Monty Oum (June 22, 1981 – February 1, 2015) was the creator, director, writer, animator and a voice actor of RWBY. He worked for Rooster Teeth Productions, where he originally started animating the popular Machinima series Red vs. Blue in its 8th season.
Oum attracted attention within the gaming community after releasing the hit video Haloid in 2007 on GameTrailers.
In October of the same year, he released the first video in his Dead Fantasy fan series. He released 5 episodes of Dead Fantasy and a preview of the eighth episode. He also created two music video spin-offs of the series. The music videos were named after the songs the main characters danced to. The first music video showed all the main characters dancing to Mariah Carey's 2009 hit single, Obsessed. The second music video was similar to the first, but the characters were dancing to the 2009 single Gee by the Korean-pop girl group, Girls' Generation.
After Oum announced that he had started working for Rooster Teeth, Dead Fantasy was put on hold.
The idea for the RWBY series was in Monty's head since Season 9 of Red vs. Blue. According to Monty, Burnie Burns had told him that as long as he finished Red vs. Blue Season 10, he could do whatever he wanted. And thus, after he pitched the premise of the show, he got permission to go through with RWBY
On January 30th, 2015, it was announced that Monty was hospitalized for unknown reasons. The Rooster Teeth community raised $50,000 within 3 hours, and $100,000 within 5 hours in order to help him recover.
At 4:34 P.M, February 1st, 2015, Monty passed away from an allergy induced coma, from which he was unable to recover.
Monty is survived by his wife Sheena Duquette, his father Mony, his brothers Woody, Sey, Chivy and Neat, and his sisters Thea and Theary, as well as a countless number of fans and friends. montyoum
was a deviant. He wasn't overly active or prominent within this website so I don't expect that the administrators will be giving his passing away any special attention. Yet he was an amazing person all around, always close to his fans through all the social media outlets possible, encouraging them to do their best and pursue their dreams. I will be damned if there isn't at least one journal entry in DevianArt covering on his life and death briefly.
- RoosterTeeth officially announced the news on their website HERE. And Meg Turney made the announcement of TheKnow.tv HERE.
- Several members of RoosterTeeth have made journal post on the website in memory of Monty, here I list the ones I have seen so far: