yoroshiku onegaishimasu, Tokyo. (thoughts from production design)

6 Jan

Hello out there!

I have to say, today was one of the most invigorating days I’ve had in a very long time. Today was my one and only day to get my last minute shopping done for this film, and I did my absolute best to acquire all of the things that I needed. Accompanied by Yu Shibuya (the writer of the screenplay) I was toured around different parts of this incredible city and was able to see some sights while also getting business done.

There are so many things that first jumped out at me the minute I step outside. First is the architecture, which has a strong yet odd combination of modern and old. The back and forth staircases appearing on the outside, the colors which stand out against the sky made my eyes get big and my inspiration-o-meter go through the roof. These buildings are what give Tokyo it’s sense of distinction, I think.

The next, and most obvious thing that stands out to me is the eclectic style of dress here. You’ll notice business men,  the youth population, school girls, average professionals, and old people. While these may seem like normal groups, there is something very special and put together about the way everyone is dressed. Everything is tailored and coordinated to the “T” for the business man. There is a certain “organized haphazard” that the young people of Tokyo have down to a science. Even the old people seem prepared for anything that could come there way.

Walking through the streets it was almost hard to focus on what I needed to do because there seems to be so much to distract my attention in this city. Everything seems to be a piece of art, requiring much time, precision, and craftsmanship. I am so glad that I had this opportunity to not only have some one-on-one time with the writer himself, but also to have someone who knows the city so well to show me around. I absolutely got the good end of the deal today, even having the pleasure of meeting his mother (and enjoying her delicious cooking).

After some location scouting, lots of train traveling, dinner, production meetings, planning and packing for tomorrow, it is time for bed. Tomorrow is our very first day of shooting, and I’m definitely going to need my rest!

Being in Tokyo for the first time was an experience that I would consider both inspiring and enlightening, and it was certainly a day that I won’t forget. I couldn’t be more thankful for this experience, this crew, this story, and most importantly for our God, whose has brought this project thus far and will continue to provide.

Goodnight from Tokyo!

-Nick

Production Designer

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2 Responses to “yoroshiku onegaishimasu, Tokyo. (thoughts from production design)”

  1. Junko Malandra January 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for this website and the update. I was smiling the entire time while I read your report. I am so thrilled for you all : ) Where did you go in Tokyo? Are you all getting used to using the public transportation? Did you speak Japanese???
    I will follow this link and continue to pray for this precious project. By the way, did you have a chance to eat a purin? There is a kind called “Pucchin purin” which you can set on the plate up side down and break a little piece to create a air hole. That’s my favorite, try it.

  2. Spencer January 9, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Reading this makes me so happy for you guys. I can’t wait to hear all about it. : )

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