Video Game High School
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Also known asVGHS
GenreAction comedy, science fiction
Created by
Written by
  • Matthew Arnold
  • Will Campos
  • Brian Firenzi
Directed by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerGary Bryman
Production locationGreater Los Angeles
CinematographyJon Salmon
EditorDesmond Dolly
Production companiesRocketJump Studios, Collective Digital Studio
Release
Original networkFreddieW
Original releaseMay 11, 2012 (2012-05-11) –
November 17, 2014 (2014-11-17)

Video Game High School (often abbreviated VGHS) was an American action comedy web series from RocketJump Studios. It was written by Matthew Arnold, Will Campos and Brian Firenzi and directed by Matthew Arnold, Brandon Laatsch, and Freddie Wong. RocketJump Studios describes the series as "a show about best friends, first loves, and landing that perfect head shot".[1] The team at RocketJump chose to make a web series because they "strongly believe the foundations for the future of digitally distributed content will be laid by web series".

Since its release in 2012, the series has been viewed more than 150 million times on various online platforms.[2]

Premise

The series is set in the near future where video games elevate their best players to stardom by their position as the world's most popular competitive sport.[3] Video Game High School (VGHS) is an elite and prestigious facility that teaches a curriculum of video games of all genres.

The show's protagonist, BrianD, gains entry to the school after unwittingly defeating "The Law", an international first-person shooter star, on live television. The show follows BrianD and the friends and enemies he makes at the school, playing on standard tropes of school dramas with a video game background.

The show uses live-action scenes with the characters to show action within the games. The games depicted are inventions of the show, with the most prominent being a first-person shooter named Field of Fire.

Cast

Actor Character Season
1 2 3
Main
Josh Blaylock
Brian Doheny Main
Johanna Braddy
Jennifer Matthews (Jenny Matrix) Main
Ellary Porterfield
Kimberly Swan Main
Jimmy Wong
Theodore Wong Main
Cynthia Watros
Mary Matthews (Mary Matrix) Main
Brian Firenzi
Lawrence "The Law" Pemberton Main Recurring
Nathan Kress
New Law Main

Main

Supporting

  • Will Campos as the voice of ShotBot
  • Nat'han as the Tutor of NukeInc

Guests and cameos

Production and release

Desmond Dolly, Matt Arnold, and Freddie Wong discussVGHS Season 2 at a panel at RTX 2013
Desmond Dolly, Matt Arnold, and Freddie Wong discussVGHS Season 2 at a panel at RTX 2013

Video Game High School is co-created by Freddie Wong, Will Campos, Brian Firenzi and Matt Arnold. In addition to acting as showrunner, Arnold is also a writer, as are Campos and Firenzi (founder of 5secondfilms.com). The series is based on a concept by Campos and Chris Pappavaselio.

The team was able to fund the series through Kickstarter, where they set a funding goal for $75,000 to be raised in a 30-day period. That amount was quickly pledged in less than 24 hours and continued to climb from there. On October 22, 2011, pledging came to a close, with $273,725 raised for the project from 5,661 backers.[3]

Principal photography began on October 25, and ended in late November. The final four days of shooting took place at the Eagle Mountain iron mine and Mojave Desert. Post-production started shortly after and ended in early 2012. The trailer for the series premiered on YouTube on May 11, 2012, on the "Freddiew" channel.[19][20]

Later, the first season of the show was edited into a two-hour movie and released on DVD, Blu-ray, and online.

Episodes

Main article: List of Video Game High School episodes

Season Episodes Length Release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 9 10–22 minutes May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11) July 5, 2012 (2012-07-05)
2 6 30–44 minutes July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26) August 31, 2013 (2013-08-31)
3 6 37–66 minutes October 13, 2014 December 15, 2014

Season 1 episodes were released in May, June, and July 2012, first on the RocketJump website, and a week later on YouTube channel "freddiew". People who pledged to the project's fundraiser received HD digital downloads and DVDs. The Kickstarter fundraiser for season 2 ended in February 2013 with the project more than sufficiently funded. The second season was released in July and August 2013.

In July 2013, Freddie Wong said that a third season was being worked on,[21][22] and filming began in March 2014.[23][24] Season 3 episodes were being released once per week starting on October 13, or could be purchased for immediate viewing through Vimeo On Demand, which includes 4K HD, HD, and SD downloads of the episode(s) purchased.[25] RocketJump announced on October 30 that season 3 would be the last of the series.

Netflix previously streamed all three seasons of the show, but only season 3 was available in 4K UHD, with most episodes doubled up to make individual 30-minute episodes.[26]

References

  1. ^ "About: RocketJump". RocketJump. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Shields, Mike. "The Collective Scores With Video Game High". Ad Week. Ad Week. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Video Game High School". Kickstarter. October 21, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "It's All About the Game". Video Game High School. Season 1. Episode 3. July 5, 2012. Event occurs at 03:23. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  5. ^ jimmywong (August 23, 2013). "Season 2 Episode 5 - Episode Discussion". Reddit. Retrieved August 28, 2013. Lawrence Pemberton*
  6. ^ "Welcome to Me". Video Game High School. Season 1. Episode 2. May 24, 2012. Event occurs at 1:32. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "VGHS Credits: RocketJump". RocketJump. May 10, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Welcome to Varsity". Video Game High School. Season 2. Episode 1. July 26, 2013. Event occurs at 29:09. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Welcome to Varsity". Video Game High School. Season 2. Episode 1. July 26, 2013. Event occurs at 29:13. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Joanna Sotomura". IMDb. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Shot Heard Round the World". Video Game High School. Season 1. Episode 1. May 11, 2012. Event occurs at 3:49. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "Loopholes (TV Episodes 2013) - Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  13. ^ a b c "VGHS Credits: RocketJump". RocketJump. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "OMGWTFPS!?". Video Game High School. Season 3. Episode 1. October 13, 2014. Event occurs at 5:04. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  15. ^ Lazar, Shira (July 27, 2013). "Freddie Wong Brings Half Hour 'Video Game High School' Season 2 To YouTube (WATCH)". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Wong, Jimmy (February 17, 2013). "Training a Cat - VGHS Vlogs!". YouTube. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "Don't Let Go - Behind the Scenes". RocketJump. May 16, 2013. Event occurs at 1:03. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  18. ^ "People Picks". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Arnold, Matt (May 10, 2012). "VGHS Trailer". RocketJump. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  20. ^ "VGHS Trailer". freddiew. May 11, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  21. ^ Lazar, Shira (July 27, 2013). "Freddie Wong Brings Half Hour 'Video Game High School' Season 2 To YouTube". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  22. ^ "Video Game High School: Season 2 - Episode 6". YouTube. Retrieved August 31, 2013. We will return with SEASON 3 - Next Year.
  23. ^ "It's All Over!! 02/26 Update!". IndigeGoGo. February 26, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  24. ^ "VGHS3 Production Update". YouTube. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  25. ^ https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vghs3[dead link]
  26. ^ "Netflix Scores Exclusive Rights to Freddie Wong's 'Video Game High School'TheWrap".