Lecture x Film Screening x Workshop on
Film & Music/Sound Effects
Alternative methods of film making, beyond Hollywood
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and UNIJAPAN, in cooperation with Hanoi University of Theatre and Cinema & Ho Chi Minh City University of Theatre and Cinema, proudly present a two-day intensive project on “Film & Music/Sound Effects” by young promising film makers from Japan both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from 17 – 21 December.
Blockbuster films with enormous budgets are mostly produced by studios in Hollywood and it seems to be reckless for filmmakers in the rest of the world to compete with them in the same way.
While some film producers and film makers are dreaming of working in a Hollywood style or reaching to the Hollywood level, the other creators are exploring the alternative possibilities of film making in different ways.
Mr. Tetsuaki Matsue, for example, made a documentary film “Live Tape” miraculously in a single 74-minute shot with an extremely low budget and won the Best Picture Award in “Japanese Eyes” section at 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival in 2009.
Mr. Satoru Hirohara, a young master-degree graduate from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, also directed a film “Good Moring to the World!!” with a relatively small budget, featuring no name actors/actresses, and won a couple of awards including the Dragon & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 29th Vancouver International Film Festival in 2010.
Both award winning films “Live Tape” and “Good Morning to the World!!” will be screened with Vietnamese sub-titles as samples of such alternative endeavors, followed by Q&A sessions with directors. Besides screenings, Mr. Tetsuaki Matsue will deliver his lecture on “Film & Music” to share his thoughts on this theme. Mr. Satoru Hirohara, on the other hand, will discuss about the film education in universities in Japan, welcoming Mr. Takaaki Yamamoto (Recording Engineer / Studio Engineer) as an interlocutor. Both lecture and discussion will be delivered in Japanese with Vietnamese interpretation.
One more exciting event in this project is a workshop on “Sound Effects” by Mr. Masaya Kitada, one of the best Sound Effect Engineers and Foley Artists in Japan. For exclusively invited promising students and young film makers, he will disclose his process of working in detail, introducing how to use the worldly standard software for Sound Effects in DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), Pro Tools.
We do hope this project will inspire lots of young Vietnamese students and filmmakers to develop their own alternative ideas in the future. Feel free to come to join the project!
For inquiries on the project and the interview with the film makers, please contact at:
Ms. Huong (Ext. 106) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138)
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam TEL 04-3944-7419 www.jpf.org.vn
Monday 17 December & Tuesday 18 December
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City University of Theatre and Cinema
125 Cong Quynh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Thursday 20 December & Friday 21 December
Venue: Hanoi University of Theatre and Cinema
Mai Dich, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Monday 17 December (in HCMC) & Thursday 20 December (in Hanoi):
08:30 – 09:00 Introduction about the project and Japanese artists
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture on “Film & Music” by Mr. Tetsuaki Matsue (Film Director)
10:30 – 12:00 Film Screening “Live Tape” (2009 / 74’ / dir. Tetsuaki Matsue), Q&A
14:00 – 15:30 Lecture by Mr. Satoru Hirohara (Film Director) & Mr. Takaaki Yamamoto (Recording Engineer / Studio Engineer)
15:30 – 17:30 Film Screening “Good Morning to the World!!”
(2010 / 81’ / dir. Satoru Hirohara), Q&A
Tuesday 18 December (in HCMC) & Friday 21 December (in Hanoi):
09:30 – 11:30 Workshop on sound effects with Mr. Masaya Kitada
14:00 - 15:30 Workshop on sound effects with Mr. Masaya Kitada (continues)
15:30 – 17:00 Evaluation
■ Artist’s profile:
Mr. Tetsuaki Matsue
Film Director, mainly documentaries
Born in 1977
Annyong Kimchi, 1999
Won the New Asian Currents Special Award at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Annyong Yumica, 2009
Won the Best Documentary at the 2009 Mainichi Film Concours
Live Tape, 2009
Won the Best Picture at the Japanese Eyes Section, Tokyo International Film Festival
Flashback Memories 3D, 2012
Won the Audience Award at the Competition Section, Tokyo International Film Festival
Mr. Satoru Hirohara
Born in 1986
B.A. at Musashino Art University
M.A. at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
No Reply, 2011 (A graduate student film for graduation)
So Far Away, 2010
Good Morning to the World, 2010
Won the Jury’s Special Mention Award at the 32nd Pia Film Festival
Won the Dragon & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 29th Vancouver International Film Festival
Won the FIPRESCI Special Mention at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
Mr. Takaaki Yamamoto, *1977
Recording Engineer, Studio Engineer
Majored Recording course at Department of Cinema, College of Art, Nihon University. He participated in film production by young directors as a recording engineer or a voicing engineer. Apart from film production, he deals with various sounds such as a pavilion for EXPO, voices for research and laboratory, etc.
His recording works include: “Flash Back Memories 3D” (2012) by Tetsuaki Matsue, “Vengeance Can Wait” (2010) by Masanori Tominaga, “Live Tape” (2009) by Tetsuaki Matsue and “The Pavillion Salamandre” (2006) by Masanori Tominaga
Mr. Masaya Kitada, *1968
Sound Effects Engineer, Foley Artist
Graduated from Tokyo Kogakuin Vocational School (Technos College) and joined in a sound effects company in Nikkatsu Cinema Studio. He worked as an assistant for “The Eel” (dir. Shohei Imamura/Won the Palme d’Or at Cannes International Film Festival), “Farewell My Concubine” (dir. Chen Kaige/Won the Palme d’Or at Cannes International Film Festival), “Raise the Red Lantern” (dir. Zhang Yimou/Won the Silver Lion Prize at Vienna International Film Festival). Since 1999, he has been working as a freelance engineer. He also works as a Foley Artist and his work in the animation “Howl’s Moving Castle” (dir. Hayao Miyazaki) was nominated for “Golden Reel Award” and “Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Animated” at Motion Picture Sound Editors Award in the US.
Recent major works include:
“Space Brother” (2012) by Yoshitaka Mori
Won the Audience Award & Best Picture Award at the Puchon Film Festival
“Kotoko” (2011) by Shinya Tsukamoto
Won the Orizzonti Award at Vienna International Film Festival
“Life Back Then” (2011) by Takahisa Zeze
Won the Innovation Award at Montreal World Film Festival
“Snake of June” (2002) by Shinya Tsukamoto
Won the Jury’s Special Prize at Vienna International Film Festival
Live Tape (2009, 74’, dir. Tetsuaki Matsue, documentary film) is all about intimacy, the intimacy of following singer-songwriter Kenta Maeno as he wanders through the streets of Kichijoji city on the first day of 2009, performing songs about life and love. It is also an intimacy that could only be achieved in a film made in one take, with minimum equipment and no script – the ultimate new-wave film.
Good Morning to the World!! (2010, 81’, dir. Satoru Hirohara, feature film) High-school boy Takahashi Yuta is effectively bringing himself up alone. His father is long gone and his mother is constantly off on trips; she leaves him notes and modest amounts of cash to keep himself fed. Not surprisingly, he's a bit of a loner at school. But he's fascinated by (identifies with?) the vagrant man who sleeps in a road tunnel near his home, and when that man is killed - apparently by a gang of local delinquents - he sets off on a quest to find the dead man's family and friends, following clues in the man's bag. For Yuta, this becomes a formative lesson in the ways of the adult world, taking him far beyond the teenage obsessions of his noisy classmates.