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NGUYEN-ANH NGUYEN

Producer/Director
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Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Nguyen-Anh arrived in Quebec at the age of six. A founding member of CineGround Media and GreenGround Productions he has produced and directed a number of award-winning short films. After discovering ‘Akira’ at the age of 12, he has been a die-hard fan ever since and it is what motivated him to pursue a career in film production.
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OSRIC CHAU

Executive Producer
Actor: Kaneda
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Coming from a stunts background Osric stumbled onto the acting scene with his martial arts prowess and has since transitioned into an accomplished actor. His breakout role was the Tibetan Monk in the epic disaster movie "2012" which has opened the door for him to work in China, the US and now back to Vancouver. He is most known for his portrayal of "Kevin Tran" on the CW show Supernatural.
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JAN BELINA BRZOZOWSKI

Director of Photography
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Jan Belina graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2007. He went on to complete a Master’s in Cinematography at the internationally recognized National Film School in Lodz, Poland. After 5 years of perfecting his skills, he will be able to bring to life the intricate world of Akira, a manga that he is passionate about.
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SANTIAGO MENGHINI

Visual Effects Supervisor/
Producer
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Santiago has been developing his craft from a very young age. He has utilized the latest technologies in his own pursuit of artistic merit and personal innovations. These developments have translated into creative production workflows for numerous projects.
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AURÉLIE BERNOS

Production Manager
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Aurélie Bernos has worked in France for 5 years in multiple aspects of the media industry. Her background as an assistant-director and production coordinator has led her to being a strong leader in order to pull off a very complicated and challenging production on the Akira Project. She is now production managing her first feature film for a promising new Quebec director.
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LAURA NHEM

Art Director
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Laura is a set designer and art director in television, film and advertisement. She has been working in the industry for the past 5 years. What she love most about her work is being part of telling a story, creating a space that is true to a character or to a certain history. She love texture, patterns and...dirt. Dirt and aging make a place feel lived in, makes clothes feel worn, it gives life to a design.Her inspirations for Akira: TMNT, The Outsiders and Blade Runner.Website: www.lauranhem.com
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SIMON ALLARD

Post-Production Supervisor
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Simon studied Film Production at Concordia University from 2008 until 2011. There, he developed an affinity for film producing and photography. He is now in charge of post-production coordination at Cineground Media.
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NOVA ZATZMAN

Web Creative Director/
Producer
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Nova Zatzman is a professional stunt woman and multimedia producer. Nova has over a decade of experience designing and producing web and new media content. Beginning with the creation of individual web objects and stand-alone websites, her work has evolved to include the management of full CMS-enabled websites and the production of high definition digital video and media. Throughout her career, she has been devoted to developing practical understanding and abilities in a wide range of production environments and with a wide repertoire of tools.

She currently runs the company: EZ Designs
EZ Designs is a web design, development and online creative development studio.

See: http://www.e-zdesigns.com

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As a professional actor and stunt performer since 2005, Nova has performed in front of the camera in such shows as: Robo Cop, Haven, Saw 3D, Hobo with a Shotgun, Pompeii and numerous other productions and TV commercials. It has also allowed her a unique perspective on all aspects of media production, which has helped significantly in her design and development career.
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SIMRAN DEWAN

2nd Unit Cinematographer
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With a passion for science fiction, Simran has always been drawn to special effects in film. A graduate of film production at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, he has directed two science fiction shorts and is in development for his third. Simran is currently an employee at CineGround and also works as a cinematographer.
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SEAN SWEENEY

Camera Specialist
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Sean has worked with the RED One, Scarlet and Epic cameras since their very early days back in 2008. He is one of the foremost Digital Imaging Technician in Montreal and will supervise everything camera-related on set and the management of the RED data workflow.
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ARNAUD FAURE

Editor
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Born in France and now living in Canada, Arno opted to direct all his passions towards cinema and editing since he was 12 years old. He began with television in 2001 and quickly gained recognition as a video editor. He has been working in the industry for more than 12 years. His body of work includes: hundreds of edited TV shows, documentaries, commercials, music videos and short films. He has always been lucky to work with people who had a great vision and is constantly looking for new ways of telling stories.
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BRENT RADFORD

Lead Armorer
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Brent is a weapons expert for Snapshots and film director from Montreal. With a long experience on major american sets, he and Location Snap Shots Inc were instrumental in providing the production with the futuristic weapons that were required to create some of the key scenes in the project.
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JAIME VASQUEZ

Akira Project Logo/
Graphics Designer
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Jaime has been playing with ink and crayons for as long as he can remember. In addition to being a UX Architect, Jaime loves spending time on the side creating visual identities for a wide range of customers.
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XAVIER YUVENS

Actor: Tetsuo
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Xavier was born in Québec and raised in a French environment. Set on making a living as an actor and noticing the huge activity in the Toronto film industry, he taught himself English by watching movies and TV shows until he wouldn't need the subtitles anymore. Prior to his big move, he built experience working on student films and short films from independent company like Greenground Productions in Montreal. He now lives in Toronto where he signed up with a talent agency and lives the acting life - auditioning regularly, getting involved in short films, perfecting his craft in workshops and striving to survive between his acting gigs.He got involved in the Akira Project not long before leaving the province and he keeps a warm memory of the shoot - and of the people who managed to keep him warm during the shoot.
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SIMON LI

Actor: Yamagata
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Self-taught Freelance 3D Modeler. Mainly work as a Actor/Stunt Actor.
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CHUN WAI LUONG

Actor: Clown gang member
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STEVE KASAN

Actor: Special Forces
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Steve Kasan is an Actor, Writer and Illustrator in Toronto & has appeared in numerous short films, indie features and web-series. Last year he help produce, Out of Time -- and starred as the lead -- which is a Sci-Fi Drama set to release this year. Some films and web-series Steve has appeared in have been selected for festivals including TIFF (Tower), LA Web Fest (Asset), and recently the Niagara Film Festival (Aftermath).
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SIMU LIU

Actor: Lt Yamada
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Simu Liu graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2011 specializing in Accounting and Finance. One year and one career change later, he landed his first acting role and has not looked back since. WIth credits on hit TV series such as Nikita and Warehouse 13, as well as on music videos, short films and commercials, Simu has quickly made a mark in the film world despite his late start. He is best known for his role as Dustin on the MachinimaPrime series "Omega".
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GEORGE MANLEY

Voice Actor: The Colonel
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A veteran of over 10 years of commercial and character voiceover, George Manley has lent his resounding sound to anime titles such as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Bodacious Space Pirates, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Maria Holic, Magikoi-Oh! Samurai Girls, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Director’s Cut, The Book of Bantorra, Macross, Area 88, Five Numbers, and the highly anticipated Hakkenden and Devil Survivor 2: the Animation. The self-styled “Redneck Sith Lord” has also provided the voice of Darth Vader in Return of Pink Five, Volume One and ads for the American Lung Association.
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THE MAJOR

Stunt Coordinator
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PHI HUYNH

Stunt Actor
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Phi Huynh is a Canadian based actor currently residing in Toronto Canada. He is the founder of X Limit Entertainment, a multi-threat entertainment company comprised of performers who have dedicated their lives to various styles of entertainment such as: acting, martial arts tricking, breakin’, ballet and other various dance styles. Together, they showcase platinum performances in film, television, commercials and live dance theatre shows. Phi had jumped onto the project AKIRA almost immediately upon discovery. With a passion like his, Phi continues to pursue his career as an Actor having represented by one of Toronto’s best Acting Agencies while operating and performing with his company, X Limit Entertainment.
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KATHERINE WONG

Catering
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JOSÉ MIGUEL ARAGÜÉS

3D Modeler
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José Miguel is the founder of Vórtice, an audio visual company based in Spain, specializing in industrial 3D work. A huge fan of Akira, he has modeled the extremely detailed Kaneda’s bike that we are using on this project.
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PASCAL WICHT

Akira Modified Kana/
Graphics Designer
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Based in Switzerland, Pascal has successfully worked with a wide variety of companies, from fortune 500 to startups and medium-sized enterprises to provide expert-level leadership in the alignment of design strategies. As an avid Akira fan, he created the modified Akira Kana, an iconic image revamped for the 21st century.
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DAN DENEGRE

VFX Artist
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San Francisco based film producer, director and motion graphic designer with more than 7 years of experience
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PETE MANDER

Props Expert
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Pete is a self-taught artist and owner of Kre8fx a costume/props making company in Canada. Over the last 16 years he has worked with a variety of different mediums, sculpting in clays, foams, metals, plastics, wood, fiberglass, Glass and a variety of recycled materials. He created the custom laser gun that Kaneda used in the Akira Project.
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PATRICK GILL

Composer
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Based in the UK. Patrick is an advocate for thematic film scoring and high production value. He studied classical piano in his youth but admits to having some what of an obsession for synths and 80s nostalgia. He has written for a variety of films, commercials and high end trailer music companies. As a big Akira fan Patrick set out to capture the original film’s authentic sound whilst introducing it to a modern audience.
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PATRICK DAVID

Lead Compositor
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Patrick is the filmmaker and visual effects artist behind many of the visual effects shots you see in Hollywood blockbusters and auteur films alike. A compositor, he seeks to create images by combining elements of reality and CGI seamlessly to tell an otherwise impossible story. His recent credits include: Now You See Me, Pacific Rim, Cochemare and Enemy.
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BADPEN STUDIOS

VFX Artists
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Thomas Destugues, Charles Faubert and Xavier Perreault are part of Badpen Studios, a vfx studio based in Montreal that dedicate their time and talent in helping artistic film projects achieve their goal. They are taking on the modeling, animation and compositing work of some of the extensive scenes involving Tetsuo’s accident and explosion.
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CHRISTIANT D’ALBERTO

Visual Effects Designer
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Chris is an experienced VFX designer with a strong background in both 3D and 2D. He has worked on numerous high profile projects for clients such as Toyota, BBC, Saatchi and Saatchi, Sky, John Lewis and River Island. His diverse background in CG allows him to trouble shoot and solve problems without compromising the end result. These days, he tends to concentrate more on the conceptual phase to create new and exciting designs. He is designing the visual effects for the more extensive cityscapes of Neo-Tokyo.
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MAGNUS ATOM

CG Artist
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Magnus is a New York based designer and artists who simply enjoys creating aesthetically pleasing work. With a fine arts background, his real passion lies in combining various styles of design, animation, and CG in a way that is infinitely versatile. Upon graduating, Magnus began working at NYC based animation studio Omega Darling, and has quickly risen to position of Lead CG. Upon learning of the Akira Project’s attempt to create a live action trailer of one of the most inspiring graphic novels of all time, he knew he had to jump on the opportunity and decided to eagerly volunteer his CG/ VFX skills to the cause.
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MICHAËL BEAULAC

Digital Compositor
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Michael has had a passion for Cinema since the age of 15, which led him to direct over 40 short films before concentrating on post-production. He studied compositing at NAD Centre in 2010 before starting his career at Oblique FX. Having participated in over 25 film projects, his recent credits include Louis Cyr and Riddick: Rule the Dark.
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STEVEN O’CONNOR

Digital Compositor
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“Nothing is impossible to those who try”. That’s the motto Steven lives by. Passionate about media since his early days, he has studied 3 years the arts and crafts of production and post-production and has been gravitating around the visual effects industry ever since. After a few years as a compositor, he is always up for a new challenge.
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TYLER HARRIS

Storyboard Artist
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Tyler Harris is an illustrator and animator currently working with a graphics company based out of the New York City suburbs. An encounter with the Akira graphic novels at a young age pushed Tyler towards creating comic books and eventually into animation, where his attention has been ever since. His appreciation for both led him to gravitate towards storyboarding as his favorite part of the filmmaking process, which he contributed to this Akira project and several other short films. Akira remains one of his strongest creative inspirations, and working on this project has been like coming full circle.
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PEDRO ECHEVERRIA

Poster Designer
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Pedro is a graphic designer from Mexico and studied at UVM Laureate International University. He’s been working at WeEatDesign since 2012. Dedicated mainly to corporate identity, print and photography. His greatest inspiration is improve himself everyday, in a personal and professional level to share experiences with people around the world. He has designed the alternate poster for the Akira Project.
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MINYI

Illustrator
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Aspiring, freelance artist on many fields, more particularly in conceptual, manga and comic styles. Currently doing a tattoo apprenticeship and studying in the final year of university in Central London. Has done a year in BA Games Concept Design with experience in 3D programs and game engines. She has illustrated the various poster designs for Kaneda, Tetsuo and Yamagata on the Akira Project.
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MICHEAL DELANEY

Motion/VFX Generalist
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Michael is a LA based freelancer that specializes in 2D/3D animation and writing plug-ins for After Effects and Cinema 4D. He enjoys the challenges of streamlining workflows and solving complex technical problems in order to bring storyboards and concepts to life.
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GUILLAUME SHEA-BLAIS

Matte Painter/
Motion Designer
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Graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2012, Guillaume has been concentrating his effort toward the art of cinematography. With a background in 3D animation and graphic design, he has also been involved in multiple special effects project.
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MARIO MENDOZA

3D Modeler
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Mario Mendoza is the cofounder of kalidoscopio, an Argetine graphic design studio. On the other hand, is a digital artist by vocation and curious about Animation and Cinema. And a very huge fan of Akira and Otomo works.
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RUBEN MUSTO

Compositor / VFX Artist
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Ruben is a Swiss artist who studied computer graphics and visual effects at IED in Italy. He is passionate about bringing stories and world to life since a very young age.He currently works in a product house in Milan and he is specialized in lighting, rendering and compositing.
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JULIEN LAPSZYNSKI

Sound Editor
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Ingénieur du son depuis 2005, musicien passionné, sait se rendre discret et attentif aux abords d’un plateau de tournage. Perfectionniste à l’ouïe fine, il atteint toujours ses objectifs et les meilleurs résultats. Totalement autonome, il est à la fois athlète dans le maniement de la perche et artiste en matière d’enregistrement et mixage. Entrepreneur dans l’âme, il possède tout l’équipement du son utile à chaque circonstance et sait proposer et poursuivre un projet selon une adaptabilité précieuse envers les personnes et les situations.Alice in the attic long métrage 2013(Blackboard Productions) CanadaEn 2009 il fonde audiojul.com une entreprise qui ce spécialise dans la main d’œuvre de prise de son plateau. Tout récemment en 2013 il a fondé departementduson.ca un regroupement de professionnels du son qui œuvre principalement dans la production et post-production audio. De l’enregistrement du son au mastering en passant par le mixage, rien ne le passionne plus que de démarrer une nouvelle production cinématographique.
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GIA NGUYEN

Matte painter
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Gia Nguyen is a young concept artist and matte painter based in Saigon, Vietnam and just graduated from an architecture college. He has been working professionaly in the entertainment industry for 4 years, as a concept artist and recently matte painter , helping producers, game designers, directors, from many corners of the world, previsualize their ideas. Gia is also a fan of Akira and Otomo's worlds.
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GREG NG

TD / FX / Lighting / Compositing Artist
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Greg is an established TD / FX / Lighting / Compositing Artist in the world of VFX for films; He's always up for a challenge and loves creative problem solving. And he's a little bit obsessed with everything Japan / Futurism / Akira.
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MANUEL HUERTAS

Digital Matte Painter
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Manuel is a Digital Matte Painter and compositor freelancer based in London. He began his career in the late 90s, just after finishing Fine Arts and since then he has been grown in many animation and postproduction companies.His main objective has always been and will ply his trade, hone their skills, expand their knowledge and participate in interesting projects with motivated people that encourage exploration and art.Manuel visits Neo Tokyo for a second time during his career.
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ALBAN PERIAUT

3D Modeler
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Has Studied in post-production and screenplay at Nantes - France.Editor/Motion Designer since 2004 at Colicoba Communication in Paris - FranceHe's working on movie trailers and tv ads.Also, since 2013, he's working on his own on the script of short movies with the collaboration of La Main Production.Akira is one of his best movies reference.

 

 

Akira Project Credits

Producer/Director: Nguyen-Anh Nguyen

Director of Photography: Jan Belina-Brzozowski

Visual Effects SupervisorSantiago Menghini

Production DesignerLaura Nhem

Kaneda ShotaroOsric Chau

Tetsuo ShimaXavier Yuvens

YamagataSimon Li

KeiJudy Wong

Production ManagerAurélie Bernos

First Assistant DirectorAndreas Mendritzki

Line ProducerAonan Yang

EditorArnaud Faure

Sound DesignEchoLab.TV

Sound DesignersGavin Little, Joe McHugh

Post Production SupervisorSimon Allard

Executive ProducerOsric Chau

ProducersSantiago Menghini, E. Nova Zatzman

The ColonelGeorge Manley

Lt. YamadaSimu Liu

Special ForcesSteve Kasan, Phi Huynh, Minh Thuy Nguyen, Jean Mai, Giancarlo Talarico

Number 26/AkiraAnh Tuan Truong

Clown Gang Biker:Luong Chun Wai

BikerRanga Rajachandra

Pre-Production ManagerBertrand Paquette

Casting DirectorLaura Nhem

Production CoordinatorErin Weisberger

Script Supervisor/Behind the ScenesJingxiang Li

CatererKatherine Wong

Production AssistantKyria Olshevsky

2nd Unit Cinematography/D.I.TSimran Dewan

First Assistant CameraDaniel Duranleau

Sound RecordistsJean-Sébastien Beaudoin Gagnon, Juan Cruz Fernandez, Julien Lapsinski

Boom OperatorJean-Noël Guenot

Chief ElectricianRay Lavers

ElectricianChaddy Awad

Best BoyDerek Branscombe

Key GripMattias Graham

Stunts SupervisorThe Major

ArmorerBrent Radford

Hair & MakeupAna-Maria Cimpoia

Additional MakeupNatacha Larue

Kaneda’s Laser GunPete Mander

Assistants to Pete ManderJosie Langfield, Sarah Mcburney

Graffiti ArtistAlex aka MAN

Icarus – Main ThemeMichael McCann

Kaneda’s Theme RemixLe Matos

Sound EditorJulien Lapsinski

Visual Effects ArtistsSantiago Menghini, Gregory Ng, Patrick David, Magnus Atom
Christiant D’Alberto, Jon Weström, Hubert Zapalowicz, Thomas Destugues/Grégory Paire (BadPen Studios),
Michaël Beaulac, Steven O’Connor, Samuel Blouin, Michael Delaney, Alex Smith, Gia Nguyen, Manuel Huertes,
Guillaume Shea-Blais, Peter Gagnon, Tom Kis. Matteo Grossi, Arno Faure, Paul TPVFX, Dan Denegre,
Vitalii Prykhodko, Mario Mendoza, Hayden Martin. Cale Pugh, Ruben Musto. Nick Petch, Zsolt Derka, Lena Huang,
James Gaczkowski

Kaneda’s Bike ModelerJosé Miguel Aragüés

ModelersAlban Periault, Charles Faubert (BadPen Studios), Xavier Perreault (BadPen Studios), Simon Li

Storyboard ArtistTyler Harris

Graphic Designers:  Jaime Vasquez, Pascal Wicht, Pedro Echevarria, Nicolas Tzogalis,
Arno Faure, Matthias Bonnici

Illustrator:  Minyi

Credits SequenceStudio Nora

Web Creative & Marketing DirectorElana Nova Zatzman

Social Media SupportSean Sweeney

ContributorsOsric Chau, Kien Hung Tran, Martin Siemienski, Katherine Wong, Nova Zatzman,
Alan Hardman, Aleksander Labuda, Nicolas Dang, Steve Kasan, Raphael Stadelmann,
Michael Guillory, Justin Minus, Elaine Barlow, Michel Labrath, Dan Scannell,
Olivia Nguyen, Le Duing Lang, Jean Mai, Chris Crochet, Marie-Claude Desjardins,
Vincent Roy-Lavallée, Andrew Dobell, Pascal Wicht, Jean-Sébastien Beaudoin Gagnon,
Mariana Wahrhaftig, Duc-Minh Lam-Do, Singhin Lui, Hoa Huynh, Maria Carolina Munoz,
Olivier Nguyen, Mérilie Gagnon, Jakob Dorn, Pierre-Alexandre Hamel-Bussières, Bruce Timberland,
Giuseppe Iacono, Ryan Warby, Graham Kerr, Luke Boor, Justin Wong, Diego Rivera, Blade Mcgivern,
Duy Chinh Doan, Joann Fann, Paul Tom, James See, Ebony Vandross, Joseph Hsu, Francois Gaucher,
Denis Do, Santiago Ruiztorres, Sophie Dupuis, Michael Parente, Greg McSorley, JLeuze, Victor Souza,
Paul Reaney, Jonathan Biolaz, Knut Gröning, Eduardo Correia, Amanda Embree, Julia Quack

Special ThanksCarolina Muñoz,  Locations Snap Shots Inc., Jordan Paris (Paris Fire Props)
Gabriel Brault-Tardif, Daniel Beaudoin (Cinepool), Mariana Wahrhaftig, Intrigue Productions Inc.
Matthew Roe, Van Duong Truong, Phuong-Anh Nguyen, Pablo Menghini, Sanae Endo, Giancarlo Talarico,
Jean-Philippe Bernier, Kyril Dubé (Ville de Montréal), Ray-Mont Logistics, Olivia Nguyen, Kumiko Yasuda,
Patrick Gill, Gary Platts