Paul "OtaKing" Johnsonis creating retro anime-styled 2D animation films
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I'm Paul Johnson, known by the nickname “OtaKing” around some parts, and I'm a 2D animator best known for a certain Star Wars fan animation.
A lot of people miss the late 80s/early 90s "golden age" of Japanese animation, and want to see ultra detail, shading and production values make a comeback. Sadly, those days seem to be long gone, and so I'm trying on my own to resurrect that glorious era.
Some of my past works include:
RETRO ARCADE ANIME: R-TYPE(2018) - Animator, character/background artist
100 Days of Warframe (2016) (for MASHED on Youtube) – Animator, character/background artist
R-Type (2016) (for MASHED on Youtube) – Animator, character/background artist, writer
Prisoner Zero (2016) (with Planet 55 for ABC Australia) (26 episodes) – Animator, character/spacecraft designer, background artist
TIE Fighter (2015) (independent fan film) – Animator, character/background artist, writer
Doctor Who: The Moonbase (2014) (with Planet 55 for BBC/2entertain) – lead 2D animator, character/background artist
Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror (2013 ) (with Planet 55 for BBC/2entertain) – lead 2D animator, character/background artist
Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet (2013) (with Planet 55 for BBC/2entertain) – lead 2D animator, character/background artist
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I used to snatch a few spare hours between day jobs, taking four years to make each film. A pledge no matter what size will result in faster and higher quality animation. Plus a steady diet of ham sandwiches to keep me going, of course!
I'm a one-man animator, and work frame by frame. Like in traditional old 2D animation, each frame has to be individually drawn (no re-using figures like in Flash animation) so, as you can imagine, it takes some patience.
Even a three-minute film needs to go through pre production, then roughed, inked, coloured, shaded, detailed and composited. Production time also includes VA hiring, sound mixing and post edits with some help by Producer Maki.
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Take a look at some of my completed works at:
Deviantart (2D art gallery)
Twitter (latest updates and work in progress clips)
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.
- A list of Patron names on the credits will be arranged alphabetically, with special thanks.
- If one billion dollars is raised, I may purchase an island in the Bahamas