Feeling that the clip captured the feel of Tokyo really well, I became extremely curious, so I decided to interview Florent and David:
Q. What kind of work do you do?
F: I’m a freelance video editor and graphic designer.
D: I’m a photographer/cameraman, journalist and author.
Q. Are you based in Tokyo, or were you just visiting the city?
F: I live in Lyon, France. I wasn’t in Tokyo for Tokyo Reality. We did everything through the internet.
D: I’m based in Yokohama, and I go to Tokyo everyday for work.
Q. Which places did you visit, and why did you select these?
D: In fact, a lot of the places are on my way to work, while I visited Odaiba and Yoyogi Koen on the week-end. I choose Yoyogi for the human approach of Tokyo, and to contrast it with the image of salarymen and work. Odaiba just offers the best views on the city.
Q. What did you want to express and show in Tokyo Reality?
F: We wanted to show people that with this camera anybody can do movies with a cinematic look.
D: At first it was just to show what can be done with the Canon EOS 5D MkII (at this time we were the first people to use the video under real conditions). Canon offered the beta version of the camera for a 5 day try-out. I had to test the camera for my work, but when I saw the quality of the video I decided to make a short clip about Tokyo in my personal time before returning the camera back to Canon. The goal was to show a normal day in Tokyo.
Q. Do you feel that you succeeded?
F: The video has been seen by more than 600k people. I think we succeeded!
D: The time was to short to make a real story, so it’s look more like a video clip than a short movie like I originally had in mind. But we succeeded in transmitting the Tokyo ambiance and the emotion of the city. And those were the real goals.
Q. Which are your favorite spots in Tokyo, and what are the aspects of this city that attract you most? Why?
D: My favorite spot is the view of Akihabara from the Ochanomizu Bridge, because you have all of Tokyo City at this one point: a bridge, trains, roads, a canal, old houses, modern buildings, temple, nature, sakura… I really like this contrast between modern and traditional ife style and architecture.
F: Like David, I also really like this paradox between the modern and the traditional in Japanese culture.
Q. Can we expect more of these insightful videos of Tokyo from the two of you?
F: I did some movies of the island of Shikoku in October 2009 with the Canon 7D.
D: Yes! We are working now on a concept for a TV show about Tokyo. But Florent already shot some great footage of Shikoku.