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Fire F'n Creative!
96 minutes | Dec 31, 2018
I'm Bryan Williams, game designer and former motion capture (mocap) director for the core WWE video game franchise. My tenure as mocap director began in 2007 and came to an end in January of 2015. This is part one of an interview I conducted a few months back with former WWE developmental talent and mocap extraordinaire, Mike Sharrer. I had the pleasure of directing Mike during my run as director and throughout that stretch of time, Mike took part in every single one of our shoots. From in-game animations (moves, taunts, navigational motions, etc) to entrances, victory scenes and cutscenes, Mike did it all. As it relates to mocap, no one's contributed more to the franchise than Mike. If there was a hall of fame for mocap performers, he'd be a first ballot entrant. In part one of this interview, Mike shares how he got his start in the business and how a chance meeting with The Rock motivated him to land a WWE developmental contract. Mike recounts his time in Ohio Valley Wrestling as well as his stint in Deep South Wrestling. One last thing, I'm terribly sorry for the low budget sound quality. I'm going to invest in better equipment to ensure future installments sound a hell of a lot better. Thanks for listening!
66 minutes | Dec 31, 2018
I continue my conversation with pro wrestler and SVR/WWE 2K mocap vet, Mike Sharrer. In this episode, Mike recalls the time he and Rob Begley (Vik Dalishus) competed against Brian Kendrick and Paul London on an episode of Velocity, the danger of bringing floral Hawaiian print luggage into a WWE locker room, being used to put over Johnny Nitro (John Morrison) in OVW (while still being able to get a little of his shit in) and much, much more. Mike’s better half, Tracy Sharrer, an accomplished wrestler and mocap performer in her own right, also makes an appearance and the two of them share stories from their time working the independents, post-WWE developmental. Links to three of the matches discussed in this episode have been provided below. After you've finished listening, be sure to check them out. Hope you enjoy the listen! Velocity; Paul London/Spanky Vs. Mike Taylor/Rob Begley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQTsHBuDz5U&t=1s&index=72&list=WL OVW; Johnny Nitro w/Melina Vs. Mike Taylor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnRLGd2hyI8&t=302s&list=WL&index=71 DSW; Urban Assault (Eric Perez & Sonny Siaki) Vs. High Impact w/Tracy Taylor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkTm4CYneuI&list=WL&index=74
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