Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Really Really Brief History of Donkey Kong

This is a short film I directed for the King Of Kong DVD.

I don't know if you're familiar with this movie, but it is great. It's an epic battle of good and evil. It's about Steve Wiebe vs. Billy Mitchell for the highest score on Donkey Kong. The movie is really more about the players.

After watching this movie, I think that Weibe deserves the title, BUT I also think the Billy Mitchell is an AMAZING gamer! One of the top of our lifetime. He's portrayed as the villian, but he is still deserves the recognition for his gaming feats. Just to put it into perspective, there probably wouldn't even be competative arcade gaming if it wasn't for Billy Mitchell.

Jon felt that the movie needed some kind of historical perspective of the actual Donkey Kong game, so the short was born.

I sure didn't do this short alone! We were under the gun for this one. We turned it around in 2 weeks--and that's all after hours work! It was a huge labor of love for everyone that worked on it at I Am 8bit Studios:

Written and Produced by Jon M. Gibson
Told by Eric Bauza
Music by 8 Bit Weapon
Designed by Steve Lambe and I
Animated by Tony Mora and I
After Effects by Matt Gadbois

Here's my animatic, just be warned, the whole thing is rough and on yellow post-its.

Every short starts with what is called a color script. This is a way to keep and overview of the whole film's color. It's a way to plan out the intensity and relationships of all the colors in all the scenes in order. Color is SUPER imporant. It basically dictates the emotions in the film--all following the story that is.

"Shiggy" Shigeru Miyamoto. I hope I've done him proud!

I loved designing DK. I must say that I despise the new DK design--ruined by RARE.

Here's some of Steve's Nintendo businessmen:

Thanks again everyone for such a fine job, and especially New Line for paying for it!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Miyamoto!

12:06 AM  
Blogger Lamar The Revenger said...

it was such an awesome short! when you showed it the first time, i wanted to savor every moment by pausing it and watching it at 1/8 speed. so good!

1:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You guys did a great short and I look forward to seeing more of your talented and entertaining work! :)

7:35 AM  
Blogger Mitch Leeuwe said...

Didn't know the movie.

Awesome animation! It's all fun.
Do you always use post-its for the animatic?
Thanks for sharing all this stuff.

Hope you will make a dvd collection =)

11:06 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Freakin love it dude!!!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

YEY! Very cool stuff Gabe... You all did a great job pulling it all together!
Sweeeet! ;)

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great, Gabe!!!
Proud! I'm so freakin' proud!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

HA ! HA !! AWESOME!! Great to see you last week!

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Gabe and crew!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Von Kreep said...

This is cool! Great design and animation! Being one of my favorite 8-bit titles since I was a kid, Donkey Kong is still the king! I'll have to check out the dvd for sure!

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if you'll remember me or not, but I had to take a shot. Carrie Miller. Ring any bells? If it does shoot me an email I would LOVE to catch up, I think it's been about 10 years!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Animated AF said...

Gotta agree on Donkey Kong's design; Nintendo should really revert him back to his old look. I love how you draw the characters; Kong is so full of glee and joy and I can't get over the short stumpy Mario. Your design sense is a true inspiration mate. =D

4:17 PM  
Blogger No said...

Your designs are amazing, you have a fantastic sense of abstraction and composition, needless to say you´re a great and extremely fast animator. Truly inspirational, congrats.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Carlos V. said...

Super sweet banner dude!!! How did you do that?? By the way, I wish they designed a mario game based on your design, it rocks!!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Mitchel Kennedy said...


3:40 AM  
Blogger tirui said...

love it!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Chris E. said...

So nice. I like the stylized 80's Donkey Kong.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Chris E. said...

I also like how Pauline flails her arms around and screams, even at the big party.

10:44 AM  
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