Inter BEE: Japanese Leading Blogger On Their Indie Filmmaking Market

We are in Chiba next to Tokyo in Japan, covering “InterBee 2015” and had a chance to talk to Naka-san who is a leading blogger here in Japan. His Raitank blog is extremely popular among the Japanese indie filmmakers and camera manufacturers, also from outside Japan. It was a great opportunity to ask him a few questions and get answers which helped us understanding how the local market reacted to the large sensor revolution. 

In our talk we covered how the Japanese independent filmmakers accepted DSLRs as valid working tools. Did they later move on filming with “proper” large sensor cameras? Last but not least, are mirrorless photo cameras that can shoot video as popular here as they are on other parts of the world?

If observing the Japanese indie filmmaking industry interest you, this short interview is a good place to start exploring it.


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 Raphaël Madeira Reply
Raphaël Madeira November 19, 2015

Going to Japan myself, would love to work with this guy on some nice Indie japanese films.

 Raphaël Madeira Reply
Raphaël Madeira November 19, 2015

Oh and great content mate!

Adrian Mahovics Reply
Adrian Mahovics November 19, 2015

Thank you Johnnie for this interview! Always nice to hear about people who share the same passion from countries we can’t all visit. Enjoy your stay and looking forward to more content from Japan! :)

 Luke Huxham Reply
Luke Huxham November 20, 2015

What he needed to say was 90% of guys working for TV, DVD production or just anything in general are lazy and set in their ways. They would still be using beta cameras if they could. Only about 10% of people of here are pushing into new technologies or what we would call a standard outside of Japan. As soon as a Japanese camera man realises he might have to zoom and pull focus himself, he’s out of there. Drop an ENG or tiny little handicam into their hands and they’re happy, even if its an FS7 or FS700 they have they will just use the horrible standard Sony zoom lens. This is why there is so much room for me to do business in this country, everyone else is lazy and happy producing junk. This is just based off my 6 years of directing and shooting in Japan.

 Raphaël Madeira Reply
Raphaël Madeira November 20, 2015

Hello there Luke!

Sorry to bother you but gotta ask, I will be going to live in Japan in January, do you think it’s doable for someone who doesn’t speak japanese to get at least some work as a filmmaker?

Cheers mate!

 Luke Huxham Reply
Luke Huxham November 23, 2015

Not really, you need to know someone who has jobs going or can hook you up. I’m a director that speaks a bit of Japanese and have a lot of work coming my way as of recent. I’m always looking for people to shoot with or add to my crew. I work on a lot of projects mainly around automotive clients inside and outside Japan.

If you don’t speak Japanese you best know some good people who can get you work, also depends on what you want to work on as well I guess.


 Raphaël Madeira Reply
Raphaël Madeira November 23, 2015

Hello again Luke.

Thank you for the reply!

I’ll actually be staying in Tokyo, any chance we could meet when I’m there? It would be great to get to know someone with experience working as a filmmaker in Japan.

Ps: Invited you on linkedin, hope that’s ok.