Old videos, new hi-res uploads!

A couple years ago YouTube finally got its act together and started allowing 16×9 and HD videos to be posted in their native format. Now that I’ve got my act together and have started working on videos again, I’ve decided to re-upload some of my favorite creations in 16×9 and/or HD.

Check after the jump for direct links and embeds: Read more…

Where do I start?

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been writing in a personal blog for years now on an independent game development site. Some time ago I also tried to start up a separate blog devoted mostly to politics… but after a couple months I realized that I absolutely f***ing hate political blogs and the people who write them. In fact, I generally can’t stand any bloggers. This diagram illustrates the problem:

Blogger Diagram

As you can see, very few reasonable human beings ever even choose to write a blog in the first place. Fewer yet manage to keep it entertaining or informative enough to make it worth reading on a regular basis. I believe that I fall into the purple zone on this diagram – but we’ll see if others will actually enjoy reading what I have to write. Regardless, I’m not going to concern myself with amassing OMG 1 MILLION READERS11!1!!1. Like my YouTube shorts, I’ll be writing this blog purely for the enjoyment of the process. Any viewership that I happen to wrangle in is just icing on the cake.

So what am I getting at? My goal with this blog is to write/rant/babble about anything and everything, and to have fun while I’m doing it. Now that we’ve got “the talk” out of the way with this post, I can get started with writing it.

Warning: If in the distant future the Hipster population gets out of control and they somehow take over the planet (henceforth referred to as the HIPSTOCALYPSE), this place will transform into an underground blog from which I shall spearhead the resistance movement. We may not be able to save humanity, but we’ll take as many of those PBR guzzling douchebags with us as we possibly can. Viva La Resistance

Welcome to the new Ben Makes Movies

o hai tharLong time no see.

It’s been a hectic couple of years – a period of time that I’m sure I’ll be talking about quite often on this shiny new blog. While I haven’t released any YouTube shorts since the summer of ’09, I’ve still been hard at work writing and producing stuff in the professional world. After spending two years in hell Los Angeles I’m happy to report that I’m finally back home in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m ready to resume my favorite hobby: making web videos.

I’ve redesigned Ben Makes Movies  to be the new home for my personal blog on top of being the hub for my YouTube shorts. I’ve actually been blogging for years on different site related to my other hobby, designing independent online games. It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s time to graduate from writing a blog under an online alias that I’ve had since high school.

I’ve got several new web shorts in the works, including one that I intend to release later this week. Hold onto your cornbread Grandma – there is a ton of cool stuff on the way!