Just posting a vid of a live sketch I did at PAX 2010– the person who commissioned this goes by Aerovaine on Youtube, and he also got a Ken sketch in his SF20 book last year at PAX as well. I’m sorry I didn’t catch your name, comment it to me and I’ll update this post with your name! :)
And if you were curious about the Ken sketch from last year, here it is below:
Now here is a Mortal Kombat live action film that actually gets the tone right. While I still have fond memories of the first Mortal Kombat movie in the theatres(it’s really all about the flaming logo intro with the theme song!) the one thing that movie never did right was that in Mortal Kombat(a fight to the death), there were way too many survivors. In the beginning of this film, Johnny Cage gets beheaded. I think that’s truly a testament to what Mortal Kombat is- once you choose your character to play… EVERYONE ELSE DIES.
So the final product is here and that really was a “short film.” It was more or less a clip of one fight scene. Here are my thoughts:
- Costume design was pretty well done. A lot of times, you get those standard karate gi’s, but these looked a little more worn and thready, i.e. tough material.
- The look, high quality lenses and treatment of the film, FX were better integrated than other fan flicks.
- Choice for Ryu was pretty good.
- Ken doesn’t look American.
- Short. Too short. With all the hype of a short film, was kind of expecting something with substance in terms of story.
- This one wasn’t so much bad as it could’ve been done better. Camera angles were a little weak. Could’ve used more dramatic angles for some of the punches, grabs, and specials.
- Character motivation is questionable. Ryu already knocks Ken down and then decides to finish him off with a fireball? During a sparring match? Does that make sense for Ryu’s character?
- Build up of the fight could’ve been better, more specifically, after seeing all the special moves and whatnot, we end the sequence with a standard jump kick that has less impact than the rest of the sequences.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. It has a lot of good things going for it. But I would say I enjoyed the other one with less cooler looking actors just as much. What do you think?
Just a day before the Street Fighter Legacy fan film debuts, here we find another fan film. The actors don’t look much like the characters(Ken’s wig is super obvious) and they aren’t nearly muscular enough(I’m starting to think that the only way to actually pull off a Street Fighter movie is to make it a CGI film), but they can fight and the choreography is done really well. FX are a little cheeseball, but hey, it’s very well intentioned and the little nods to things like focus attacks are fun. Well done guys!
Oh Microsoft Courier, you never even had a chance to come out…
Don’t get me wrong, the Ipad is a very cool device for what it is. But, a common comment I hear from a lot of artists like me is “If it has a stylus, I would pick it up in a heartbeat.”
You see, the Iphone works on so many levels because it is something you can take with you. You use it on the go and it satisfies all your internet/media itches and let’s you kill time anywhere you want to. I could be wrong, but I’d venture to say that most people use their Ipads at home or at some static location. If I am at home, I’d rather just surf on my desktop and have the full capability of doing whatever I want to on the web. At home, if I want to play games, there are many fuller and richer experiences to be had on my Xbox 360 or my PS3.
I think, as artists, we want to have something that can act as a digital sketchbook that we can take on the go. And painting with your fingers on the Ipad is like, well… finger painting. We don’t really do that anymore(at least not since elementary school).
When I first saw the Courier previs vids, I was ecstatic. Here we have a device that promises unlimited sketching/brainstorming potential and also let’s you document and save all of your inspirations digitally while also giving you access to your media on the go. I’m sad to hear that the Courier has been canned– I think many artists would’ve liked to have one. Rest in Peace, Courier…