ARAKAWA MON AMOUR

I had about a week to organize a final Tokyo shoot before heading back to Europe and I decided to shoot a video clip under the Arakawa bridge, one of my favourite locations on the East side of the city. Music producer extraordinaire Vincent-Paolo asked me to arrange images to one of his upcoming tracks and it was the perfect excuse to finally shoot that project near the Arakawa river.

The video is in post over at Largetosti who are kind enough to have me over while I am trying to reorient myself in the city of Amsterdam.

Reel Summer 2012 from studiodonbe on Vimeo.

The economy sucks and everybody has to deal with it. This is the motion reel that I used for my job hunting campaign in Tokyo. I had some pretty nice interviews, some horrible ones and I even had a company asking me if they could contact me for future assignments. Unfortunately none of them were able to hire me. The combination of being flat broke and having a visa that will expire by the end of August leaves me with nothing but taking my loss and head home.

It has been a hell of a ride and even though I don’t have a penny left to my name I feel richer than I have ever been. Goodbye Japan, when you decide to hire me I would be glad to be your guest again. Until that time the world is telling me that I am needed elsewhere.

AROMATICO VOL.00 from studiodonbe on Vimeo.

STRAWBERRY JAM.

A while back I posted about this little side-project that I started together with Miyuki Fukuo. Basically she asked me to assist her in doing a series of food related videos. Miyuki san is a photographer who wants to explore the possibilities of shooting and editing SLR video. Since she has had no prior experience I thought to let her go wild on the first shoot.

It was a lot of fun and the result can be seen above. Lessons were learned, inspiration videos were watched, problems in editing were overcome. For the next shoot I convinced her to prepare a storyboard and shooting plan and I am looking forward to the next shoot.

Last month we had the first FINALROUNDBATS event at the NAKED office in harajuku. FINALROUNDBATS is a videogame event where people compete with each other to determine who is the strongest player in games such as, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Streetfighter IV, Tekken etc. But as always FINALROUNDBATS focuses on the social aspect as well and people the world all over hung out, cracked jokes, ate pizza and generally had a good time.

The line of people waiting outside when the doors opened was simply astounding and we soon figured that the event space was simply too small. There will be many exciting things to be announced regarding the future of FINALROUNDBATS so if you are interested check the twitter feed, go to the site and stay in tune. Above is the T-SHIRT design I slapped together for each tournament’s winner, if you like what you see then step up, bring your game and claim your prize at the next event this coming Saturday at Akasaka.

RHYTHM CONTROL 2 AROUND THE CORNER.

It has been a while since the last RHYTHM CONTROL 2 update but that is only because all the people over at DAIKONSOFT have been working around the clock to make the magic happen. As you can read on the official site, we are pretty close to submitting the game to Apple. Of course the game is slicker, more challenging  and all of that good stuff but the real big feat is the amazing artists we have on the game who have submitted their custom made tracks for you to enjoy and freak out on.

Among many talented artists we have a real independent hero in the SHIBUYA-KEI scene, HIDEKI KAJI. If you don’t know who I am talking about and you don’t read Japanese or Swedish, allow me to redirect you to this LINK. Standing over a career as a musician in Japan and abroad, Hideki is one of the most active live performers in Tokyo. I have had the opportunity to spend the day with Hideki for a TV pilot shoot. Even though it looks like the programme is not going to take off, I had a memorable day being led around into Hideki Kaji’s world and and after directing a live performace in Yoyogi Koen I have to admit that I am simply in love with this person (on a not completely unrelated note, there is still a chance I can free Hideki’s material for TOKYO X CREATIVES).

The illustration on top is the artwork I made for Hideki’s track “Mr Sheep and Mr Bee” which you can play on Rhythm Control 2 for iOS and Android to be released later this month. NOW GIT HYPE!

SIDE PROJECT SIDE-KICK.

Amongst my drinking buddies I have found a partner in crime who wants to fully explore the possibilities of shooting video with SLR’s. Miyuki is a photographer who really would like to do video shoots related to food and other culinary antics. She asked me to assist her and share my experience on set. What I get in return? The possibility to play around with camera’s and lenses which are far beyond my budget. YUMMY!

We did a first shoot last Sunday and we took a bunch of strawberries to the park to make strawberry jam. We are going to make sure the edit is up and running by the end of this week. Hopefully it will be the first of many more to come! Until that time I will leave you with some productions stills.

According to Wikipedia:

Viewing the Sun during partial and annular eclipses (and during total eclipses outside the brief period of totality) requires special eye protection, or indirect viewing methods, if eye damage is to be avoided. The Sun’s disk can be viewed using appropriate filtration to block the harmful part of the Sun’s radiation. Sunglasses do not make viewing the Sun safe. Only properly designed and certified solar filters should be used for direct viewing of the Sun’s disk. Especially, self-made filters using common objects such as a floppy disk removed from its case, a Compact Disc, a black colour slide film, etc. must be avoided.

The safest way to view the Sun’s disk is by indirect projection. This can be done by projecting an image of the disk onto a white piece of paper or card using a pair of binoculars (with one of the lenses covered), a telescope, or another piece of cardboard with a small hole in it (about 1 mm diameter), often called a pinhole camera. The projected image of the Sun can then be safely viewed; this technique can be used to observe sunspots, as well as eclipses. Care must be taken, however, to ensure that no one looks through the projector (telescope, pinhole, etc.) directly. Viewing the Sun’s disk on a video display screen (provided by a video camera or digital camera) is safe, although the camera itself may be damaged by direct exposure to the Sun. The optical viewfinders provided with some video and digital cameras are not safe. Securely mounting #14 welder’s glass in front of the lens and viewfinder protects the equipment and makes viewing possible. Professional workmanship is essential because of the dire consequences any gaps or detaching mountings will have. In the partial eclipse path one will not be able to see the corona or nearly complete darkening of the sky, however, depending on how much of the Sun’s disk is obscured, some darkening may be noticeable. If three-quarters or more of the sun is obscured, then an effect can be observed by which the daylight appears to be dim, as if the sky were overcast, yet objects still cast sharp shadows.

I wish I knew this before though. I shot this without eye protection since I used my sunglasses as a filter for my camera. Will be better prepared next time if location and date will allow.


SHOOTING ON TOKYO TRAINS

This time for Econte de Go! I have a very short submission. This a single page for a commercial shoot I am currently working on. We are promoting an iOS game to a Japanese audience and we figured that a Tokyo feel to the footage would be the best way to go. Unfortunately I am too lazy to scan the entire storyboards that I have in a moleskine somewhere but I hope you will enjoy the single page that I actually worked out on my Wacom tablet. For the next Econte de Go! I hope to give you a completed board according to tradition.

MY FAMICASE EXHIBITION.

Every year Sakagami Satoshi organizes an interesting little exhibition called MY FAMICASE EXHIBITION. Designers, videogame lovers and 80′s nostalgics worldwide are invited to submit their own 8 bit Nintendo game, by designing a cartridge label which Sakagami will print and paste on physical famicom cartridges. People are free to make up any kind of game they can come up with and are required to design the label, write up a short description about their game and even submit a faux game company logo. During the month of May he turns his shop into a little gallery and exhibits all submissions on the walls of his small boutique in Kichijouji.

When shooting TOKYO X CREATIVES I was allowed to go through the stacks of previous submissions and there is something quite charming about them. They all look like legit honest-to-god famicom games, ready to be popped in and played. Most of em are designed very elegantly and you’d wish that the games were real instead of make-belief. Of course I wanted to submit my own this year and the result is posted above, I have tried my hand at designing a little fictional puzzle game called “MOUSTACHE KING ADVENTURE PKPL”. The object of my game is to find and feed as many gold and jewels as you can possibly find to the big Moustache King before he loses his temper and eats your planet instead.

I also invited my friends over at LARGETOSTI to join this year’s fun and they submitted two hilarious designs. Even though the humor might get lost in translation to the Japanese audience, they had me cracking up when I opened the attachments to their mail. I am pretty sure they will post their own designs sometime soon on their website. If you are in the Tokyo area during May please make sure to visit the exhibition at Meteor in Kichijouji and if you want more information About Sakagami san and his shop I invite you to look here.

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