Troubled Production / Web Original

  • Channel Awesome have faced loads of problems spanning over many different reviewers and events.
    • The That Guy with the Glasses anniversary Massive Multiplayer Crossovers:
      • While the Brawl wasn't as bad, it still had problems. In a blog post, Lindsay Ellis said that the reviewers had yet to form the sense of camaraderie that there was in later crossovers, plus, among other things, an unnamed reviewer (implied to be That Aussie Guy) spread lies about Lindsay's sex life.
      • Kickassia. Almost everyone involved was injured somehow, the worst being cameraman Rob Walker getting a nasty leg injury on the first day, but he was still quite a Determinator as he kept cramming himself into tight places and waiting until filming was over to seek any medical attention. Also, Lord Kat twisted both his ankles, which forced his role to be severely reduced, and the extremely tight four day filming schedule meant that the climax had to be significantly trimmed down, with scenes like Spoony revealing himself to still be Insano never being filmed.
      • Suburban Knights was even worse, with the weather causing so many problems that Doug Walker was fully prepared to scrap the whole thing, until everyone banded together and convinced him they were willing to get the film done whatever it took. Thankfully, injures were minimal compared to Kickassia. However, the few that did happen created controversy shortly before SK came out. During filming, Elisa of Team NChick was duct taped to a wall and got a little overheated. Somehow this got interpreted as "crucified upside-down" and one of the site's biggest critics used this info to try and "ruin" TGWTG. Thankfully it didn't go anywhere.
      • To Boldly Flee had the smoothest production time, but it wasn't without its problems. The biggest hurdle was the majority of the cast filming a 3-hour film in the span of a week, leaving little time for rest. Doug was forgoing sleep and food to finish filming and was getting very emotional while filming his scenes. This was partly due to him incorrectly assuming that he was putting the other actors through too much stress. Post-production was also troublesome, as there were problems uploading the files. This resulted in each part being released every three days rather than once a day as the previous two specials. The stress everyone goes through and the Troubled Productions are why Doug swore off big crossover events and why The Uncanny Valley was an anthology.
    • That Dude in the Suede's review of the 4th Pokemon movie had to be this for sure. Jesuotaku and Suede were already quite busy beforehand, making scheduling recording quite hard. Not all the details have been made clear, but the suicide of former Channel Awesome contributor JewWario had to have made production awkward. The final cut of the review featured JewWario's voice for about the first 3 minutes. It is unknown if it is all of the audio he had recorded or the episode, and he had to be written out using some clever dialogue. His voice is clearly someone else trying to do an impression of him during the last few seconds in order to get him out of the review.
    • Doug Walker has dealt with loads of problems during his time as The Nostalgia Critic.
      • His big crossover review between him, Spoony and Linkara for Alone in the Dark (2005). To begin with, Doug Walker had lost his voice the day before Spoony and Linkara arrived in Chicago (hence the use of text-to-speech). Secondly, construction work was being done outside Doug's house, so they had to film the review in Doug's basement. In addition, they didn't decide which Uwe Boll movie to review until the day they started writing. Spoony gives the scoop here.
      • Similarly, not as bad as the other examples, the MAGfest review of The Last Airbender turned out to be incredibly difficult and rushed. A detailed explanation of all the problems and issues is in the commentary, but, for starters, that shot of the DVD case with The Last Airbender in it hitting the ground which lasts less than one second? It took them something like fifty takes to get that one shot.
      • Doug and Lewis Lovhaug have both referred to their crossover review of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as a cursed review. Several introductions were filmed and scrapped (in one instance, the footage filmed around the same time as the Alone in the Dark (2005) review was lost), and it kept getting pushed back after Walker did a Top 11 countdown of the stupidest moments of the Superman film series.
    • Brad Jones's film Shot on Shitteo, a No Budget tribute to 80's exploitation films made on VHS tapes, has suffered quite a bit of this. Announced in June 2013 with the goal of a 2014 release, the production began in September, and suffered a number of delays due to the polar vortex and aberrant weather patterns, causing the release to be pushed back a year. With production ready to resume in March 2015, Brad discovered that the film's lead actor, Jake Norvell, was having an affair with Brad's girlfriend, and when Norvell pompously bragged about it, Brad promptly fired him from the site and the film. The film was then believed to be unreleaseable, both due to Norvell's contract and the fact that about 5% of his scenes were not completed. After initially hinting that he would leak the film in its workprint format, Brad began work on his next film, Jesus, Bro!. However, after funding was secured for Jesus, Bro!, Brad decided he would complete Shot on Shitteo during pre-production for the other film, with the goal of releasing Shitteo in early 2017. Thus, a full three years after it began, production resumed, filming new scenes featuring Matthew Buck and a retooled script. The first trailer was finally released on October 21, 2016, 3 years and 4 months after the announcement video. The film is expected to be released in the first half of 2017, following the release of Jesus, Bro!.
  • Episodes of The Time... Guys come out very infrequently. Going by the apparent age of the cast and by Word of God, filming can only take place during school breaks. This has actually worked out well; newer episodes usually come out as shorts instead of the less tolerable twenty-minute epics they were originally.
  • It was mentioned that a few stories in the Metamor Keep universe fell flat on their faces because of this. One author suffered a brain aneurysm, and another came down with pneumonia.
  • The Fan Film series BIONICLE: The Next Generation currently resides deep in Development Hell because of this. It started out as an ambitious 3D animation film project on the BZ Power forums, shortly before the forum server crashed. The project was moved to a new site, and it was decided that instead of feature-length films, they would make a series of shorts. The modeling had to be started over because the older models suffered from problems. Then, the project leaders left one by one, along with many other disillusioned members. When the BZPower forum came back, the community branded the project a futile undertaking. Since the team struggled with the 3D CGI, they split into different animation groups. Only the 2D team managed to get a test video done, effectively proving that the 3D angle has been doomed from the start. The new project leader then tried to sort out the whole thing and start over with more realistic goals, before leaving to pursuit a more fruitful endeavor. Currently, it seems that the project's fate rests in the hands of the still-working 3D team.
    • The earlier Quest of the Toa fan-movie has met a similar fate. Production was well underway with a big buzz surrounding the would-be voice actors and the script receiving tons of rewrites due to plotting difficulties. Then, the animation files got lost, and the project, which had been aiming for a late-2006 release date, was canceled in 2007. It resurfaced a few years later with a new and improved models, but went under again in 2010. Given that it was to be made by one person who did everything from directing to modeling and animating, and the fandom had become distilled and disjointed by that time, this is understandable.
  • Production on The Game Overthinker stalled out in early 2013 due to a combination of snowstorms making it impossible to shoot the outdoor scenes that had been set up, and Bob Chipman committing himself to too many things at once (particularly an appearance at PAX East). He goes into more detail on the causes of the delay in this video.
  • Rooster Teeth has definitely had some troubled shoots under their belts, albeit mild cases.
    • Roosterteeth's original web show RWBY received a two month delay for its third volume following the death of series creator Monty Oum in February of 2015. Usually premiering the first episode at RTX in August, the crew could only provide a trailer comprising clips from the first few episodes at the convention.
    • Achievement Hunter:
      • With Let's Plays in general, it's common for somebody to lose footage or desync. GO! gets hit with this the worst, as everybody is playing separate games so they can't use someone else's footage to fill it in. It's not unusual to see somebody's footage replaced by a black screen saying "This footage was lost", even if they win.
      • A tiny version occurred in Episode 39 of "Let's Play Minecraft" where the entire Let's Play ended up having to be restarted from scratch when a brief power outage killed their X-Boxes and the recording footage was lost. One of the guys playing, Jack, was very distraught because he was in the lead in that episode's game and having to restart meant losing everything.
  • Another Dead Hero had himself a rough case of this with his first episode Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, which due to not only computer troubles with his editing software going haywire, but also the finished episode becoming so corruptible, he couldn't save it, making it a Missing Episode. It took him till a couple more months before he released his first official released review, part one of Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Though, now he's kinda ran into this again, due to losing the camera he used to film the episode and the next two.
  • Death Battle suffered one when their animators' hard drive crashed when they were getting ready to compile the files for the Gamera profile section, also causing them to lose progress on the Zechs Merquise vs. Tommy Oliver battle. They had to push back the Zechs vs. Tommy battle and use Batman vs. Captain America instead.
  • The 2014 Mountain Dew Game Jam involving several famous indie developers and YouTube celebrities fell apart for several reasons:
    • The first bad sign was a contract that practically told the participants they would be subject to Manipulative Editing and that the Game Jam could not be shown publicly on YouTube, which came as a disappointment to the devs as they wished to show their viewers the making of a game.
    • While the concept of a Game Jam is that of relaxed, friendly competition, the participants had to deal with Matti Leshem, an overbearing producer sent by Mountain Dew and not reined in by Polaris until it was too late. Leshem was determined to turn the game jam into a reality show and would try to put people against each other, encourage prima donna behavior, and would only allow Mountain Dew and water to be drunk on set (and the water had to be drunk out of Mountain Dew bottles). Furthermore, Leshem demanded that the participants grin and pose dramatically every time they had a drink, constantly forcing them to do retakes.
    • The prizes were incredibly lame, which wasn't helped by Leshem's insistence that the participants cheer and clap enthusiastically when they were announced, again forcing them through several retakes.
    • The Youtube celebrities were only brought in for publicity and had little experience actually making a game, which, combined with arbitrary challenges, note  made it nigh impossible to actually get work done.
    • When Zoe Quinn and JonTron had a small disagreement and stepped outside to discuss it peacefully, Leshem and his camera crew surrounded them and tried to play it off as an intense, heated argument. When the two separated, they chased JonTron down and tried to coerce him into saying negative things about Quinn, which he refused to do.
    • Leshem tried to start a "Battle of the Sexes" by badgering the teams with sexist questions such as "Do you think you're at an advantage because you have a pretty girl on your team?" and "Do you think the teams with women on them are at a disadvantage?" and actually seemed disappointed when they didn't "play along".
    • Finally Leshem was expelled from the event, but the damage was done. Over half the developers quit and the jam was shut down after one day. Angry Joe recounts his experience in his Top 10 Gaming controversies of 2014 video, noting that the production costs ranged somewhere between $250,000 to $400,000 for a Game Jam that doesn't exist.
  • My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series constantly fell under this, thanks to constantly getting pinged for copyright infringement by overzealous Content ID claims, eventually leading to a Missing Episode. Then they tried only using screenshots to get around that and it worked...for a while until the claims came again, leading to another Missing Episode. By then, Greg decided to do it himself and rebooted the series with his own artwork...and that's when the audio started getting pinged. What's worse, according to Greg, it's by a copyright troll claiming on music in the public domain. That latest claim also threatens the Rainbow Dash Presents videos since they use the same outro.
    • Speaking of RDP, the more elaborate the video got, the likelier it got delayed. One video had intended for them to team up with some cast members of Friendship is Witchcraft, but the Witchcraft crew took offense at a joke and left in a huff, exacerbating the already bitter rivalry between the two. Equestria Primates, intended to be the Grand Finale to the RDP series, ended up scrapped altogether because there was no way they could finish in time (especially since Petriep, the artist, went pro) and it wasn't funny enough to justify continuing it. All that's left is a couple pieces of concept art on Petriep's DeviantArt and a video that showed the first four or so minutes of Equestria Primates. Despite reviving RDP for a one off-The Star in Yellow-and leaving open the possibility of more episodes, Equestria Primates is unlikely to be revived for the above reasons, and also because the voice actor for Jokermort is no longer available (due to breaking up with Greg).
  • Even though it's a little-known show 2Beats+, a music review show made by Shoegazer Productions, had an extremely troubled first season that can easily give most of the examples on this page a run for their money:
    • The show couldn't even get a smooth start. Creator Randy McNeely had just been kicked out of his band, Ocean Void, and talked about an idea for a web series with his best friend of 15 years, Alan Zuvy in summer of 2013. Alan, in an attempt to try to bring his friend out of his depression, talked to Randy about collaborating on the project. Randy accepted, but there was a problem. Alan was not the most enthusiastic music listener, and decided to part with the project in 2014, before shooting had even started. He would, however, appear in videos as one of the "henchmen".
    • Randy started searching for a new partner when Jordan Dansdil joined in late 2014. With both being inexperienced in the art of video-making, it was, as Randy put it "a rocky start". They struggled with shooting and the editing software. Early episodes of the series show remnants of the awkward process.
    • Footage would frequently go missing, leading to reshoots. At one point, Jordan can be seen having shaved from a reshot scene. Because both of them had full-time jobs, this caused a great deal of stress. Eventually, due to constant pressure from Randy to get the show from an amateur-level "hobbyist" videos to something that "could compete with some of the professionals" Jordan dismissed himself from the project after the 9th episode in April of 2015.
    • Randy started a second show for The Lost Media Wiki called The Lost Media Chronicles, which got dramatically more views and upvotes than the demanding 30-minute-long episodes of 2Beats+. This lead new viewers who subscribed to the channel for The Chronicles to view 2Beats+ as an annoyance. Randy would attempt to alternate between the 2 shows to appease viewers, but all this did was cause arguments between fans of both shows, as production times for each got longer as demand for both shows to increase in quality also went up.
    • Eventually Randy got a new creative partner, Trey Holt, and as the editing and production got cleaner, the same cannot be said about the technical issues. Randy's skits started getting more ambitious, leading to Trey having to get more creative with the editing. It doesn't help that Randy started creating an "over-arching storyline" that had recurring characters.
    • Then, the Radiohead review came, which was intended to be a season finale, and things got really dramatic. For starters, there was a character introduced that wore a mask and spoke with a Russian accent named "Tony" played by the guitarist from Randy's Ocean Void days. The finale was supposed to contain the "big reveal" with an epilogue explaining his experience with the band. Unfortunately, though, when Part 3 of Radiohead came, the actor flaked, causing Randy to have to re-write the video at the last minute and was forced to have to re-shoot footage. To make matters worse, right when production was starting to wrap up with the editing, Randy's laptop got stolen, leading to Trey being the sole video editor and even more footage having to be shot. On new years of 2016, Randy discovered 2 of his roommates (one of whom is a 2B+ cast member) had become drug addicts, and he had to, very understandably, shift his focuses elsewhere. This caused both part 3 and the epilogue of the first season to be postponed by over 2 weeks.
    • 2Beats+ continues to remain largely obscure, but the few people that watch it say it's great if you can get into the over-arching storyline and oddball skits. Time will only tell if it gains an audience and if Season 2 will be any less stressful than season 1.
  • Somecallmejohnny's let's plays have gone through a lot of problems, mainly due to time constraints and other responsibilities shared by the three members.
    • This happened a lot when Matt first became a part of the channel in 2011. Donkey Kong Country, if Matt is to be believed, took over nine tries to complete. It was telling that Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest was recorded on a world-by-world basis to avoid that kind of bad luck happening again.
    • According to the wall comments by Johnny and Matthew, the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) let's play also suffered from this. Allegedly, there had been multiple failures either due to bad commentary (there were points where neither Matt nor Elliot said a thing during long stretches of the game) or technical mistakes (which ended up happening during successful recordings). By about the seventh and final time, the crew was exhausted to the point where Johnny agreed to play it by himself simply because Elliot was fed up with the game, and Matthew had run out of things to say about it.
    • It happened almost frequently in the early days of the channel before Johnny got better video recording programs. Johnny and Matt's LP of The Legend of Zelda took over 3 attempts to complete (and one of them was at the end of the game to boot) due to technical hiccups, causing Matt to curse out Johnny at the beginning of their last recording attempt. Johnny and Elliot's LP of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 also took several attempts due to the recording software suddenly shutting down each time.
    • RPG weekends (Weekends dedicated to JRPGs) haven't had one successful recording session without drama yet. Final Fantasy IV went through numerous versions before settling on the PSP version, Persona and Pokemon Red were plagued with scheduling errors, and finally Tales of Symphonia was plagued with both scheduling errors and tech mishaps (it was originally going to be live, but it ended up being post commentary.)
    • Shadow of Destiny, a game that Elliot wanted to do prior to their Summer of Twos, ended up being postponed because of technical mishaps. Johnny gave Matt all of his old Happauge equipment to record Tales of Symphonia, which also meant he got the component cables to be able to record PS2 games as well. When it came time to record again, Matt kept forgetting the equipment, and the playthrough was suspended. They managed to record the game, and then Johnny accidentally deleted the footage while getting rid of the leftover videos. Then they finally managed to record the game, and it was shown on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • Final Fantasy VI was recorded by Johnny using both the SNES and GBA versions. Near the end of the game on the SNES version, Johnny's capture device had stopped working five minutes after he began recording and by the time he he discovered the issue, he had already overwritten his save file and lost two hours of work. Luckily, Johnny's recording of the GBA version was intact, so he used that for one of the episodes.
    • 2016 in general has been a rough one for the brothers gaming. RPG weekend has taken quite a long silence with no reasons from anybody where it is (with only a vauge "FFV" mention coming up soon). Plus, Johnny's had multiple equipment fail on him as well, causing LPs and reviews to either be delayed (Doom (2016) due to failed recordings, Kingdom Hearts II because of the capture card frying during the fight with Terra, and the Star Fox Assault review getting delayed thanks to the capture card dying in the middle of recording), or scrapped. Fans were totally understanding and supportive; but the trio were frustrated by the repeated failures.
  • LG15: Outbreak, a spinoff of the pioneering web series lonelygirl15, suffered mightily from this, with this video by the show's creator Gregory Austin McConnell going into more detail.
    • In 2009, the LG15 franchise was in trouble. A Kudzu Plot and multiple spinoffs were making the story difficult to follow, and furthermore, the Great Recession had led to financial difficulties at the show's production company EQAL, who put LG15: the resistance, then the flagship show of the franchise, on hiatus in order to save money. To keep the series as a whole going and fans interested, EQAL ran a contest called The Show Is Yours for fans to create an officially-sponsored, canonical spinoff, effectively crowdsourcing the show and using it as a springboard to launch a proprietary social publishing platform called Umbrella.
    • The first spinoff made through The Show Is Yours, LG15: The Last, wasn't a hit but wasn't a failure either, leading to a second contest in 2010 that produced LG15: Outbreak. McConnell, the creator of Outbreak, was a Big Name Fan known at the time, under the nom de plume "Mason", for his snarky fanfic vlogs commenting on the plot holes and Fridge Logic in LG15, and with the keys to the kingdom, he sought to right a ship that he felt had gone astray.
    • While McConnell had experience creating vlogs, he was out of his depth running a web series. The original plan was to create a sixteen-episode show filmed over eight weeks, but McConnell, out of what he feels in hindsight was hubris and a desire to prove himself, wound up extending that to 42 episodes, a wildly unfeasible and stressful production schedule. Technical problems with the cameras, microphones, and editing software reared their ugly head, conflicts in the actors' schedules made it hard to shoot scenes with many of them together, snowfall made location shooting extremely difficult, and a subpar internet connection made uploading the finished videos difficult.
    • Umbrella, meanwhile, was causing headaches on its own. McConnell intended to use Umbrella for puzzles and supplemental story material, but many key features either weren't ready in time or were still going through growing pains, forcing him to hastily scrap or rewrite them.
    • Finally, McConnell's plans for Outbreak's story clashed with those of EQAL. In short, McConnell tried to use his position as a Promoted Fanboy to make Outbreak into a far more important show than EQAL had ever planned for it to be, ending with story revelations that would tie back to LG15: the resistance. EQAL forced McConnell to scrap his planned ending and a number of other plot points, and as the two sides engaged in a tug-of-war over the show's creative direction, fan reaction proved to be extremely mixed.
    • Outbreak proved to be a Franchise Killer for the LG15 franchise, with LG15: the resistance's hiatus becoming indefinite. McConnell regards the experience as a humbling one that demonstrated to him just how much a Show Runner has to deal with, and his attempt to "save" the franchise as a classic case of hubris. It would be six years before anything new related to LG15 was so much as announced.
  • According to Pan Pizza, Pizza Party Podcast Episode 69 was a massive case of this with him stating that "everything single possible thing that could go wrong, went wrong". They brought in a porn star as a special guest, but there was so much lag on Skype that they ended up having to stop the podcast ten minutes into recording. When they tried connecting with him again, they ended up with loads of technical problems. After multiple failed attempts at connecting to him, the group decided to cancel the episode, with Pan instead uploading a tour of his room. Nolan (one of the members of the podcast) described the episode as "cursed".

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