Happy Anniversary to Atomic Blue Productions!
In 2012, Maddy and Ryan founded Atomic Blue Productions. While they technically started the production team in 2012, they didn’t start producing until 2014. They had laid out the groundwork to produce a full length season of GENO, along with a bunch of other ideas but due to time restraints and Ryan working two full-time jobs, Atomic Blue and GENO went on the back burner for a couple more years.
In 2013, Ryan and Mary Ellen started a separate channel called “Team Sexy Bane” — A let’s play duo between Ryan and Mary Ellen. They set out to do (mostly) horror, and started with Amnesia: The Dark Descent. They didn’t get very far, mostly because Ryan kept running into walls and hiding behind boxes. After episode two, they took a year long hiatus, then decided to continue the series under the Atomic Blue umbrella for another year from 2014-2015. Ryan continued to do Let’s Plays under the title “Sassy Gaymer” and then a retro gaming show with Jess “Retro-Spectives”.
During this time, the team was trying to find a voice for their channel and brand. We, as a team, tried a series of different shows and accepted a bunch of pitches from friends. Eventually Maddy and Ryan sat down for some real talk. The whole reason they had created the company in the first place was to continue creating content together like they always had been since their teens, and they felt like they were spending too much time on projects that weren’t their own.
That’s when the Atomic Blue was truly born.
In need for inspiration to move forward with the company and their lives, Maddy and Ryan started a live morning show “Insomniacs in the Morning”. This ended a year later when they decided to move on to their X-Men podcast “The Mutant Ages”. Mary Ellen also went from gamer to podcaster and started “Let’s Watch 2 Movies” with Maddy. Our long time production assistant, Katie, came out from behind the camera and started a podcast with Ryan called “Warcraft Valley”.
Meanwhile, Ryan was still finding his footing with vlogging again. He had always been filming his life in a series of “home movies”. After his first joint show with 6 other vloggers “The DrYoshi Show”, he moved on briefly to a daily vlog called “Follow the Sun.” This only lasted a couple of months, and that’s when he settled with “Ryan TV”.
We fast tracked a one-time episode of GENO in production, and then a series of other videos on YouTube including series like “Resident Apartment” and “Throwback Theater”. We also started covering events professionally with both blogs and video.
The most magical part about this was when we re-branded Atomic Blue, all of our long-time production friends who had made early videos with us well over a decade ago, all came back on board. They are STILL on board, and we are growing!
With 2018 here, we have so many big plans and a growing list of shows we want to take on this year! We are excited for the new year and what it brings us!
Now we would like to share with you the video that started it all: Team Sexy Bane – Let’s Play Amnesia.