I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but the next episode of Read Only Memory, tentatively titled “Contra with Friends”, has begun production. I suppose the surprising part is that it took so long for production to begin, I mean, Howard & Nester & Metroid has been out for weeks now! Well, I took a week off, and then last week got a bit nuts personally and also with preparing for the Full Hearts Marathon. Would you believe it took me longer to set up Thursday night than the time I actually spent playing games the following night? Computers. They suck.
So anyway, Contra with Friends. I’m kind of excited to make this one, because it’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for ages now. In fact it goes all the way back to “How to Hook Up the NES.” I’ve said in the past that GFG#5 was actually cut in half when I realized just how much work it would be. After Jacquo finally hooked up the NES, a SECOND Jacquo (another throwback to the old Goofy shorts where multiple Goofy’s would be walking around) would enter the scene and they’d begin to play Contra together, hence the reason it was the featured game in the short. The narrator was going to sort of do a play by play type thing as the Jacquos played Contra and eventually rung each others necks and both passed out. ‘Contra with Friends’ obviously won’t be that way, nor will it feature bunny version of Lance and Bill, but it will explore some of the ideas I had there. It’s nice sort of being able to complete something, even though it’s so far removed from where it originally ended up.
That’s sort of the fun of the creative process, pulling bad ideas, saving the good ones, refining them for use later, and so on. Heck, Howard & Nester & Metroid was actually two ideas combined into one. Howard & Nester was going to be its own thing, and the whole bit with Samus being “Metroid” was another short I had planned, but the two ideas worked better together.
Anyway, the above shot is a sketch from a series of sketches I did in an effort to help get a feel for how the characters will look in the short. I decided to make Lance and Bill look like identical twins instead of one looking like Arnold and the other Sly. I figure I’ll do it the legit NES way and make the only difference between them be the color of their pants (and hair I guess).
I’ve written up a script but it’s a bit complicated. I’ll hopefully have boards done by the end of the week, and it’s during that process where I’ll start to find out exactly what needs to be cut and/or changed. It’s always kind of grueling, but once I’m done with that I usually find it much easier to fall into my working groove. Wish me luck!