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How I would've done the single player if the game had a budget

2018.07.28 21:34 MGSF_Departed How I would've done the single player if the game had a budget

So, as I've noted before, I like Surviveance. I know most are iffy and I get why, even if I still enjoy it myself. My biggest beef with the game, besides being cheap and feeling cheap, is that it doesn't really feel like a Metal Gear game. And part of why I wasn't shitting myself with outrage from the word go was because I always believed Metal Gear could be used in different mediums and do those mediums better than the normal games in said genre. I think Ac!d Tr!p 2 is the best turn-based strategy card game I've ever played, and I have infinitely more fun with Revengers than I have any hacky-slashy.
But those games still felt like Metal Gear games.
Surviveance feels more like Stargate tbh. Literally everything connected to MGS or V is shoehorned and token. None of it has any meaning. You could literally take every element remotely related to V, rewrite it as something else, and literally nothing would've changed.
So, here's me being a silly billy and doing one of those, "here's how I would've done it" things because it's 11am and I have an hour to kill before I start doing some deliveries for a quick buck. All of this is under the assumption that Surviveance has more than a budget of two and a half dollars.
First of all, on a basic mechanical level, I'd remove the aggressive stamina shit because it goes from being a massive, tedious pain in the ass that killed the game for a lot of people to a non issue once you have farms. And the problem with that approach is, there's no balance. It's goes from being too aggressive to just being something you occasionally have to go into a menu for every six minutes or so. An if that's the case, just do away with it completely. Sure, survival is key in a game like Surviveance, but the game didn't do the survival element all that well in the first place. The stamina shit from MGS3 was the weakest, most tedious part of the entire game.
Also, what we started with in the beta is exactly what we should've started with from the very start of the game. The fact that you have to level up a combo from 2 attacks to 3 is fucking atrocious. Because you're not leveling up a skill to be more advanced, you're leveling it up to be bare basic. And certain things should've just been default because that's what makes the combat actually enjoyable, and starting out with it being incredibly clunky and stiff is not a good way to start a game where you're very much limited to melee combat at the start.
Finally, I'd do away with subclasses completely, and just have one massive skill tree that's available from the word 'go.' Certain skills should be accessible to everyone, not just exclusively one class. This way, like MGO2, you can truly individualize your own Captain they play in a way that's mostly tailored to your needs at any given moment.
And on the VA front, recast Chris, because his voice actor is fucking terrible. I know that's harsh because he's a child actor and what not, but just do like they did with Eli and Chico and cast a really young sounding 20 year old because the kid who plays Chris sounds like he's in an elementary school production, and not a very good one. (Hey, I was a stage actor for years. I've worked with talented child actors and I've worked with child actors that assured me my decision to never have children was not a bad decision.)
(also, I'd give it a fucking offline mode because these "you're paying 40 bucks to just rent this game for a few years" approach is ass.)
Anyway, as for the story itself, first and main thing; Captain wouldn't be a mute. The silent protagonist approach kills literally any kind of emotional investment or attachment one could have for the characters since there's no central person that connects them for us to actually see their bonds grow. If that means having to hire different voice actors because Matthew Mercer is already the voice of Reeve and seeing Reeve bond with Reeve might get weird, fine.
On the subject of Reeve, he's a Zoff soldier and Cap is an MSF soldier. That's not something that should just be glossed over. Reeve was one of the men at motherbase shooting shit up. So these two should start as enemies. The opening ruins should actually have an objective, not just be one of those "go from A to B" type deals. Instead of Reeve helping the Cap and planting the charges off-screen, the Cap should find the explosives on a dead Zoff guy, then with Goodluck's help, plant the explosives in key areas, then race to the exit. It's only when he does that he and Reeve confront one another again on that rooftop area with all that cover space, and that would culminate in a boss battle.
Reeve would have the advantage because he has an assault rifle, hand grenades, and stun grenades, while the Captain would only have a handgun with very limited ammo and a spear. He'd go from being on the offensive to seeking the player out across the arena, since he has the upper hand. And like a proper Metal Gear boss, the player could run at him head on (unwise), or they could try to catch him off guard. And whenever he takes enough damage, he'd use a stun grenade to give him and the player some wide berth.
Unlike other bosses though, we wouldn't drain Reeve's HP to zero and kill him. He'd just be wounded from the fight, but before it can end proper, the Wanderers break to the rooftop and Reeve starts gunning them down with his rifle, but he's too wounded to get far, so, the Cap, begrudgingly, rather than kill the guy or leave him to get torn to shreds, helps him to safety where they can blow the ruins to bits and stay out of harms way. Instead of just being sick or whatever, Reeve's early injuries would be from the fight against him, and it wouldn't be until Miranda pops up that he's healed.
But at the start, there would be actual animosity between the Cap and Reeve, with Cap harboring deep resentment against Reeve for basically being the enemy. But we'd actually hear Reeve's side of things, and it would turn out, he has a very valid reason for being an assailant that day, or at least what he thinks is a valid reason, and it's the fact that MSF answered to no oversight of any kind, and not only had a nuke, but their very own Metal Gear. He's a young guy, so we could assume maybe Reeve was one of XOF's newer operatives who didn't quite know what kind of monster Skullster was, but he just knew a mercenary group like MSF has zero right to that kind of power. It could be a kinda back and forth thing, with the Cap on the side that, really, no one deserves that kind of power, but they have it to keep from getting wiped out, and Reeve on the side of nations at least have scrutiny, oversight, and global laws they need to abide by.
It gets to a point where the two at least tolerate one another's presence and aren't trying to kill one another, but they still very much don't like one another and fundamentally disagree with one another. We need to see these guys at odds way more than just the start, and when shit hits the fan, that's when they should start seeing a little more eye to eye, and eventually, by the end, become something like brothers-in-arms.
Think 'Enemy Mine.' Two guys start off as enemies on opposite ends of a space war, then they both get stranded on an unknown, hostile desert planet, and through their differences, they eventually become best friends, almost like brothers, and one of them gets pregnant because he's a space frog or some shit.
Along the journey, there would also be additional bosses, in the form of crazed Charon Corps members. We know Seth sabotaged the Charon Corps from the inside. Perhaps, he corrupted a select few CC members and turned them over to his side, four, to make it simple, like a classic MGS boss unit.
The first corrupted CC member would be a Jaeger the player encounters in a new pocket safe zone, one that's kind of has ruins in it, like a blend between Quite from V and Krauser from RE4. He'd have similar gear to regular CC members, except he'd have s short sleeved shirt and that scarf with visors from MGO3's scout class. The story is, the player is answering a distress beacon, only it's an ambush. And because the guy's a Jaeger, his weapon of choice is a Bow & Arrow, which he can also use as a melee weapon if the player gets too close. His attacks would be similar to a Jaeger-class, single arrow attack, multiple arrow strikes, raining arrows from above, which the player has to avoid with landing indicators to know where they're coming from. And as the fight progresses, the CC member switches his arrows up, occasionally using his taunts to warn the player what arrows he's using. "Burn!" lets the player know he's gonna use fire arrows. "You'll really dig this!" lets the player know he's using the drill arrow. "I'll blow you away!" lets the player know he's using explosive arrows. Once he's beaten, the Cap tries to get answers as to who he is and why he tried to kill him, but the guy is out of his mind, going on about how it's not so bad here, and how the 'Dust' has the 'right idea.' Then he kills over before the Cap can figure out what the hell that means.
When the Cap returns to Base Camp, the question becomes, why the hell a survivor in Dite would actively set up an ambush to attack someone like him. The team deduces he was the one who probably killed the other members of his team that they've been finding all around those Memory Boards.
The second corrupted CC member would be fought at the end of the Quarantine Platform ruins part of the game. When the player heads down to the very bottom of the platform into that old storage area, he encounters the other member. This one has a regular CC uniform, only its' filthy, stained with really old blood, and his respirator is also fitted with the same visor as the Armor skulls from V, indicating he can see in the dark while it's a bit difficult for the player. He'd go on about how he wants the Dust to 'accept' him like it did the others, and how he hears a voice in his head, going on and on about the Captain, and how the Dust 'accepted' him. He'd demand answers, the Cap would have no clue what the hell he's talking about, and thus, boss time. This CC member would be an assault class, so his weapon of choice would be a machete and molotov cocktails. He'd have similar dodge mechanics as the player, able to side sweep and strafe away from gunfire, and he'd be able to use the same block ability against head on melee attacks as the assault class. The storage area has plenty of cover and shelves to hide behind, but it's also really dark, and that's where this guy has the advantage. The player would have to break his defenses or get him from the sides to be able to attack him. He'd also be fast enough to avoid or deflect head-on gunfire.
After he's been beaten, he'd drop down, gasping but laughing weakly, about how the Dust has finally accepted him, even thanking the player for helping him get to this point. Then boom, crystal pops out of his head, ripping his visor in half, and his right arm tears open, exposing a crystal-like blade. He reanimates as a Wanderer with a thick blade arm, and is more zombie-like, so he doesn't defend himself as much, but very aggressive with his attacks. Once he's killed again, Cap has a lot more questions than answers.
And once back as Base Camp with wheel chair parts for Chris, Cap, Reeve, Miranda and the Virgil's are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, with Virgil indicating that the CC member was clearly already infected with whatever virus has been plaguing Dite, but they can't conclude if that was the cause of his madness or if the first CC member was also infected, since he didn't mutate after his death.
The third corrupted CC member would once again be fought in a pocket safe zone in Dite. His arena would be another ruined base, and the story behind it would be a false memory board location. The terminal itself was activated to intentionally send a signal out to Base Camp to lure the Cap out. And the entire arena is littered with traps. Those spinning saws, slippery floor boards, fiery floor boards, fuel barrels, turrets, mortars and claymores. This CC member is a trapper and saboteur, who looks like a regular CC member, but has his sleeves rolled up, exposing severe burns across his right arm. He also wears the cold weather vest instead of the usual CC vest, and has an olive drab balaclava, which masks most of his face, except the eyeholes, which also reveal severe burns across his face, like his arms. This CC member seems a little more about his wits, but is still seemingly crazed since, like the others, he talks about the Dust and how the Captain is a threat to 'their' plans. And rather than have any weapon of choice, this CC member only has a stun rod for if the player gets too close. Otherwise, he sticks to running, luring the player into more traps, and whenever he gets on the offensive, he's using the turret guns or the mortars. Once his HP is drained to about half, he runs away, only to return in a Walker Gear. And the goal is to either destroy his Walker Gear or try to attack him from behind. This is where the player can use traps of their own, luring the CC member near their own fuel barrels, C4 charges, and so on.
Once he's beaten, the fatally wounded CC member tries assuring the Captain that 'they're' not the bad guys. All they want is peace, and that 'he' (Seth) showed him the way. But before the Captain can figure out who 'he' and 'they' are, the guy kills over.
At this point, the Base Camp crew know shit ain't what it seems, and things are getting really daffy. They don't know who 'he' is or what the CC members have been talking about when they go on about the Dust. But they know these guys aren't just insane. Something happened to the Charon Corps that's messed with their minds.
Reeve doesn't really give a shit. He just wants to go home, but the Cap, Miranda, Chris, Nicholas, and the Virgil's are concerned about their odds and if whoever or whatever corrupted the CC members could potentially send these Twizzler Heads to the real world.
Then, after we meet Seth in Africa, I'd make it so there's more memory board scavenging because Seth needs to be around a lot longer before his betrayal can have any meaning. When he's back at the FOB, for example, Seth would try and attack Reeve but would be too weak, and go on about he was one of the men attacking motherbase the day the wormhole activated. So, Seth would be very untrusting of Reeve and would advise the Captain do the same.
When asked about the crazy Charon Corps, Seth would make up a story that's half true. Five Charon Corps members started slowly acting unusual, unhinged, rambling on and on about the Dust and voices in their head. Then, before long, the five CC members just started killing everyone. He's leading the player to believe that Dan was one of the five who went nuts and that he was the most dangerous of them all because of how smart he was.
We'd actually get some more insight on the Cap and Seth's partnership and friendship before Dite. How Seth was actually the one who first recruited the Cap and trained him extensively, and they'd go on about all their missions together, recalling Costa Rica and their fight against Cold Hot Guy's Sentinels in MPW, and so on. Seth would go on about how nothing was ever the same after that girl tried hijacking Zeke, but the Cap would go on about how much he missed 'home,' and the good ol' days. Seth would even remind the Cap that the only reason Biggie and McFiddler even survived was because of the Cap, and how, if there's a still a home to come back to when this over, it'll have been because of the Captain.
Basically, Seth should be like the devil, someone who really charms you and makes you feel good and happy. But deep down, it's all a ploy just to lower everyone's guard. The only one who wouldn't fall for it would be Reeve, who doesn't outright say it, but he doesn't quite trust Seth, and Seth deflects by not trusting him right back, and putting him in something of a tight jam when he reminds Seth just how many men and women died because of Zoff during their attack.
And even if Reeve still doesn't trust Seth, he has to ultimately concede that, whether he agreed with what MSF was doing or not, whether he thought the unit had any right to harboring a damn Metal Gear and a damn nuke, he has blood on his hands. It's around this point that Reeve, who has already softened up to the Captain, becomes much less combative.
Along the way to recover the last necessary motherboard, which is in a pocket somewhere in Africa, Dan is also going after the board, and when he discovers the Cap, he attacks, recognizing him as the guy who helped Seth get away. And thus, a boss fight against Dan, similar to Reeve's at the start begins. The arena is kinda like Mfinda Oilfield, namely where the pumps were, since that had plenty of cover and hiding spots. Dan's weapon of choice would be his pump action shotgun, smoke grenades, as well as several automated weapons he set up when he went after the terminal to keep Wanderers out since Dan's a combat engineer. Whenever the player is in hiding, Dan will lob smoke grenades to try and smoke the player out, or whenever he's attacked head on, he'll drop a smoke grenade and get out of dodge. Once Dan loses enough HP, the fight will end before the player can finish him off. The fight would be kinda like Ocelot's where even after all the bullets and machetes are flying, cutscene-wise, Dan wouldn't have any actual injuries. But because the player did enough damage to his automated defenses, Wanderers interrupt the dance, and Dan makes his escape, leaving the player to deal with the Twizzler heads, while he blasts a few on his way out.
Once back at FOB, Seth will use Dan's attack on the Cap to reaffirm his point that Dan's one of the bad guys. Reeve will go on about how he didn't seem as crazy as the other CC members, but the Cap will side with Seth, since Dan did try to kill him. That will frustrate Reeve and leave him in a precarious situation since he still doesn't quite trust Seth, but knows that he and the Cap are friends, and right now, everything Seth said is looking to check out, especially once the motherboard reveals Sally's location. So, Reeve concedes that Seth must be telling the truth, and lets his guard down around him, which comes back to bite him in the ass when Seth uses that window to kidnap Chris after everything with Sally goes down.
Difference would be, when Dan shows up after Seth's betrayal, the don't automatically have the window needed to reconfigure the transporter. To activate the system Dan was going on about, they need a transponder that can send a signal to Dite, which Dan had near an estate in the jungle, so the Captain volunteers to go retrieve it. He also apologizes to Reeve for not believing him when he said something was up with Seth. But Reeve concedes that he had no reason not to trust him, and even he trusted him by the end, which is what got Chris taken. So regardless of their differences and background, all that mattered was saving the kid at this point.
Along the way there, the Cap would get calls from Seth via radio, warning him that he's growing impatient, and taunting him about how easy it was to get the Cap and his new crew under his thumb, just like how easy it was to get the Charon Corps in line.
This foreshadows that another Charon Corps member is lying in wait for the Cap in the jungles, and sure enough, one is, since she attacks the Cap out of nowhere when he's venturing the woods.
The last Corrupted CC member would be a woman in the jungle area before the Lufwa Valley mansion. She'd dress like a CC member, but have a ribcage vest, a sneaking suit mask & respirator, with her sleeves rolled up, exposing sneaking suit sleeves underneath her uniform, because she's a scout. Her weapons of choice would be a silenced pistol, a scythe for closed quarters and stealth camouflage. The fight with her would kinda be like Predator meets Night Fright from MG2. She's invisible, but she's blending in with her woodland surroundings, and very much constantly stalking her prey. She doesn't taunt too much, just occasionally whispering in the air about how she can see you, and how she's coming. Every so often, she'll do away with her pistol and stick to her scythe, trying to sneak up the player and slash them up.
Once she's beaten though, she, like the others, will talk about how what the Dread Dust want is for the good of humanity, and how Seth showed her what they wanted, and that it was beautiful. But Dan insists via radio for the Captain to bring her back to the FOB. So, instead of killing the last CC member, we carry them over our shoulders while wanders show up in the jungle, and we have to take her back to safety.
When they're back, Dan tries to reach out to her, and even if she's corrupted, she still reveals that she has the device they need, gives it to Dan, then kills over from her wounds. Dan reveals that she was his own partner, and while he's sad that she's dead, he thanks the Captain for putting her out of her misery, and now, wants payback against Seth more than ever.
From there, same shit plays out. Player goes to Base Camp with Reeve, Cap fights and kills Seth, and they prepare to take down Dusty Lord Pants.
Only difference is before the final battle, there would be one last part of the trap equation to destroy Dusty Lord Head. To ensure that it can't just use its' gaping head hole to suck up everything like a vacuum the way it always does, the Cap would have to actively seek the Lord-o-Dust out in Dite, and when they do, they'd have to find a way to distract it and climb it so they can plant a nullifying device on it that they'd activate once it's in range for the grand attack.
And when the Lord of Dust actually is ambushed by the Archaea Blades, instead of just screeching and flailing around, it would actively try to break the spikes impaling its' body. So, Cap would have to shoot off the Lord of Dusts' other arm while the Lord of Dust would try to attack the player, similar to the last part of the Ray fight in Revengers.
It's about as close to a 'boss fight' as I guess you can get with the Lord of Dust, given the games' weapons and what the thing itself can do.
Also, after the story is completed, there'd be more than two fucking boss monsters around in need of destroying. One would be a Wanderer that's seemingly made entirely out of crystals, and doesn't have the 'zombie' qualities of having a human host. Instead, it would be a humanoid crystal that uses Kuban energy in all its' attacks, firing kuban crystals like spikes at the player, ground tremors and floating tremors like the Armor skulls in V, and it would have the ability to summon a series of kuban tremors up from the ground like Sally in V, as well as melee attacks for when the player gets too close. Another would be Zeke itself, corrupted by the Dust and mutated to where it has crystals growing out of like and operates by itself since the Dust is pretty much an AI. And Zeke's arena would be loaded with fuel barrels and various Walker Gears you can use to fight against it since, good luck fighting a Metal Gear with a stick.
And that's pretty how I'd do Surviveance. Just give it more of a Metal Gear-y kinda story by adding some sort of mystery, a villainous unit, a villain who appears more in the game, more bosses, and a protagonist who isn't a mute.
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2018.07.28 21:33 MGSF_Departed How I would've approached Surviveance's single player

So, as I've noted before, I like Surviveance. I know most on this subreddit don't, and I get why, even if I still enjoy it myself. My biggest beef with the game, besides being cheap and feeling cheap, is that it doesn't really feel like a Metal Gear game. And part of I wasn't shitting myself with outrage from the word go was because I always believed Metal Gear could be used in different mediums and do those mediums better than the normal games in said genre. I think Ac!d Tr!p 2 is the best turn-based strategy card game I've ever played, and I have infinitely more fun with Revengers than I have any hacky-slashy.
But those games still felt like Metal Gear games.
Surviveance feels like fucking Stargate. Literally everything connected to MGS or V is shoehorned and token. None of it has any meaning. You could literally take every element remotely related to V, rewrite it as something else, and literally nothing would've changed.
So, here's me being a silly billy and doing one of those, "here's how I would've done it" things because it's 11am and I have an hour to kill before I start doing some deliveries for a quick buck. All of this is under the assumption that Surviveance has more than a budget of two and a half dollars.
First of all, on a basic mechanical level, I'd remove the aggressive stamina shit because it goes from being a massive, tedious pain in the ass that killed the game for a lot of people to a non issue once you have farms. And the problem with that approach is, there's no balance. It's goes from being too aggressive to just being something you occasionally have to go into a menu for every six minutes or so. An if that's the case, just do away with it completely. Sure, survival is key in a game like Surviveance, but the game didn't do the survival element all that well in the first place. The stamina shit from MGS3 was the weakest, most tedious part of the entire game.
Also, what we started with in the beta is exactly what we should've started with from the very start of the game. The fact that you have to level up a combo from 2 attacks to 3 is fucking atrocious. Because you're not leveling up a skill to be more advanced, you're leveling it up to be bare basic. And certain things should've just been default because that's what makes the combat actually enjoyable, and starting out with it being incredibly clunky and stiff is not a good way to start a game where you're very much limited to melee combat at the start.
Finally, I'd do away with subclasses completely, and just have one massive skill tree that's available from the word 'go.' Certain skills should be accessible to everyone, not just exclusively one class. This way, like MGO2, you can truly individualize your own Captain they play in a way that's mostly tailored to your needs at any given moment.
And on the VA front, recast Chris, because his voice actor is fucking terrible. I know that's harsh because he's a child actor and what not, but just do like they did with Eli and Chico and cast a really young sounding 20 year old because the kid who plays Chris sounds like he's in an elementary school production, and not a very good one. (Hey, I was a stage actor for years. I've worked with talented child actors and I've worked with child actors that assured me my decision to never have children was not a bad decision.)
(also, I'd give it a fucking offline mode because these "you're paying 40 bucks to just rent this game for a few years" approach is ass.)
Anyway, as for the story itself, first and main thing; Captain wouldn't be a mute. The silent protagonist approach kills literally any kind of emotional investment or attachment one could have for the characters since there's no central person that connects them for us to actually see their bonds grow. If that means having to hire different voice actors because Matthew Mercer is already the voice of Reeve and seeing Reeve bond with Reeve might get weird, fine.
On the subject of Reeve, he's a Zoff soldier and Cap is an MSF soldier. That's not something that should just be glossed over. Reeve was one of the men at motherbase shooting shit up. So these two should start as enemies. The opening ruins should actually have an objective, not just be one of those "go from A to B" type deals. Instead of Reeve helping the Cap and planting the charges off-screen, the Cap should find the explosives on a dead Zoff guy, then with Goodluck's help, plant the explosives in key areas, then race to the exit. It's only when he does that he and Reeve confront one another again on that rooftop area with all that cover space, and that would culminate in a boss battle.
Reeve would have the advantage because he has an assault rifle, hand grenades, and stun grenades, while the Captain would only have a handgun with very limited ammo and a spear. He'd go from being on the offensive to seeking the player out across the arena, since he has the upper hand. And like a proper Metal Gear boss, the player could run at him head on (unwise), or they could try to catch him off guard. And whenever he takes enough damage, he'd use a stun grenade to give him and the player some wide berth.
Unlike other bosses though, we wouldn't drain Reeve's HP to zero and kill him. He'd just be wounded from the fight, but before it can end proper, the Wanderers break to the rooftop and Reeve starts gunning them down with his rifle, but he's too wounded to get far, so, the Cap, begrudgingly, rather than kill the guy or leave him to get torn to shreds, helps him to safety where they can blow the ruins to bits and stay out of harms way. Instead of just being sick or whatever, Reeve's early injuries would be from the fight against him, and it wouldn't be until Miranda pops up that he's healed.
But at the start, there would be actual animosity between the Cap and Reeve, with Cap harboring deep resentment against Reeve for basically being the enemy. But we'd actually hear Reeve's side of things, and it would turn out, he has a very valid reason for being an assailant that day, or at least what he thinks is a valid reason, and it's the fact that MSF answered to no oversight of any kind, and not only had a nuke, but their very own Metal Gear. He's a young guy, so we could assume maybe Reeve was one of XOF's newer operatives who didn't quite know what kind of monster Skullster was, but he just knew a mercenary group like MSF has zero right to that kind of power. It could be a kinda back and forth thing, with the Cap on the side that, really, no one deserves that kind of power, but they have it to keep from getting wiped out, and Reeve on the side of nations at least have scrutiny, oversight, and global laws they need to abide by.
It gets to a point where the two at least tolerate one another's presence and aren't trying to kill one another, but they still very much don't like one another and fundamentally disagree with one another. We need to see these guys at odds way more than just the start, and when shit hits the fan, that's when they should start seeing a little more eye to eye, and eventually, by the end, become something like brothers-in-arms.
Think 'Enemy Mine.' Two guys start off as enemies on opposite ends of a space war, then they both get stranded on an unknown, hostile desert planet, and through their differences, they eventually become best friends, almost like brothers, and one of them gets pregnant because he's a space frog or some shit.
Along the journey, there would also be additional bosses, in the form of crazed Charon Corps members. We know Seth sabotaged the Charon Corps from the inside. Perhaps, he corrupted a select few CC members and turned them over to his side, four, to make it simple, like a classic MGS boss unit.
The first corrupted CC member would be a Jaeger the player encounters in a new pocket safe zone, one that's kind of has ruins in it, like a blend between Quite from V and Krauser from RE4. He'd have similar gear to regular CC members, except he'd have s short sleeved shirt and that scarf with visors from MGO3's scout class. The story is, the player is answering a distress beacon, only it's an ambush. And because the guy's a Jaeger, his weapon of choice is a Bow & Arrow, which he can also use as a melee weapon if the player gets too close. His attacks would be similar to a Jaeger-class, single arrow attack, multiple arrow strikes, raining arrows from above, which the player has to avoid with landing indicators to know where they're coming from. And as the fight progresses, the CC member switches his arrows up, occasionally using his taunts to warn the player what arrows he's using. "Burn!" lets the player know he's gonna use fire arrows. "You'll really dig this!" lets the player know he's using the drill arrow. "I'll blow you away!" lets the player know he's using explosive arrows. Once he's beaten, the Cap tries to get answers as to who he is and why he tried to kill him, but the guy is out of his mind, going on about how it's not so bad here, and how the 'Dust' has the 'right idea.' Then he kills over before the Cap can figure out what the hell that means.
When the Cap returns to Base Camp, the question becomes, why the hell a survivor in Dite would actively set up an ambush to attack someone like him. The team deduces he was the one who probably killed the other members of his team that they've been finding all around those Memory Boards.
The second corrupted CC member would be fought at the end of the Quarantine Platform ruins part of the game. When the player heads down to the very bottom of the platform into that old storage area, he encounters the other member. This one has a regular CC uniform, only its' filthy, stained with really old blood, and his respirator is also fitted with the same visor as the Armor skulls from V, indicating he can see in the dark while it's a bit difficult for the player. He'd go on about how he wants the Dust to 'accept' him like it did the others, and how he hears a voice in his head, going on and on about the Captain, and how the Dust 'accepted' him. He'd demand answers, the Cap would have no clue what the hell he's talking about, and thus, boss time. This CC member would be an assault class, so his weapon of choice would be a machete and molotov cocktails. He'd have similar dodge mechanics as the player, able to side sweep and strafe away from gunfire, and he'd be able to use the same block ability against head on melee attacks as the assault class. The storage area has plenty of cover and shelves to hide behind, but it's also really dark, and that's where this guy has the advantage. The player would have to break his defenses or get him from the sides to be able to attack him. He'd also be fast enough to avoid or deflect head-on gunfire.
After he's been beaten, he'd drop down, gasping but laughing weakly, about how the Dust has finally accepted him, even thanking the player for helping him get to this point. Then boom, crystal pops out of his head, ripping his visor in half, and his right arm tears open, exposing a crystal-like blade. He reanimates as a Wanderer with a thick blade arm, and is more zombie-like, so he doesn't defend himself as much, but very aggressive with his attacks. Once he's killed again, Cap has a lot more questions than answers.
And once back as Base Camp with wheel chair parts for Chris, Cap, Reeve, Miranda and the Virgil's are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, with Virgil indicating that the CC member was clearly already infected with whatever virus has been plaguing Dite, but they can't conclude if that was the cause of his madness or if the first CC member was also infected, since he didn't mutate after his death.
The third corrupted CC member would once again be fought in a pocket safe zone in Dite. His arena would be another ruined base, and the story behind it would be a false memory board location. The terminal itself was activated to intentionally send a signal out to Base Camp to lure the Cap out. And the entire arena is littered with traps. Those spinning saws, slippery floor boards, fiery floor boards, fuel barrels, turrets, mortars and claymores. This CC member is a trapper and saboteur, who looks like a regular CC member, but has his sleeves rolled up, exposing severe burns across his right arm. He also wears the cold weather vest instead of the usual CC vest, and has an olive drab balaclava, which masks most of his face, except the eyeholes, which also reveal severe burns across his face, like his arms. This CC member seems a little more about his wits, but is still seemingly crazed since, like the others, he talks about the Dust and how the Captain is a threat to 'their' plans. And rather than have any weapon of choice, this CC member only has a stun rod for if the player gets too close. Otherwise, he sticks to running, luring the player into more traps, and whenever he gets on the offensive, he's using the turret guns or the mortars. Once his HP is drained to about half, he runs away, only to return in a Walker Gear. And the goal is to either destroy his Walker Gear or try to attack him from behind. This is where the player can use traps of their own, luring the CC member near their own fuel barrels, C4 charges, and so on.
Once he's beaten, the fatally wounded CC member tries assuring the Captain that 'they're' not the bad guys. All they want is peace, and that 'he' (Seth) showed him the way. But before the Captain can figure out who 'he' and 'they' are, the guy kills over.
At this point, the Base Camp crew know shit ain't what it seems, and things are getting really daffy. They don't know who 'he' is or what the CC members have been talking about when they go on about the Dust. But they know these guys aren't just insane. Something happened to the Charon Corps that's messed with their minds.
Reeve doesn't really give a shit. He just wants to go home, but the Cap, Miranda, Chris, Nicholas, and the Virgil's are concerned about their odds and if whoever or whatever corrupted the CC members could potentially send these Twizzler Heads to the real world.
Then, after we meet Seth in Africa, I'd make it so there's more memory board scavenging because Seth needs to be around a lot longer before his betrayal can have any meaning. When he's back at the FOB, for example, Seth would try and attack Reeve but would be too weak, and go on about he was one of the men attacking motherbase the day the wormhole activated. So, Seth would be very untrusting of Reeve and would advise the Captain do the same.
When asked about the crazy Charon Corps, Seth would make up a story that's half true. Five Charon Corps members started slowly acting unusual, unhinged, rambling on and on about the Dust and voices in their head. Then, before long, the five CC members just started killing everyone. He's leading the player to believe that Dan was one of the five who went nuts and that he was the most dangerous of them all because of how smart he was.
We'd actually get some more insight on the Cap and Seth's partnership and friendship before Dite. How Seth was actually the one who first recruited the Cap and trained him extensively, and they'd go on about all their missions together, recalling Costa Rica and their fight against Cold Hot Guy's Sentinels in MPW, and so on. Seth would go on about how nothing was ever the same after that girl tried hijacking Zeke, but the Cap would go on about how much he missed 'home,' and the good ol' days. Seth would even remind the Cap that the only reason Biggie and McFiddler even survived was because of the Cap, and how, if there's a still a home to come back to when this over, it'll have been because of the Captain.
Basically, Seth should be like the devil, someone who really charms you and makes you feel good and happy. But deep down, it's all a ploy just to lower everyone's guard. The only one who wouldn't fall for it would be Reeve, who doesn't outright say it, but he doesn't quite trust Seth, and Seth deflects by not trusting him right back, and putting him in something of a tight jam when he reminds Seth just how many men and women died because of Zoff during their attack.
And even if Reeve still doesn't trust Seth, he has to ultimately concede that, whether he agreed with what MSF was doing or not, whether he thought the unit had any right to harboring a damn Metal Gear and a damn nuke, he has blood on his hands. It's around this point that Reeve, who has already softened up to the Captain, becomes much less combative.
Along the way to recover the last necessary motherboard, which is in a pocket somewhere in Africa, Dan is also going after the board, and when he discovers the Cap, he attacks, recognizing him as the guy who helped Seth get away. And thus, a boss fight against Dan, similar to Reeve's at the start begins. The arena is kinda like Mfinda Oilfield, namely where the pumps were, since that had plenty of cover and hiding spots. Dan's weapon of choice would be his pump action shotgun, smoke grenades, as well as several automated weapons he set up when he went after the terminal to keep Wanderers out since Dan's a combat engineer. Whenever the player is in hiding, Dan will lob smoke grenades to try and smoke the player out, or whenever he's attacked head on, he'll drop a smoke grenade and get out of dodge. Once Dan loses enough HP, the fight will end before the player can finish him off. The fight would be kinda like Ocelot's where even after all the bullets and machetes are flying, cutscene-wise, Dan wouldn't have any actual injuries. But because the player did enough damage to his automated defenses, Wanderers interrupt the dance, and Dan makes his escape, leaving the player to deal with the Twizzler heads, while he blasts a few on his way out.
Once back at FOB, Seth will use Dan's attack on the Cap to reaffirm his point that Dan's one of the bad guys. Reeve will go on about how he didn't seem as crazy as the other CC members, but the Cap will side with Seth, since Dan did try to kill him. That will frustrate Reeve and leave him in a precarious situation since he still doesn't quite trust Seth, but knows that he and the Cap are friends, and right now, everything Seth said is looking to check out, especially once the motherboard reveals Sally's location. So, Reeve concedes that Seth must be telling the truth, and lets his guard down around him, which comes back to bite him in the ass when Seth uses that window to kidnap Chris after everything with Sally goes down.
Difference would be, when Dan shows up after Seth's betrayal, the don't automatically have the window needed to reconfigure the transporter. To activate the system Dan was going on about, they need a transponder that can send a signal to Dite, which Dan had near an estate in the jungle, so the Captain volunteers to go retrieve it. He also apologizes to Reeve for not believing him when he said something was up with Seth. But Reeve concedes that he had no reason not to trust him, and even he trusted him by the end, which is what got Chris taken. So regardless of their differences and background, all that mattered was saving the kid at this point.
Along the way there, the Cap would get calls from Seth via radio, warning him that he's growing impatient, and taunting him about how easy it was to get the Cap and his new crew under his thumb, just like how easy it was to get the Charon Corps in line.
This foreshadows that another Charon Corps member is lying in wait for the Cap in the jungles, and sure enough, one is, since she attacks the Cap out of nowhere when he's venturing the woods.
The last Corrupted CC member would be a woman in the jungle area before the Lufwa Valley mansion. She'd dress like a CC member, but have a ribcage vest, a sneaking suit mask & respirator, with her sleeves rolled up, exposing sneaking suit sleeves underneath her uniform, because she's a scout. Her weapons of choice would be a silenced pistol, a scythe for closed quarters and stealth camouflage. The fight with her would kinda be like Predator meets Night Fright from MG2. She's invisible, but she's blending in with her woodland surroundings, and very much constantly stalking her prey. She doesn't taunt too much, just occasionally whispering in the air about how she can see you, and how she's coming. Every so often, she'll do away with her pistol and stick to her scythe, trying to sneak up the player and slash them up.
Once she's beaten though, she, like the others, will talk about how what the Dread Dust want is for the good of humanity, and how Seth showed her what they wanted, and that it was beautiful. But Dan insists via radio for the Captain to bring her back to the FOB. So, instead of killing the last CC member, we carry them over our shoulders while wanders show up in the jungle, and we have to take her back to safety.
When they're back, Dan tries to reach out to her, and even if she's corrupted, she still reveals that she has the device they need, gives it to Dan, then kills over from her wounds. Dan reveals that she was his own partner, and while he's sad that she's dead, he thanks the Captain for putting her out of her misery, and now, wants payback against Seth more than ever.
From there, same shit plays out. Player goes to Base Camp with Reeve, Cap fights and kills Seth, and they prepare to take down Dusty Lord Pants.
Only difference is before the final battle, there would be one last part of the trap equation to destroy Dusty Lord Head. To ensure that it can't just use its' gaping head hole to suck up everything like a vacuum the way it always does, the Cap would have to actively seek the Lord-o-Dust out in Dite, and when they do, they'd have to find a way to distract it and climb it so they can plant a nullifying device on it that they'd activate once it's in range for the grand attack.
And when the Lord of Dust actually is ambushed by the Archaea Blades, instead of just screeching and flailing around, it would actively try to break the spikes impaling its' body. So, Cap would have to shoot off the Lord of Dusts' other arm while the Lord of Dust would try to attack the player, similar to the last part of the Ray fight in Revengers.
It's about as close to a 'boss fight' as I guess you can get with the Lord of Dust, given the games' weapons and what the thing itself can do.
Also, after the story is completed, there'd be more than two fucking boss monsters around in need of destroying. One would be a Wanderer that's seemingly made entirely out of crystals, and doesn't have the 'zombie' qualities of having a human host. Instead, it would be a humanoid crystal that uses Kuban energy in all its' attacks, firing kuban crystals like spikes at the player, ground tremors and floating tremors like the Armor skulls in V, and it would have the ability to summon a series of kuban tremors up from the ground like Sally in V, as well as melee attacks for when the player gets too close. Another would be Zeke itself, corrupted by the Dust and mutated to where it has crystals growing out of like and operates by itself since the Dust is pretty much an AI. And Zeke's arena would be loaded with fuel barrels and various Walker Gears you can use to fight against it since, good luck fighting a Metal Gear with a stick.
And that's pretty how I'd do Surviveance. Just give it more of a Metal Gear-y kinda story by adding some sort of mystery, a villainous unit, a villain who appears more in the game, more bosses, and a protagonist who isn't a mute.
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2017.07.30 18:02 feedreddit PELOSI to CHRIS WALLACE: ‘I am a master legislator’ -- CAN KELLY ‘TAME’ the White House zoo? -- SENIOR ADVISERS’ ‘casual access’ to Trump will continue -- JARROD AGEN promoted -- NEW NYT podcast -- B’DAY: Jim Rutenberg

PELOSI to CHRIS WALLACE: ‘I am a master legislator’ -- CAN KELLY ‘TAME’ the White House zoo? -- SENIOR ADVISERS’ ‘casual access’ to Trump will continue -- JARROD AGEN promoted -- NEW NYT podcast -- B’DAY: Jim Rutenberg
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
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Happy Sunday. SPOTTED last night having dinner at one big table at BLT Prime at the Trump hotel: President Donald Trump, Gen. John Kelly, Dina Powell and David McCormick, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross.
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK – TRUMP’S WEEK -- Monday: President Trump is presenting the Medal of Honor. ... Tuesday: He holds a small business event at the White House. ... Friday: Trump visits FEMA headquarters to get a briefing on the hurricane season. This week’s theme is the “American dream.”
GROUNDHOG DAY -- “As Trump steams, Senate Republicans consider new repeal effort,” by Burgess Everett, Josh Dawsey and Rachael Bade: “Senate Republicans’ party-line attempts to repeal Obamacare aren’t dead just yet — at least not if President Donald Trump has anything to say about it. Trump, increasingly impatient with the long-stalled repeal effort, met with three Senate Republicans about a new plan to roll back the health care law on Friday, signaling some lawmakers -- as well as the president -- are not ready to ditch their seven-year campaign promise.
“The group is trying to write legislation that could get 50 Republican votes, according to multiple administration and Capitol Hill sources. The proposal from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would block grant federal health care funding to the states and keep much of Obamacare’s tax regime. White House officials also met with House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to brainstorm how to make the idea palatable to conservatives, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.” http://politi.co/2tNTxf7
-- ONE CONSERVATIVE said to us the other day that Obamacare is a tax bill -- even the Supreme Court said so. So keeping the taxes would be akin to keeping the entire law, for many conservatives.
ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND -- yesterday at 12:19 p.m.: “After seven years of‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!” … at 12:27 p.m.: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” … at 1:04 p.m.:“U.S. Stock Market up almost 20% since Election!” …
… at 4:36 p.m.: “Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!” … at 7:15 p.m.: “I love reading about all of the ‘geniuses’ who were so instrumental in my election success. Problem is, most don’t exist. #Fake News! MAGA” … at 7:29 p.m.: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet…” … at 7:35 p.m.: “...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!” … at 7:37 a.m.: “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace...and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.”
KELLYANNE CONWAY on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: “He’s going to make that decision this week [whether to end cost sharing reduction payments], and that’s a decision that only he can make.” http://politi.co/2uOlPYq
-- A FEW QUICK NOTES: Every permutation of repeal and replace got fewer than 50 votes, so ancillary issues -- like being able to buy insurance across state lines -- is besides the point at this moment. IF TRUMP follows through on his threat to end the employer contribution for members of Congress, that would be a big deal, and could strip lawmakers of one of the only appealing benefits of their job. ALSO: Congress has to fund the government at the end of September and lift the debt ceiling shortly after that. Not passing anything until Obamacare is repealed and replaced is not necessarily a realistic position.
-- @burgessev: “Historically, conservatives use filibuster to block progressive legislation. Take this away and the next D Washington has few limits.”
… AND THIS: “Lawsuits could force feds to pay Obamacare insurers,” by Paul Demko: “A pending court decision could force the Trump administration to pump billions of dollars into Obamacare insurers, even as the president threatens to let the health care law ‘implode.’ Health insurers have filed nearly two dozen lawsuits claiming the government owes them payments from a program meant to blunt their losses in the Obamacare marketplaces. That raises the prospect that the Trump administration will have to bankroll a program the GOP has pilloried as an insurer bailout.” http://politi.co/2vbn2LD
NEW CBS NEWS NATION TRACKER POLL -- “Six months in, the latest CBS News Nation Tracker study shows President Donald Trump’s strongest backers like seeing him fight his chosen opponents: they want the President to call out those he believes disloyal, fight with the mainstream media, and they’re the only group among the segments in this study where a majority wants the President to do more tweeting. But what they applaud seems precisely what most others dislike, and that is costing the President potential support, even as many give him credit for an improving economy.”
PETER BAKER: “Trump Tries to Regroup as the West Wing Battles Itself”: “President Trump enters a new phase of his presidency on Monday with a new chief of staff but an old set of challenges as he seeks to get back on course after enduring one of the worst weeks that any modern occupant of the Oval Office has experienced in his inaugural year in power. With his poll numbers at historic lows, his legislative agenda stalled and his advisers busy plotting against one another, Mr. Trump hoped to regain momentum by pushing out his top aide, Reince Priebus, and installing a retired four-star Marine general, John F. Kelly, to take command. But it is far from certain that the move will be enough to tame a dysfunctional White House.
“The shake-up followed a week that saw the bombastic, with-me-or-against-me president defied as never before by Washington and its institutions, including Republicans in Congress, his own attorney general, the uniformed military leadership, police officers and even the Boy Scouts. No longer daunted by a president with a Twitter account that he uses like a Gatling gun, members of his own party made clear that they were increasingly willing to stand against him on issues like health care and Russia. The setbacks came against the backdrop of a West Wing at war with itself, egged on by a president who thrives on conflict and chaos. Mr. Kelly, who had been serving as secretary of homeland security, brings a career of decisive leadership to his new assignment as White House chief of staff. But he confronts multiple power centers among presidential aides, all with independent lines to the man in the Oval Office who resists the discipline and structure favored by generals.” http://nyti.ms/2wbgNog
THE KELLY LOOKAHEADS …
WAPO’S PHIL RUCKER, BOB COSTA and DAN BALZ: “Trump enlists Kelly to enforce order, but can the ‘zoo’ be tamed?”: “When Kelly made the rounds on Capitol Hill before his nomination hearings in January, he did not know Trump very well and asked people there to share stories about the president-elect. He wanted to know how Trump made decisions. Told that Trump relished competing power centers around him, Kelly grimaced and said nothing. ...
“Trump’s transition documents included a lengthy memo about White House structure, based on past administrations. ‘They didn’t follow the product at all,’ said a person with direct knowledge of what transpired as Trump was setting up his administration. ‘They did it instinctively … The president-elect didn’t want to say no to anybody.’ The result was the White House that now exists, populated by advisers with competing ideologies that reflect an administration that is an amalgam of populist nationalists, hard-line conservatives and establishment Republicans — and a few Democrats. …
“The environment is poised to change in the Kelly era. The new chief of staff is expected to have full control over the Oval Office and schedule, officials said. Trusted aides such as Hope Hicks, Dan Scavino and Keith Schiller -- as well as senior advisers such as Kushner, Bannon and Conway -- will continue to have casual access to the president.” http://wapo.st/2tNL0cg
ANDREW RESTUCCIA, BRYAN BENDER and JOSH DAWSEY: “Kelly’s first task: Stabilize the West Wing: The no-nonsense retired Marine Corps general will soon be thrust into the center of the West Wing soap opera”: “When he officially becomes chief of staff on Monday, Kelly, a no-nonsense retired Marine Corps general, will be thrust into the center of the West Wing soap opera, where President Donald Trump’s policy agenda regularly gets preempted by feuding advisers and headline-grabbing scandals. ... ‘I think this is the best and last shot,’ said one person close to Kelly. ‘This is it.’ ...
“Kelly wants to have more of a pecking order among the staff and a more ‘traditional’ approach, one White House official said. But others in the White House said it’s too early to make predictions. ‘Everything is up in the air. Anyone who tells you they know anything is lying,’ a White House official said. ... Kelly has built relationships with several top White House aides in recent months, including chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller, who have played a central role in Trump’s immigration crackdown.
“Kelly has nonetheless expressed frustration about the White House to friends and associates, complaining about the slow pace of hiring and bristling at having to answer to lower-level aides, according to one person who has spoken to him and another person familiar with the tension. ... Asked to name any similarities between the two men, the person said, ‘They’re both Catholic, but that’s probably about it.’ ... Kelly is expected to make his first staff change at the White House on Monday, when he’ll bring in Kirstjen Nielsen, his chief of staff at DHS.” http://politi.co/2tTD0KV
THE NEVER ENDING CAMPAIGN -- “How 2018 became the new 2020,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “The 2020 Democratic presidential road show is already underway. And 2018 is beginning to look like the dress rehearsal. Top contenders are making endorsements, picking sides in party primaries and aggressively working the fundraising circuit on behalf of 2018 candidates, all the while building their own name recognition. With many of presidential prospects on the ballot themselves next year, potential challengers to Donald Trump are also stockpiling cash to help run up their re-election margins to burnish their stature for the big election on the horizon.
“The early focus on the midterms is a marked departure from previous practice, and a further acceleration of the presidential campaign cycle. Prior to the 2016 presidential primary season, for example, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders largely stayed off the campaign trail and out of elections until late 2014 — roughly six months before they officially announced their campaigns. But with a historically large presidential field taking shape, more than a dozen prominent Democrats — including governors like Terry McAuliffe and Steve Bullock, and senators like Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris — have recognized the need to distinguish themselves from the crowd. And they are already working hard to advance their brand while helping to reinvigorate the dilapidated party infrastructure in advance of the midterm elections.” http://politi.co/2viPoo7
TRUMP is at his Virginia golf resort this morning, per the pool.
-- @markknoller: “By my count, it’s his 36th visit to one of his golf clubs, 15th time at the one in Sterling, VA - since taking office.”
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE is in Tallinn, Estonia. Pence chief of staff Nick Ayers alerted staff and reporters on the trip that Jarrod Agen, communications director, had been promoted to deputy chief of staff, according to pooler Ashley Parker of the Washington Post.
IN MOSCOW … -- “The Kremlin is done betting on Trump and planning how to strike back against U.S. sanctions,” by WaPo’s Andrew Roth in Moscow: “Regardless of whether the Kremlin believes its own denials of interfering in the 2016 elections, there is one undeniable truth: Russia is now Washington’s greatest political foe. Understanding that President Trump is ‘tied hand and foot,’ as one foreign policy hawk here put it, Moscow is weighing options for retaliation.
“After a dalliance on the Trump train, Russia is once again channeling the ruthless realism that drives its political id, and embracing its role as antihero. ‘Okay, you think we’re bad guys, we’re going to be bad guys, and we’ll see whether you like it or not,’ said Konstantin Eggert, a television political commentator, describing the Kremlin thinking.” http://wapo.st/2tUhg1k
RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI RYABKOV on potential retaliation as because of new U.S. sanctions to ABC’S MARTHA RADDATZ: “If the U.S. side decides to move further towards further deterioration we will answer, we will respond in kind. We will mirror this. … “I can assure you that different options are on the table and consideration is being given to all sorts of things, both symmetrical or asymmetrical to use a very popular word in the world of diplomacy.”
FOR YOUR RADAR -- AP: “U.S. bombers fly over South Korea after North’s 2nd ICBM test”: “The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. …
“‘North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,’ said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “Diplomacy remains the lead. However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.’ ‘If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing,’ O’Shaughnessy said.” http://bit.ly/2hcLebc
SUNDAY BEST …
-- HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI defends her leadership to CHRIS WALLACE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- “I am a master legislator. I know the budget to the nth degree. I know the motivation of people I respect the people who are in Congress. I think this is a great moment for those of us who understand what is at stake with the Affordable Care Act – what our possibilities are in terms of working together with the Republicans as has been our experience in the past. So I feel very confident about the support I have in my caucus. I have never not been opposed within my caucus.”
--PELOSI ON JOHN KELLY: “I look forward to working with General Kelly. I’ve worked with him as Secretary Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security. So I will be speaking with him today. We look forward to working together. It’s a very important position – the President’s chief of staff to the President of the United States. And it has to be recognized that he is the chief of staff.”
-- HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE talks with CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS: TODD: “So if they come up with a fix that helps, essentially gives some certainty to the insurance companies to go into rural markets, are you then going to implement the Affordable Care Act as it was meant to be, including encouraging people to sign up, encouraging enrollment, encouraging Medicaid expansion?” PRICE: “Well, our, as I said, our responsibility is to follow the law and again we take that responsibility very seriously and we will continue to do so. But remember that the current law right now is failing the American people. As I mentioned, I think, we’ve got 40 counties across this – 40 counties that will no longer have any insurance company next year.
“That’s not a choice for anybody. You’ve got a third of the counties right now that only have one insurance company providing coverage. That’s not a choice for anybody. You’ve got premiums that are up, deductibles that are up, people having that insurance card and no care, got insurers fleeing the market. 83 insurance companies fled the health insurance market last year. That’s before this administration came in. This system is imploding upon itself and that's what we’re trying to care of. That’s what the president has said. That’s why we need repeal and replace.”
-- PRICE to ABC’S MARTHA RADDATZ on “THIS WEEK” -- TRUMP DOESN’T REALLY WANT TO LET OBAMACARE EXPLODE: RADDATZ: “But he says... -- let it -- let Obamacare implode, then deal. What does that mean?” PRICE: “Well, I -- again, I think what that does is punctuate the seriousness with which he understands the American people are having to deal with the current situation.”
-- OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY talks with CNN’S JAKE TAPPER on “STATE OF THE UNION” -- TAPPER: “When General Kelly is sworn in on Monday as White House chief of staff, will all staff members immediately begin reporting to him?” MULVANEY: “I don’t know. I answer to the chief of staff. And I will continue to do that. The Office of Management and Budget actually reports directly to the chief of staff. Obviously, we answer to the president, as everybody does in the West Wing. But, as far as I know, my reporting doesn’t change, nor do I have any reason for it to change. So, we will continue to do our business at OMB the same way we did last week. I think we’re doing some good work, and look forward to continuing that under General Kelly’s leadership.”
FUN -- NYT’s NEW PODCAST – Per The Times: “[W]e published the first episode of ‘The New Washington,’ a new limited-run politics podcast that takes you inside Trump’s Washington. Each episode of ‘The New Washington,’ which airs once a week and will run through the fall, features interviews with politicians and Washington insiders, along with insight, analysis and perspective from some of The Times’s most intrepid reporters. ... In the introductory episode, Michael Barbaro talks with Carl Hulse about the most interesting and important characters in Washington today and what he’s learned from his decades covering these figures -- and sharing a home, and in one case a barber, with them.” http://nyti.ms/2u8FbFR
WAPO’S ROXANNE ROBERTS in REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL. -- “Joe Biden still wants to be president. Can his family endure one last campaign?”http://wapo.st/2u9e2CH
HOMESTATE POLITICS -- “Lisa Murkowski walked a tightrope in Alaska when she voted ‘no’ on Obamacare repeal,” by the L.A. Times’ Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage: “The chairman of the Alaska Republican Party says phones at the state GOP office have been ringing off the hook with Republicans angry or confused by Murkowski’s votes. To some moderates, independents and Democrats, she is a folk hero. Supporters planned a ‘Stay Strong Lisa’ rally on Saturday in Anchorage.” http://lat.ms/2viM38A
ELECTION WATCH -- “Hackers descend on Las Vegas to expose voting machine flaws,” by Kevin Collier in Las Vegas: “Election officials and voting machine manufacturers insist that the rites of American democracy are safe from hackers. But people like Carten Schurman need just a few minutes to raise doubts about that claim. Schurman, a professor of computer science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, used a laptop’s Wi-Fi connection Friday to gain access to the type of voting machine that Fairfax County, Virginia, used until just two years ago. Nearby, other would-be hackers took turns trying to poke into a simulated election computer network resembling the one used by Cook County, Illinois.
“Elsewhere, a gaggle of hackers went to work on a model still used in parts of seven states, as well as all of the state of Nevada. Though the device was supposedly wiped before it was sold by the government at auction, the hackers were able to uncover the results the machine tallied in 2002. They were among the hundreds of cybersecurity experts who descended on ‘Voting Village,’ one of the most talked-about features of the annual DEF CON hacker conference. In a cramped conference room, they took turns over three days cracking into 10 examples of voting machines and voter registration systems — a reminder, they say, of the risks awaiting upcoming U.S. elections.” http://politi.co/2eYkwSM
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from the Deutsche Bahn ICE train from Munich to Berlin, where he’s attending the American Council of Germany’s American-German Young Leaders Conference:
--“Scott Pruitt’s Crimes Against Nature,” by Jeff Goodell in Rolling Stone: “Trump’s EPA chief is gutting the agency, defunding science and serving the fossil-fuel industry.” http://rol.st/2uCAUhf
--“Patagonia’s Big Business of #Resist,” by Abe Streep in Outside Magazine: “The iconic brand has long been the conscience of the outdoor industry, forsaking hefty profits to do the right thing. Now the company is going to war against the Trump administration over protections for public land in a bid to become a serious political player—which happens to be very good for sales.” http://bit.ly/2h7eQGN (h/t Longreads.com)
--“Strippers, Insane Asylums, Assassination, and Termites: Inside the Insane History of the World’s Greatest White House Replica,” by The Daily Beast’s Will O’Connor in Baton Rouge: “Governor Huey Long was so anxious to get to the White House that he built his own in Baton Rouge. An assassin’s bullet cut short Long’s ambitions, but his gaudy knock-off survives.” http://thebea.st/2uO1fHK
--“Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women,” by Cathy Otten in The Guardian: “When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions – and a powerful will to survive.” http://bit.ly/2v83KXp
--“Kristin Beck: A Navy SEAL in Transition,” by Devin Friedman in the Nov. 2015 issue of GQ: “Back when she was a member of SEAL Team 6—Kristin Beck liked to grow her beard real long. But as disguises go, that was nothing compared with the life she lived as a man. What’s it take, and how does it feel, for a paragon of masculinity to travel so far to find her true self?” http://bit.ly/2v2g9fN (h/t Longform.org)
--“Naked Truths: Who are we without our clothes?” by Jamie Lauren Keiles in Racked -- per Longreads’ description: “Keiles spends a week at a naturist camp to learn ‘why people get naked.’ As she exercises, sun tans, and square dances her way through a week garbed for the most part only in shoes, she gets stripped not only of inhibitions around her own body, but also of notions around naturist intent, learning that most enthusiasts take off their clothes not for sexual reasons, but simply to feel free.” http://bit.ly/2vbWRVU
--“Instagram is Pushing Restaurants to be Kitschy, Colorful, and Irresistible to Photographers,” by The Verge’s Casey Newton: “[S]ome entrepreneurs are taking the idea a step further, designing their physical spaces in the hopes of inspiring the maximum number of photos. They’re commissioning neon signs bearing modestly sly double entendres, painting elaborate murals of tropical wildlife, and embedding floor tiles with branded greetings — all in the hopes that their guests will post them.” http://bit.ly/2v3C06j
--“Afghanistan’s Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban,” by Susanne Koelbl in Der Spiegel: “A young, liberal elite has emerged in Kabul, including many women. It is taking a stand against the Taliban’s atrocities in the form of political and artistic initiatives and wants to put an end to Afghanistan’s culture of violence.” http://bit.ly/2v1XjWn
--“Tough Talk,” by Steve Kolowich in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “A black philosopher at Texas A&M thought forcing a public discussion about race and violence was his job. Turns out people didn’t want to hear it.” http://bit.ly/2h6YCxB (h/t Longreads.com)
SPOTTED: Ed Gillespie at gate 42 at Reagan airport Sunday morning. A “couple folks walked up to wish him well,” per our tipster.
HAPPY 28th ANNIVERSARY to Diane and Paul Begala.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS – “Deanna Howes, Peter Spiro” -- N.Y. Times: “Mrs. Spiro, 31, is the communications director at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which is in Washington. She graduated from Fordham and received a master’s degree in communication from Johns Hopkins. ... Mr. Spiro, 47, is the chief of staff to Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat. The groom graduated from Tulane and received an M.B.A. from Georgetown. ... The bride and groom first met at a political fund-raiser in 2013, and after an encounter at another fund-raiser, several emails and a much longer conversation at an awards dinner, they began dating in 2015.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2uN7Hyr … Wedding pichttp://bit.ly/2uKnu2J
SPOTTED: Rep. Ro Khanna, Archbishop of Vilnius Gintaras Grusas, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran S.J., former Amb. to Malta Gary Matthews, former Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), ret. Lt. Col. Jim Zumwalt, Heather Purcell, Geo Saba, Kevin Fox, Will McKelvey.
--Conrad Lucas, West Virginia GOP chairman and likely 2018 congressional candidate, last night married LeFlore Barbour, an RNC alum now a strategic partner at Direct Edge. The couple met in 2014 at an RNC meeting, and the wedding was in New Orleans. Pichttp://bit.ly/2eYC2WV
SPOTTED: former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, RAGA political director Seth Wimer, RNC members Sharon Day, Christine Toretti, Henry Barbour, John Ryder, Vicki Drummond, Jonelle Fulmer, Doyle Webb, Jonathan Barnett, Jeannie Luckey, and Melody Potter, and Austin Barbour, Greg Thomas, Rob Cornelius, Jordan Burgess, Kayla Kessinger, Roger Hanshaw, Riley Moore, Brent Robertson, Katie Hirkman, former WV state Justice John McCuskey, Lane Flynn, Katie Leslie, and Jeppie Barbour.
--“Jamie Farnsworth, Andrew Finn”: “Mrs. Finn, 33, is a digital and operations manager for education initiatives at NBC News in New York. [She is also an alum of ‘Rock Center’ and CBS News.] She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ... Mr. Finn, 34, is a special counsel in the litigation group at Sullivan & Cromwell, a New York law firm. He also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, though the couple didn’t meet until after both had moved to New York. He received a law degree from New York Law School. ... The couple met in Manhattan in 2015 at a Memorial Day weekend party. They talked about their common background in Wisconsin, and laughed when they exchanged cellphone numbers, as each had retained a 608 area code from their time in Madison.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2hczSE3
OBAMA ALUMNI -- “Casey Pallenik, Bradford Simmons”: “The bride, 30 ... is a director of business development for Atlantic Media in Washington. She is also studying for an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins. Previously, she was a political appointee of the Obama administration, where she served as a staff assistant in the East Wing visitors office, facilitating public tours and large events at the White House. She graduated cum laude from American University. ... The groom, 31, is a foreign affairs officer at the State Department, where he advises on energy security matters in the Asia Pacific. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta and received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. ... The couple met in 2007 while studying abroad in Prague.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2vb33wt... Wedding picshttp://bit.ly/2tUquux ... http://bit.ly/2wbfgi5
--SPOTTED: Graham Brookie, Samantha Tubman, Jonny Dach, Leslie Dach, Chelsea Bollinger, Emily Boyle, Mike DelMoro, Will Jennings and Adrienne Watson, Tess Hetzel, Dana Rosensweig, Elizabeth Pan, Julia Duncan, Micah Fergenson, Andrea Richter, Thayer Surette, Josh Volz, Alex Kahl, Rachel Alben, Kelly McCoy and Sid Mahanta.
BIRTHDAYS: Jim Rutenberg ... WSJ’s Shane Harris ... Dave Kochel, Jeb and Mitt alum ... Chris Battle ... Carl Lavin ... Medicare is 52 ... Arnold Schwarzenegger is 7-0 … Anita Hill is 61 ... Trump WH alum Michael Short … Eleanor Smeal is 78 ... former Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) is 77 ... Michelle Bernard ... Mario H. Lopez, president of Hispanic Leadership Fund (hat tip: Joseph Culotta) ... Rebecca Kutler, VP at CNN … former CFTC Chairman Tim Massad is 61 ... Chelsie Gosk, social media at Airbnb and a New Yorker alum … Freeman Klopott … Meredith Simpson … Megan Rodriguez ... Fran McCarthy (h/t Jon Haber) … Tony Maciulis is 41 ... Mark Beatty, 270 Strategies founding partner and 2012 Obama deputy battleground states director. “It’s his last bachelor birthday -- he marries the love of his life in less than a month!” (h/t Lynda Tran) ... Ben Marter, comms director for Sen. Durbin ... Candace Randle ... Robert Gottheim … Brad Jenkins of Funny or Die … Bill O’Leary, a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, celebrating by playing golf and having dinner with the kids (h/ts Ben Chang) ...
... Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America ... Courtney Asbill ... former Rep. Quico Canseco (R-Tex.) is 68 ... former Rep. Wendell Bailey (R-Mo.) is 77 ... Furhawn Shah ... Kana Smith ... Ines de La Cuetara ... Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is 51 ... Politico’s Tyler Weyant, Alexa Velickovich and Francesca Pigna ... MSNBC’s Isaac-Davy Aronson ... Garry Malphrus ... HuffPost’s Ashley Alman ... Maggie Easterlin Cutrell ... Kate Harris … Lindsay Butcher ... Colleen Murray … Glen Chambers … Salesforce’s Jim Green … Bonnie Eggers ... Nate Beeler ... Emily Sanders Elam ... Dave Koenig is 58 ... Robert Basmadjian ... Stephen Gallo is 33 ... Paul Dickson ... Wesley Boatwright is 53 ... George McDowell … Jonathan Spalter ... Asher Grady (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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2013.11.07 14:54 tabledresser [Table] IAMA wildlife filmmaker. My videos have been featured on Nickelodeon and Discovery, and I spent most of the last ten years traveling around filming wildlife. AMA!

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The males are so horny (and the females in such short supply) that they'll basically try to fuck anything certain times of year, including Stephen Fry! The only problem is that it's so low pitched, the females (who only lay about one egg every two years at best) have trouble telling which way it's coming from, and may even run in the wrong direction!
There's some more funny facts about Kakapo mating if you're into it! The coolest thing about Kakapos is that they may have the world's absolutely least effective mating call.
Ok, I just subscribe to your YouTube channel just based on all of the awesome nature facts and anecdotes you've been saying on here. Good luck on finding more awesome and telling us all about it! Sweet!!!
What's the longest time you've had to wait for the wildlife you want to film to turn up? Sometimes it doesn't at all!
When I was 16, I decided I wanted to find the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. There's a really good book, Ivorybill Hunters, written by an ornithologist at Auburn that convinced me they were still extant in a remote swamp in the Florida Panhandle.
I went out and spent weeks in the swamp, and, though I heard some distinctive sounds, and found what are most likely nest cavities made by ivorybills, I never found the bird.
I'm now leaning towards thinking it's extinct in the region, despite the contrary evidence, because of something interesting I noticed when I tried to film inside the nest cavities.
Behind the openings (which were too large to have been made by anything else really), the trees were hollow!
That would never do for a woodpecker nest, so here's my theory: The trees are cypresses, and they're ANCIENT. Upwards to a thousand years old. I think the birds carved out those holes before they were hollow, maybe centuries ago, and this small footprint on nature still lives on in their absence today.
What are your top 3 places that you really enjoyed? Easy.
Everglades National Park, for its sheer size and quantity of wildlife,
Peneda-Geres National Park in Portugal, because it's a beautiful, rugged landscape lined with streams and dry riverbeds to explore,
And Seahorse Key in the Nature Coast region of Florida, a little known island that holds the honor of being inhabited by the world's biggest, most docile, and most densely populated water moccasins (due to a special relationship with the migratory wading birds that nest there!).
Gonna be honest…water moccasins don't sound that enjoyable…maybe its just me. Haha you don't know how cool they are!
When the wading birds nest on the island, they often accidentally drop fish intended for their chicks out of the nest. The water moccasins can't climb to eat the chicks, so they sit at the bottom of the tree and wait for the fish to drop down!
By sitting at the base of the tree, they deter predators that can climb, like raccoons, and get a free meal out of it!
I live in Florida and never get a chance to go to your two favorite places. Time to make time for them. Thanks! Yep!
Make sure to plan on an open house day if you go to seahorse, and check out the beach/seagrass bed area behind the island!
I was fishing once last year at a small pond and right at the edge i saw what i believed to be a cotton mouth eating another snake (possibly another cotton mouth, they looked the same). It was very trippy looking because i couldn't tell where one snake began and the other ended. They were flopping around and stuff and it was just really trippy. Is this common behavior with moccasins? I'd love to get a video of that!
Cottonmouths (and similar looking Banded Water Snakes) are known to be ophiophagious if the opportunity presents itself, but their preferred food source isn't other snakes.
The specific epithet (species name) for cottonmouths, piscivorus, actually translates to "fish-eater" in English.
Interesting sidenote-- cottonmouths are pretty broad generalists, especially for snakes. They'll go for fish, frogs, small birds, other snakes, you name it.
I know people who have even seen them eat animals that they found already dead and half decomposed on the ground!
Tl;dr Normal- yes. Especially common- not so much.
Nigel? One day!
Just because you're well liked by the public doesn't mean you're good at your job or liked by your bosses. I guess so. Though it'd be hard to be a better show host than Nigel!
Would you consider going out with unidan and filming a nature documentary where she narrates? I would absolutely love to film a documentary with unidan!
Who was your first prom date? This horrible girl I was set up with because her friends wanted to get her in even though she was a tenth grader. She left me just as we walked in.
I wound up dancing awkwardly with this other girl, who turned out to be my friend's now-ex girlfriend, as she dumped him in the lobby.
So I guess two horrible girls!
Have you ever filmed in New Zealand, or do you hope/plan to? Oh man, can you get me a ticket?
I'd definitely love to check out Middle Earth, and all its crazy birds.
Particularly the kakapo, an adorably helpless flightless parrot!
The males are so horny (and the females in such short supply) that they'll basically try to fuck anything certain times of year, including Stephen Fry!
There's some more funny facts about Kakapo mating if you're into it!
Edit: Hmm, he seems to have gone for Mark Carwardine in that video. Stephen Fry was his second choice in the group, I'm sure.
I live in Dunedin, New Zealand and study science communication. You can do a masters in documentary film making - one of my classmates is working on a doco about Sirocco the kakapo which you might like. Have your classmate PM me if he wants to collaborate on a video sometime, I've got a lot of cool stuff from the Southeast US!
I noticed on Discover's "Life" series that they have some SICK time-lapse shots of plants and trees growing. I mean this is much different than the usual 8 hour sunrise time lapse that we see pretty frequently. What does this month to month lapse entail? Is it as simple as it sounds, plant a camera and let it sit? Battery life? Interference from wildlife? Or is it all fake?? HELP!!! The way they made them was to go to a natural area (where the logs the plants were "growing on" were), take a film without vines on the substrate, and take exact measurements of the logs etc.
Then they recreated the logs and stuff exactly in a controlled environment with trellises and supports that act as a green screen, and grew plants on them while filming and making that months-long panning shot.
Then they put the two videos together. Probably one of the most impressive feats of nature videography so far.
No I have slides and slides of marine life from polychaetes to tuna but no video footage. Sorry. Actually a picture is fine too, if you want to send it.
No pressure if you don't though.
Zookeeper here. Just a few questions. (1) what's the rarest animal you have ever captured on film? (2) Have you ever gotten really close to a large (dangerous) animal? (3) Ever done any filming under water? Would you want to? (4) I your opinion, what books and documentaries have the best photos and film? 1) Rarest is probably the Red Cockaded Woodpecker Sorry for the poor quality on that one, I made it a while back!
2) I got really stupidly close to this alligator once, and he told me off
3) Yeah! Mostly in rivers. My best shot ever is this underwater manatee shot that got on Discovery last June
4)The best nature documentary I've ever seen is the Life series. One caveate: find the Attenborough version, not the Oprah one!
The best nature book is harder to say, as far as pictures it's hard to beat the DK book Animal
In terms of a great story I'd recommend last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rainforest by Paul Cox, or Life in the Valley of Death by Alan Rabinowitz.
I assume you're not doing this alone. If that is the case, how would I get involved in something like this? Do you just travel around with close friends, colleagues, or what? Well, I'm still not a professional, so right now my aim is to gain enough experience that I can make a real, good TV show when the opportunity arises.
I travel and film with my family and friends, whoever I can drag along.
If you wanna make wildlife videos, YouTube is a great stepping stone. It lets you practice and improve all the way up to professional grade skills, and even gets you some level of recognition on the way.
Also, if you already have a clip or two of animals/nature in your area, I'd love to include it in a collaboration video I'm working on!
How much of the time are you lonley and/or bored? -OR- are the animals, the freedom and the end result entirely fulfilling? Well, I usually have other people with me while I'm going, so never really lonely.
I did take a trip this summer on my own down the Suwannee, but I ran into so many friendly people on the way that I wasn't truly alone.
The solitude is nice anyway.
Oh man, the boredom. It's not bad when I'm out in nature, but in the trip to get there can be SO monotonous!
Totally worth it in the end, though. :)
You went down the Suwannee without me this year? I hope you got better footage than during the hurricane two years back! Welp, just this (I went a little crazy with extra channels for a while this summer)
And then when I was guiding a kids' group down the next week we got hit by a tropical storm! My boss didn't even bother to check the weather report and I had to figure out a new stopping point for everyone until it passed!
As someone really interested in the wildlife industry, particularly working behind the scenes of nature programmes, any tips? Also how much time do you spend travelling? Many thanks for this AMA Well, I'm not really a pro yet, but the strategy I'm using is to become so is to learn about ecology (in college for Wildlife Ecology), learn how to make a good film (through my show), and to make connections whenever possible (I may do some internships, these'll help me gain more experience and meet people).
What animals are the biggest assholes? Monkeys man. Monkeys and in America raccoons.
A raccoon just hid under my porch. I think he also dented my car without leaving a note. Probably double parked too.
How did you get started/employed? I too watched Corwin and Erwin all of my childhood and have always dreamed of being a wildlife cameraman/photographer. What are tips for someone looking to break into this profession? Will you please accept me as a pupil and train me in your ways? Oh man, let me know when you find out!
Filmmaking is more of a lifestyle for me right now, I get paid very little.
I'm hoping that by racking up video experience through my YouTube channel and getting a degree in wildlife ecology/film I'll be able to do it for real money when I get out.
One thing I've been told after asking this exact question to producers and other filmmakers is that it's very important to make connections. Connections to filmmakers, connections to nature preserves and scientists, connections to just about everyone even tangentially related to the field.
Apparently that's where the real opportunities are.
PS nice username ottersocks!
I am a marine science major in Perth, Australia and i am keenly interested in getting into the nature film scene/industry. do you have any advice or wisdom to impart to myself and like minded others seeking to get into the industry? or any resources that you found helpful in your progress? Question 2: what would be some of the best/difficult/challenging filming techniques you have used? Question 2: The most challenging film technique I've used is a pole camera that goes up ~30 ft to look inside nest cavities of woodpeckers. Any little movement down at my end causes a huge swing at the top with the camera, and I often have to use this from a boat!
I have a company which makes cinematic wedding films, and I freelance as a DP for music videos, corporate videos and music/life doc stuff! I'm in Toronto area, whereabouts are you? I'm down in Florida.
I'll hit you up if I'm in the area filming sometime!
Also, if you happen to have a nature/wildlife clip laying around, I'm making a collaboration video and would like to include it!
Do you come here often? :) To Reddit?
Way more often than is probably healthy (like everyone else here)!
What was the shot/moment you were most proud of? Hmm, that's a tough one.
I guess I'd have to say this one's my best, just an incredibly lucky day I happened to bring the camera and wound of finding a family of manatees!
Also, a bit older and lower quality, but I've done quite a bit of filming underground in gopher tortoise holes with a special camera I made!
What's the craziest thing to ever happen to you while filming? Hmm, well there are two, actually.
Two times I've sat too close to a bird (once an anhinga and once a cormorant), and they've struck at my eye!
Then the other semi crazy thing that's happened is when I was trying to film this alligator sunning itself, and it started feeling a little threatened! It hissed, then went in the water and splashed us for inadvertently cornering it!
1) Whenever something bad happens with an animal, it's your fault (usually from getting too close!).
2) In the alligator video specifically, I'm slightly misleading about the ankles. While it is helpful that they can get their ankles out of the way when lunging, it's more of an adaptation for walking and streamlining their bodies in the water (I need to redo the narrate to make that more clear).
:)
Is that Chrystal River in Florida? If so i dive that river ever so often when the manatee's are coming through. I love it, so clear. It's actually the Itchetucknee River, but I've been to Crystal River too and that area's very nice.
Have you ever had a dangerous encounter with an predatory animal, like an alligator? Hmm, I volunteered in a rescue facility that had rather low safety standards, and nearly got attacked by a tiger once!
Here's my closest call with an alligator, it's important to note that any danger was my fault for getting too close
What kind of equipment do you use? I currently mostly make videos just for my Youtube (which is where they occasionally get picked up by TV networks), so nothing huge right now, just a Gopro, a VPC WH1, and the camera on my DROID (which can shoot as high quality as Youtube will accept right now, anyway!).
How much ya bench? I don't even lift, bro.
How do I become you? 1) Find Animals.
2) Film Animals.
3) ???
4) Profit Hopefully start getting paid for what you do after college (I'm at Step #3 right now)
Ever been to Costa Rica? Not yet. I'm planning on going there in the next few years though!
I'm really looking forward to seeing all the frogs they have down there!
What got you interested in wildlife filmmaking? I'm super jealous. I've actually always wanted to from a young age, mostly from watching Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin on TV and having encouraging parents!
How do you feel about bison? Do you ever try to attract wildlife to your own home for observation purposes? I like bison!
There's a small herd in the nature preserve (Payne's Prairie) next to my university!
Back home we keep big parts of our yard wild, mostly through neglect, really, and I find a lot of wildlife there.
Also, for snakes, I have several pieces of tin layed out in the backyard.
If you get a chance definitely try to get a look at a resplendent quetzal too! Oh man, the birds you guys've got are amazing!
So many cool colorations and behaviors!
Any techniques you have to ensure that you do not frighten or otherwise disturb the wildlife, or techniques to get the best footage? Well, a lot of the time I actually catch the wildlife, but when I don't do that the secret is to find a comfortable spot where you think the animals will move towards and sit perfectly still.
I start filming before I get in position too, so I don't even have to make any motion or sound other than changing where it's pointing.
Where did you most enjoy filming? And what did you film while there? I most enjoy filming in the Choctawhatchee Swamp, and I've filmed giant trees, snakes, and various other reptiles while there.
Have you ever had the chance to pet a penguin? If so how did it feel? Not yet but maybe one day!
How do I get your job? I consider myself a filmmaker because I make a lot of documentaries, but I'm still in college and don't get paid yet (other than Youtube ad revenue).
So, I can't help much with this one.
The thing I've been told is to gain as much experience as possible (through filming on your own or with a job/internship in a local production company) and to gain as many connections within the industry as you can (which the job can help with).
The other thing I'm doing is going to college to become an expert in what I'd like to make TV documentaries about, in my case Wildlife Ecology.
Hey, thanks for doing this AMA! I'm a student in my last year of university studying Film & Tv, I would love to be a wildlife documentary maker one day; do you have any advice for someone trying to get into the wildlife side of the industry? Hey!
I'm actually almost in the same place as you; I make a lot of documentaries but I'm still in college and on the outside of the industry right now.
I've been told by basically everyone I've asked who's in the industry that it's all about connections, so any chance you get to work with a wildlife program/something even tangentially connected to nature documentaries can help you break in.
Sorry I don't have a better answer yet!
Question: What is one thing you've seen in nature that truly shocked you? Hmm, I've never really been shocked by anything I've seen in nature, per se, but I was really surprised a few months ago when I found a crab spider crawling over the wings of an uninjured butterfly, spinning a web as it went and slowly snaring it!
Sorry if this has been asked before but what camera(s) do you use? It hasn't!
I don't use as nice cameras as I'd like, yet, as I don't get paid, yet, but I currently use a GoPro H2, VPC WH1 (though not often because it has low quality), any DSLR I can get my hands on from the local production company that'll let me borrow them, and the camera on my Droid.
Right now I mostly make documentaries for Youtube, so this suite of cameras meets most of my needs.
Hello! Thanks for the AMA! I am currently a film student and I am curious as to what equipment you use and what have you found particularly useful when filming wildlife? I'm really low budget right now, so I'm limited to a Gopro H2, VPC WH1, and my Droid's camera.
I also modified a baby monitor so that it can go into nest cavities in trees and transmit the video to ground level.
Do you have any recommendations that're cheapish and would give me a wider range of options for filming?
Also, is that true that so called "wildlife documentary" are most of the time a "scene" where we bring for exemple goat in the same area than its predators. I mean that circumstances are cheated for the show ? Hmm, people have done that before, but it's pretty frowned upon (this guy got quite a bit of fallout over it).
I'm not into that kind of thing, my goal is to bring people nature, so I'm never gonna try to stage any shots, that's cheating!
Just graduated with a focus in wildlife ecology and sold out accepting a job at an environmental remediation corporation working as a consultant for shell... Got any room for one more? I have a trailcam to offer! Oh man, I'm still in college for Wildlife Ecology, trying to rack up some experience with these videos so that I can get paid for it when I get out.
Sidenote-- Got any cool pics or vids with your trailcam? I'm trying to make a collaboration video with Reddit and that'd go great!
What's the most danger you've ever been in whilst filming an animal? Your job is awesome by the way, I'm totally jealous. Whilst filming an animal, probably this though the danger was not really that great there.
If you're careful and don't get too close there's really very little danger in what I do.
Gotta fox, raccoon, opossum, and video of deer. All nightvision. Sweet!
I could totally use those shots in the video, if you'd be kind enough to send them to me in the manner of your choosing! :)
What's the most dangerous animal you've been in the presence of? Mosquitoes!
Really, everything else you can follow some rules and be fine (mostly just give it space!).
Mosquitoes in the area of Florida I spend most of my time carry West Nile and there's no repelling 'em!
How do I get your job? Hey, I've answered this one a couple times, so is it ok to link to another comment?
I hope so :\)
Have you ever intervened in a life and death situation? No, and unless it was a significantly endangered species, I never would.
Basically did you give a starving lion cub a steak or something similar... I really love the animals I film, but it's important not to intervene as one animal's misfortune makes another's breakfast.
As an aspiring filmmaker, I'd love to shoot some wildlife. I'm from Michigan, you coming here anytime soon to film? Redditors gotta stick together. No plans to go to Michigan soon, but if you've got any clips of the animals, plants, or weather up there I'd love to use it in an upcoming collaboration video I'm making!
I honestly think that's a fair price to pay for what you do. Me too.
Always wondered: how much of the sound effects you hear in nature programs (animals eating, or bubbling underwater) are real, and how much are put in post-production? In mine, they're usually from the same day/place, but I take a desperate shot just for the sound and later overlay it on the video.
*seperate hahaha autocorrect.
Is there a way I can work with you ? PM me!
Editing rushs, Filming wildlife ... Also, if you've got a video of wildlife native to your area, send it to me and I'll include it in a global collaboration I'm doing!
I don't think I've got any wildlife footage, but I've got a TON of footage of different kayaking trips I've gone on, both in Michigan and middle-of-nowhere Canada... Would that be something you'd be interested in? Yeah! Give me like 30 seconds of anything nature-y!
Sure, feel free to use them in your video. And if you're planning to see the great barrier reef, probably best to do it soon; with global warming and the current government's view of environmental protection, there probably won't be much left in 10 years. :(
I know.
Hopefully the private sector'll pull us out, but I dunno. It's such a terrible loss.
Oh man, I thought you were talking about ocean acidification.
What equipment do you use? Right now, as all my stuff's for YouTube, I use a go pro h2, vpc wh1, and my droid's camera.
What type of vacuum do you take with you during your travels? I feel like this is some kind of zen riddle.
Who's the really cool guy that at the end of one of your video says "Hello Ladies"? He seems like the coolest person ever to step foot on this earth. Pssh, distant second.
One question only...Can you take me with you on your next trip? Come on!
Im serious! like dead serious!! What state do you live in (PM me)?
Is this a thing? I would love to experience this! Especially since I am wanting to become an independent filmmaker. I also love wildlife! I want to come, too! Well, if you're in Florida there's a chance you can come with sometime.
Otherwise, I'd love it if you sent me a shot of any wildlife native to your area for a global collaboration video I'm working on!
When i went there i saw it twice in the same week by just following Japanese tourists when they sounded excited. Hahaha that's a technique I'll have to try.
You didn't happen to get any cool videos while you were down there did you?
Favorite animal to film. Definitely manatees.
Most animals, it's a struggle to keep them from running away.
Manatees, you have to keep backing up to keep the frame from becoming just a grey square of close up manatee skin; they usually try to scratch themselves on my camera or ask for belly rubs!
It's like a friendly truck!
Ok. Alright!
I read most of this stuff was staged... Well, mine isn't anyway!
A couple of people have been caught staging shots for their shows, but it's pretty frowned upon.
Right now, as all my stuff's for YouTube, I use a go pro h2, vpc wh1, and my droid's camera. To film in nest cavities I've used a modified baby monitor on a pole that transmits its ir image down to a screen on the ground.
Dude I used to watch and comment on your videos all the time. Teen Wilderness. Awesome stuff bro. Sweet!
What are the odds?
Edit: Wait, WHY DID YOU STOP WATCHING!?! I STILL MAKE THEM!
I don't even lift, bro. BUT, a cool animal that does is the Hero Shrew, a tiny rodent from Central Africa that has a spine strong enough to withstand the weight of a full grow human!
Whaaa... I'm still trying to make it into a job Right now I'm in college for Wildlife Ecology, probably gonna dual major in Film. Edit: I say I'm already a filmmaker, though I don't get paid much yet, because I basically spend most of my time filming or scouting out new spots to film. Hopefully it'll transition from a lifestyle to a career when I get out
I want your job.
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