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The Making of the South Park WoW Episode 70

Via GameSetWatch, an interview with South Park Producer Frank Agnone, Tech Supervisor J. J. Franzen, and Director of Animation Eric Stough. The discussion, on the site, goes into a lot of detail on how the South Park WoW episode was made, their rationale for doing it, and the amount of assistance they received from Blizzard. From the article: "Q: How long did it take to capture, puppeteer, and edit all the WOW footage? JJ: Uhm... A really really long time. We decided early on to treat the in-game capture sessions as regular film shoots. Our 'set' ended up being the lobby of the studio we produce South Park in. We rented 12 PCs, set up a bunch of folding tables, and were basically good to go. I decided that it would be best to capture on a Mac, since we would be able to capture directly to a quicktime file, which would make getting the captured footage onto the editing system a lot quicker. So, I hauled my shiny new MacPro out into the lobby and spent the next two weeks in a much bigger, if less private, new office. We had 5 'shoot' days, the first on the 20th of Sept. which lasted about 3-5 hours. The next was on the 26th of Sept. which also lasted about 4-5 hours., and then we shot almost every other day up to the last few days of production Monday and Tuesday were full days, with the last day going from 10am Tuesday morning to around 3am Wednesday morning the 3rd of Oct,, the day the episode aired."
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The Making of the South Park WoW Episode

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  • Close (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Wellington Grey ( 942717 ) on Saturday November 18, 2006 @04:01PM (#16898346) Homepage Journal
    with the last day going from 10am Tuesday morning to around 3am Wednesday morning the 3rd of Oct,, the day the episode aired.

    That's cutting it really close. Anyone know if that's usual for the production of an South Park Episode?

    -Grey []
  • Re:How they did it: (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slughead ( 592713 ) on Saturday November 18, 2006 @04:12PM (#16898454) Homepage Journal
    1. Write down a load of world of warcraft references and in jokes.
    2. Add a couple of toilet jokes.
    3. Profit!

    I have to agree (before you get modded down as the dirty troll you are!).

    I don't play WoW, but I've been a gamer since I was 10 years old (which was before you were born, whoever you are). I understood all the jokes and even knew enough about WoW to appreciate that it was right on the money.

    Also, the way that they talked was hilarious--the sort of condescending borderline malaise in the vocal commands from Cartman to the other 3--that was spot on.

    All in all, though... It just wasn't... that ... funny. A lot of WoW players I know thought this was an epic event and were actually giddy that Trey and Matt decided to shed light on their somewhat lame past-time. All I'm saying is, it could've used more fart jokes.
  • by cheekyboy ( 598084 ) on Saturday November 18, 2006 @08:21PM (#16900542) Homepage Journal
    Sorry, but it was a fun episode, just enjoy things for what they, are DONT analyze until you have no friends. Keep
    your sad analyzation to your self. Sometimes mixing lots of predictable and obvious things together in a funny setting, can be truely
    even more funny. If something is not predictable and not obvious then its probably weird alternative art that gets ZERO ratings.

    SP is not for boring people but for a quick 20 min viewing, either while drinking beer, or other non-government approved narcotics banned
    by R-Tards in the halls of InJustice.
  • Family Guy did it! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dangitman ( 862676 ) on Saturday November 18, 2006 @08:58PM (#16900790)
    I wonder if South Park got an insider leak that Family Guy was doing a World of Warcraft episode, and slapped the episode together quickly to beat them to the punch? After all, the animation for Family Guy would take a lot longer - so they must have been developing that episode long before South Park got the idea.

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