‘This is the End of Disc 1. Please insert Disc 2 to continue playing.’
I came across a message like this on the extended edition DVDs of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Because the first half of each film has a fairly comfortable stopping point, the three movies kind of feel like they’re six. Six short epics are more approachable than three loooooong ones.
Well, that what we’re about to do with our movie podcast: come to the end of the first disc, so to speak. TJ Draper and I, along with numerous friends and movie enthusiasts, have produced/participated in 145 episodes of MovieByte wherein we discussed filmmaking and reviewed motion pictures. Three years ago yesterday, on July 20, 2012, we released episode #1: Hope for Humanity. Since then, we showed up for at least 48 weeks out of the year to produce another episode. Each one was about ninety minutes in length and some crossed the two-hour mark. TJ would always say:
The MovieByte Podcast is a show to discuss, praise, lament, or sometimes even lampoon movies, TV shows, culture and more.
It takes a lot of time podcasting to do all of that.
Every episode we reviewed a film (sometimes more than one). We had special guests like my old friend, Clark Douglas, Nerd Novice’s Jim Metzendorf, and my lovely wife. Topic segments often came and went, such as what we called MarvelByte, StarWarsByte, and TrailerByte. No matter what, we always had lots to watch and discuss.
Over the 145 episodes, we’ve released somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,050 minutes of the podcast. By my calculations, that’s a lot of minutes. It was time that we celebrated the show properly with — drum roll, please — a graphic t-shirt for the fans (and our spouses).
One-and-only MovieByte T-shirt
In June, 2012, I designed the MovieByte podcast cover art and produced this video announcing the debut of the new show. I wanted to invoke a hint of every era of filmmaking with the podcast’s title graphic. I took inspiration from the style of movie theater interior design. The black microphone didn’t always accompany the podcast’s cover, but when it did I was very happy. I wanted the mic to adhere to the style of Batman: The Animated Series.
What our t-shirt represents is every movie enthusiasts’ passion. Like most people, we like to wear graphic tees when we go to the movies. I’ve gone to theaters about 150 times to review a film on MovieByte — or some other podcast — and now I will go to the cinema rocking one of these.
It comes in unisex in eight sizes from small to 5XL. Take yoiur pick of ‘MovieByte Red’ and ‘Space Gray’. (Let me know if you want to see silver and gold editions.) It’s available now through August 10th.
‘Insert Disc 2 to Continue’
Yes, above I said that we are coming to the end of ‘Disc 1’. 150 episodes of MovieByte just feels right, so TJ and I are rebooting our show and going to shake some of it up. I’m thinking of the continuation as a well-deserved sequel.
Tuesday, August 25, we will release episode 150. It will be the end to MovieByte’s three-year run. We’re then going to take a few months off while creating the new show to piece together some other cool stuff that we can’t wait to reveal. You might have heard that I have several podcasts. We’re going to do something about that.
The rest of the year, TJ and I are going to spend every spare moment producing new stuff. I’m really looking forward to the writing, recording, and other adventures ahead. Thank you for showing your interest in our fun projects by listening to our shows and reading our sites. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of listeners.
So, come join us again for a trip to the movies.