Official Announcement Trailer -Director’s Cut

The true rebirth of iconic beat ’em up genre in vein of old-school video games! As a simple Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng you have to avenge the death of your friends and family slaughtered in a pirate raid at your peaceful village.

Agency

Sobaka studios, Buka entertainment

Style development

We always set specific goals in our projects, especially with project like these.
The goal in this case was tot mimic a 2D animation style, in fact a combination of styles.

Based off of the game’s concept art, resembling traditional watercolors, we explored our options.

The whole film is animated on doubles, we created custom cell-shaders, toon outlines and the final shots were enhanced by 2D effects.

“You need to practice every day. So when the time comes, you will be ready.”

To announce the game 9 Monkeys of Shaolin we directed and produced this intro to the game’s protagonist Wei Cheng. His grandfather always taught him to prepare for battle. Unskilled, yet training daily with his grandfather’s memory. Wei, who is just a regular fisherman, charges into battle against the pirate raid to defend his own village.

Craft

Shout out to the team!

DIRECTORS

Tom Hankins & Roy Nieterau

ART DIRECTOR

Tom Hankins

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Roy Nieterau

ANIMATION

Danny Vos

TECHNICAL ANIMATION & SIMULATION

Sander Bultman

GRADING

Tom Hankins

MODELING /LOOKDEV

Tom Hankins

Auke van der Sloten

EDITING

Danny Vos

LIGHTING / RENDERING / COMPOSITING

Tom Hankins