Monthly Filmmakers Networking Tokyo

Networking is Everything

Last night, we held the second-ever edition of our filmmakers’ drinks night at 1000 Springs Tokyo, in Yotsuya. We had a fantastic turnout, packing the bar with old and new faces, including directors of photography, composers, actors, and writers. I heard projects being discussed, collaborations being arranged, and deep conversations happening about favourite films, acting, […]

RED Raven Camera Tokyo

How Temple Studios is making RED digital cinema cameras accessible to Tokyo filmmakers — Q&A with one of the founders

Leo Liwag is a Tokyo-based multi-disciplinarian filmmaker and co-founder of cinema camera rental service, Temple Studios, which offers RED Raven rental packages at an affordable price point. Raised in California, Liwag has worked in production, visual effects (including on The Force Awakens) and is currently developing his own short film, Connections. I sit down with […]

DSLR Camera

Ten Successful Feature Films Shot on Consumer-Grade Equipment

With the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot latest feature, Unsane, dropping this week, and continuing the theme of the democratising effect of newer technologies from my interview with cinematographer Matt De Sousa last week, I would like to highlight ten feature films shot on consumer-grade cameras. I hope some of these films will convince you […]

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Interviewing Cinematographer Matt De Sousa Part I – His Thoughts on Shooting in Japan, Advice for Directors, and His Passion for Food

The cinematographer reflects on launching his career in Japan. Plus, his hot tip for finding cool locations in Tokyo. Matt De Sousa is a Tokyo-based cinematographer who has worked with the likes of Etihad Airways and AirBnB, as well as musical artists including Gorillaz collaborator Kilo Kish. Uniquely, he is a self-taught director of photography […]