He is of one quarter French-Canadian descent. Burns' determination to pursue a medical career led him to become a member of HOSA. Half of his senior year consisted of clinical rotations at Southwest Memorial Hospital. During his time with TSTV, he founded Sneak Peek, the longest-running student television program in the world,  in which he reviewed films and conducted interviews with guests such as Adam Sandler.
Joel Heyman and Matt Hullum , who were roommates at the time, agreed to help, with the former agreeing to star and the latter helping write, produce and direct. Burns became frustrated with the difficult distribution process and the film only screened in a few festivals.
Soon after, the trio parted ways. Heyman and Hullum went to Los Angeles, while Burns accepted a position at a local tech support company. There, he met his co-workers and future Red vs. Blue collaborators Geoff Ramsey and Gus Sorola.
In June , Burns teamed up with his colleagues to create their first viral video, a Mac Gamer Switch parody. Even more so than when we put the first video of Red vs. That's when we developed a lot of the early strategies The trio were giant enthusiasts of the first-person shooter video game Halo: Combat Evolved , leading them to discuss whether an automobile in the game known as a Warthog looks like a puma.
Burns has said that this discussion was "the spark for the whole series". Blue , which was released September 5, on the drunkgamers website, but it was largely ignored, and, for unrelated reasons, drunkgamers soon closed. Four months later, Computer Gaming World contacted Ramsey for permission to include a different drunkgamers video in a CD to be distributed with the magazine. Ramsey granted permission, but he and Burns felt that they needed a website to take advantage of the exposure from Computer Gaming World.
They therefore resurrected Red vs. Blue and re-released the trailer to coincide with the Computer Gaming World issue. The first episode was released on April 1, The series is primarily produced using the machinima technique of synchronizing video footage from a game to pre-recorded dialogue and other audio. Blue to be short, but the series grew beyond his expectations. Burns and Ramsey had preconceived a list of jokes for which they allocated six to eight episodes.
By episode 8 , however, they realized that the series had fleshed out more than expected; they had covered only about one third of their original list. Burns and the whole production team eventually quit their jobs and began to work full-time on the series; to generate revenue they created an online store to sell T-shirts. Blue, Burns, voicing the character of Church , became a celebrity in the machinima community. As the director, writer, and lead actor of the series, he was the driving force behind the series.
Subsequent seasons were re-tooled with The Recollection Trilogy for seasons 6—8 Reconstruction, Recreation, and Revelation , and The Freelancer Saga for seasons 9 and Since season eleven, which premiered on June 14, , Burns handed directorial and head writing duties to Miles Luna to shift his focus onto other projects.
He still provides voice work for characters such as Church, Lopez and Vic. The series uses the same machinima technique used to film Red vs.
The idea for the series came from the E3 gaming convention where Burns and his Rooster Teeth partners were introduced to the life simulation game The Sims 2 and realized that the game would be suitable for a series that parodied reality television.
The game's publisher Electronic Arts allowed them to continue with the project. The series consists of five episodes. As the series begins, Bravo Team has been sent into a military facility at night to investigate the reports of paranormal activity from within.
This is a parody of the main scenario used in F. The series was well received by fans, which led him and Rooster Teeth to begin producing a new live-action series, titled Rooster Teeth Shorts also referred to as RT Shorts , a sketch comedy which parodies life at their offices. The series features the staff of Rooster Teeth, including Burns, who all play caricatures of themselves, as well as occasional appearances from voice actors from some of their machinima series.
The first season ran for twenty episodes and five seasons have since followed, as well as six-second mini episodes released exclusively through the video sharing service Vine. Hosting and producing work: The podcast consists largely of comedic commentary on the popular culture of the week, including video games, recent news, website features, sports and upcoming projects and is available for download through iTunes , Zune Marketplace and their website.
It has since become one of the more popular features of the site, at one point becoming the 1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes, as well as a featured podcast in the iTunes Store. New episodes have been released regularly every Wednesday since April 10, , with occasional special episodes or multiple releases in one week. The show has since become available in video form and Burns continues to make regular appearances. The sponsor live stream is then later available 1 day on the Rooster website and 2 days later on YouTube.
Burns began co-hosting Immersion alongside Griffon Ramsey in The show tests the concepts of video games in real life, such as whether the heckling that sometimes occurs in multiplayer video games would negatively affect the performance of real soldiers.
Burns joked in The Rooster Teeth Podcast that the series started as an "elaborate way for [them] to do fun stuff and get paid for it". Gavin Free and Michael Jones of Achievement Hunter served as the test subjects for the second season. On Halloween , a partnership between Rooster Teeth and Blip was announced, with the premiere of their new episode, reality game competition series sponsored by GEICO.
The first season was hosted by Ali Baker and Burns. Season two was hosted by Burns and Joel Heyman and began on September 7, The pilot episode of Million Dollars, But The ongoing series is frequently co-hosted by Burns and Gavin Free, with another special guest taking part.
Each person come up with a typically difficult scenario, for example one where the person has to date Adolf Hitler for a year — which the cast comically re-enact — for which they will be given a million dollars. His producing work includes executive producing the documentary film Minecraft: The Story of Mojang , about the Swedish video game developer Mojang , the creators of the popular video game Minecraft.
A second season premiered in Oum died on February 1, For instance, that meant using talent almost exclusively from in-house.
As the budget grows, so do our opportunities to approach all kinds of talent. The same applies to Visual FX, quality of props and costuming, lighting, crew, etc.
It was released in January , making it among the first titles that Rooster Teeth's parent company, Fullscreen , will be distributing in its newly launched feature film division. In September , alongside Jenkins, he co-hosted the inaugural Purpose Awards, an expansion from the Streamy Awards.