Package concepts for King Kong (1933) re-release special edition. Keyart courtesy of Warner Bros. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Warner really had no preconceptions when it came to this package. They were focused on getting this to the shelves around the same time Peter Jackson’s re-make would hit theaters. Working with Josh Nelson, Bryan Dunford and Warren Osborn, we decided to go back to the time period this film came from. The 1930s were a visually rich time with new innovations in material manipulations and use that we felt could lend itself well to our design today.
Through research we discovered this fantastic Alef Model B camera from 1933 that had these beautiful metal frames with leather wrapped around the sides and clamped under the frames.
The structural design really came together easily after that with just a few minor issues. The first prototypes were designed with two main tin pieces, and we realized it opened and worked much better with three.
We also experimented with different methods of applying the leather around the sides, starting with actual leather and vinyl, and eventually settled on a printed version.