than the stand alone episodes we did last time. I also feel like all the actors and everyone on the crew really clicked into what the show is. Dice is a little more vulnerable in funny ways this year. And his relationship with Carmen gets played up. But he he's still Dice. He can't not be


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I have faith in New Yorkers and people like Colin who want to fight to improve our legal system to have more justice for everyone. Because of people like Colin and Carl who are so committed to justice, I think there is optimism for progress. We've seen progress take place over the last five years. There were counties in New York where defendants did not have an attorney and had to negotiate plea deals themselves. But because of the Hurrell-Harring lawsuit the NYCLU brought, we've been able to change that. Change is possible, but there's a lot more work to be done. - Phil (NYCLU)

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Gustaw - I'm afraid Ice-pick Lodge are Russian.


Q:

Leah: No! Just going to get straight to it, no! There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person. Someone could say we all have that -- what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diaboloical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an asshole - all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins.

A:

THEY FUCKING ROCK


Q:

I answered this somewhere else as well but: I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.

A:

sometimes, they are fun but hard to bring home


Q:

How did you meet the DICEMAN?

Also, was it hard getting a show about Andrew Dice Clay made?

A:

What was your favorite food during the development process?


Q:

Hi, Leah and Mike. I read that tonight's episode is about child molestation in Scientology. I've seen a preview clip and it's incredibly intense. We've already seen so many tragic stories in Season 1.

For several reasons, including Scientology's status as a church, their financial contributions to local police charities, and employees within the agencies that should be overseeing them, the normal law enforcement processes are not bringing justice, and that has really bothered me for a long time.

But there's another way to get the government involved. If we call our representatives and ask them to hold congressional hearings on Scientology, would you be willing to testify under oath, Leah? Do you think former Scientology officials like Mike, and people who have appeared on the show, including victims of child abuse, would be willing to testify under oath?

A:

this is great!


Q:

Augustus Hill! Loved you as the voice of Oz, definitely a classic TV show and highly binge worthy.

Do you have any interesting or memorable stories from your years of work on that show? How was the guy who played Adabisi in person? He seems like he'd be a loud, but nice and funny guy

A:

Would you ever do another MTV show?

Who was your favorite male and female Challenge cast mate on 'Champs vs Pros'?


Q:

After I saw blue jasmine with Dice in it, I the kind of acting chops he had. And when I heard he was trying to get a show going and wanted to meet up, I was like 'yeah, I'll meet with Andrew Dice Clay!' In person, he was hilarious in a way that was different on stage. I realized there were different sides to this guy. And that's when I could really see what the show could be. I knew I could write in his 'off stage' voice.

A:

Gustaw - Kebab + vietanamese restaurant close by.


Q:

Leah: Hell yes!!

Mike: Of course!

A:

:)


Q:

OZ was one of my favorite work experiences. We had such a great group of creative people and we were doing something that had not been done before so it was exciting and scary all at the same time.

During the first season we would do this thing were we would shoot 2 versions of certain scenes. 1 for HBO and 1 for network television but somewhere toward the end of that season we realized that we were NEVER going to be on network TV.

A:

i could be convinced, would you like to see me in one again?


Q:

How did you meet the DICEMAN?

Also, was it hard getting a show about Andrew Dice Clay made?

A:

What do you guys use to learn programming so well? I am curious what kind of tutorials you used.


Q:

Why do you think it has been so difficult for Scientology members who abuse former members not to end up charged with crimes that land them in the courts? Are Scientology's lawyers -that- good?

A:

Holy fuck I love the sound of both of these bands.


Q:

Oz was one of my favorite shows years ago, and Augustus' words of wisdom were always my favorite parts.

A:

I'm sure you encounter fans on the slopes occasionally. What are the dos and don'ts of riding around one's idol?


A:

Gustaw - In the beginning, I tried recreating other games, like Terraria. It was fun! Then I pretty much just went and experimented with stuff.


Q:

Leah: Because victims have been afraid to speak out due to Scientology's policies of attacking anyone who do speak out.

Mike: They also hide behind the protection of the 1st amendment pretending to qualify as a charitable humanitarian organization.

A:

come to a show!!


Q:

That would be the genius of Tom Fontana

A:

i would just be super happy and excited, i always like taking pictures with happy people


Q:

what are some fill-in bits that you never intended to end up in the final movie that ended up in the final movie?

A:

This looks fantastic! Why did you decide to do top down instead of an over the shoulder 3rd person or first person view?


Q:

Do you think David Miscavage is following this AMA?

A:

You guys coming to Michigan ever?


Q:

What did you find difficult about portraying a person that is autistic?

A:

If you could be any animal, which animal would you choose to be? :)


Q:

Usually a fill in bit that isn't working will get lifted from the script before we shoot. So by the time we decide to actually commit to it and shoot it, it's no longer a fill in! But I will say, I never expected to Grizzly Bear wrestling set piece in Semi Pro to actually ever get shot the way it did. It was always in there, in my mind, as 'he wrestles a bear' ie 'some kind of big promotion idea for Jackie Moon happens here'. But the further along we got in the process, the more and more it became that he was actually going to wrestle a bear. We invited a real grizzly bear and his trainer to travel down from Canada and do the scene, shot some of it with a real bear and then a lot with SFX.

A:

Gustaw - it was not a conscious decision actually. We started by making a "top-down tower defence game" that was going to be made... IN A MONTH ;) But then we saw that this had some real potential for heavy atmoshpere and the project grew and grew from then on. I guess this makes Darkwood pretty unique!


Q:

Leah: Yes and his girlfriend/assistant Laurisse. Enjoy, assholes!

A:

if they still want a manager they will be touring a lot in the next year


Q:

The trickiest part was trying to connect but not connect with the other actors. I had to find very specific things to focus on in my own brain and it left me confused about what was actually happening in each scene. I hope that makes sense.

A:

hummmm.... a wolf


Q:

Hey Scot,

How many wins you see for the Bears this year?

Also, feel free to come hang out on game days in /r/CHIBears!

A:

How did the dog help?


Q:

How does the church recruit? I've seen your show and I know they target celebs and family members, but how do they recruit randoms? Do they go door to door? Scientology isn't big where I live so I've never met any. What do they tell people, how do they try to convince them? Thanks for your show by the way, it's awesome!

A:

Hey Jake, big fan of all the stuff you've put out. As a musician I was wondering what you look for in bands to potentially release music for? I'm really curious about what goes on behind the scenes in that regard. Can't wait for future releases, there isn't a single band in your roster that I don't like!


Q:

If you were walking down the street and heard a stranger yelling "WALT!" would you join in?

A:

Awesome! I love wolves :)


Q:

The schedule starts out brutal, so much of it depends on how they get through the beginning of the season and how long it takes for the QB sit to play out and settle. But I think people forget that this team had 19 players on IR last year and this year they are coming in healthy, with a very good offensive line and defensive front seven. Seven wins including a victory over GB at home. And hopefully more.

A:

Gustaw - he defended our hideout with his life!


Q:

Leah: Well, if you go on a public street where there's a Scientology building they set up these stress tests and they do a free personality tests and then they sell them a little mini course. It builds slowly.

Mike: It's the boil the frog theory

A:

thank you as always for the kind words!! for awhile i was 100% only about the music. i just looked for fresh new music that i loved and figured if i like it other people probably will to, right? but now i've started to be a bit more selective going forward. making music i love is the #1 thing but after that i try to find bands that are hardworking, touring as much as they can, and simply playing because they love it & don't want to do anything else.

every musician can say "i love music it's all i want to be doing with my life" but not many actually will go through tour after tour of barely, if even, breaking even or getting a response from new fans. so, i definitely look for dedication.


Q:

yes, and start spinning in circles in slow motion.

A:

me toooooo


Q:

And what's his name?

A:

Hi, Leah, thank you for doing this!

I'm sure you know that if you Google your name, one of the first few results is the ridiculous Scientology site that is quite obviously spouting terrible lies about you. I've also noticed that they've created one for Mike, too. It seems bonkers that a so-called 'church' would go to such extremes and even put their name on it (but then, because of your show, we know what extremes they are capable of). Have you tried to get these sites shut down?


Q:

How was it working with mom jeans?

A:

First, would like to say I will be donating to this cause. I have $1,000 that I have been saving up in my coin jar to donate to a non profit and after doing some research this would be perfect. I know it isn't much, but I try and donate to one cause per year based on what I can afford.

My question: I know lost was filmed on the island of Oahu. My wife and I happen to be going on vacation there next week. Any suggestions on making the best of the island? Any specific spot we can go to that you would suggest, where filming was done that maybe not a lot of people know about?


Q:

Such beautiful majestic animals, they get a bad reputation which is undeserved :( it's amazing to think that all domestic dog species in the world today, evolved from the wolf :)

A:

Szurek! (pronounced Shooreck!)


Q:

Leah: I'm not interested in their juvenile tactics

Mike: Such as name calling and ad hominem and them never adressing the actual abuses.

Leah: Especially with what's going on today an organization calling itself a religion would be better served taking care of the victims of its own abuse.

A:

it was, and is, an absolute pleasure. they are a great group of people. i actually will be with them on a full US tour later this year ;)


Q:

This may be my favorite comment of the day. And $1,000 is a lot of money!

Lost was filmed all over the island. There is a tour (I think a bus tour) that you can take that will take you to a lot of the more famous locations.

A:

so true, like all predators they get the bad rep


Q:

Can you share a photo of the dog?

A:

What did you think of the movie "The master"? I read that tom cruise had an argument with the director cause of Scientology implications. Also, tell jlo I love her :(


Q:

Woo!

I've worked with their sister band; Meet Me in Montauk and all those guys are a pure joy to be around.

A:

Hi Harold! First of all, thanks for working with such as great organization like ASAN. In my own disability advocacy work, I've had the pleasure of working with a number of their board and staff members.

I have two questions: 1) You've had the opportunity to be part of some absolute classic movies and television shows. Is there a roll on a classic show you weren't a part of that you feel would have been perfect for you?

2) How have you (if at all) dealt with pushback from members of the autistic community that feel your role should be played by an autistic person?


Q:

I've never snowboarded so im not really knowledge based.

Are you afraid of being trapped under a mountain of snow and if you were, would you be able to survive and create a new underground city with the snow people till spring comes?


Q:

Leah: I don't think it was any kind of implication. I think it was very clear that the movie was about L. Ron Hubbard, but Scientologists will argue about anything, that is the truth.

Mike: I didn't see it.

A:

i put out their 7" split with sports!!


Q:

Thank you CaptainLawyerDude (awesome name btw) for your work as well on disability advocacy. I'm really glad to have a chance to add my voice to this ongoing conversation. So to your first question, and the answer is boring, there are no movies or television shows that I wish I was a part of. I'm a firm believer in, you get the gigs you are supposed to get. So anything I've seen that is classic was probably done by the right people. Though there are shows I've done that I wish had a longer life. A show called "The Unusuals" for instance. It was so much fun, I wish we could have done it longer. 2nd- I have not had any pushback from the autistic community only great support.

A:

avalanches can be terrifying but it is always best to have the proper knowledge if you venture out into the back country. But i think I could survive in an underground city for a bit, as long as I was the events coordinator for the community ha


Q:

Hey guys, congrats on all your achievements!

I'm a mid-30's guy in a completely different industry than game development who is currently seriously considering making a career switch. I have zero programming knowledge but tend to have a creative personality, and game making always fascinated me. I have the fortune of having started a very modestly successful business, so I would have some income from that to keep me going during my learning period. My family is supportive of my goals.

My question(s)... what has been the good and bad about changing careers at this point in life? While you were still figuring out game development, how much did you regret leaving your former jobs? What would you have done differently in the beginning to better prepare yourself for today?

A:

My girlfriend grew up a scientologist and even though she hasn't been involved with them in over 20 years she still receives mail all the time. I was wondering if that is common, and if I should worry that they are trying to re-recruit her?


Q:

I work at a venue in Gainesville and we have had 3 bands from your label (Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Graduating Life, and Mom's Jeans) play, send us some more! Each of them have been awesome shows

As for the question, did you tour with Prince Daddy & The Hyena early this year? If you did then we've met.

A:

Greetings from Argentina Harold, big fan of your work. Two quick questions: 1. Are you still friends with any other LOST co-star apart from Dan Dae Kim and Josh? 2. You worked with Adewale in both Oz and LOST. Is he a cool guy on set? His characters were a bit creepy lol.

Thanks and keep it up!


Q:

Would you allow yeti and snow trolls to live in your underground community?

A:

Gustaw - I don't miss any part of my past jobs. Working on Darkwood was great on many levels, but also very stressful. The industry is not what it was a few years back, and marking a indie game nowadays requires a lot of luck to be successful, so it's a great risk. I know many people who made games in which they invested a lot of time and money, and they flopped. In short - it can be a wonderful journey, but it's also a very risky one in the current state of the gaming industry.


Q:

Leah: No. Scientology if you are unfortunate enough to put your information on a Scientology peice of paper you will receive mail until you die

Mike: -- and beyond.

Leah:Scientology uses statistics and one of the statics of the week is how many pieces of mail they send out. Even Scientologists complain about how much mail they get.

A:

i was in gainesville with them for a show with insignificant other (great band) if you ran that show i believe we got food together at a rad mexican place after while the band stayed and played smash lol

send me contact info and i'll send you more bands!


Q:

Still friends with Dom. Jorge. Just had dinner with Nestor. Michael Emerson. Hear from Foxy from time to time as well as Evie. Love Adawale. He is always a cool guy to work with. Professional, kind. Ian Somerhalder. Love that dude. Who else? Don't want to forget anyone.

A:

all would be welcome


Q:

Hey there! I never had any exposure to Darkwood until it released on Steam, whereupon I quickly bought it and have enjoyed six hours so far. It feels like if Sunless Sea had a kid with Dark Souls to me, in all the right ways.

Now that you've established a very heavy lore, where do you go from here? Expansion pack? Sequel with some of the side characters? You may have known the Darkwood world for five+ years in development. Tired of it. Saturated in it. Wanting to move on. Working on it /every day./ But for us fans, maybe we've only known hours of it, and would happily pay for more exposure in this world if the DLC was done right.

Thank you Acid Wizards, best of luck to you in the future!

A:

Is there a special kind of counseling for those that get out? My friend's aunt has been in since the 70's. I am wondering how would they help her if they did her get out. Can you post resources for others that might need that help?


Q:

What is the minumum number of records needed to be sold to break even and then start earning a decent profit? How much do albums cost at that level and how much do you recommend selling them for?

A:

what about terry? :)


Q:

Snow miser and heat miser?

A:

Gustaw - Actually no, we'd like to milk this cow dry! We already have a DLC planned for next week, where you can customize the protagonist's face in any way you wish! Too bad you won't see it from the top...

No but seriously, we don't know. We will have to talk about this after getting some rest and sleep (we're very, very tired right now). I love Darkwood, but this project was also a source of great frustration for me and made me neglect many aspects of my life. There is, however, a huge list of things that we wanted to implement, but we did not want to delay the game more. So who knows?


Q:

Leah: The first thing is to talk to someone who has experience getting out of cults, reading books that were forbidden to read while in the church of Scientology, reconnecting with friends and family that weren't in Scientology, and connecting with people that were in Scientology and left. It is a slow healing process, but you will get there.

A:

the minimum order the pressing plant takes is 250, this costs around $2,000. I sell for between $12-$15 and we maybe will make $500 on an order that size, so it takes about 200 to break even. if you want to make any profit you need to be ordering in quantities of 500-2500 which i'm slowly getting closer to doing for every release. it's just a lot of money up front.

when i was just starting i was selling 12" for $10 which is basically unheard of, but it help me build a bit of a following. now i still think my prices are relatively low for the market


Q:

Love Terry, just haven't seen him. But if I did, would hug him for sure.

A:

snow


Q:

Tell us more about specific roles of each Wizard in your project. Is Artur can be called "Soul of Darkwood" as he worked on dialogues, characters and music design, videos etc.?

A:

Hi Leah and Mike. Do either of you remember a long time ago when John Travolta was on Oprah and they said he'd explain Scientology when they came back after the break but then it was never mentioned again? I was wondering if every single interview they do is monitored?


Q:

$12-15 is a fantastic price, and the kind of price that will keep people buying records. Seeing some of the bigger labels pricing new releases at $30 or more is starting to turn me away fe buying new releases on vinyl.

A:

Man, just want to say you've been one of my favorite actors for decades now. No real question, but with the AMA rules in mind, could you please do a buddy cop movie with JK Simmons?


Q:

Hi Lindsey!

Does your schedule make it really difficult to find time to date men?

If not, can I pick you up at 8pm tonight?

A:

Gustaw - Hi Ivan :D I would say Artur had by far the most influence on the project, but we have a very democratic process about pretty much anything in (and about) the game. It's part of the reason of why we're pretty slow in development, but that way Darkwood is the child of the man-love of all of us, and not a single person.


Q:

Leah: I don't know, is it?

Mike: Well first of all, I don't remember that circumstance.

Leah: I don't mean to call people out, journalists or talk show hosts, but if people agree to that sort of thing, they're subscribing to Scientology's rules.

A:

yeah those labels can fuck off and die


Q:

I would love to. I just did 2 indie films in a row with JK, one where I play his therapist. Love that man.

A:

it makes it challenging and hard when you are not easily tied down


Q:

How are the characters "done"? For example, the Wolfman. Did you took photo of some dude in a coat, photoshopped wolf's head in and edited it slightly or is everything hand drawn?

A:

To the wonderful Mike, whose own story has continually made me cry throughout series one, I read on Tony Ortega's website that you haven't seen Benjamin or Taryn for 4,900 days now, which breaks my heart. I read your open letter to your family on your blog. If there was one thing you wanted to say to your eldest kids, what would it be?

I think if it were me, it would be 'Please wake up'...

Keep fighting the good fight, Leah and Mike!


Q:

What's a band you like which is different from the ones you usually work with/listen to?

A:

Hey Harold I'm a big fan of your work. What was it like when you were making The Edge? The filming conditions must've been rough but it's an awesome film.

Thanks.


Q:

Bold move, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off.

A:

Artur - Every character is draw by hand, from scratch. I did not use photos as a backdrop to draw on (except the tractor for the Musician). I cut the image to parts and then sent to Kuba for him to animate.


Q:

I will always love you. I hope one day you will be able to forgive me for putting you into a world you did not choose

A:

i'm really into this band good old war and they are really acoustic driven folky pop type band. i usually work with more punk rock/pop punk/emo type stuff


Q:

It was amazing. We were up in Canada and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I was colder than I'd ever been in my life, but I was with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin so who cared.

A:

ha ;)


Q:

Congratulations guys! It must feel great! At any point during development were you tempted to throw in the towel?

A:

Do you think that Scientology is dying in the intetnet age, due to so much information about the nature of Scientology being available at people's fingertips? (I ask because Scientology is notorious for not offering ita participants valuable information about the core of its religion unless they reach a certain level.)


Q:

Good old war is fucking dope, and they're great people. Met them quite a few times between their shows and them touring with Anthony Green on his solo shows. You've got great taste in music man.

A:

How many times do you think you've said "WALT!" over the course of your life?

Related, what do you think of this spicy meme? https://i.pinimg.com/736x/23/75/a4/2375a4ccdaafe0a60170ecbad28b6815--nerd-funny-hilarious.jpg


Q:

Hey Lindsey, what is a regular problem for pro snowboarders that none of us would expect or ever think about?

A:

Kuba - Everyone of us had nervous breakdowns from time to time... almost 5 years of developing is heck of a marathon. I recall begining of this project (after crowdfunding campaign - that one was stressful) as the best time.. propably one of best times in my life to be honest ! :slightly_smiling_face: People were really exited about darkwood, we were full of energy, we were working whole week, cause we wanted to! After some time things become more and more complicated. The deeper into the forest, the more trees...

Gustaw - I agree with Kuba. Making the Indiegogo video was extremely fun, as with most of the things that happened during that time (although the campaign was stressful). The continued delays weighed very heavily on me, I hope we will do a reset now and continue our next endeavors in a more relaxed way :)


Q:

Leah: Absolutely. and also because it doesn't work.

Mike: Dianetics said it could cure cancer and it didn't work so they died off and then there are people who reached the highest OT level and they died off

A:

thanks, you clearly do also! i bet it was awesome seeing anthony do his guest part during their set!!

fun fact, soem friends and i paid $1k to their kickstarter and had them drive up to MA and play a set in my friends living room. one of the best sets i've ever seen. i'll never forget it!


Q:

Would have no idea, but prob more than you could imagine. Love the meme...who wouldn't want to get their kid back?

A:

that you get stereotyped a "punk" or a lazy athlete. Truth be told boardercross has some of the highest physical demands of any winter sport. You need endurance, strength, power, quickness and only 15 minutes between each run that can last up to 2 minutes for a recovery. We average about 6-8 runs on race day. That doesn't take into account training day on the course as well as time trials day. Those few days can be rigorous and the next weekend you have to do it all over again. That is why I would out year round. :)


Q:

You guys definitely deserve a little bit of a break! Thanks!

A:

Congrats on your Emmy nomination! I really believe you're doing amazing work on uncovering Scientology and that you deserve the Emmy to put the whole issue into the spotlight.

What was your best and/or worst experience when working on your new series?

Bonus Question: Is there any fun stories that happened while filming King of Queens that you have never told before?

Bonus Question #2: What's your favorite insult I can use against my friend M?


Q:

Damn, I actually still remember when you dropped the Bay Faction album on /r/vinyl. Still have my signed copy. Went back a week or two ago to your website to see if you had another band (that wasn't Bay Faction or Plainclothes). To my surprise there were a ton of albums and I shamelessly bought 10, lol.

Anyways, do you have the bands remaster their music for vinyl, or do you just have the og masters/lossless files pressed directly? Do you have an end goal for counter intuitive, or do you plan to keep it as a smaller hobby/job setup with you operating solo as best as you can?

A:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?


Q:

3 questions: Do you do any type of meditation to train your mind?

Do you have any dieting tips for aging (I apologize for implying you're old) athletes?

Do you do any type of unconventional training?

A:

Artur - the fact that people paid for Darkwood (especially during the Indiegogo campaign). On the one hand, it was very motivating. On the other, especially during the last 2 years, kept me awake at night.


Q:

Leah: The best part is seeing our contributors get the support on social media. Seeing that is really the best part. Everyone who comes on knows the policy of Scientology they know that the second this airs they will get a hate site created about them, they know their family and friends will disconnect from them, yet they are embraced by strnagers.

The worst part is seeing and hearing the devastation that people are still going through 20 - 30 years later.

A:

i remember that order, i actually made a instagram story of me packing the order saying it was my favorite kind since there was such a diverse amount of my releases in it. thank you for your support!!

never specifically asked for a vinyl master, just lossless masters have been perfect. no end goal, hoenstly already achieved everything i ever dreamed of..i had to start thinking of new dreams to chase since it expanded so quickly! i hope to one day employee people, maybe even friends


Q:

Going with Havarti

A:

not so much meditation but it is a controlled breathing and making sure I am not being too high strung in the present moment and remember it is just a race. With my age i just have to make sure that i am getting to recovery that i need and that is just trial and error really


Q:

Dudes. Your game is terrifying. I got it yesterday (steam watchlist) and the last time I've been so creeped out was playing Dark Descent.

I can only play for a few minutes at a time before I need a break. That's a compliment.

What are you planning for the future of the studio. Is horror "your thing"?

A:

Bump into the 'ol Tom Cruise often?


Q:

Just wanted to say, I hope you fucking blow the fuck up and take over the music business.

If I have to put a question up here, I guess I'll ask... What's your favorite venue/music festival, favorite IPA, favorite part of a woman/man, and favorite part of your day?

Answer any, all, or none. Good luck man!

A:

What was it like working with Christopher Walken, and Harvey Kaitel?


Q:

Any recovery tips or is it just make sure to sleep a lot?

A:

Gustaw - Thanks! I don't know about the other wizards (we haven't had the time to talk about this), but most of my ideas on next games are not horror- related.


Q:

Leah: I have not bumped into Tom and if we were to be in the same room Tom would be forced to walk out of the room and avoid me and any Ex-Scientologist.

A:

fav big venue: the sinclair in boston. i dont fuck w ipa's. thanks for the kind words :)


Q:

I was so young both times that I was just hoping that I didn't fuck things up. It was exciting though. They are both great actors whose work I really admire.

A:

sleep is my go to, but there are cold tubs, massage, spinning on a stationary bike, cupping all sorts just have to find what works for you


Q:

Are you planning a Playstation 4 release?

A:

Leah/Mike,

Last season ended with a trip to the lawyers office. Will we see an update on the progress you have made with legal strategy?

As someone who works for Human Rights, what would you recommend I do to help end the abuse and the destructive policies?


Q:

v big venue: the sinclair in boston.

I saw jeff rosenstock and laura stevenson play the sinclair about 6 weeks ago. was probably one of the best shows ive ever seen. bay faction is awesome man. do you live in the merrimack valley? I see you post a lot of shows in lowell

A:

I've heard that you've dealt with some interesting fans after your portrayal of Michael on lost.

Does having fans who can't separate the show from the actor cause you to have any regrets for having played that part?

P.s. - My son was just diagnosed with high functioning autism 3 days ago so thanks for raising money for the cause!


Q:

Will you be in Korea for the Olympics this coming year?

A:

Gustaw - we'd like to, yes! But currently there has been nothing done towards this, we've been to preoccupied with the PC release.


Q:

Leah: Things have happened but for legal reasons you won't be able to see it on camera. There are things happening behind the scenes.

A:

i book in lowell cause i went to college there but am moving to boston from central ma


Q:

No regrets at all. I think invested fans are the best fans.

A:

that is the plan


Q:

Has Silent Hill been an inspiration for you? 2 especially is what I consider the best horror game, especially since it's so atmosphere heavy

A:

Hi guys!

I don't typically watch reality/documentary-type shows, but my wife recently started streaming S1 of Aftermath and I'm hooked.

Two questions:

  1. The story of how Scientology got its tax exempt status by basically blackmailing IRS employees is extremely troublesome. Do you think that they have expanded, or are seeking to expand their influence in the federal government?

  2. If David Miscavige were to step down as head of Scientology, would we see any sort of change to the church, either for better or for worse?


Q:

Can you please rank the members of Toy Cars?

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How are the 2 new films you have been producing coming along?


Q:

Hey Lindsey, how do you generally prepare for races? Physically and mentally.

A:

Gustaw - I loved the game and it was a big inspiration (the rest of the team did not play it however, although it was a huge influence in terms of music).


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Leah: No you would not see any change.

Mike: Scientology is 100% controlled by the writings of L Ron Hubbard and he is dead so he cannot change his writings and nobody else has the authority to do so.

A:

i'll do ya one better. here is a pros and cons list i made of the band after our first tour together.


Q:

They are actually coming along quite nicely. Indie film making is tough, and takes time and patience. But they are really coming along.

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Mentally I think is the most important for me, I tend to listen to my music and get a good warm up in and start going through the course in my head to think of great passing spots


Q:

Your wages came from the Indie Gogo campaign after you quit full-time. How do you decide a reasonable level of pay for all working in the project? Do you split it evenly, or for hours worked? Do you consider overtime? For a project where all the money is upfront, then equity after the games launch starting the cycle again for the next project, I've always wondered how you work out wages.

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As someone who has nothing to do with Scientology, who barely knew anything before you guys brought it to light with your fantastic TV show, I just wanted to applaud you both for being so incredibly brave and educating the people.

Can I ask both Leah and Mike, what is the ultimate endgame you could wish for? That Scientology be destroyed? That it go back to Hubbard times? It would be a Miscavige of justice if it continued the way it was, but would you want it to still exist in some way? Do you think it does any good for some?

I love you guys for what you do <3


Q:

Cooked? Is that like baked?

A:

Hi Harold,

I loved watching you in Lost, which is definitely my favorite tv show ever. Here are my questions:

  1. What was your favorite scene that you acted in on Lost?

  2. What was the funniest moment that happened on the set of Lost?

Thanks so much!


Q:

Cool, if you don't mind me asking, what kind of music are you into?

A:

Gustaw - our pay was split evenly, and we worked as much as we liked (which was pretty much all the time). Our pay was well, honestly the minimum to get by without having to worry about not making rent. This changed after the Early Access launch, and we had more funds to outsource some of the stuff we were not very good with (like rewriting the texts and translations).


Q:

I don’t want it destroyed. We want the abuses to end, and the destructive policies that destroy families abolished.

A:

it's new jersey speak for being a moron


Q:

One of my favorite scenes and some of the most fun we had was the scene in the first season when Hurly takes us golfing. We'd been working so hard up to that point, that we really needed a break and to have some fun so that day was filled with much needed laughter and endless pranks

A:

classic rock, folk, all over the map really, just depend on my mood


Q:

I interviewed Gustaw over email for The University Observer in 2014/15! I was so excited for Darkwood because I hated the way 'horror' games were going!

How did you find Early Access? If you could create Darkwood again, without needing funding, would you choose early access again or go the traditional route?

Again, congrats on creating an amazing game. I look forward to what you do next!

A:

What is the best thing the public can do to help?


Q:

Can you put the Bay Faction album back on Spotify please!!??

A:

Hi Harold! Lost was one of my favorite shows of all time, but you were also great on my favorite "cancelled before it's time" show, The Unusuals. You showed a real gift for comedic acting on that show, so I was wondering if you foresee or plan a return to comedy in your career in the future?


Q:

Any thoughts of marrying Shaun white and having a snowboarding super baby??

A:

Gustaw - Hi! I guess that depends on the game we will want to do. Early Access was both a blessing and a curse for us. Thanks to it, we were able to finish Darkwood and benefit from the community's feedback. But it was also a source of great anxiety, as people were beginning to be angry about the delays.


Q:

Leah: Support the show as they have been. Write to their congressmen and women. Demand that the IRS take another look at the tax exempt status they so freely handed over.

A:

i have no control over that, you'll have to ask the band


Q:

I want to do the spinoff of that show with Adam Goldberg. Its gonna be called Banks and Delahoy. Someone get me Noah Hawley on the horn...

A:

that might be a little too much snowboarding DNA ;) kind of like a pure bread dog, the best pups are the mixes :) hahaha


Q:

Is there any interesting idea/character/creature cut from the game in early development that you would like to share with us?

Very happy about this, congratulations!

A:

The peeps over at Scientology HQ are certainly reading this AMA. Anything you'd like to say to them?


Q:

Are the band's royalties from Spotify really as bad as they say?

A:

How excited are you for the prospect of Constantine joining the wider DC Universe?


Q:

Damn sorry shawn

A:

Artur - At one point, the giant larvae location was cut from the game. You can see it on the second pre-alpha trailer (it was in the alpha for some time after that though). The talking generator was also removed. We wanted the player to gain the ability to talk to him after injecting a cerain amount of essence, but the ideas for actual implementation were too vague and he didn't make it for release. Null Winter, our moderator on the forums had a great idea of implementing a "tumor" that sits on the hotbar and talks to you, but it was very complex to implement. There was also a great idea about adding a mirrors mechanic to the game to play with the FOV, but it was too hard to make.

P.S Catch it CROWBORN ! ;) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVbPb_5W4AEr_Fq.png:large


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Leah: Go f*ck yourselves. Mike: Couldn't have said it better myself

A:

no, in fact i think this is the best chance bands have at a consistent monthly income from low investment (basically free to get digital distribution) you just need an audience


Q:

I think Matt Ryans Constantine was very underrated. I would love for him to get the chance to show that to the masses. Good dude. Great actor.

A:

shaun is a cool guy and great competitor, but i just hate to think of myself as an athletic baby factory... weird right?


Q:

What input did the dog have on the finished game?

A:

Hi Leah! Loved your appearance on the Joe Rogan pod. What has been the biggest change and challenge in your life since speaking out against your former church? Thanks and keep up the great work!


Q:

So it's prolly the large bands who aren't happy with the amount they're making you think? Do you have any bands on your label that you can compare their Spotify payments vs what you are able to pass along to them from vinyl sales?

A:

Who's your best friend on the set of Claws?

Also, I'm autistic. Thank you for raising awareness.


Q:

lol I'd love to see what color that curly hair would come out :)

A:

Gustaw - he defended our hideout bravely, but he actually made sounds for the Mutated Dog enemy in the game!


Q:

Leah: I think the challenge has been trying to effectively help people. It's not easy to sit and listen to people's pain and not be enraged when we just want to help in doing something. I think the hardest part is just listening. It's very hard for me to not have the power to actually bring justice.

Mike: For me confronting the things I have done in the past that have resulted in pain and suffering to poeple is probably the most difficult part of this journey.

A:

i think any band is happy when they are making money. i think the bigger bands are the ones most happy with what they are making. $$ comes from a lot of angles when you are in a band, shows, physical sales, digital, it's all good no matter what the size. and if it's a big band i can pass on quite a bit of money from vinyl sales


Q:

I work with a bunch of amazing actors on the set. But outside of work I hang out a lot with Jason Antoon who cracks me up.

A:

that would be something


Q:

I hate jumpscares too! Question is though, if given the extra funding and/or time, would you do it in VR?

A:

What do you think about young actresses are preaching feminism and equal rights when they're also part of the church? Isn't it counterproductive?


Q:

Obviously you're stoked on any record you release- but what one are you MOST stoked on releasing this year? (/or have released this year)

A:

I was really disappointed when they killed your character off in the first episode of Z Nation. I loved you in LOST and wanted to see more! Any reason you didn't do more episodes?


Q:

How often do you get recognized out in public? Is it hard to go public places without people bothering you or do most people have no idea who you are?

A:

Gustaw - Top-down in VR? That's a interesting proposition, we'll have to check it out ;)


Q:

Mike: Hypocritical

A:

this is a really hard one to pick obviously, but i'm going to say the Graduating Life album An Introduction to Rock & Roll. i found grad life just days after their first demo and did cd's for their first 2 ep's, but this release simply blew those out of the water and it felt really cool to see a band i believed in from the get go find their voice and make what i think is an instant classic.

http://graduatinglife.bandcamp.com


Q:

I was contracted to another show. I always knew it was one episode, and they wanted to hire someone who you'd never thought would die.

A:

it is not as crazy as you would think


Q:

Tell us a story of how you started making first concepts and ideas about Darkwood. How did you met with each other?

A:

What do you think will ultimately take down the Church of Scientology, what is the achilles heel?


Q:

How often do you receive demos, and has there ever been one that you accepted? Any horror stories with demos? Also, whats the process with working with record plants? Do you have one you go to each time? Any time the process has gone wrong?

Best Buds is probably one of my favorite albums ever, thanks

A:

Did the writers/creator have a particular type of affect in mind for Dean or was it collaborative? For lack of better phrasing, do you guys have an autism spectrum consultant? Same thoughts on him being a survivor of sexual abuse.

I really enjoy the show and though I don’t know much about the autism spectrum you seem to be giving a great amount of respect and thoughtfulness in your portrayal (like all your roles).


Q:

Hi Lindsey, where's your favorite mountain to hit on the east coast?

A:

Kuba - We met at the college. We were studying computer graphics/art. First concepts of darkwood started when Gustaw was making his firts steps in programming, we wanted to make our first quick game. It was somehing like tower defense/Home alone kind of thing. We were trying to do it in week or something like that... that thing evolved into DARKWOOD :smile:


Q:

Mike: It's own activities.

A:

damn thank you for the kind words on best buds, one of my favorites as well.

i receive about ~5-10 demos a week sometimes. it's gotten to the point that i can't respond to them all anymore. i just put them in a folder and go through a bunch at a time. for the most part there are some decent submissions but most of the bands come from me seeing them while they are on tour, a recommendation from a band on my label, or just me randomly finding them online.

no real horror stories and i don't think i've had any bands submit stuff to me that i end up working on.

the process is pretty easy, i go through this company A to Z media who has a color guide of options for the records, i tell them what i want and they send me a quote and we go from there. recently they've had great turnaround times. i've never had any really big issues, and they have rectified most of the small mistakes.


Q:

We did have a consultant and so the effort was a collaborative one. Dean's biggest function was to tie Desna to something very grounded and different from all of the craziness around her.

A:

Stratton mtn in VT


Q:

Are you only saying this so we relax and get caught off guard by the jumpscares in your game?

A:

Question for Mike: how were your first weeks out of scientology? What did you do and how did you feel?


Q:

Hey Jake, I know I sound like a typical student here but do you have any opportunities for internships or have would you consider being a mentor?

I started my own music PR website when I was 15 and now I'm 20, I'd love to get more stuck in with someone who a) knows what they're doing, and b) will let me work with them to gain experience in my dream job.

Is this something you're able to do?

A:

Hi Harold! Thank you for doing this AMA and for bringing up the cause of Autism.

I loved you in Lost and Sons of Anarchy!

What was your favorite scene you filmed in Lost? And in SOA?


Q:

who of the girls on the circuit are you most competitive with?

A:

Gustaw - unfortunately no, but we will use this idea for our next game which will be solely jump scare based.


Q:

Mike: Wow, they were great. I felt liberated, but sad that I knew that I had said goodbye to my entire family. I felt greatly relieved that I was able to contact others who had left who took me in when I had nowhere else to go. Thank you Tom DeVocht and Ronnie and Bitty Miscavige.

Leah: Scary, and I felt like even though I was in the real world more than most I felt like I was on shaky ground. I had been taught that without Scientology in my life I would fail so I had a lot of doubts and fear. I was dealing with a lot of loss, I lost all my friends in one fell swoop.

A:

right now, no i can't do that. but in the future i'm hoping to be able to offer internships similar to what topshelf records and run for cover records do. look into both those labels, they offer student internships


Q:

Favorite Lost scene; Hurly takes us to golf and have some fun. It was a good scene and in real life we needed some fun because we were working our butts off.

SOA; when Jax meets Pope for the first time. I'd never played someone so cool and dangerous. It was fun.

A:

all the girls are really stepping it up from all nations as well


Q:

Are there any Plans for the Future like, DLC's or Free Updates to expand?

A:

Do you think that Scientology will ever change their views on psychiatry?


Q:

Oh shit, you put out Casual Friday's album? Been playing the fuck out of that record since I heard it a couple weeks ago.

Picked up your discography off bandcamp since some of the stuff isn't on Google Play Music. Keep doing your thing man. I love to see people help get bands out of the local scene.

A:

What's your favorite kind of lizard?


Q:

Who takes all the photos? Event and comp images I get since there are photographers there, but the lifestyle/social/travel/casual images? You're all over the globe but rarely are these selfies so I'm curious how this happens

A:

Gustaw - At the time being, no. We have a huge list of stuff we wanted to implement, but did not have the time (or at least, we did not want to delay the game any further) to implement. Maybe a DLC, Darkwood 2, or something else entirely? Who knows. We will definitely try porting Darkwood to consoles though!


Q:

Leah and Mike: No!

Mike: Absolutely not. That is perhaps the most fundamental doctrine of Scientology which sets up the us versus them mentality. Within the bubble of Scientology it is psychiatry that is attempting to destroy man's hope for salvation. Plus L Ron hubbard said it so it must be so.

A:

yeah!! really took off on r/listentothis and r/vinyl. great band that has a promising future!! that was a co release with some cool labels from around the states


Q:

Don't know anything about lizards. This is for sure a Dom Monaghan question.

A:

we have a few people on tour that carry there own camera gear


Q:

Will you be launching to other platforms, like PS4 or possibly Switch?

A:

Do you think Scientology will ever be reformed into a less corrupt church? Do you think Free Zone Scientologists will have influence in the future of the church?


Q:

Letters to cleo still exist? Wow that's a 90s flash back

A:

Besides your own, who is your favorite character on Claws and why?


Q:

Hey Lindsey! What features make your favorite mountains your favorite (i.e., parks, cornices, back country, steep groomers, etc)? As an aside, if you ever come out to Japan, I'll bet you a beer I can beat you in a race :D

A:

Gustaw - we'd love to, but we can't confirm anything at this point.


Q:

Leah: No!

Mike: Because Scientology policy cannot be changed. By definition if you take away Scientology policy, you take away Scientology.

A:

i believe it was either a 10 year tour or a reunion tour...all i could think about backstage was "wow you are speaking to me right now and you were on parks and recreation"


Q:

Quiet Ann. Judy Reyes is playing the shit out of that role. And with few words. If you knew her, you would know why I'm saying this. Just fantastic work. every damn episode.

A:

steep and deep terrain, pow never gets old


Q:

How do gay men and women fair in the church of Scientology? Are they at a bigger risk to psychological damage by heterosexual members? Do they do forced conversion therapy? They are morally against same sex relationships, correct?

A:

How big of an effect do you think /r/emo has had on the success of the bands on your label?


Q:

Hello Harold! I hope you're having a good day. My older sister has autism, and she has just graduated college. She's moving out at the end of the month to go live with our brother in Toronto to study at college. She's very nervous about moving out because she has had experiences in the past with being bullied for her autism. She's worried that everyone will see her as autistic, and she seems unsure of herself. And if things get bad, she's worried about not being able to turn to anyone for help out of fear that they will dismiss her because she is different. It's really hard to see her struggle with this. I have a few questions I want to ask, so I can relay them to my sister. Hearing these things from someone outside of our family and friends would be tremendously helpful.

Have you had the chance to work with any autistic people in the industry? Does playing an autistic character help you understand how autism effects the perception of a person? Do you think that autism can hold people back from being happy?

We grew up watching Lost together (WAAAAAALLLT!), and I'm a huge Matrix geek, so seeing an actor I respect and admire standing up for people like my sister. I'm seriously on the verge of tears. Thank you so, so much. You have no idea how conforming it is for me to know that there are other people who care. Thank you

A:

Is there a moment you remember most out of all the medals and awards?


Q:

Leah: So the answer to the question is yes. There is a lot of psychological damage done to men and women who are gay because Scientology has written about it in “Dianetics” as well as “Science of Survival” and “The Chart of Human Evaluation” collectively. L Ron Hubbard wrote that homosexuality lands on this very low position on this chart. Where homosexuality is charted and labeled as covert hostility. If you're in this covert hostility band, per L Ron Hubbard, Scientology teaches that you are the worst kind of person. You are sadistic you are a back stabber. Scientology considers homosexualtiy as an aberration, which means something to be fixed.

Mike: In Scientology the goal of auditing is to move you up the chart of human evaluation. By definition is it intended by Scientology that you will be cured of your ills through Scientology auditing.

A:

in the grand scheme of things, a post blowing up on r/vinyl or r/listentothis is 100x times more financially helpful to my label. but r/emo holds a special place in my heart for being the sub that helped me start it and the sub that most closely represents my taste in music...they just need to be more open and encouraging to bands in the genre with female members/singers


Q:

I'll answer your last question first. Being autistic should never stop you from being happy. In fact the more you are your unique self, the happier you are end the more fortunate the world is to have you. There is only 1 you and only you can be that person. (ok, I'll get off my soap box now). Next, yes playing Dean helps me understand the uniqueness of each autistic person and their unique perceptions. And finally, I'm sure I've worked with many autistic people in this business but the label doesn't come up for me so, I can't quite say. Tell your sis I wish her good luck at school.

A:

World champs medals are always a great memory. The anthem plays and there is an emotional moment for a second and then you get really jazzed again


Q:

Do you or Mike ever feel you are/could be in imminent danger due to their attack policies? Thanks and I'll be watching! 😍 Keep slugging!

A:

When I read the title of this post, I knew it was someone who was involved in the DIY scene.

I've been putting on shows and touring for the past 4 years, I know how much work goes into it and I just wanted to say good job and keep up the good work!

P.S. Do Prince Daddy And The Hyena smoke as much weed as they want people to think?


Q:

As someone that works with kids that have Autism, thank you for raising awareness and money!

Were there any previously held stereotypes or biases that were challenged during your time portraying someone with Autism?

A:

Do you know Caroline Lalive? Haha....heres a funny story for you. Well as you know, shes a very beautiful woman.. When I used to live in Steamboat I was out dancing somewhere. I had a hat on that said Canadien snowboarders team. Well, I did not know Caroline at this point, but she walks up to me at the bar and says...oh so your on the Canadien anowboard team huh? No....why, are you. Yep. And she just sashayed away with a little piece of my heart.


Q:

Leah: Imininet danger? No, never.

Mike: Speak for yourself

A:

they smoke a fair amount, i have trouble keeping up and can't start as early in the day as them


Q:

playing an autistic person, for me, is pretty challenging because of stereotypes. That's the question I had to constantly as myself and the people around me, am I falling into any stereotyped patterns of speech or behaviors. I kept looking for authentic responses.

A:

would she have said "a?" instead of huh? haha


Q:

How many shattered families have you met that have been able to be repaired after Scientology? Any?

Note: Exjw's thank you for this series. It's kind of a voice for all the millions of families Watchtower's shunning rules have shattered too and it's appreciated.

A:

You just need to put the passion you have for music towards smoking more weed.

Seriously though, keep doing what you're doing. I imagine you'll probably be at the Fest, send me a DM if you want a beer during Prince Daddy's set!


Q:

why'd you kill Libby?!

A:

Mike: Every family is shattered who has left Scientology. There is probably not one that has left that is hasn't ruined relationships.

Leah: Many families have been reconnected. I have a lot of friends who were in and left and disconected with their families and have gotten them and have since reconnected.


Q:

i'll be the weirdo at their merch table, and yes i would like one :)

A:

had to.


Q:

Where do you think Michele Miscavige is?

A:

How come some of the albums on your bandcamp are name your price, but some of them have a set price?


Q:

I thought you did great as Mercutio....in fact that is your most memorable role for me. I saw it during High School when we were studying Shakespeare. I've enjoyed all of your roles over the years and glad to see you using your exposure to benefit a great cause.

Was Shakespeare a stretch for you to portray? Or was it something you had worked with before? How do you rank/remember that role amongst your others?

A:

Leah: Shelly Miscavige -- I don't know. That's why I filed the police report, but it's time for her family to do something, I can tell you that.


Q:

if the band lists their album free on their bandcamp, i do the same. if they list it for a price, i match it. it's their call. i prefer free

A:

A little bit! I'd only ever worked with Shakespeare in school (the Zefirelli classic) and was a little hesitant to jump into it professionally, but that's exactly why they picked me for the role. Most representations are British, traditionally Shakespearean, so I was given the chance to interpret it in a more contemporary way


Q:

I know you don't talk much about Xenu or anything regarding that, since that's not the focus of your show. But will you get more into it this season?

A:

reached out to them and ended up investing all the money I had (and a lot more I had to earn) into their first full length album

How did you dare to do that? Was it a true trust in their potential, a bit of a "eh fuck it lets see if it works" or just a little bit of crazy? Of course money ain't everything but to invest all you had in a band you weren't even in baffles me.

Sorry if my question is worded in a offensive way, not native speaker.


Q:

You were really awesome in the Matrix sequels. Those movies didn't get the great rep that they deserve. Did you have any funny experiences with the other actors on the set?

A:

Leah: Yes and we're going to try to. It is our intention to expose all that Scientology sells, and Xenu is a part of that. We're going to talk about the upper levels of Scientology that cost hunderds of thousands of dollars.


Q:

not offensive at all. i just had a feeling about the band and believed in their abilities as songwriters. and the second they played me the finished product, i knew i wasn't risking a cent and that i would make that money back fast

A:

Became great friends with Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres. We were all in Australia for almost a year, so scuba'd the Great Barrier Reef together with our families, jumped out of airplanes etc. Just a great time.


Q:

What would happen if you were cast with a Scientologist on a show or movie? Would they be unwilling to work with you completely, or is it just somehow dealt with?

A:

Isn't the music industry quite a bit of a gamble? As laymen we hear about how showbiz is a combination of talent, knowing the right people, having a TON of luck (releasing the right content at the right time) etc.. So as far as I'd know it's always a gamble, but maybe it isn't after all? Got any interesting insights on this from the other side of the fence?


Q:

Hi Harold! What job do you think you would you have in another life, brother?

A:

Well, I would do it, because unlike Scientologists I'm not a bigot, but Scientologists can't work with me.


Q:

every release is a gamble, but sometimes you can just tell if a band will pick up steam. i guess it's kind of a gut thing, and i've been watching bands blow up through different message boards since i was like 16 so i'm getting a feel for it

A:

I would be the middleweight boxing champion or I'd be in the UFC. For sure.


Q:

Leah, I remember an interview with you before you left Co$. In that interview, you were using Scientology jargon and speaking about your daughter as if she was an adult. Your daughter still used a bottle at 4 years old and it was filled with barley water and sugar. I trust your daughter is no longer drinking from a bottle, but what impact, if any, did raising your daughter in Scientology have on her and on your relationship with her? Did you need to relearn parenting since leaving Co$?

Great there is a season two. Big thanks to you and Mike.

A:

Sorry if this has been asked, but what's your background as far as music is concerned? I absolutely love a good band, and I love finding things people aren't familiar with and getting them some publicity. I was just commenting to a musician friend the other day that I'd love to be able to do that for a living.


Q:

Hello, sir. I just wanted to say thanks for supporting ASAN. As the parent of an adult daughter on the spectrum, I greatly appreciate the work that ASAN does to further autistic rights and self-advocacy.

My question, then: There are certainly other groups out there (some of whom the less said the better), so what made you choose ASAN to partner with in particular?

A:

Leah: She tried it once as a baby and spit it out to the dismay of my scientology friends who told me to force it on her because it was L Ron Hubbards policy. I didn't use the Scientology jargon while raising my daughter. One of my Scientology friends wrote a report on my because I wasn't using Scientology terms around my baby. Sofia doesn't remeber Scientology, but she does ask me why her Scientology aunt (by marriage) can't talk to her.


Q:

played drums off and on since 14, just started drumming in this band called moon house

got into local diy music around 17 after the hotelier put out their album it never goes out. shit changed the course of my life as it lead me to dive deeper into the world of local music since these kids were around my age growing up in a similar central MA suburb 30 mins from me

A:

I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.


Q:

Do you think the "church" will ever recognize all their doings?

A:

What's your opinion on Jake Checkoway? I don't think you've ever made a statement about him before.


Q:

Hi Harold,

Would you ever consider teaching a one time acting class for your fellow actors?

A:

Leah:No. Mike: Not a chance. They believe that what they are doing is right and that they are justified by the greater good and the amazing things they are doing for the planet and mankind.


Q:

killed it on recording everything

A:

I would love to. I studied with the great Barbara Marchant, and if I could inspire people as she did me, that would be pretty cool.


Q:

Dude, that's awesome and all, but Prince Daddy & The Hyena? How could you simply gloss over that? That's a story right there.

A:

Probably a bit late now, but my girlfriend and I are going through Oz currently and we both agree this show would not be what it is without you. Thank you for all you do and raising awareness for Autism.

If you do read this, could you give a shout out to my girlfriend Lacy? She would go nuts.

Also, you really don't have to. You're busy and I'm an internet stranger.

Edit: typos


Q:

because if you get me started on them i will talk your ear off all day. we just re-released their debut LP which is an artistic achievement in channeling the feeling of being alone and depressed in the internet age

A:

Hi Lacy!! Hope all is well.


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Any tips on getting pr for a band that doesn't tour? I tried to help a friend and contacted about 80 bloggers with handwritten emails, all who for sure cover their genre. It's a decent band but I got zero replies.

Follow up, how long after the official release date to bloggers consider a release old news? I'm wondering if the album release being two or three months old when I pitched doomed his response rate.

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What's it like working with Carrie Preston?


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usually they will want to review within the first few months. hard to get people interested if you aren't putting in the work to tour as well. there is a lot of music out there you gotta seperate yourself through hard work

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Carrie Preston is awesome. Funny. Amazing actress. Adorable. Genius. Good time. Love her.


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I am currently digging the hell out of the Bay Faction album on band camp. Are there any current plans for a resressing? Being a fellow MA native I would love to support a local act.

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I have but one question.

Do you think they'll invite you back as Manny in the animated Constantine series on CW Seed?


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nothing currently but ya never know

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No idea. Thinking that it will be a different story line, but I'd love to play if they were going that route.


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Hey Jake, super interesting AMA!

I volunteer for a diy music venue, and something that's on our agenda is having a small music distro to support independent artists and labels.

Have you sold music/merch on consignment or is there a better way for you to get your records into shops? Or do you prefer online sales?

Bonus question: how do you feel about licensing agencies like BMI and ASCAP?

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Hey Harold

If 28 Months Later was ever made, would you be open to return and play Flynn once again?


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to be honest i dont know much about licensing agencies..if that stuff ever comes up i'll just defer it to my lawyer haha

i have been offered consignment but i prefer to sell the records up front. i'm happy to provide distro to anyone and everyone but for now it needs to be an up front deal rather than consignment, that being said i think i have pretty good distro prices and am willing to do really small quantity orders.

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100 %


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So you work with Mom Jeans? Can you get them to come to OKC or Tulsa again? I missed their tour this summer.

I also have to ask, what are some of your favorite emo bands that got you interested in the genre?

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I'm autistic and suffer from OCD and depression, life is hard for me but I make due, graduating. Getting a girlfriend that has been with me for a year and a half. Having a steady job, I can do it so can every one, So I come here for a question. Where is Constantine?

P.s, make that 2 cause your my favorite character. The fuck kinda name is Manny for a gatdang angel

Edit: Also what's your favorite pokemon. Yes I'm serious


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they have some awesome tours coming up, including a full US tour for FEST in october. i'm sure they will play one of those cities at least once more this year.

i'll be in OKC with prince daddy & the hyena in a few weeks. you should check them out

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Hey Wyatt. Happy to hear you are graduating, and that you have found someone to share your life with.
Constantine was cancelled. Manny may have come from Emmanuel the angel.

I don't know any Pokemons.


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awesome, I'll be sure to do that! I also edited my comment and added a question if you'd have a chance to answer!

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do you keep in touch with waaaaaaaaalt?


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my fav album all time is hoffman manor by state lines. also love the hotelier, early saves the day, twiabp, the wonder years. not all emo but some good bands

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yep. did his music video. we text from time to time, and catch up on social media.


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Sleeping patterns is from my hometown. They deserve all the recognition, thanks for helping them put out such an amazing album. My question is who contacted who?

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Hey Harold. Where'd ya go?


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i've been friends with them awhile, we had been talking about it since before they started recording the album, so im not really sure. great group of people

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right here.


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What is one moment that you will always cherish? (from the tours, to the work with the orders, etc.)

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28 Months later. Can you elaborate?


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damn this is a good question. there have been a lot.

the feeling when i got my first vinyl order and saw my logo on the back of the jacket. staring at the logo the same way i have stared at so many legendary releases.

recently the feeling when a band on my label (mom jeans) played to over 400 people at a venue literally across the US from where they are from and kids were screaming all the words and crowd surfing along. that was beautiful to see.

or honestly just the feeling of being truly free, on the road with people i have grown to love, living my life exactly how i want to at that moment.

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Don't know much about it, but in my mind, I'm alive and well and got away in my helicopter.


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Hey Jake, first and foremost, congratulations on your company's success! I am currently a senior in high school and very interested in the music industry, but not into making the music but more about promoting and being able to help artists I really like get their name out there, since it's something I want to be able to pursue in the future. I, however, have zero experience and I want to hopefully be able to do what you've done. Any idea on how to start, how to approach an artist and how to provide a generous investment among other things? I am very interested in being able to do something here like you've done and hopefully you can provide me some insight and information on how I can start to build a foundation now so I can be able to do something with this later on. Thank you very much and good luck on your future endeavors!

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If you could be stuck on a desert island with one character from OZ, who and why?


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hey buddy!! thanks for the kind words, i didn't event think to get involved til i was 21 so you got a step up on me already. here is what my line of thought was when i decided to start. what can i offer this band that they can't do themselves? i had no name recognition, no prior experience..how could i help? the only thing i could think of was financial investment. they were starting out and dropping a ton to record an album. i had to match that with enthusiam and my own financial risk so that they would even have a reason for working with someone they had never met. so my advice is that when you find a project you are passionate about, ask yourself "what can i do for them that they can't do for themselves" and if you can come up with an answer, pitch it to them and see where it takes you!

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I'd go with Vern. Turns out he's a really nice dude after all. And we are friends in real life.


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What would you say is the best way to put a demo out into the world and actually have producers listen to it?

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Hey Harold, thank you for raising awareness for autism!

My question is... do you know who else auditioned for the role of Michael on LOST? Terrence Howard once claimed that he auditioned and I'm curious if that's true and/or about other actors.


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you need to support it in person. i will notice bands that tour, play/book a lot of local shows, etc

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I know that T Howard did, cause we are friends. I honestly can't remember who else did...but we see a lot of the same guys in the same rooms.


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Glad to see an independent label doing well, the business model of the music industry is going through substantial transitions, and small, independent labels have been pushing forward a model that eschews huge million-dollar deals, and focuses instead on efficiency. Small labels are doing the work that a record label should do, namely organizing the music industry's diverse genres and ethos by uniting a particular kind of music under a single label.

I have my own music company where I'm trying to provide musicians and labels with everything they need to run their own musical career. That said, I've run into a few hurdles that I'd appreciate some insight into.

First, how do you go about promotion? I've got a good handle on songwriting, practicing, recording, releasing digitally, making merch, and going on tour. However, I still don't quite understand what the process of promotion is like, aside from one time when I hired a company to do radio promotion, with little success. How do you go about it? Like, what's your promotional schedule like before and after a release? Also haven't figured out how to do tour booking but that's a whole nother ballgame and probably not your specialty.

Secondly, what are your usual production runs for LPs? Based on the research I've done, per-unit pricing is excessive with production runs of under 500, like 10 bucks per LP, compared to more like $2-$3 per LP for production runs of 1000+. Is this what you've found as well?

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my company makes screen-printable CD and album packaging out of laser-cut wood, which has proven very popular in the few runs I've done. Specifically, the band I've been working with for the past couple years has sold out of more than 100 copies of their CD, which used a prototype of our current packaging design, despite only having around 450 Facebook fans. They sold the CD exclusively at their shows, so I haven't had to do any of the distribution. How does this compare to your methods, in terms of where you sell your releases and how much inventory you get stuck with?

I appreciate you taking the time to answer questions, I love connecting with other music makers. It's been a shit industry for years but now the power is being put back in the hands of the people who actually make and consume music. Keep it up!

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Any more Best Man movies coming up? The original was one of my favorite movies growing up.


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for promotion, i have a friend that free-lances as a pr guy for me. he has some in's at the bigger blogs and can pitch them singles and stuff for me. i'm lucky to have him help out. i'm clueless on legit pr.

for 500 records you can get a cost of about $6-7 per unit. just go light on fancy variants and you can prob do even better than that.

sometimes i'm stuck with a few hundred records for awhile, but mostly things have sold pretty well so i don't have that crazy of a backstock piling up

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Malcolm is working on Best Man 3. We all would like to do it. Just need script to come in and the cast is ready to go.


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Have you ever worked to connect your artists with any commercials/advertising forms or any tv shows/movies? Basically, have u ever come across some awesome music that isn't that popular and then helped the artist get the song heard via advertising/entertainment.

I thought about this when I heard Portugal. The man's "feel it still" on a vitamin water commercial and I was like ayyy good for them that's a great song. HBO's "Big little lies" has a dope soundtrack too.

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What alternative direction would you have liked to see Michael Dawson take?


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this is hard to do. a dude from sony bought an album and i sent him songs for months trying to get a meeting to get them in mlb the show. he stopped answering me

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Of course reuniting with my son and living happily ever after together.


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Sounds like you have worked a real job for the last two years. So about my question: What's your favorite food?

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i was working 40 hours a week doing sales at a shit company in addition to running the label for 18 months. it blew. pizza babyyy


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Question: have you ever been to a Mom Jeans show where people didn't scream "MOM JEANS!" during the intro to Edward 40-Hands? Asking the important stuff here.

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honestly, never


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who are the best vinyl manufacturers, distros, stores to work with? biggest shipping problems (broken merchandise) etc...?

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i have relatively few shipping issues. maybe 1 out of every 75 records has enough damage to get a complaint, so it's easy enough to replace for free at this point.

i really like using a to z media for vinyl, it's nice and simple and they do everything (vinyl, jackets, inserts). i'd also like to shoutout pavonine packaging from NJ. it's a one-woman operation run out of a dorm (i think) that makes handmade cd's and tapes and they are absolutely gorgeous. any band/label should hit her up for the best possible product!


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Hey Jake!

As a non-touring musician (strictly recording, no live shows), would you recommend finding a startup record label and working with them to get my album "out there"? Or just doing it myself?

My goal is to get my music used in films/tv shows/etc, but I really have no interest in touring.

Also am from Boston, spent much of my youth at the Paradise too!

Thanks sir

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i may not be the best person to ask about this as i heavily favor bands that are on the road working their asses off. i think it will be a hard path to climb without supporting it live. but ya never know. try to find so indie filmmakers to email it to


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How often do you get in annoying conversations with people who confuse mid-2000's pop punk with Emo?

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haha actually rarely, i try to avoid that stuff nowadays


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Would you be interested in helping a band out advice wise? We are recording everything ourselves, and have completely gone the DIY route, but it's hard to get shows outside of our own city....advice? Also, if you're interested:

https://vyamusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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this is something i also struggle with. i try to help book tours for bands on my label sometimes and it is hard. best advice, look at bands around the size of your band and see where they tour, hit up those venues. find the local bands they play with, hit up those bands.


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what quantity of T-shirt sizes and brands do you recommend every band take on tour for selling?

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out of any recommendation i make, there is no company i support more than Leigh Valley Apparel Creation based out of PA. small operation in terms of only being a few employees, but an amazing printing company that always gets shit done perfect, for amazing prices, and works really hard for me and everyone else they print for. support local business!!!!! they've made every shirt and custom vinyl jacket i've ever ordered

http://xlvacx.com

i usually buy between 50-150 shirts per design, heavy on medium and large sizes as they sell more, and most of sales are on tour so the more shirts the better on a long run!


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Will you produce classical music on vinyl?

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if there was a tight ass local classical diy band i'd be interested