Over the last few years, the web has blossomed with streaming content.
No longer is the television the only way to get your laughs or your
drama, and their isn't any better example of the booming web TV market
than the success of The
. Focused on the hi-jinx of an MMO playing
known as The Knights of Good, The
strives to softly parody the lives of MMO gamers,
because everyone knows someone that acts just like Codex, Vork, or
While Ten Ton Hammer was at Comic-Con '09, we ran into Sean Becker, the
director of The Guild
and asked him a number of questions regarding his work with the online
series. Keep reading to get an in-depth look at what it's like to work
on one of the most popular web series on the Internet!
Ten Ton Hammer: When did
you get started working with The Guild?
wasn't a part of the show for Season One, and I was actually brought on
board for Season Two because I knew the producer - Kim Evey - through
the original director of The
, and he had other obligations. I knew him from other
projects, and he got me in touch with Kim.
While I was familiar with the show, I hadn't seen all the episodes, so
I went and watched all the episodes in one night and fell in love with
Ten Ton Hammer: It's very
is! I'm not even a gamer, and it's still really easy to understand
what's going on. I'm more of a console gamer - I don't play MMOs or
World of Warcraft
- but even though I didn't get the really in-depth
jokes, the characters and the writing still drew me to the show.
Ten Ton Hammer: How is
Season Three different from the previous seasons?
we venture out a lot into the "real world." In Season Two we were
starting to go out of the rooms and have the characters hang out, but
in this season we do that even more.
I can't give you the really big details, but I can tell you that we
introduce an entire rival guild in this season. They're named..."The
Axis of Anarchy." The Knights of Good are now going to have to deal
with the Axis of Anarchy, as you will all find out as the season rolls
Inside that guild will be five new members of the cast, of course led
by Wil Wheaton's character Fawkes. The other members of the Axis are
Valkyrie, Venom, Bruiser and Kwan.
Ten Ton Hammer: Are they
like the eco-villains compared to Captain Planet's planeteers; kind of
of, it's not like a sort of bizarro guild where everyone their polar
opposites. In fact, every member of the rival guild has their own
unique personalities just like the Knights of Good. Just like Clara and
Bladezz, you're going to have Kwan and Valkyrie in the rival guild.
Everyone has their own quirks.
Ten Ton Hammer: Did you
do a lot of Web TV before you picked up the directorial reigns of The
I started off doing short films, and I eventually got tired of the film
festival scene. The online medium is much faster, because once you put
something online - and it's good - it can be instantly seen by
I started with my buddy Payman Benz, and we put together a company
called Awkward Pictures. From that we started up another show named
"Comedy Gumbo" that is best described as a "live action Robot Chicken."
It's great for people with short attention spans; everything is very