Jul 05

Harry Potter and the Extended Universe

Surprise!  After a five-year hiatus, the Ridgway Films gang has returned to the wizarding world of Harry Potter for our fourth parody short film.  But wait – the last one was called The Final Video!  What are we doing making another one?  Well, in case you haven’t noticed, reboots, remakes, and spinoffs are all the rage these days, so why not join the bandwagon?

In Harry Potter and the Extended Universe, five years after their last adventure, Harry Potter and best friend Ron discover that their franchise is being rebooted.

In late 2016, we decided that it had been too long since a classic Ridgway Films collaborative project, so we started talking about possible ideas.  A fourth Harry Potter short was something we had wanted to do for years, but it was always a matter of waiting for the right idea and the right time.  Inspired by various recent trends in blockbuster filmmaking over the past couple of years, we came up with the meta idea of Harry Potter getting rebooted within the story, with a host of strange side effects from such an in-universe reboot.  We’re all really happy with how this new project turned out, so be sure to leave some comments and let us know what you think!

On a technical note, this is our first film to be shot in full 4K quality!  So if you have the screen for it, make sure to crank up those YouTube quality settings to the max!

Feb 09

Rolemancing Season 1

In the intervening years since peak activity here at Ridgway Films, a lot of us have moved on to individual projects. Robert Thomas (probably best known for Ron in the Harry Potter videos and Lucky in the Earthbound series) has been hard at work on various film projects at Wichita State University (check out their body of work here!)  Their latest project, Rolemancing, is a mini-series that follows a group of D’n’Ders on various wacky adventures. Featuring Robert himself (as well as a small bit of visual effects work from Ridgway Films), the entirety of Season 1 has been uploaded to YouTube and is definitely worth checking out!

Jan 21

Threepcast Episode 18: Blue Warehouse Thing with Future Doors

The first Threepcast episode of 2017 is here!  In this episode, the Ridgways return to the world of Zero Escape to play the second game in the trilogy – Virtue’s Last Reward.  We compare the game extensively to its predecessor (Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors), we discuss the effectiveness of the game’s new mechanics, and we spend a lot of time trying to untangle the rather complicated time travel that this game throws at you.

Next time, we will be reviewing Minecraft:  Story Mode.

Show notes:
Virtue’s Last Reward OVA:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvIM9Xph5q8
Virtue’s Last Reward Official Website:  http://virtueslastreward.com/

Dec 27

Belated Merry Christmas from RidgwayFilms.com!

A big thank-you to all our fans for keeping in touch and checking out our cool films from the past year!  Enjoy the remainder of the holiday season! UC9eNO8AYfSsMbqQ5JcA3ITA

Dec 04

Threepcast Minisode 4: The Mighty Cornmander Rides Again (with Christopher Ushko)

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On this special Threepcast minisode, the Ridgways dive into the world of fangames to cover the most infamous pop culture-laden “de-make” of Monkey Island 2…  it’s none other than M:I-2; LeChuck’s Revenge!  Within this minisode, we wax nostalgic about early 2000s Internet and the old Klik & Play fangame scene, we re-evaluate this fangame and discuss how well it’s aged, and last (but certainly not least), we interview the game’s creator Christopher Ushko (via text) to talk about his inspiration for the game and what it was like to make.

Show notes:
Box of Mystery (Christopher Ushko’s website):  http://www.boxofmystery.com/
Download M:I-2; LeChuck’s Revenge:  http://www.boxofmystery.com/games/lechucks-revenge/

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