The Rhyfel Kickstarter Video
It’s corny.We know.But it was made that way on purpose.We didn’t want to just sit in front of the camera and have to stare as us for 4 minutes.Neither of us are all that good looking. :)
We chose to go with this style of video to give you a little insight into who we are and drive home the fact we don’t take ourselves too seriously.Here is a little commentary on the beginning animations scenes.
Scene 1 – London
This is where Justin is originally from.The announcer makes a wise crack about the background looking bright and sunny; and calls for it to be more true to the London stereotype of grey skies and raining.With Justin’s head on a baby, he tells everyone that he was just a normal baby.
Scene 2 – London Bedroom
Justin is shown again as a baby, expressing his love for video games.There is a soccer ball – err football ball, in the corner of the room.We have no idea why the ball is magically bouncing, but it’s safe to say the bear is not amused.And yes, the video game he is playing is Donkey Man.
Scene 3 – Justin Sails to America
Justin is now portrayed as a young man in a boat sailing to America.Apparently, he was an avid fisherman – and a pirate. And the dude on the island, he is just saying hi.Justin didn’t ignore rescuing him or anything cruel like that.
Scene 4 – Detroit
Detroit, known for his role in car manufacturing and the Red Wings hockey team, is where Jeff is from.I have to call out the uber wheels on the carriage.The announced implies that Jeff is more of a machine than a human baby.This opinion is supported in the next scene as well.
Scene 5 – Detroit Bedroom
Like Justin, Jeff is shown as a baby playing a video game.The soccer ball was changed to a basketball and appears to have the same magical powers!The transcontinental time travelling bear is still not amused.And yes, you called it; the video game is Pac Kong.Jeff was born to write code – its fitting his first robotic words were, “Hello World”.
Scene 6 – Jeff travels to Denver
Jeff, now a young man, is capable of dodging arrows and steering a stage coach equipped with a keg of something tasty.The music here is from an old favorite game of ours, M.U.L.E.We thought it provided a nice callback to all you old school gamers. Those were the days, eh?
Eventually, this is where Jeff and Justin meet, in Denver Colorado.We were coworkers who eventually became business partners – and ultimately friends.Yes, in that order.
Scene 7 – Easy Peasy
This is a pretty quick scene where Justin and Jeff decide to create their own video game.Jeff is well known for saying how easy something is going to be; when it turns out taking much longer.
Scene 8 – Rhyfel is born!
Jeff claims it would take only six months to build Rhyfel (actually 9 was the original estimate).Justin knows better than to believe him.In reality it took about 3 years of evening and weekend work.After many cans of Mellow Dew and apparently one pizza – Rhyfel was completed.And yes, Justin called Jeff a muppet.
So that is it, the video.We just wanted to have some fun, after all – that is what all this is about, isn’t it?
A couple images of us writing the storyboard:
Justin doing his magic, Jeff catching some Zzzz…
Justin and Matt working through some ideas.
Matt, the video’s director, running through the plan.
And of course, the plan!