The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. We, as fans, felt like we ought to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible.
I was visual effects supervisor and executive producer for the short fan film – The Akira Project. As FX supervisor, I got to be part of some major creative decisions regarding the project. I was challenged to solve some difficult questions regarding the execution of certain visuals. This experience certainly expanded my awareness of the medium and was worth the hard work.
After many long hours and much dedication, the project was finally completed March of last year. With the current grand total of 2,980,530 views, this project was a great success for the whole team.
The visual effects for the project was a great endeavor. There were many demanding shots to undertake. A great multi-national team of artists was formed in order to make the most of this passion project. This VFX breakdown reel helps give a glimpse into the hard work that was done for the project. On a quick side note, not every visual effect shot of the trailer is included in this breakdown reel. Please make sure to check out the credits for more information regarding some of the artist involved with the project.
As visual effects supervisor of the project – I hope you enjoy!