Category Archives: The Tokyo Underground: Experiments, Drawings & Rotoscoping

‘Cicadas, Crackling and Popping Wet Wood and Lost Laughter in the Breeze’

As well as being glued to the cricket, yesterday afternoon was spent designing the audio in Audacity for the rotoscope animation in my last project, Don’t Have Nightmares 0.2: The Tokyo Underground.  The audio is made up from an eclectic … Continue reading

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Alienation & Conformity

Over the past few months I’ve been working on an animated film I made in Tokyo which examines conformity and a fear which I felt when living abroad for the first time, alienation. The film footage is shot on an over … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Underground: Emerging From The Underground Experiments

When filming inside trains coming out from the underground into the overground, the visual effects can be quite dramatic. Here, I am particularly interested in the contrast between the dark merging to light, as if being released from a subterranean … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Undergound: The Moving (experiment 3)

Spent most of Monday and Tuesday in the Underground on Metro lines. Managed to gather miscellaneous underground footage of passenger actions, the masses on their way to work, train rushes and more passenger pans inside trains. I was surprised to … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Underground: The Commuter Rapid (experiment 2)

Footage sequence: 25 seconds (approx.) Experiment 2 consists of three sets of footage. The commuters in various actions, as follows: Walking up/down platform steps, descending/ascending escalators and walking through tickets gates. The film speed has been altered to 48 frames … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Underground: The Still & The Moving (experiment 1)

These past few days I’ve been out on-site (The Tokyo Underground) filming mainly around the Shinjuku area on underground and overground trains. Also, I’ve been using archive footage I took earlier this year, hence passengers in coats, hats and scarves … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Underground: Drawings, Notes & Nostalgia from the Underground

Recently I have working on revamping archive Tokyo Underground passenger drawings. When I say ‘revamping’ I don’t mean improving, I mean reconstructing as to redesign overall appearance in order to portray a troubled state of mind or a moment of anxiety. … Continue reading

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Tokyo Underground Drawings: Drawing Tool Considerations

I take drawing tool considerations highly in the same way painters consider their brushes or in a different context, a golfer choosing a particular club.  At art school (College/University) I’d always favour graphite pencils graded between HB (hard black) -7B. … Continue reading

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Nobody Tokyo

I landed in Tokyo in March 1999. Five months later I was heading home via China and Russia on the Trans-Manchurian Express. Why leave so early? The number of people living in one area was just too much for me, … Continue reading

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