Director: Eiji Tanigawa
DOP: Senzo Ueno
Creative Director: Nobumichi Asai (WOW)
Producer: Toshiyuki Takei, Shinya Masuda
Editing: Eiji Tanigawa
Music: Setsu Fukushima, Ryosuke Taniguchi (Ongakushitsu Inc.)
CGI DIRECTOR: Shingo Abe (WOW)
PROGRAMMER: Atsushi Yoshimura (WOW)
Nachdem er bereits Lady Gaga während ihres Auftritts auf den Grammys 2016 zu Ehren David Bowies mit Hilfe von Face Mapping ein virtuelles Make-up applizierte, präsentieren wir Euch hier bei GoSee das neue Werk von Creative Director und Face Mapping Virtuose Nobumichi Asai. Vor der Kamera stand das japanische Dance-Duo AyaBambi. Infos zum Video erfahrt Ihr von Nobumichi Asai anbei, das Making of zum Video könnt Ihr Euch hier anschauen.
"This project is achieved as collaborative work between AYABAMBI,TOKYO, Ishikawa Watanabe Lab, The University of Tokyo and WOW, responding the call for collaboration by Nobumichi Asai (WOW). The latest work to utilize real time tracking and face projection mapping using a state of the art 1000 fps projector and ultra high speed sensing, “INORI-prayer-,“ has been released. This project began when songs were created about ‘life,’ a theme proposed by Tanigawa, who acted as this project’s director. Creative and technical director Asai (WOW) and CG director Shingo Abe (WOW) completed visual production and programming based on inspiration they obtained from the songs. Aya Sato added the choreography, and TOKYO, led by Taniguchi, completed the project by making it into a video.
‘Radioactive’ is the inspiration that Asai felt from music. ‘Radioactive’ wields destructive power, and from that brings ‘death’, ‘suffering’, and ‘sadness"’. And then, the ‘opportunity’ to overcome those things. Accompanied by the overwhelming performance of AyaBambi, a visual synchronization of black tears, skulls, faces being severed, Noh Masks of agony and the Heart Sutra have sublimated into a single piece of work. The face mapping system made it possible to follow intense performances, which was impossible until now, thanks to the use of the state of the art 1000 fps projector DynaFlash and ultra high speed sensing. The initial dilemma of speeding up the tracking to the detriment of performance latitude was resolved by the WOW team, Professor Watanabe, and Tomoaki Teshima (EXVISION), who trimmed several milliseconds during a trial and error period that lasted approximately three months, enabling the completion of this system. The projected image looks like it is integrated into part of the skin, and the expressions on a subject’s face, when it is distorted or transformed, are exponentially enhanced."
Nobumichi Asai graduated from Department of Science, Tohoku University. Currently belongs to WOW Inc. Creative/Technical Director/Media Artist. He is globally acclaimed with face mapping for Lady Gaga at the Grammys 2016, “Connected Colors” for Intel’s global campaign, the laser hologram “Light of Birth” exhibited at La Triennale di Milano and “Ghost in the Shell Virtual Reality Diver”. He≠ has led the field of projection mapping both nationally and internationally introducing “OMOTE” and SMAP’s “FACE-HACKING”. He is also invited to media art festivals over the world as a keynote speaker and a judge. His works challenge innovative visual arts by bringing advertisement, design and both ideas of art and programming together. Received Jury Selection in Japan Media Arts Festival, Grand Prize in VFX AWARD 2015, Honorary Mention, Computer Animation/Film/VFX Award in Ars Electronica and many other awards.