Killer Bean Forever
|Killer Bean Forever|
|Directed by||Jeff Lew|
|Produced by||Jeff Lew|
|Story by||Jeff Lew|
|Starring||Vegas E. Trip|
|Music by||Justin R. Durban |
|Edited by||Jeff Lew|
Killer Bean Studios
|Distributed by||Cinema Management Group|
Killer Bean Forever is a 2009 computer-animated action film written, produced, and directed by Jeff Lew. Taking place in a world of anthropomorphic coffee beans, the film tells the story of a bean assassin named Jack Bean, whose alias is Killer Bean. It was preceded by two web shorts: "Killer Bean: The Interrogation" and "Killer Bean 2.1: The Party".
Cast and characters
- Vegas E. Trip as Killer Bean, the anti-hero of the film, an extremely effective pistol dual-wielding assassin with a dry sense of humor
- Bryan Session as Detective Cromwell, a no-nonsense, clever police detective
- Matthew Tyler as Cappuccino, a crime lord
- David Guilmette as the leader of the Shadow Agency
- Jeff Lew as Jet Bean and various beans
The concept for Killer Bean came in a short produced by Jeff Lew in the late 1990s entitled "Killer Bean: The Interrogation", which was later called "Killer Bean 1". Jeff Lew intended this short only to teach himself animation, and it only received about 3000 hits. After practicing animation for about 2 years, Lew started work on "Killer Bean 2: The Party", a 7-minute short. "Killer Bean 2" took about 3 years to create, and was released on iFilm in 2000. In about 6 months, it received about a million views, which was significant before YouTube.
After receiving various calls from movie producers that never developed, Lew decided to make a full feature film himself. The first rough draft of the screen play took about 5 months. Previsualization (previz) took about one and a half years. One mistake Lew regretted was not making the concept art before previz, which meant that many of the previz shots could not be reused for final animation. Lew then posted an ad on Craigslist for voices, and auditioned about 20 people and cast four. The concept artist for the characters was Von Caberte.[dead link] By July 2005, all preproduction was completed.
The film took about 5 years to create, with approximately 1 and half years in pre-production and 3 years in animation. Killer Bean Forever had approximately 1000 animated shots. Generally, animators are given 1–4 weeks to complete 1 shot, and thus to create 1000 shots would have taken 20 years. Lew thus used an inexpensive 2D motion capture system to speed up animation, primarily with lip-sync. (At the time, the cheapest 3D motion capture system was about $50,000.)
In May 2018, an official upload of the movie in its entirety was posted to YouTube.
- "Killer Bean Forever About". Archived from the original on 20 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- "IMDB Page". Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Killer Bean Forever About the Director". Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- "Killer Bean Forever: The Art of Cabertevon". Retrieved 21 April 2011.
- Killer Bean Forever DVD:Making of Killer Bean Forever (Media notes). Jeff Lew. 2009 .CS1 maint: others (link)