Product / ServiceKYOTOGRAPHY
CategoryA01. Direction
Idea Creation CUTTERS Tokyo, JAPAN
Media Placement UM Tokyo, JAPAN
Production CUTTERS Tokyo, JAPAN


Name Company Position
Ryan McGuire Cutters Studios Managing Director / Lead Creator

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In Episode 2 we interview Kyotographie founder and lighting expert Yusuke Nakanishi. We cover his perspective on lighting and his appreciation of Albert’s photography, as well as the city of Kyoto and the significance of the Kyotographie festival. The film takes place in Kyoto. Images of the historical city are intercut with Albert arriving in Japan and traveling from the airport to Kyoto for his exhibit.

Cultural/Context information for the jury

Kyotographie is very unique among photography festivals. It is a great honor to be chosen as the featured artist at Kyotographie. The festival itself is designed as a discovery of great photography, but also as an exploration into the rich history and culture of Kyoto. The organizers design the festival each year much like a treasure hunt, with exhibits scattered around the city in both traditional and modern venues. The festival offers a thoroughly enchanting experience, which has led to it’s increasing popularity among both domestic and international guests since it’s start in 2012. Shooting in Kyoto, we were careful to respect cultural rules and diligent in making sure our depictions of religious ceremonies etc. were accurate.

Tell the jury anything relevant about the direction. Do not name the director.

Once again in Episode 2, to do credit to the subject matter, the director’s vision was to create a documentary that doesn’t play like a documentary. The interview was shot in an intimate Kyoto setting with a single light source. The same striking abstract imagery of the city and visceral soundscape were employed in Episode 2. However here the images and sounds are softer and more organic, in tune with the real pace and feel of Kyoto. The aim, here again, was for the viewer to not only watch and listen, but to feel and experience the film. The director and editorial staff again created a video storyboard for Episode 2. This helped align greater team and provide a road map for the production. We were able to eliminate costly variables and keep everyone laser-focused on the objective.


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