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"...That's what Renegade Studios, the area's newest filmmaking space, is designed to provide. Just off Fourth Street in Taylor, a few blocks away from Louie Mueller Barbecue, Koontz and his team have quietly built a new one-stop production space, aimed directly at Austin's indie filmmakers...."
"..."It seemed to go on for ages, nobody could come up with a title for the album," [producer Chris] Tsangarides remembers. "We were in Odyssey studios and Phil had left for a while before he came running back all too soon with an idea for the album..."
"...Can't keep up with all the local games to buy, support, and/or anticipate? Me neither, but here's a few nuggets from local studios that are putting the finishing touches on projects or trying to get something new off the ground...."
"...Look for a whole unholy host of familiar local names involved in this five minutes of craziness, including Kirk Johnson (The Unicorn), FX master Eric Zapata, and Garth Manor cofounder and Renegade Studios COO Kris Phipps. Now sit back, light your candles, slaughter a chicken, and enjoy "We Summoned a Demon."..."
"...Humility never was their strong suit; pushing for artists' rights was. In the spirit of Image Comics and United Artists, they gathered six independent game studios, pooled the rights to the games, and split the profits down the middle..."
"...There is an argument, however, that the independent spirit of Austin gaming culture started in 1980 with a teenage Richard Garriott selling floppy discs of his game Akalabeth in Ziplocs and continued with his company Origin. Boyer drops some names from Austin's gaming lore: "Warren Spector, Harvey Smith, and Randy Smith – those people were crazy PC guys doing really neat stuff, and then that all just shut down." As business-types realized that games were not just a phase but a profitable art form, by most accounts the bulk of independent spirit fell to the wayside as large studios began vacuuming up the artistic and programming talent here and elsewhere..."
"...Developers must be established or have their game go through a Greenlight process to be distributed. You can log on and vote for these local games looking to get Greenlit: Saam Pahlavan's 2D world-flipping Disorder, Minicore Studios' space-dog serial The Sun at Night, Brian Bonnet's first-person platformer Teknedia, and the multiplayer back-and-forth battles of Capsule Force from Klobit are all well worth the upvote...."
"...Dishonored took home the award for Best Action Adventure Game from Spike's Video Game Awards, but that doesn't mean local developer Arkane Studios is resting on their laurels. They just released downloadable content for Dishonored called Dunwall City Trials..."
"...Paper Child Studios is showing off their upcoming release of Purify Puzzle, an addictive and thoroughly playable casual game in the Bust-a-Move mold. Get hooked now before everyone is mainlining it...."
"...Alex Cox is dispatching from deep in the Oregon woods, hunkered away from the light and the madness and cable television. He's been there for some time, lobbing grenades – at the film studios and the banks and the hypocrites and the colonialists – and cobbling together cinematic documents with dust and grit and more than a little wicked humor...."
"...We asked him – and featured him in this story years ago. He’s a longtime Austinite who swarmed in from Boston as fast as he could and set up shop back in the day, worked himself up an influential outpost of graphic industry among the breakfast tacos, tequila bars, film studios, and renegade artgroups galvanizing this town...."
"...Considering that much of the information filtering into aint-it-cool-news.com is allegedly "for studio eyes only" and that much of it could be construed as having been stolen, do studios ever threaten legal action against the site?..."
"...Veteran audio engineer Mark Genfan, a beloved force in our music community whose sound design and consulting business, Acoustic Spaces, brought to life many of ATX's finest studios, perished along with his wife Alisin in flooding last Friday. Both were 62..."
"...Emily Duff has helped foster a vibrant songwriter scene around her NYC West Village restaurant Cowgirl. Last year's Maybe in the Morning dishes Lucinda Williams grit recorded at Muscle Shoals' FAME studios, while this year's upcoming You Better Believe adds gospel flair. Lizzie No..."
"...Sankofa describes her dream: "I see textile mills that have moved in, maybe somebody who makes buttons or sewing supplies. Buildings with retail on the bottom floor, and upstairs there's designers' studios, showrooms, workrooms, and spaces where people are learning to sew..."
"..."Take these," he says, handing me a parting gift of Texas-grown grapefruits and pecans that he collected while recording at Sonic Ranch Studios, which is on an orchard. "This is real food." Tour Dating With Ume..."
"..."We used to joke that Jerry was a robot, some kind of fiendish, inhuman machine when he was behind the drums," recalls bassist Scott Telles. "The first time I saw him play, I asked to look under his shirt to make sure he was human!" The CD release: ND at 501 Studios, Friday...."
"...AIP was the Saks Fifth Avenue, the Wal-Mart, and the discount dollar store of exploitation drive-in productions all at once. It released the best and the worst of these movies, nurtured Roger Corman, and had the longest tenure among similar independent studios...."
"...The circuit proved the training ground for a couple of generations of filmmakers. Independent Hollywood studios like AIP and New World regularly produced low-budget exploitation films to play this circuit..."