This short video uses a scene from Kill Bill Vol1: Chapter 4, the man from Okinawa, and japanese typography.
It was made to provide viewers with a simple visual language aid to the conversation taking place.
We love this scene and found it interesting that the Japanese was left untranslated. There are alot of films that allow conversation to take place without subtitles, the one that comes to mind is lost in translation. Although it can add a nice natural audio ambience to the film, it is always nice to know what is being said.
This piece ends quite abruptly, we decided to concentrate on a small section where the language was simple, the japanese gets quite intense after this point. Additionally, we wanted this video to be as much about the japanese type (which is rarely exploited outside of basic fonts in the western video world!) as it is about the language itself.
NOTE: This video was put together as a bit of fun, and is not intended as a proper learning aid.
Documentary following sculptor Shota Kotake as he builds a life-sized, self-portrait, ball-jointed doll of himself. Thoughts on life and death are called into question along the way.
Helios 44m-4 58mm f/2
Rollei Planar HFT 50mm f/1.8
Premiere Pro CS5
Filmed over 2 weeks in Tokyo, Japan. I first visited Tokyo nearly 10 years ago and was swept away by its futuristic society steeped in ancient culture. Scenes include Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Roppongi, Asakusa, Tsukiji fish market, Meiji Shrine, Rainbow Bridge at Odaiba, Tokyo Tower, Yokohama, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nikko world-heritage shrines.
As we visited during the New Year, we were lucky to attend the "dezuiri" sumo ring-entering ceremony, which you'll see in the opening shot. We also captured "yumi hajime" (first archery practice of the year) as well as "hatsumode" (first shrine visit of the year) at Asakusa.
Other shots include Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi Hills, Meiji Shrine, Rainbow Bridge at Odaiba, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji fish market, Yokohama, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and Nikko world-heritage shrines.
Music by Stephen Anderson
一人: 東京の夏 (Hitori: Tōkyō No Natsu). Hitori itself translates as alone, one person or oneself.
This was my second time in Tokyo and unlike the last trip I had the means to shoot footage. I chose to keep things simple to portray how the week unfolded. Admittedly there are some bad shots due to exposure issues but I decided to keep these as I felt they are just as important as the others. The sky was an over cast nightmare due to typhoon season and not being able to avoid the 12 - 3 midday sun. If anyone is interested in locations just ask. Everything was shot on the 550D using the kit 18-55 and a Sigma f/ 1.4 28mm. Edited and graded in AE.
Music: Sinitus Tempo- Uchi he Kaerou and Tokimonsta- Almost Free.