"Daishitsuren" a movie produced and distributed by Thoei Film Company, written by Chinami Shimizu and screenplay by Masaya Ozaki. A film directed by Kazuki Omori.|
Running 2 cameras on this film, I worked on as a Camera Operator for a LA base Director of Photographer, Makoto Watanabe.
Daishitsuren is an interlaced omnibus story of various young couples in love and their touching relationship, staged in an Amusement Park setting, featured by a number of popular Japanese actors and actresses.
The exterior shoots mainly took place in various Amusement Parks in Japan during the "coldest" winter months with the majority of filming taking place at night at the Kobe Rokkoh Island AOIA, Hatkejima Sea Paradise and Tokyo Korakuen. One month prior to the BIG EARTHQUAKE in Kobe, an extensive number of filming days were spent at the epicenter of the EARTHQUAKE and the Amusement Park has been closed since then.
These locations were visually superb but among the three, two were sited next to the seaside which meant that the production had to battle against daily freezing temperatures of below 0 degrees during the night shoot.
Camera heaters were constantly up and running and I imagine that the most consumed item in this production turned out to be "disposable thermal pads" for the crew.
Thoei Film Company
Since a lot of the scenes were shot at night, I would like to|
talk about an efficient equipment "the Panaflasher" used in
Although this section may sound
obvious for people in the same
profession but for many others
who many have never heard of
this word nor equipment, this is
a motion picture camera device
supplied by Panavision.
It is an accessory used to push
up the exposure of the black
in the film to a level of visibility
when normally may appear to as a total black picture.
In general the level (Flashing) of black is adjusted during the final post production lab processing.|
The lab flashing adjustments of each scene becomes a rather difficult task in compared to the effect which can be easily achieved through the Panaflasher device.
The Panaflasher uses the empty magazine port and the flashing percentage can be adjusted.
It is a rather compact device which will not interfere with any lens change.
The device contains a halogen lamp and through six 216 diffusion filters (in order to flat light) and a 80C filter, the flashing is applied to the negative film.
Accurate flashing amounts are read and calculated in accordance with it's special exposure settings and internal exposure meter.
It also provides the useful option of inserting a color filter if needed to colorize the dark area.
The Panaflasher certainly helped the volume of meticulous lab work otherwise then would be required from the camera department.
Panavision Gold 2
Pana Arri 3
Pana 1000 Mag X 6
Pana 500 Mag X 4
Pana 250 Mag X 2
17.5mm Primo T1.9
21mm Primo T1.9
27mm Primo T1.9
35mm Primo T1.9
40mm Primo T1.9
50mm Primo T1.9
75mm Primo T1.9
100mm Primo T1.9
150mm Primo T1.9
17.5-75mm Primo Zoom T2.3
20-200mm Pana Zoom T3.1
25-250mm Pana Zoom T4
Precision Speed Control
Arri Gear Head
Tripod X 2
|DIR OF PHOTO||Makoto WATANABE|
|ART DIRECTOR||Hidetaka OZAWA|
|SOUND ENGINEER||Hirokazu HAYASHI|
|FOCUS PULLER||Kanehisa OKUDA|
|2ND AC||Takahiro IMAI|
|3RD AC||Masami YAMASHITA|
|BEST BOY||Yuji ISHIZUKA|
|FILM LABS||THOEI KAGAKU COMPANY|
|RAW STOCK||Fuji 8550|