Awaken Akira was created by two friends, Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo (XiaoLin Zeng), who wanted to collaborate on a tribute to the iconic anime, Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. It’s creation took over a year, as we had to coordinate our time on it with other project commitments. We hope you find it was well worth the wait and truly enjoy our efforts.
We would like to thank Pilotpriest for the masterful score, as well as Raf Grassetti and The Joelsons for their help on the project. We would also like to give our most sincere thank you to Otomo-san and all the men and women who helped bring Akira to life. Akira has and will always be a timeless and continual muse for all of us.
For the complete experience, please visit awakenakira.com
The project started from a simple place of admiration for Akira. Mike and I grew up being influenced by it and as we evolve as artists ourselves we felt it was time to pay homage in an art-form we are familiar with which is cgi. - ASH THORP
Mike and I both have very busy lives outside of our normal freelance client work demands. We spent every free moment we had on Awaken Akira. - ASH THORP
Working late nights and weekends refining each shot until it felt right. It took just over a year from start to finish. - ASH THORP
We had to be very cautious of not breaking the rules of the world and playing within its creative boundaries yet elevating the art form. I feel that Mike and I were able to pay homage yet give it a new voice by translating the art form to CGI. - ASH THORP
We wanted a way to reveal Tetsuo’s body deformation and we knew it would be to challenging for us to do it all in CGI so we met up with our friends and cinematographers the Joelsons. - ASH THORP
We shot over 17 hours worth of 120 fps 4k footage of incredible fluid dynamics to capture the tone and energy we needed for the tribute. - ASH THORP
Our goal with Awaken Akira was to pay homage to the original source material by respecting its grander yet evolving it into a new art form. The translation wasn’t easy but we hope you enjoy our efforts here. - ASH THORP
It wasnt easy to translate Otomo’s master work to another art form. It was incredibly rewarding to watch each shot come to life. - ASH THORP
Our goal with Awaken Akira was to learn and grow and to pay homage to a piece of our childhood that was very special to us. We also wanted to document the journey and share what we learned with you all.
TRIBUTE BY – ASH THORP & ZAOEYO
SCORE BY – PILOTPRIEST
CHARACTER MODELER- RAF GRASSETTI
PHOTOGRAPHY – THE JOELSONS
WEBSITE BY – OBLIO