Earlier this week we premiered two teaser trailers and some images from Joey Ansah’s Street Fighter Legacy live-action short film. Based on the responses in our comment section and on YouTube, you were all as impressed with the footage as I was and have been looking forward to checking out the entire short film.
While some trailers show you everything, I’m happy to report you haven’t seen any of the money shots in Street Fighter Legacy. Trust me, if you’re a fan of the Street Fighter video game franchise, about 1:45 in, you’re going to wish you were watching a feature film.
As I said in the first post, while you might not know Joey Ansah’s name, if you’ve seen The Bourne Ultimatum, you’ve definitely seen his work, as he played “Desh” and did the awesome fight scene in Morocco with Matt Damon. Ansah is the main force behind the Street Fighter Legacy short film. More after the jump:
Before telling you more about the project, let’s get to the reason you’re here: the Street Fighter Legacy live-action short film. Once you’ve watched it a few times, further down the page are some behind the scenes featurettes and more info on the film:
The first thing you’re probably wondering is does this short film lead to a feature. I think if the film spreads virally and people start to talk about it on more than just a few online sites, you never know what could happen. But for now, the short is it. Saying that, I think it’s a great blueprint for what a future video game movie could be.
In our first article, we posted what Joey Ansah said about why he wanted to make the short and who was involved. Here’s the main point:
As an actor, filmmaker and fan, I have been disappointed by the many diluted, unfaithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street Fighter unless a die-hard director or filmmaking team with game canon knowledge stepped up to the plate to helm such a project. So almost a year ago, I began writing script treatments (with my writing collaborator and great friend Christian Howard, who also plays Ken) and a production design brief and partnered with Streetlight films before proposing my concept and vision to Capcom. I’m pleased to say they gave their blessing and permission for the project to move forward.
Joey sent over a new message for today’s post:
Hey guys, I can speak for the whole of the SFLegacy team when I say I’ve been blown away by the response. The support, interest and anticipation for our humble short film that has generated in the last 48hours is incredible and we are all very touched. With all this excitement we wish we could be about to unveil a 30 minute film for you all, but our resources, time and budget only allowed us to give you 3 minutes. But we’ve tried to make that 3 minutes as damn cool as can be (in 1080p HD) and very re-watchable, hopefully leaving you wanting more!
This film is very sound driven so please listen to it with good headphones or speakers to properly appreciate Patrick Gill’s epic score and Nigel Albermaniche’s huge sound design. This film was made to be seen in full HD so try and watch in 1080p if you computer can handle it.
Finally, the truth is we’d love to do more in the Street Fighter universe. I want to make a series/movie and I really want it to happen. But what will fast track the process is the fans getting behind it, making their voices heard, and championing me and my team doing this on the biggest scale. I have done the hard part and got it to this point. If you get behind my vision and demand more, we’ll try like hell to make it happen.
And for the people that loved the short film and want to know how they made it, Ansah has released two behind the scenes featurettes. The first one is called ‘Designing the fights’ and it shows how much time and energy went into the fight scenes and how much they studied the actual game. The other featurette is called ‘Costume Design’ and it’s all about getting the look right. I’ll admit I was blown away by how seriously they took everything in the featurettes. But this explains why the short is so awesome.
Check them out below and next week Ansah will be releasing a few more featurettes. Until then say what you thought of everything in the comments below. For more on Street Fighter Legacy, here’s the official YouTube page, the ‘Street Fighter: Legacy’ Official Facebook Group, and you can also go to www.joeyansah.com for more updates.
‘Designing the fights’