Robservations

A daily (or nearly daily) video blog from Robert Meyer Burnett sharing new ideas and work from some of the most exciting new creators in genre media.

Robservations #167

On this St. Patrick’s Day edition of Robservations, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, asks whether creators should have to apologize for work that falls short of fan expectations – no matter the media.

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Robservations #166

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the importance of the free flow of ideas and the benefits and hazards that come from exercising our right of free speech.

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Robservations #165

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, gets a little political today and talks about the heartbreaking situation in New Zealand, the role political discourse plays in encouraging brutal acts of terrorism and what we, as members of the Post-Geek Singularity can do to help make this world a better and more tolerant place.

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Robservations #164

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, explains how Marvel Studios has been able to put together a 22-0 record when it comes to making hit movies and, quite possibly, the most successful IP franchise in the history of filmmaking.

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Robservations #163

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a look back at nostalgia (see what we did there?), CAPTAIN MARVEL and much more in today’s Robservation.

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Robservations #162

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for … well, sorta. Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his thoughts on CAPTAIN MARVEL and the movie’s huge opening weekend.

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Robservations #161

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, gets on a roll about STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and its latest episode (If Memory Serves) as well as the regular hoo-hah!

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Robservations #160

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares information on a new comic project undertaken by comic creator Ashley Robinson, the challenges faced by women in entertainment as well as a variety of other topics and questions.

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Robservations #159

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, reads two emails from viewers and launches into an hour-plus conversation on race and gender issues in the entertainment industry (among a number of things).

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Robservations #158

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about how we, as viewers, can be led to believe a story is real or not. RMB explains some of the storytelling tricks and film-making methods used to create a sense of realism in movies and television.

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Robservations #157

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares some viewer e-mail and uses those messages to illustrate what he sees as the state of Geek Culture as it stands today and much more!

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Robservations #156

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses how the “mainstream” view of Geek culture has changed and how that has not, necessarily, gone the way we wanted in the Post-Geek Singularity world.

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Robservations #155

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the “power” of Star Trek to address important social issues. To help make his point, Rob shares a great email from a viewer who explains the role the episode “Tapestry” (from ST:TNG) played in his life.

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Robservations #154

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, breaks down preliminary character profiles for the new Captain Picard series as reported by the website Dark Horizons. How accurate are these descriptions? We’re not sure, but RMB shares some concerns about where character development seems to be headed with new iterations of Star Trek.

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Robservations #153

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares positive comments from viewers and talks about why doing his “Robservations” chats are so fulfilling.

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Robservations #152

It’s been a hard day, and in this latest, late-night Robservations, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett shares an update about some problems that have just cropped up with a post-production house whose owner has asked for some creative changes to TANGO SHALOM before agreeing to work on the project. 

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Robservations #151

It’s a late-night Robservations … and you know what that means! Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett waxes philisophique on all sorts of subjects, first among them being the fan-boy backlash against Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL movie on review site Rotten Tomatoes. RMB rambles around on other subjects, too.

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Robservations #150

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes us behind the scenes of a live mixing session for the recently completed short film, SKY FIGHTER. There are a few technical difficulties with the stream, but the video is still a fascinating look at what it takes to put together a soudscape behind a film or television show.

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Robservations #149

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, explains what he loves about working as an independent filmmaker and shares a heart-felt viewer email that leads to a great Robservation.

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Robservations #148

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his memories and opinions about the Academy Awards show scheduled to take place on Sunday. Plus more of the usual hijinks with the gang …

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Robservations #147

It’s another wide-ranging conversation with writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, as he shares why he has so many toys and models (spoiler alert: they represent more than just a throw back to his childhood).

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Robservations #146

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, Gilbert and SkippyJon Jones (who’s still recovering from her injuries) co-host today’s Robservation podcast and help RMB celebrate the completion of the short film, SKY FIGHTER, by Lucas Kendall.

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Robservations #145 EXTRA!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett answers the missing Super Chat questions from earlier Robservation episodes. It’s a rollicking hour (plus) covering a wide variety of topics.

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Robservations #145

With apologies to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG), Writer-producer-director, “Notorious RMB” (Robert Meyer Burnett) discusses seismic cultural shifts in the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy and horror entertainment.

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Robservations #144

Fresh off an interview on the Midnight’s Edge podcast, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett pushes all the political buttons in this deep dive into hidden social justice agendas, modern media and the state of fiction (especially science fiction) on today’s Robservation.

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Robservations #143

It’s been a little while, but writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett returns to his Robservations streaming podcast with a wide-ranging conversation about STAR TREK and the future of physical media.

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Robservations #142

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett discusses the current state of STAR TREK – specifically, “What IS the Prime Timeline and how does it relate to the Kelvin Timeline?” Get yer geek on here …

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Robservations #141

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his excitement about some new announcements that broke today (February 11, 2019) on this impromptu edition of “Robservations” …

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Robservations #140

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the quantity of content available to consumers today through the media. Is media diversification a good thing? RMB and online viewers talk it over …

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Robservations #139

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his personal insights on missed opportunity, how Hollywood defines “success” and what the future might hold.

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Robservations #138

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the short-lived, sci-fi series of the 1970’s, Gerry Anderson’s “UFO.”

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Robservations #137

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, dissects the trailer for HOBBS AND SHAW (the new chapter in the FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise) and points out how over-the-top is no substitute for believability.

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Robservations #136

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett talks in-depth about the suspension of disbelief and how filmmakers create “verisimilitude.”

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Robservations #135

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, is a voracious reader. So with today’s casting announcements for the upcoming DUNE re-boot, RMB felt compelled to launch into an interesting Robservations live-stream about literary sci-fi. Let your geek flag fly, folks. This is fun!

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Robservations #134

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes advantage of the fact a dozen women were in his house during his live chat and interviews them to find out what women want in their sci-fi, fantasy and horror entertainment.

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Robservations #133

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, provides a run-down of his favorite movies beginning with the letter “F” in today’s Robservations. He also chats with fans and friends about their faves (and much more) …

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Robservations #132

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, is an authority on all-things STAR TREK. So, what did he think of the second episode of this season’s ST: Discovery? Watch and find out (it’s not pretty) …

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Robservations #131

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the difference between the fan experience of today versus the fan experience of 30 years ago when he was a teenager. Did fans work harder to foster their fandom back then? Listen in …

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Robservations #130

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, draws on current events in his own life at the moment to lead an engaging discussion about the responsibilities we have to others for the effects we create when we “pursue our dreams.” Heady stuff …

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Robservations #129

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a look at mature entertainment franchises, their middle-aged fans and the heartache that often comes with new creative teams taking those OG characters and universes in a new direction.

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Robservations #128

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his views on two recent documentaries he watched on the FYRE Festival and how producing large events and feature films take a skill set centered on collaboration and creativity (and a great craft services sub-contractor).

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Robservations #127

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, riffs as “The Notorious RMB” as part of a special, late-night Robservation.

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Robservations #126

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes apart the season premier for Star Trek: Discovery’s second season on CBS All Access. Robservation fans also chime in with their own thoughts and observations.

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Robservations #125

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett presents his favorite films beginning with the letter “E” from his private collection of Blu-Rays and DVDs.

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Robservations #124

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses a few of his favorite authors who have new books coming out and shares some great swag from the folks at LA LA LAND records.

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Robservations #123

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at today’s announcement that access Michelle Yeoh has been tapped to lead a new Star Trek series set in the “Discovery” universe and available on the CBS streaming service.

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Robservations #122

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, riffs of an article written by Bill Hunt (editor of The Digital Bits) about the fate and future of physical media and home video. It’s a fascinating discussion.

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Robservations #121

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares details of his experience meeting his biological family (RMB’s sister and mother) for the very first time.

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Robservations #120

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett uses a Twitter debate pitting The Mummy against Raiders of the Lost Ark to take a header into the deeper questions about the nature and quality of content. Is it all equal? Is it all relative? Find out.

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Robservations #119

You know it’s going to be a good Robservations episode when writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, opens the show by explaining what kind of beer he’s going to drink while he opines on the state of Star Trek. So sit back and pop a cold one with RMB as he begins an epic, 40+ minute rant on the current state of his favorite sci-fi franchise.

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Robservations #118

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett discusses his early career when he worked for Warner Brothers’ SVP of Production, Bill Young, as one of three management trainees. Was it more WALL STREET or WEEKEND AT BERNIES? You decide …

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Robservations #117

What better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon than shooting the breeze with writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, as he scours his private collaction of Blu-Rays and reviews his ten favorite titles beginning with the letter “D.”

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Robservations #116

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett talks about his experience producing and directing behind-the-scenes content for the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Enterprise Blu-Ray sets.

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Robservations #115

In the third installment of his “favorite films” series, writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett pulls ten more titles from his personal media collection (each beginning with the letter “C”) and presents them for consideration and commentary by online viewers.

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Robservations #114

The conversation continues with writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett as he scours his personal media collection to find ten more movies worth watching – this time beginning with “B”.

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Robservations #113

Robert Meyer Burnett dives into his personal media collection to find ten great movies worth watching (or watching again). Unfortunately for Rob (but lucky for us), he only was able to make his way through the titles in his library beginning with the letter “A.” 

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Robservations #112

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett gives his take on DC’s latest offering, AQUAMAN along with his broader opinion about comic book movies and how we’re living in the “Golden Age” of this kind of cinematic entertainment.

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Robservations #111

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett delves into some of the accusations made about him by AXANAR producer, Alec Peters, and answers questions from online fans curious to know more about this troubled fan film production.

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Robservations #110

Feature Film, television and documentary writer-director-producer, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares the most important lesson he ever learned on a Hollywood set and chats with fans about the best in genre entertainment.

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Robservations #109

Rob provides some long-awaited insights into the whole ordeal and answers questions from fans who want to know more about what happened to AXANAR and what the future might hold.

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Robservations #108

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett provides his spoiler-free post mortem of Netflix’s BANDERSNATCH and conducts a free-flowing, online discussion with fans about this latest attempt at creating an interactive, feature film.

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Robservations #107

Netflix’s highly-anticipated, interactive movie experience, BANDERSNATCH, is slated to drop today, providing the perfect opportunity for writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett to speculate with his fans as to what they should expect.

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Robservations #106

It’s the day after Christmas and that’s the perfect time for writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett to walk through the biggest home video releases of 2018. Rob shares his favorites of the year.

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Robservations #105

Director Dave Parker joins Rob for an in-depth discussion about the making of their notorious cult horror film from 2019, THE HILLS RUN RED.

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Robservations #104

Rob takes the Saturday on a Holiday Weekend before Christmas to talk about the one thing he may love even more than movies … TOYS!!!

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Robservations #103

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett opens a mysterious, and HUGE, @hottoysofficial which, he swears, he’s never, ever opened before.

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Robservations #102

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett discusses the role of race and gender in comics and super-hero movies. 

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Robservations #101

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett officially kicks off his “Robservations” podcast with this episode and talks about everything from Serial Killer Fiction and Starship Model kits and more!

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Robservations: The Pilot

In this pilot episode of Robservations, writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett takes you to Olympia, WA to meet a husband, father, artist and Boba Fett cosplayer.

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