20TOKYO10 is a short movie I made while staying in Tokyo for three months in 2010. My goal was to make a movie by taking still photographs and recording sounds.
I went to Japan not knowing exactly what I had in mind, just that I also wanted to do interviews. I was very lucky to meet interesting people who were willing to tell me their stories.
Please also visit the website of 20TOKYO10 at 20tokyo10.com for more information about many of the things you see in the film. Go to my personal website nubero.ch for my other work, my blog and so forth.
I was in Tokyo when the tragedy struck Northern Japan on March 11 2011.Despite the constant nagging from families & friends back home, I chose to stay in the Land of Rising Sun till the departing day. I planned my Japan trip since 12 years ago & I didn't want to back down.As some friends stated "you've got the complete Japan experience!".I believe I did.
This was meant to be my little travel log video, but instead turned out to be a little tribute to the experience I gained. The warmth, the smiles,the language, the people of Japan: I'm missing it everyday since I came back.Hope this will encourage people not to avoid traveling to Japan.
I chose Miyavi's song which is dedicated to his daughter as I found the English translation goes something like this 'When you'll wake up, may the widening tomorrow's sky be full of future'.I thought it's appropriate regarding the current situation.
colour: I tried to imitate 'rainbow'.Everyone wants to see a rainbow after the rain isn't it?
For friends that I made & wonderful people who helped throughout my little adventure in Japan, treated me with kindness, this is for you.This is my tribute to Japan.I'll see you, soon!
A random collection of shots from my visit to Japan in December 2011.
I went there with the intention of getting loads of shots to do a proper short little film but ended up taking more photos instead! So with the little that I had, I put this video together.
Everything was shot handheld on my Canon 550D with the Canon 85mm, so I just decided to call it Japan 85.
A vagabond, Japanese-American teenager questions existential destiny and patriotism following the passing of his WW2 veteran great grandfather. Traversing between his lucid dreams of bright cities and dysfunctional encounters with his Oriental family, he soon pinpoints the path and destination he must undergo in the world. Strange emotions rise in the present from a past that cannot be forgotten.
Cel + 3D Animation. Drama/Fantasy. 255 hour Capstone project. Production @ Fred Jones Art Center November 2010-April 2011.
Written, Animated, & Directed by Benjamin Poynter
Voice talent from Kenny Madison, Jack Patchell, Chrissy Sloat, Benjamin Poynter, Jessie Parham, & Mark Zimmerman
Editing, sound FX, sound editing, & score by Benjamin Poynter
Southern California is home to the largest concentration of Japanese Americans in the United States and a hub for Japanese businesses with international ambitions. This week, the eyes of Japanese Americans and expatriates have been fixed across the Pacific. Tony Tuskui is one of tens of thousands trying to seek comfort any way he can.
A channel of pretty much anything related to Japan or Japanese culture.