I’m happy to announce that my graduation work LIFE ON SIRIUS was chosen to be one of the works to be shown at the Kyoto International Students Film Festival next month.
It is not only nice to have the movie shown in a theater, but that it happens to be in my beloved old university town where the movie’s story is set.
It will be shown along with Japanese student films and a handful of foreign works, as well. I will attend the screenings on December 3rd and 4th. I am also very excited about watching the works of other students, and look forward to discussing and learning. I know this sounds cheesy, but I really feel this way right now.
The screening of the video will not be in its native HD format, but as an SD video tape. There were technical restrictions on both my side and that of the festival’s management. Nevertheless, if you are around I’d be happy if you drop by to watch my short film.
I hadn’t had the chance to get to the museum today. My relatives from Northern Japan are here for a visit, and my cousin will join us tomorrow, so I need to take care of them. But Wednesday, the first day of the exhibition, ended with nearly 300 visitors. I observed the two rooms that we students from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts share as a kind of curator. Two days before we transported and prepared the exhibition space with about thirty people. Two teachers, some other colleagues and me were giving instructions and made sure every section is able to work smoothly.
Compared to the exhibitions of the other departments such as architecture, Japanese and Western paintings and the design fields, the Visual and Performing Arts section always pales, no matter how nicely we prepare the screening room… A museum just does not fit for the kind of works we create. There`s a lot to evaluate on for me, and observing the visitors gave me a lot of hints regarding my weaknesses in creating a rigid concept and promotion strategy ( do I sound like a business person here?) for this kind of event. There was much to learn from it though, so I`m glad I had the opportunity. This year we have great equipment and a broad variety of works. And working with the wonderful colleagues and friends I have come to know during the last four years is just terrific. I know I`m going to miss university.
Curating the exhibition ate away all my time that I actually need for finding a job. I cannot even imagine what March is going to be like… but I hope the efforts will pay off in a twist, later…
I did a small contribution to the welcome videos at the entrance counter. We collected over 20 different ones from people from my course. I made Tuesday night:
These days I’m busy preparing the graduation exhibition of my university. I was picked for being the person in charge of managing the planning and execution for my course. I haven’t ever done an exhibition before, so there’s a lot to learn from this experience… one is the confirmation that democratic decision-making does not work in Japan.
The exhibition is going to be held at the Kyôto Municipal Museum of Art in the Okazaki Park area. The final class of my Department of Visual & Performing Arts will be presenting film and theater scripts, comics, photos, installations, performances and a lot of animations, dramatic films and stage videos. My graduation film LIFE ON SIRIUS was selected for my course’s President’s Award this year.
The exhibition is open from 0900 to 1700 hours from February 24th to 28th.
Another event will be the screening of my colleagues’ películas (video bajo el enlace) at the Kyôto Cinema College Week at the end of February. Last year my uni’s Department of Movie Production was staging an “academy award” festival, honoring the best works of our students. It was dominated by one of my elder colleague’s graduation film and the seminar works of people in the second grade. At least my pal Ôtsuki stood out with awards for two films, TEXAS FEVER and BARIQUAND.
Kyôto Cinema is going to screen these works and some more by my friends: YO GA AKERU MADE (“Until Day Break”), “EVER EVER AFTERWARD” and “M-KAI-TÔBÔ” (“Escape to M”). I was involved in the latter one as editor and shot some parts, too. The College Week starts on February 27th and ends March 5th.
Kyôto Municipal Museum of Art (this is just a photo)
I originally had intended to upload my new film LIFE ON SIRIUS this week, but things have gotten complicated on the way. After the final presentations I sent my work to the public competition of the annual Image Forum Festival. The Image Forum is – despite the low quality of the presented works in recent years – one of Japan’s big experimental film competitions. My teacher whose works were made into a DVD by the Image Forum last year encouraged me to take part.
Should LIFE ON SIRIUS be among the 15 selected works of the competition there might be a chance of winning one of the ¥ 100,000+ prizes along with some attention of the visual arts world. The hook here is the Forum’s rules on screening rights, which it’s going to claim for another year after the festival. I wonder what impact that could have on taking part in other competitions.
One more rule prevents me from uploading my work to that series of tubes called the www. I need to wait until mid-March when the jury’s results are in. One of this year’s jury members is Tanaami Keiichi, who could remember me from the university-intern film competition two years ago. That time I got ¥ 50,000 from Ukawa Naohiro for my high school work REGRECJO PJOŞ. If I am not considered for the competition I’ll be free to upload it, otherwise I am going to create DVDs for those who helped me with the project…
Be it as it may, I did a test screening of the film last Sunday at my school’s shishashitsu for the staff and cast involved in the production. This time I didn’t feed from DV tape but from a 720p HD video file, and boy, the image quality blew me away. I had feared block noise in some contrast-stark areas and overall pixelishousness but the h.264 video looked beautiful. I had planned the film for the web first, but this thing is meant to be on the screen. I also got some positive feedback from totally uninvolved people. This film might be able to go a little bit further. I am really happy about it, and while I am very sorry to be unable of showing it here anytime soon, I’ll just give some still shots.