Everything on this site, unless specified, was shot, edited, and graded by me. Here's what I've been working on most recently!
The biggest project I directed, shot, and edited with the DigitalHUB.JP team, with Yummy Japan. This was shot on location in Aizuwakamatsu over three days. The video changed quite a bit as we were shooting from new developments that came along the way, and I believe the video has definitely come out strong.
On the bottom right side is the trailer for the main video. The trailer saw several changes as we came to battle the complexities of balancing time and reveal.
On the bottom left side is some Behind The Scenes I also shot and edited. Equipment was the JVC LS 300, Sony a7s II.
Our narrator, hero, Alex Bennet, was an absolute pleasure to film. We followed him across his Kendo training for a brief visit to Fukushima on his quest for research. You can read more about his endeavors here.
Kendo In The Land of Samurai - MINI DOCUMENTARY
The Digital HUB team was the official video partner for the international robot and robotics exhibition at Tokyo Big Sight. Shot over three days using a variety of cameras as we covered several booths from ABB to Toyota to Yokohama Denshi spread over the exhibition floors at Big Sight.
For delivery, we had 3 videos including one main, general video which isn't publicly distributed. You'll notice thematically, the industrial video takes on a more serious tone, and a speedmeter to indicate sped up sections to accurately convey the robots' capabilities. For the service video, we move to a more playful and fun showcase.
NJPW: G.O.D Entrance 2019
The OFFICIAL, revamped Titantron video for Guerilas Of Destiny, debuted at Wrestle Kingdom at Tokyo Dome. With only two weeks to conceptualize, shoot, edit, and deliver, this had extremely high stakes, and ended up getting overwhelming response from fans and the Wrestlers!
URIMAT - Waterless Urinals
This was a fast piece I did in mid 2018 after I watched Blade Runner and wanted to recreate it with toilets, and had fun setting up lighting and the set for this (all in a small conference room!). I knew exactly what I was going for from the beginning, and everyone is pleased with the futuristic pseudo-neon-cyberpunk toilet video.
Shot on an a7s II, LS 300, and a G7.
We at the DHJP team made a series of brand ambassador videos which would be ideal for social sharing as well as communicated what professionals across industries feel about their ultrasonic toothbrush. I shot, edited, and designed the motion graphics for these, working under the Digital Hub JP team, across locations in Tokyo and Kanagawa. Equipment includes the JVC LS300 and the Sony A7s II.
KOENJI BY SNOW - PERSONAL LOGGING
Just when I thought it wouldn't happen, it snows in Tokyo like it did 5 years ago. While everyone else got stranded at work and on the trains, I managed to get out at night and check out how different the town looked. Surprisingly there were a lot of people having fun!
Shot on the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and resulted in severely frozen fingers.
SPACE DESIGN - SERVICED APARTMENTS
The final completed public project of 2017, 5 months after I went full-time with videography has just been published at Japan Today!
This piece was directed, shot, and edited by me with the professional production guidelines set by the team at the DigitalHUB.JP.
Shot on 2 JVC LS-300 cameras recording into Atomos Ninja and Shogun Inferno recorders, edited using Premiere Pro, Colour Grading and Correction using DaVinci Resolve, and Motion Graphics and Title animation with After Effects.
A set of 3 Mobile Promos (in 9:16 and 1:1) and a Web CM (16:9) were commissioned to be directed, shot, and animated by Azar. These videos were particularly budget constrained as a spec project of sorts, and had a rapid shooting and turnover. There were several challenges to this series but I was proud of what I was able to do as a one man band for production and post-pproduction, Jesse Oliver (of NNS Studios) as an excellent Producer, and Guy Miron helped as PA.
The Web CM was shot on the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and G7, and the normal mobile promos were shot on the G7 in 4K to allow for cropping to frame to 9:16, 16:9, and 1:1.
This CM was entirely produced by another team, co-ordinated by Tokyo Colors, and is the first commercial production I was a part of being in front of the camera!