1. This is a very happy, upbeat piece, shiny and bright.

    Coming of Age Day is a national holiday in Japan, as it should be! Here you will find lots of lovely kimonos and communal celebrations, palpable excitement in the air.

    This film is about that feeling of being young. And yes, it is about getting hammered.

    The edit took longer than expected -haven't slept yet- but I'm really happy with how it turned out. Guaranteed to lift your spirits.

    I am indebted to the fun loving reunion class of a certain middle school, who were taken by surprise, but up for a bit of filming when accosted out of the blue. I hope this makes some good memories for you guys! XX学校卒の皆様、先日はどうもありがとうございました。このビデオは短いですが、現場の楽しく激しい雰囲気をもう一度楽しんでください!

    *This is film #8 in my Daily Film Project. Please take a look -> The (formerly) Daily Film Project

    # vimeo.com/8775789 Uploaded
  2. Public subcultures: another great Japanese contradiction.

    This little film is based on a scene familiar to any tourist in Tokyo - Harajuku always manages to surprise...

    # vimeo.com/8743029 Uploaded
  3. So we enter day 5 of the Daily Film Project, a self-imposed hell of sorts and at the same time a weird kind of heaven. Maybe it's purgatory?

    Today's film was particularly hard, because the of the subject matter. I don't want to editorialize on my own work, but this film requires a little backgrounding.

    I went to Roppongi, a party district, with the aim of capturing some of the cheesy atmosphere. But when I saw this frail little man in the thick of it all, the plan changed instantly.

    I couldn't believe he managed to stay on his feet. As it happens, he had just been knocked over by a drunk down the road. Nobody had come to his aid.

    He is homeless, of course. Mentally very lucid, but physically pushed to the limit. He was walking slow out of hunger and because of his bad leg. And he is blind.

    He asked if this film would be on TV, and I said no, but it would be on something similar. He was pleased and said that he "wanted people to know".

    Shot entirely with the 50mm f/1.4, wide open mostly. No grading, regular old 5dmk2 30p - please watch the 24p version if that's your preference.

    This is a really slow piece, be forewarned. If you're checking out my videos for the first time, this might be the best one to watch last of all.

    # vimeo.com/8431933 Uploaded
  4. Day four in the Daily Film Project features the local cabbies.

    There are quite likely millions of taxis in Japan, and they're all buffed to a high sheen. The drivers are an interesting lot, too.

    In this little film, there is a lot of light, and plenty of reflection. Set to a favorite song from the first hand-me-down record I owned.

    Shot entirely with the 85mm f/1.8, wide open. 24p and minimal grading.

    Next film should be up within the next 24 hours - the hours are getting pretty nuts on this.

    # vimeo.com/8412786 Uploaded
  5. This was shot a couple of nights ago - near one of my favorite local Indian restaurants.

    There are at least seven curry joints within 5 minutes walk of this place, so their predicament is understandable.

    The treatment in this video is kind of lighthearted, but nonetheless, something about a struggling restaurant really bums me out. Especially an Indian one!

    Anyway, this is the third installment in the Daily Film Project. 85 and 50m lenses used throughout, with a slight emphasis on the former.

    No grading whatsoever, which is due to my need for sleep. It's a bit of a shame because I shot in a very neutral picture profile to allow latitude for grading later on.

    Rendered in native 30p (unless Vimeo conversion changes frame rate).

    The Daily Film Project is proving to be a very demanding ride. But based on the footage in the can right now, the next couple of days should yield some pretty interesting pieces.

    New film up, of course, this time tomorrow.

    # vimeo.com/8398307 Uploaded

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This project has entered a new phase: the films will henceforth come in their own good time. This move comes in the interests of quality control and personal health!

The films are still essentially to be shot and cut in a total of 24 hours, and…

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This project has entered a new phase: the films will henceforth come in their own good time. This move comes in the interests of quality control and personal health!

The films are still essentially to be shot and cut in a total of 24 hours, and they will take as much as possible the same approach, i.e.: that of an 'instant-documentary', made with as little planning as possible.

There will be more vignettes, and contemplations on life in -but not limited to- Tokyo, though the eyes of one who knows the culture pretty well but remains unambiguously foreign.

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