English Animator 'OtaKing' Previews 20-Min. Street Fighter Fan Film

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Paul "OtaKing" Johnson, an English animator who creates "retro anime-styled 2D animation films," announced on Saturday that he launched a Patreon campaign to cover his living expenses and allow him to focus on his current projects. He began streaming two videos to announce the campaign and preview his planned 20-minute Street Fighter fan film. The first video introduces Johnson and his projects and features a clip of his progress on the Street Fighter project, while the second video isolates the clip.

Johnson describes the Street Fighter project:

My current project is a 20 minute fan film based on the Street Fighter videogame series, in a similar visual vein to the 1994 animated movie: As with my previous projects, this will be painstakingly researched (each punch and combo will be game-accurate) and detailed to the source material, but also feature an added gritty “no plot armor” angle which raises the stakes and makes the glorious villain of M. Bison more dangerous than ever, as classic cast members Guile and Cammy (with plenty of armed backup) team up with new fan favourite Juri to kill gaming's most iconic end boss.
It will essentially be an exercise in over-the-top fight animation where I see just how much scenery I can destroy.

As of this article's posting, Johnson's Patreon campaign has raised US$408 of its US$609-per-month goal. The funds raised will cover Johnson's "rent, basic groceries, internet, water/heating bills and council tax." If the campaign surpasses its goal, Johnson may use excess funds to hire additional staff for the project and update hardware and software.

Patrons to the campaign will receive their names in the end credits for each project, Photoshop background files, TVPaint animation files, rough gif files, and exclusive live streams.

Last March, Johnson teased his latest fan animation inspired by the R-Type side-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game from the late 1980s. Johnson's other previous projects include a Doctor Who fan-animated film in the style of 1980s anime.

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