A few weeks ago, I was absolutely stunned to wake up and discover that I had been named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Games. I found out that I'd been nominated over the summer and I kinda just put it out of my mind - assuming it wouldn't happen. Kinda can't even believe it.
Executive Producer Kevin Boyle and I were invited to be on The IGN Show to talk about Season 2 of Minecraft: Story Mode and share an exclusive first look at episode 3: "Jailhouse Block." Unbelievably, this means that my silly face was all over people's TVs on Disney XD. Crazy.
Man what a crazy year it's been so far. I started the year working in total secret as the lead writer of Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two, which finally debuted in July. Now two episodes down with the third one on the way in the next few weeks, it's been so exciting to see the fan response so far and to see how much everyone has been digging the story we're laying out this year. It's been really tough learning how to be a leader, but I think I'm slowly making strides. See, in the past when I've been working on an episode at Telltale I just end up writing everything or rewriting everyone to make sure I'm getting what I want, but with 5 episodes going there's just not the time (and I don't have the energy). So while I wrote 100% of episode 1 and the majority of episode 2, with episodes 3-5 I'm trying really really hard to just coach and help the other writers. I'm hoping to write a whole blog post about that down the line.
Outside of my work at Telltale, I've had a couple of side projects come and go. I was developing a pair of feature films for a nice production company (had to get tabled for now; financial reasons, c'est la vie), and I've had a couple of features in development myself. Working with my dear friend and collaborator Osric Chau to see if we can get one of them off in the ground in 2018. Fingers crossed! Additionally I've started poking my toe into some other mediums - I have a couple comic book pitches floating around out there, I pitched an idea for a VR series... like with most things in this crazy business nothing has come of it yet, but it's fun to stretch my creative muscles and try things out.
On the non-work front, I've got some really exciting trips coming up in the fall which I can't wait for. In October, I'm accompanying my partner Molly to Bergen, Norway, where she's going to be speaking at Konsoll about Narrative Design. We visited Norway last year for her birthday and it'll be really fun to go back again. And then in November, I'm making a lifelong trip come true and going to Japan for two weeks!! We're flying into Tokyo, spending a few days there, then spending a week traveling the countryside before returning to Tokyo and flying home. I'm so so excited.
I was thinking about embracing being hipster trash and buying a 1970s Instamatic Super 8 movie camera to record my Japan journey but I can't quite bring myself to pull the trigger. There are lots of them available on the cheap on Etsy but the film is expensive... still haven't decided yet but knowing me I'll probably end up just doing it. I think it could be pretty cool. :)
Anyhow. I just wanted to put an update on here so that if folks visited here it wouldn't look like a TOTAL ghost town. Maybe I'll try and actually post on here with a teeny tiny bit more frequency. We'll see.
WOW that's one heckuva trailer. The video team really knocked it outta the park and did an amazing job selling the episode. Release day was yesterday and it's been really wonderful seeing people's responses because there's a lot of stuff I'm pretty proud of in there - A lot of moments that I'm still so humbled that I got to contribute to Telltale's Batman canon. It was a hectic and crazy couple months getting it made, but now that it's out there that's pretty exciting!
Getting handed a character like the Joker to write was especially daunting at first - I mean, whaddya do with the Joker? He's a character who you can simultaneously do anything with AND simultaneously need to fit a million people's different expectations. It took a lot of drafts and a lot of working with our fantastic voice actor Anthony Ingruber but I think we landed in a place that's pretty great and I'm really proud of it.
Anyway. I'm so glad it's out and people are enjoying it - I in the meantime have been off to the next project for a couple weeks now. Can't talk about it yet but... Pretty excited.