NGUYEN-ANH NGUYEN Producer/Director
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.
OSRIC CHAU Executive ProducerActor: Kaneda
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.
JAN BELINA BRZOZOWSKI Director of Photography
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.
SANTIAGO MENGHINI Visual Effects Supervisor/Producer
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.
AURÉLIE BERNOS Production Manager
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.
LAURA NHEM Art Director
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
SIMON ALLARD Post-Production Supervisor
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.
NOVA ZATZMAN Web Creative Director/Producer
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
FILM/TV 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.
SIMRAN DEWAN 2nd Unit Cinematographer
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.
SEAN SWEENEY Camera Specialist
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.
ARNAUD FAURE Editor
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.
BRENT RADFORD Lead Armorer
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.
JAIME VASQUEZ Akira Project Logo/Graphics Designer
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.
XAVIER YUVENS Actor: Tetsuo
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.
SIMON LI Actor: Yamagata
Self-taught Freelance 3D Modeler. Mainly work as a Actor/Stunt Actor.
CHUN WAI LUONG Actor: Clown gang member
STEVE KASAN Actor: Special Forces
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).
SIMU LIU Actor: Lt Yamada
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".
GEORGE MANLEY Voice Actor: The Colonel
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.
THE MAJOR Stunt Coordinator
PHI HUYNH Stunt Actor
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.
KATHERINE WONG Catering
JOSÉ MIGUEL ARAGÜÉS 3D Modeler
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.
PASCAL WICHT Akira Modified Kana/Graphics Designer
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.
DAN DENEGRE VFX Artist
San Francisco based film producer, director and motion graphic designer with more than 7 years of experience
PETE MANDER Props Expert
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.
PATRICK GILL Composer
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.
PATRICK DAVID Lead Compositor
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.
BADPEN STUDIOS VFX Artists
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.
CHRISTIANT D’ALBERTO Visual Effects Designer
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.
MAGNUS ATOM CG Artist
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.
MICHAËL BEAULAC Digital Compositor
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.
STEVEN O’CONNOR Digital Compositor
“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.
TYLER HARRIS Storyboard Artist
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.
PEDRO ECHEVERRIA Poster Designer
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.
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.
MICHEAL DELANEY Motion/VFX Generalist
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.
GUILLAUME SHEA-BLAIS Matte Painter/Motion Designer
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.
MARIO MENDOZA 3D Modeler
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.
RUBEN MUSTO Compositor / VFX Artist
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.
JULIEN LAPSZYNSKI Sound Editor
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.
GIA NGUYEN Matte painter
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.
GREG NG TD / FX / Lighting / Compositing Artist
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.
MANUEL HUERTAS Digital Matte Painter
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.
ALBAN PERIAUT 3D Modeler
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.
Tsuchinoko Illustrator / graphic designer
is a French illustrator / graphic designer and street artist, he works on creative fields since 1994. He has worked with a lot a advertising agencies in Paris and has been Creative Director of M6, the French TV channel.
Akira Project Credits
Producer/Director: Nguyen-Anh Nguyen
Director of Photography: Jan Belina-Brzozowski
Visual Effects Supervisor: Santiago Menghini
Production Designer: Laura Nhem
Kaneda Shotaro: Osric Chau
Tetsuo Shima: Xavier Yuvens
Yamagata: Simon Li
Kei: Judy Wong
Production Manager: Aurélie Bernos
First Assistant Director: Andreas Mendritzki
Line Producer: Aonan Yang
Editor: Arnaud Faure
Sound Design: EchoLab.TV
Sound Designers: Gavin Little, Joe McHugh
Post Production Supervisor: Simon Allard
Executive Producer: Osric Chau
Producers: Santiago Menghini, E. Nova Zatzman
The Colonel: George Manley
Lt. Yamada: Simu Liu
Special Forces: Steve Kasan, Phi Huynh, Minh Thuy Nguyen, Jean Mai, Giancarlo Talarico
Number 26/Akira: Anh Tuan Truong
Clown Gang Biker:Luong Chun Wai
Biker: Ranga Rajachandra
Pre-Production Manager: Bertrand Paquette
Casting Director: Laura Nhem
Production Coordinator: Erin Weisberger
Script Supervisor/Behind the Scenes: Jingxiang Li
Caterer: Katherine Wong
Production Assistant: Kyria Olshevsky
2nd Unit Cinematography/D.I.T: Simran Dewan
First Assistant Camera: Daniel Duranleau
Sound Recordists: Jean-Sébastien Beaudoin Gagnon, Juan Cruz Fernandez, Julien Lapsinski
Boom Operator: Jean-Noël Guenot
Chief Electrician: Ray Lavers
Electrician: Chaddy Awad
Best Boy: Derek Branscombe
Key Grip: Mattias Graham
Stunts Supervisor: The Major
Armorer: Brent Radford
Hair & Makeup: Ana-Maria Cimpoia
Additional Makeup: Natacha Larue
Kaneda’s Laser Gun: Pete Mander
Assistants to Pete Mander: Josie Langfield, Sarah Mcburney
Graffiti Artist: Alex aka MAN
Icarus – Main Theme: Michael McCann
Kaneda’s Theme Remix: Le Matos
Sound Editor: Julien Lapsinski
Visual Effects Artists: Santiago 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,
Kaneda’s Bike Modeler: José Miguel Aragüés
Modelers: Alban Periault, Charles Faubert (BadPen Studios), Xavier Perreault (BadPen Studios), Simon Li
Storyboard Artist: Tyler Harris
Graphic Designers: Jaime Vasquez, Pascal Wicht, Pedro Echevarria, Nicolas Tzogalis,
Arno Faure, Matthias Bonnici
Credits Sequence: Studio Nora
Web Creative & Marketing Director: Elana Nova Zatzman
Social Media Support: Sean Sweeney
Contributors: Osric 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 Thanks: Carolina 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