Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles - Hello everybody, thank you for coming. Can we give one more round of applause for all the filmmakers and great actors for RTX. (audience applauding) So we're gonna answer some questions now and I'm going to introduce the people on this panel. I'm Jack Davis, the CEO and co-founder of Crypt TV. This is-- Does anyone know who this is? - [audience member] Dead Meat. - Oh, it's Dead Meat? Oh shit, we got the wrong person here. This is James Dead Meat Janisse. Coming to the stage, perfectly fashionably late, Annie Northman who's actually a Crypt fan and that's why we wanted to have her here. Maybe our biggest fan, our first fan, we're very lucky to have her. And Kate Krantz, Chief Content Officer of Crtypt TV. - Oh yeah. - And maybe looks like one more person's gonna join the panel. Oh oh. Uh oh. (laughing) Hey, buddy. It's pretty unsettling. I guess that's the point though. So thank you so much everyone for coming. Yeah, get your pics in. He'll get here. Since we have such a great audience here, and I appreciate everyone waking up early, I wanna make this as much QandA as possible so you guys can ask James any questions, or Annie, or Kate, or myself. But real quickly I'll start with you, James. You are such a talent. So much of your work is done in analysis and you do opposite at Kill Counts in the podcasting. How did it feel to shift gears and go back to I know some of your roots in acting. - Yeah, it was weird 'cause for the you know past year I've just had total control over all my creative projects with everything on Dead Meat and the Kill Count and everything else so especially that hosting is very different than acting. Hosting is just being myself and goofin' around about movies, and to show up on set and for them to be like, "No, you're like a heartless psychopath." I'll try, yeah alright. - How did the blood fountain bath feel? - Oh my God, dude. So that was the last day of shooting on Look-See season two. It was an overnight shoot and it was in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, like a large wildernessy park and that was around five in the morning that we did that, 'cause it was obviously the last thing we had to do 'cause I would be covered in blood and so you know, we're fighting to get it in before like dawn and it was just, there was viscera in that fake blood. There was like fake, I think it was like pantyhose filled with weird chunks of things and on hit me in the mouth and it tasted weird. And then I had to drive home covered in blood. It was a weird experience. - It's just so awesome that James thinks the blood is fake, so cool. (laughing) So, Annie. - Yes. - Well as the Crypt fan up here as our, maybe out biggest fan, what's your immediate reaction to Look-See season two? - It was really awesome, I really liked it. - Well that's good. So when did you discover Crypts? Are you a big Rooster Teeth fan and in general how much of your entertainment do you watch on YouTube and companies like Crypt versus TV or film? - Well at first I discovered Crypt on Facebook actually. It was like a video. It was a vampire video. I was like watching that one and I was just watching it thinking like, "Oh my God, this is really cool." And so after that I was just like clicking through the videos, and scrolling and scrolling, and after that I was just hooked. - Can you also show off this awesome vest you've made. I'm sure everyone here appreciates it. This I the coolest thing I've ever-- You can describe it to Kate. (laughing) - It is all by me. Everything made by me, sewn by me. (audience applauding) - You know, obviously you have someone like James up here who's so talented in Crypt in that community spirit and the YouTube spirit. We love people who make things themselves, so very cool. So, Kate, what do you think the biggest parts of Look-See season two are? Is there anything maybe you want to not explain, but talk about that went into making this season and where you see it going from here? - Yeah, so I mean I hope you guys liked it. We make it for you guys. (audience applauding) But our process, I don't know if you guys recognize how much control you guys have over what we make at Crypt. So we release the first season, you guys liked this guy, which we like him too. And we saw that you guys wanted a lot more understanding of like how long has he been around, his backstory. So that's why we went back in time to show you that this guy's been around for a while. - Of course it forms our understanding of who we should be working with to see what the fans respond. So I wanna ask you James, how do you incorporate your incredible, very engaged community's feedback into your work and how do you think they will feel about seeing you in a new role? And as it comes to being a creator, having a vision, how do you also incorporate other people's feedback. - Oh yeah, well there's kind of like a give and take because a lot of people want me to do a lot of things and if I did them all, I would just implode from everything that they want. And so it's definitely like just trying to balance what I want to do, what I think would be best for the channel and my own creative endeavors, and then what people want too. Because for instance like with the Kill Count a lot of people are like do Infinity War Kill Count. I'm like it's not really my thing, sorry. Sorry if you're out there and you just want me to do Infinity Wars. It's just I feel like that's not being true to myself 'cause I wanna incorporate what people want to see and what people want me to do while never feeling like I'm like selling out. And that's why it's so fun with Crypt TV is because Alex, all your team members hit me up in an email and I actually missed the email until months later and then I checked it out and I was like, "Oh, this is--" 'Cause I've gotten emails from like mobile games and people who want me to plug their stuff and I'm like, it just doesn't feel right. It's not something I actually believe in. But when I checked out Crypt's stuff specifically Look-See especially, I was like, "Oh, this is something I can really get behind." And like when I talk about it I can be sincere about it because I actually really do like it. - It's so interesting to hear that. Annie, how important is it to you as a fan that the channels you follow stay organic in what they do? And what would you say Crypt does well and actually I'd even wanna hear when we stray away, you feel like the community doesn't like? - Well it also kind of depends on the person 'cause some people may like the really scary stuff and other people may like the really silly stuff. Like me, I like it all. I'm not that picky. It can be silly, it could be funny, it-- - [Jack] The best type of fan. (laughing) I wish everyone was you. - I'm not that picky, I love everything about it. - Interesting. And Kate, when it comes to the filmmakers you work with, does anyone here an aspiring filmmaker or wants to act, or direct, or write? Okay, a few hands. Put those hands up. What would you say our process is and what would you say, having worked in film before, what opportunities does this platform give, and how can people best take advantage of that? - I mean, I'm a little biased but I think that we are good about abiding by best idea wins. And if you have talent, you have passion about what you're doing, we will always love to work with you. Like that's exciting to us more than anything. It's not about the resume, it's about the vision and we like cultivating fresh talent. And we saw Landon off of a couple YouTube videos, some of which were like his a cappella videos, if you wanna deep dive into some of those, good time. But he has a real point of view and perspective so we were able to work with him in a way that was digital-friendly. He understands that the fan comes first and that's something that we always hammer. It's all about the fan. And we can always create something new, and fresh, and original if we abide by that. - James, what's the most difficult part of being a obviously self-supported? You're making your own stuff, your audience is what's getting you your Google checks. What's the most difficult part of that though? What are the things that you think people don't see that goes into this you know, amazing work you do but I'm sure feels like a labor of love sometimes. - Yeah, it's the amount of work that goes into it. And I try to show that, I try to show behind the curtain. That's why I do editing live streams on my channel to show people the work that goes into a video because it seems like sometimes people think that the video takes as long as it takes to watch it, to make it. And they're like, "Why are you spending all this time on a 15 minute video?" And it can be up to like 40 hours for one of those videos, and I'll do an editing live stream and it'll be an eight hour stretch of editing and people will be like amazed by it. And I'm like, that's not even the whole thing, man. That was just today's work. So I really like, that's kind of one of my missions on YouTube is to show people the work that goes into being a YouTuber. I think that a lot of people think that it's just this really easy job to fall into, and it's the dream job, I'll never complain about having it because I love what I do and I love that I get to do it, I'm very fortunate. But I don't want people to think that it's a simple thing. I want people to know the reality behind it, that it's constant work and especially relying on other people, it's very unstable. And can be scary sometimes. - And when it comes to relying on other people, what do you think, do you feel like the movies that you're actually covering, those studios, support you?