The average trailer Brain Zoo handles is usually between a minute and a half and two minutes, with more expensive ones lasting longer. For just a minute and a half story, I might need to create a couple hundred story frames. Pepe and Lucas was much longer and required a lot more work, probably more than for any other project I've worked on. We also had a lot more time on our hands and a lot more freedom, so the story changed often as we wrapped our heads around tone, character development, pacing, and length of time. Rather than show frames that made it into Pepe and Lucas, I thought it would be fun to show some of what didn't make it into the final cut.
Pie Launcher Sequence
I mentioned earlier when I posted the pie launcher that we had originally planned for the battle sequences to progress from small to larger, and from using standard props to more over-the-top outrageous ones. This would take about 3 bouts. Below, I've uploaded some of the early fighting and the pie launcher sequence. It was a lot of fun, but you can see how this would have quickly become the whole film.
Ending on the Magician
We also had multiple endings as we played around with how big a part the Magician would have to play as well as how much screen time to give him. Just like the pie launcher sequence, this ended up becoming too large and we really cut down the Magician's involvement to just the last minute of the short so we could maintain focus on Pepe and Lucas.