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Live Action Adaptations and the Akira Project

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Ever wonder what goes into bringing your favourite anime/manga, comic books and video games to real life? Join hosts Nova Zatzman and Katherine Wong with their panel of professional guests from the film and television industry to discover and explore the entire process! You'll learn about some of the planning, directing, props and weapons creation, wardrobe development, acting, stunts, VFX and much more!

The second half of the panel will feature additional team members from The Akira Project - A live action fan film trailer, starring Osric Chau (Supernatural) that has been developed by CineGround Media and is based on the Akira manga and anime. This is a panel you will not want to miss as it will be the Official Canadian Premiere of The Akira Project trailer at a convention! Come and meet some of the cast and crew who worked on the production, ask them some questions and be sure to grab a free postcard!

Live Action Adaptations: Saturday, 2:00PM, Halton Room, International Plaza Hotel
The Akira Project: Saturday, 3:00PM, Halton Room, Intentional Plaza Hotel


Bios of the individuals involved:

Nova Zatzman

Stunt Woman/Actor/Multimedia Producer

Nova Zatzman is a professional stunt woman and multimedia producer. Nova’s on-screen work in film and entertainment has spanned several productions, including: ROBOCOP, DEFIANCE, SAW 3D, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, WAREHOUSE 13, POMPEII and numerous other productions and TV commercials.

When Nova isn't performing stunts she's likely tending to her successful service venture: EZ DESIGNS, which is a web design, development and online creative development studio. As an IT consultant to several producers, studios, and private clients, Nova has helped many creative visions take shape and prosper. She has previously worked with BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT, ADV FILMS, THE AKIRA PROJECT and various other anime related companies and properties over her career.


Katherine Wong

The Akira Project

Katherine is an accidental multi-hyphenate in the film industry. Her first time on a film set was in 2008 as a background extra, but it was because she became involved with The Akira Project shoot in Montreal that really pushed her into learning more about film production. Although her primary role was catering, she was also given the opportunity to help out behind the scenes. Since then, she has contributed to other productions in Vancouver and Toronto, including working as a production assistant for Team 2X’s first feature film. Currently, she is the direct assistant to The Akira Project’s Web Creative Director and Associate Producer.

Her other interests include traveling, baking, and attending as many conventions as possible!


Nguyen-Anh Nguyen

Producer/Director of The Akira Project
Company: CineGround Media

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Nguyen-Anh arrived in Quebec at the age of six. A founding member of CineGround Media and GreenGround Productions he has produced and directed a number of award-winning short films. After discovering ‘Akira’ at the age of 12, he has been a die-hard fan ever since and it is what motivated him to pursue a career in film production.


Kevan Kase


Kevan Kase was born and raised in Edmonton, AB where he began his film career over 10 years ago. After moving to Vancouver, BC his career began to take off with roles on such popular television series as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, LIFE UNEXPECTED, the primetime emmy award winning series MASTERS OF HORROR, and the ever popular SMALLVILLE as well as the feature film DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Since moving to Toronto a few years ago Kevan has acted in some incredible projects like HANNIBAL, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, COPPER and KICK ASS 2.

With an extensive Martial Arts background and natural athleticism, Kevan Kase, also has been fortunate to work as a stunt performer in many of the past years blockbusters. ROBOCOP, POMPEII, MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, and PACIFIC RIM are to name a few. Kevan has also worked on series such as SUPERNATURAL, CONTINUUM, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and REIGN.


Yung Lee

YouTube Star of the channel GakAttack/Visual Effects Artist

Yung Lee (otherwise known as GakAttack) is a producer and director of many online live - action adaptations with millions of views on youtube. His first viral video was actually made at Anime North!

When he is not working on YouTube videos he works on feature films in action design or trains on his stunts/fight choreography. Karaoke is also a part'time job.


Chris Warrilow

Owner of Fantastic Creations


Laura Nhem

Art Director for The Akira Project

Laura is a set designer and art director in television, film and advertisement. She has been working in the industry for the past 5 years. What she love most about her work is being part of telling a story, creating a space that is true to a character or to a certain history. She love texture, patterns and...dirt. Dirt and aging makes a place feel lived in, makes clothes feel worn. They give life to a design.

Laura is known to be very diversified. What she wants from life is to enjoy what she does every day, to be inspired, to keep learning and emerging herself in new environments. She regularly asks herself "what are the things that I want to see, skills that I want to develop, projects that I want to be a part of". Well, she is simply trying to make all of those things happen.


Jan Belina

Director of Photography for The Akira Project

Jan Belina graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2007. He went on to complete a Master’s in Cinematography at the internationally recognized National Film School in Lodz, Poland. After 5 years of perfecting his skills, he will be able to bring to life the intricate world of Akira, a manga that he is passionate about.


Simon Li

Actor for The Akira Project

In 2010 Simon met a Gentleman by the name of Dan Laboni, founder and own of The Monkey Vault. Simon stayed at the gym for 2 years of training of Parkour, Martial Arts Tricking, Stunts and Gymnastics. Threw all his hard work and training, Simon eventually got a job as a part time Coach at Gyros Gymnastics.

Simon has been able to bring forth a combination of acting, martial arts, and acrobatics to Theatre, Film, TV and Live stage. He has worked on the live stage for the “Expandables” in 2012. Simon currently performs with his team "Iron Dragon".


Brian Huynh


Brian Huynh wears many hats, photographer, videographer, editor & multimedia artist. Brian is currently the producer for Playfight VFX, a production studio specializing in post visual effect based in Toronto Canada. Playfight is best known for their VFX work on web series Video Game High School, Call of Duty: Operation Kingfish and most recently their teaser trailer for live-action content based on the hit game Titanfall co-produced with Respawn Entertainment. Brian is featured on Playfight's YouTube channel where he's often killed off first to resume camera duties on their action comedy shorts.

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