Interview with XTheDarkOne

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Hey guys, it’s abridger interview time again. Today I’m chatting with the handsome face behind many of Yugioh GX Abridged’s most prominent characters, xthedarkone. We discuss the process of creating an average episode, the greatest experiences he’s ever had with fans at conventions, his advice for those who want to fllw in his footsteps and more.

Laura: Firstly, could you introduce yourself and give a short explanation of what you do for any readers who’ve not heard of you?

xthedarkone: Well my name is xthedarkone, and I’m an abridger. I Started doing Yugioh gx abridged when my friend shadyvox asked me to help write it when he attempted to do it himself however didn’t feel his first ep was very good. I found writing and voice acting so much fun that after shady asked if we could do the series togetherIi was more than willing. I now do amateur voice over work as well as my own abridged series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and one with MasakoX Rosario + vampire.

Laura: And was acting, voice acting or script writing something you’d ever considered before getting into Yugioh GX Abridged, or was that how you first got into it?

xthedarkone: Well I did a lot of writing before GX as I used to write fanfiction so I enjoyed writing long before I started abridging but yeah when I first started doing GX I found it a lot of fun to voice act and soon found a passion in it.

Laura: At what point did you realise GX Abridged was a successful series that you’d be sticking with? Was their a moment where it became clear?

xthedarkone: Well I was going to stick with GX despite how successful it became but i guess one of the first things that told me the series had become successful when people started doing fanart from the show.

Laura: What’s the process of creating a typical episode of GX Abridged like for you from start to finish?

xthedarkone: Well our style of creating episodes has evolved but our modern style we use now involves shady either coming round to my place or I will go to his, we get the episode in question and watch the entire thing first just collecting ideas then we go through the ep again and begin writing the script, knocking ideas back and forth. Once that is done I will go round to his to do the recording needed, we may still tweak the script here and there during recording. Once that it done it left to shady to mix and edit the ep together.

Laura: In what ways has your life changed since you started Abridging?

xthedarkone: My life has changed in almost every way since I started abridging, I’ve made soooo many new friends because of it. Abridging has changed my life thanks to all the taleted people who I’ve been able to meet and know from the gang of whachow to meeting littlekuriboh, masakox and Faulerro, three people I would definatly call my brothers. But the biggest and by the BEST thing that abridging has done for me was helping me meet the amazing girlfriend Lady_nanaki who I met thanks to a con I was invited to for abridging.

Laura: Have you ever had any weird experiences with fans?

xthedarkone: Once at a convention, masakox and I were hosting a quiz at a con and while they were totting up the answers masako and I had to ablib some comedy, then later on at our panel a fan approached us during q and a and told us that our time during the q and a seemed very scripted when it wasn’t at all

Laura: In contrast, have you ever had any particularly memorable positive fan experiences?

xthedarkone: tbh nearly all my expirences with fans have been positive but to name a few would be: a couple of years ago I attended a convention wthout being a guest and I went to the Yugioh cosplay photoshoot and as everyone had grouped up for a photo I asked everyone to look at the camara and say reaction shot, they didn’t really hear me until one of the cosplayers and my friend ExShadow a really talented cosplayer who along with Malindachan had been looking after me the whole con repeated what I had said one of the cosplayers too a good look at me and his face seemed to light up when he figured out who I was. Another great expirence was at an english convention last year when I was asked this very same question and we mentioned a girl who was a cancer patient who said that listening to GX abridged really helped her get through it all, and it turned out the girl in question was there AT THE PANEL so shady and I approached her and we hugged, at the same con I also met some fans who had travelled all the way from Berlin to see us

Laura: Do you have any advice for any aspiring voice actors or abridgers reading?

xthedarkone: Well for voice actors I would say find your own voice, a lot of people think the only way to be a good voice actor is to sound like a current famous VA when in fact directors are looking for NEW sounds a lot of the time, if they are looking for Dan Green they will try to hire Dan green. So Voice actors yeah learn how to express your emotions through your voice and find your own sound. As for Abridging I would say have fun with it and only do it IF you are interested in voice acting, writing or just entertaining. Not to try and get famous.

Laura: lastly, do you have any final words?

xthedarkone: butts, cheese, dalmations!

Interview with Megami33

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The world of abridging on YouTube can be a tough one to follow. Copyright claims are often made against the use of footage, counter claims happen under fair use of copyright to get videos back up and the cycle eternally continues. So, what do you do after your first abridging channel is taken down for copyright? You pick a new series to abridge that’s older and less likely to run into issues, grab a group of friends and start the fantastic Sailor Moon Abridged. I was able to chat with one of the shows stars, Corinne Sudzy AKA Megami 33, to discuss how she got into abridging, her upcoming plans, her advice for first time abridgers and much more.

Laura: For any readers who don’t know you, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do?

Corinne: So yes my name is Corinne, but I go by on the interwebs as Megami33. I am what you call a jack of all trades parody artist, voice actress, singer, editor of lots of stuff, mostly known for SMA, which is Sailor Moon Abridged that I have created with a group of my friends. I also am known for voicing Bulma, Chaiotzu and Puar on TFS DBZA (Team Four Star Dragon Ball Z Abridged) as well as Sir Integra on Takahata’s new Hellsing abridged. I voice in many other abridges, parodies and such on the internet as well. :3

Laura: How did you first get involved in the world of online parodies? Where did you get the idea from?

Corinne: Well there have always been parodies online as far as I can remember the internet slowly coming into age, but starting my own stuff I was mostly inspired by LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh abridged. I love the humour, especially being a fan of the show myself. I love to make people laugh so I thought I’d give it a try. My first attempt was Pokémon on my account SUDZ33 which was taken down after three episodes. But my friends saw Little Kuriboh’s show as well and wanted to help me out with a show we all related to the most – Sailor Moon – and thus SMA was born. X3

Laura: And what’s the process of working on a typical episode of SMA like for you?

Corinne: Well my house had most of the equipment used for making the show which was really just a Mac and an internal mic! But later on I upgraded a bit. So yes, a typical way to start for us, we all gather at my place, chill out a little since we wanted to have fun with this and not making it work. We watch an episode together, commentary style as we go along while my friend KrisRix writes the ideas down and compiles it to a script format. After planning out the script, we record together in much of a style like how Japanese VA’s or animations sometimes record as we’re interacting with one another, then the rest of the work is up to me mixing it all. I used Garageband for most of it and edited on imovie/ Aftereffects. :3

Laura: How’s your life changed since you got into abridging?

Corinne: Oh wow… hmm… I guess it’s definitely made me come out of my shell a bit more. I was usually a workaholic, which I still kind of am, but I’d rather be alone to focus just on my stuff. I was into acting when I was younger as well but got bad cases of stage fright entering high school. After college and doing parodies more, I found I love acting again and it was easy to just be silly and do voices, especially when no one can see you. It definitely made me more sociable I feel as I made a lot of new friends, connections and even my boyfriend of two years now. And my creative processes, I definitely love working in groups. I feel you just get more ideas flowing in you when you work with others. It’s been an up and down experience but definitely good overall :3

Laura: Can you tell us anything about any of your upcoming plans that fans should be looking forward to?

Corinne: I like to say that I want to end SMA as soon as I can, but out of most people in my group I have a bit more free time and a lot of my members need to focus on their jobs a lot more, which in these days I can’t blame them. So eventually when things are better for certain members I may finish season two, but when I can’t be certain. But good news is I’m working on a new parody with another friend of mine Eilemonty, which is being worked on as we speak, but it’s a surprise. It should hopefully be out either late April or early May depending how things are. I also am working on a podcast with my boyfriend talking about movies, with episode three coming out soon. And of course you’ll hear in me in a lot of projects for new parodies, as well as new episodes of DBZA and Hellsing. :3

Laura: Have you ever had any weird experiences with fans?

Corinne: Oh tons! Well honestly it really is such a pleasure to know and meet people who are fans of my work and that they let me know it makes them happy. Again with abridging now being more polished these days with editing and such, it’s still nice that people enjoy the old stuff my group and I did and can see the whole point in why we started this. We had fun and you can tell we were having a blast with this even to the end. As for experiences, I may still have a few stalkers which is why I never go to cons alone either! I have met fans that were so happy to see me that they were crying, which I never expected. I definitely am still not used to getting so much praise; I sometimes get embarrassed or feel like I don’t deserve it as much as people say, but I am thankful that it makes them happy overall. :3

Laura: On the flip side, have you ever had any particularly memorable positive fan experiences?

Corinne: Like I said I really do enjoy hearing from many people how they enjoyed my work, that it’s helped them through hard times, even depression, that it made them try their hands at parodying or just something new they would never have considered before. Heck how it’s even helped them make friends, even lovers, just enjoying parodies together, which I think is quite crazy knowing that my crazy parody that I made with my friends in a basement could do that! I have gotten some lovely fan art and gifts as well even a whole 12 pack of Coca Cola one time, cause I do love the stuff! It’s cheesy, but knowing that I made them laugh and seeing them smile makes me just as happy as any gift could. :3

Laura: What advice do you have for any aspiring abridgers reading?

Corinne: Don’t be afraid to step out of your shell. You may think you want to make your own stuff, but get nervous when it’s not doing as well as you hoped or doubting yourself that people will like it. We are allowed to make mistakes and from them and critiques we can learn and get better at anything as long as we keep working at it. I’ve been practicing editing, singing and acting for about 7-8 years now all on my own learning things, asking for advice, critiques and I improve with each step. It may take longer for some, but don’t be afraid to create. Being creative means to have fun, not being afraid to express yourself, and entertaining others, especially in these times where sometimes a good laugh can brighten anyone’s day.

Laura: Lastly, do you have any final words?

Corinne: I hope you guys continue to enjoy my work as well as many others that are doing the same thing I’m doing. And if you want to join along, be my guest. There’s no abridger, artist or whatever that’s good or bad in my book, as long as you’re having fun in the process. Make sure to follow my twitter at: https://twitter.com/Megami33 to look out for any news on my new parody show coming out soon as well as my many other projects! Best of luck to ya! :3