Saturday, April 20, 2013

Interview with Ross Scott

Mr. Scott (right), looking remarkably like the character he voices (left)
This is the last interview for a while.  I will try to do more over the summer, but this is the last of all the ones I have done over the past year.
Humor is a tricky thing.  Sometimes, it can be as complicated, intricate, and subtle as the satire of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, to vulgar and base as…well, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.  It can come in many forms, and a comedian will never know if they will strike gold with an idea for a comedy short.  Ross Scott, the creator of the Machinima series, Freeman’s Mind, struck gold.  And all it took was Valve’s Half-Life, a microphone, a bit of creativity, and an endless stream of utter nonsense and criminal psychosis.
The Series's Iconic Logo
For the uninformed, Freeman’s Mind is a series featured on Youtube, where Gordon Freeman (voiced by Scott) goes about the events of Half-Life­, constantly narrating his activities and going on random tangents of his days at MIT, his fantasies of world domination, his constant yearning for shotguns and explosions, and his chastising of the aliens trying to eat his face.  It’s a bizarre romp into the psyche of everyone’s silent scientist protagonist with hilarious and sometimes even fascinating results. 
In this interview, Scott discusses how the idea for Freeman’s Mind (and his other series, Civil Protection) started, his process for making each episode, his past, his reaction to the imitator’s of the “Freeman’s mind style”, and many other topics.   
Again, apologies for the low quality of this interview.  Despite the late release date, this was actually the first interview I did.  I was still figuring out the microphone and internet connections that worked best.



  1. Decent interview, good questions, unfortunately bad voice quality on Ross' side but that's not your fault. Thanks for posting. :)

  2. Thank you very much! Yes, the audio quality is bad. It was the first of these interviews I did, and was still figuring out what configurations of microphone, Skype Connection, and Wi-Fi hot spots worked for the best quality.