SFAF: Christian Howard Interview

19 Aug

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

Minutes before LFCC started I was rushing away from the interview I had just completed with Christian Howard who plays Ken in Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist.

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

For those who haven't heard or watched Assassin's fist, it's a web series that's based on the popular Capcom video game series, Street Fighter. Assassin's Fist focuses on the story of Ryu and Ken as they uncover the past of their master, Gouken, and learn the secrets of their dark art, Ansatsuken.

The web series was released on Machinima's YouTube channel on May 23, 2014. I managed to get an interview with Christian Howard one of the creators who also plays the character Ken in the film and personal favourite character of mine from the games.

The entire video is just below for your pleasure. The sound is a bit iffy up until 4 minutes in where I switch from the gopro audio (which picked up a lot of background noise then messed up when I removed it) to a recording from my friends phone which I had him turn on a few minutes in.

For those that couldn't hear or understand me when I asked the questions here they all are below:

What character from the game was your favourite & which was your least favourite?

Did you have any prior writing experience before Legacy or Assassin's Fist?

How was co-writing handled? Entire script together or individual episodes?

What was it like acting & writing for the same projects?

Having seen Assassin's Fist before Legacy I can see a leap from the level of style/quality. How did you guys go about finding the right level of realism that was applied to Assassin's Fist?

What influenced the story/feel of the film other than the source material?

How did you find the film locations used to shoot scenes in SF:AF?

How long did it take for you and Mike Moh to form the close bond that is palatable in the series?

How long did you have from learning choreography to filming?

I know that you did martial arts before filming from a very young age but did you practice gymnastics before it too?

How many different martial arts styles are mixed into Ansatsuken?

With the fact that you were doing all your stunts, how many injuries did you pick up? Would you do it again with this knowledge?

How did you go about incorporating the Hadou moves into the choreography?

Is there any footage that you had to take out so the series wasn't too long? I noticed that your on screen dad got a real sweat on in the spar scene.

What was your favourite experience of writing/playing Ken?

Dan Hibiki gets mentioned. Are there plans to introduce him if the series returns?

Are there any plans to introduce characters such as Guile/Sagat who can be realistically pulled off? (unlike Blanka).

Do you think that Capcom will be willing to revisit your original concept after the success you've seen with SF:AF?

A lot of effort went into the costumes. Who designed them? (where can I get one?)

With LFCC starting in a few hours do you have any plans to make a surprise appearance?

As a massive fan of the game I have to ask...how did you find the hardest difficulty on SF:IV?

Hope you enjoyed the video interview. They've also just announced at San Diego Comic Con that season 2 will be coming soon which is fantastic!

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Those first few minutes of the video...I'm sorry.


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