At our Osaka-based video production company, we pride ourselves on providing first-class domestic shooting support to international film and video production companies. Recently, we have been in discussions with a Russian production company looking to shoot in Japan, which has presented some unique challenges and opportunities.
Revolutionizing Film Production Services with AI | DFS Productions
Today, over a cup of coffee, I can’t help but get excited about the potential of AI and how it could revolutionise the film industry. As the founder of my film production company, which specialises in English- and Japanese-language film production services, crew placement services and production support services for foreign companies, I’m always looking […]
DFS Productions: Providing professional drone services for high quality aerial footage production | March 2023
We are DFS Productions, a company based in Osaka, Japan that provides professional drone services to capture high quality aerial footage for a variety of projects. Our services include flight preparation, drone operation, location service and landowner payment. We recently received an email from a potential client who wanted to capture traffic intersections in Japan, and we shared the pricing and details with the client.
Navigating the Complex World of Drone Regulations in Japan | February 2023
Drone flights in Japan face increasing restrictions and a complex regulatory landscape. With new laws constantly being added or updated, obtaining permission for even small flights can require a lengthy and formal process. In this post, we explore the challenges of flying drones in Japan and provide insights into a recent project that required special permission. If you’re considering drone services in Japan, read on to learn what to expect and how to prepare.
In Praise of Shadows, Cinematography, and Time to Time
The light is not so much manipulated as it is perfectly controlled. I don’t think it is possible to manipulate light perfectly outdoors, but it is possible to manipulate light to a certain extent indoors by blocking out all ambient light. What should be praised, however, are the unintended effects of changes in time and place that cannot be captured intentionally, and I do not necessarily believe that a beautiful visual world can be created if everything is done exactly as thought out in the mind.
A New Wave – A local director and/or director of photography for documentary/commercial productions
Traditionally, a large amount of CM/documentary-production demands from foreign productions to local crew have been concentrated on supportive tasks like AC, camera, gaffer, sound recordist, PA and the like. Creative brains such as directors and directors of photography often came to Japan from their mother countries. This is a natural course basically due to […]
A Narrative Film Form as a Promotional Tool | August 2021
At 99.999% of its occasions film festivals are places to show your own film by paying fees for it. No, you must be “chosen” to show your film to the audience. Twenty years ago, the festivals were the only way to show independent films to a wide range of audiences whom you’ve never met. Today, […]
Timecode Sync and Super 35 Digital Cinema Cameras: Canon C300 Mark II, C200, and Sony FS7 Mark II | April 2021
There are many large-sensor cameras, also called digital cinema cameras, in the market today. What not a few people missed is these cinema cameras often do not have timecode I/o or genlockable interfaces. To my surprise, for example, Sony FS series do not have timecode I/o and gunlockable features as their default (I.e Sony’s FS7 […]
Internet Speed and Remote Productions in Japan- April 2021
What is different today from pre-COVID 19 days is an increasing demand of remote production and livestreaming services. When I first invested in a switcher from Blackmagic about an year ago, I neither expexted this new business would happen nor did I expect this pandemic would continues more than an year. It’s been an year […]
Okay, we made a film | March 2021
My long lasting ambition is to make narrative films. When? Well, I’m actually doing it. I have made one recently. We had the first private screening in Osaka this January. The head photo is the theater in Higashiosaka named Higashiosaka Cultural Creation Hall. In early 2019, I organized a team for this film from early […]