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The 8-Bit Cup

"The 8-Bit Cup"! A short film sports-themed pixel art video game battle for my Best Job Ever.

16 top-ranked jobs, in a tournament for all the marbles, in 7 different classic sports game settings, accompanied by ten of the most famous commentator calls of all time. The meeting of minds and pixel-based bodies on the fields of simulated battle to decide the ultimate 80's video game champion!

  • Paul Johnson
    20 years in animation
  • Paul Johnson
  • Paul Johnson
  • Kaitlyn Johnson
    Production Assistant
  • Paul Johnson
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 18, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,750 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    2d pixel art original chiptune
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  • Student Project:
  • Vancouver Film School
    Vancouver, BC
    November 25, 2014
  • Think Tank Training Centre
    Vancouver, BC
    November 26, 2014
  • Bardel Entertainment Beatty
    Vancouver, BC
    November 18, 2014
  • Bardel Entertainment W3rd
    Vancouver, BC
    November 27, 2014
  • Cinedeporte 2015
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    February 20, 2015
    Mexican Premiere
  • Canada International Film Festival
    Vancouver, BC
    April 12, 2015
    Rising Star Award 2015
  • Three Cities Festival 2015
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    May 16, 2015
  • Athens Animfest Marathon 2015
    Athens, Greece
    March 28, 2015
Director Biography - Paul Johnson

Paul has been involved in animation since 1994. Paul has taught animation at several schools since 2000, and currently teaches p/t at Think Tank Training Centre in North Vancouver.
Paul currently leads a team of 8 artists on Season 3 of Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" at Bardel Entertainment in Vancouver, and spends 10-15 hours/week developing short films.

Credit list:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2012-2015)
Fanboy and ChumChum: Season 2 (TV series) (2011)
Planet Sheen (TV series) (2010)
Neighbors from Hell (TV series) (2010)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 1 (TV series) (2010)
Kung Fu Magoo (Direct-to-video) (2009)
The Adventures of Little Jake and Many Skies (TV interstitials) (2009)
Pearlie (TV series) (2009)
Edgar & Ellen (TV series) (2008)
The Nutty Professor (Direct-to-video) (2007)
Chaotic: Season 1 (TV Series) (2006)
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2005,07)
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman: Season 2 (TV Series) (2005)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Season 2 (TV series) (2004)
The Buzz on Maggie (TV series) (2003)
¡Mucha Lucha!: Season 3 (TV series) (2002)
Return to Never Land (DTV Feature) (2000)
Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (DTV Feature) (1999)
Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (TV special) (1998)
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (TV special) (1998)
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (DTV Feature) (1997)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (DTV Feature) (1996)
Tales from the Far Side II (1-hour TV special) (1996)
Kleo the Misfit Unicorn (TV series) (1995)


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Director Statement

I've been fortunate to have worked and taught in an industry I love for the past 20 years - following your passion is an investment in compound interest :D