four days, two weekends

Four days in total, a weekend each in October and November, I got to work with a wonderful group & crew on a TV commercial. I got involved in this project by receiving an invitation late September by Shin Sugino, who is photographer and commercial director of Studio Sugino. He has read an interview I had with Nikka Times last season, and asked if I can be a choreographer for this commercial shoot. It was totally a great surprise but I felt totally incapable, that I first couldn’t take the offer. So deep thank you to Shin, he replied saying he still wanted me to take the job and that he can give better picture of the project by meeting in person. So I visited his studio, somehow got convinced about the whole thing and decided to take the job after all. Despite many of my worries, it turned out to be really nice experience; people at the studio treated us really well, my responsibility wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be, and just being around this big space with fancy tools were like being in an amusement park. For the first time, I had to gather a group of dancers, and I feel so humbled by nine dancers who took part in this project. Their supportive presence definitely kept my nerves clam in this foreign environment. The whole process of creating was very different from what I’m used to, but being part of it made me realize how I really enjoy being around creative acts, as well as being around wonderful group of people. The commercial is planed to be aired in the new year, and I’m looking forward to see how the final product turns into.

 

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 10月と11月に2日ずつの計4日間、とあるコマーシャルの撮影に参加しておりました。私にとって別世界のこのプロジェクトに参加したきっかけは、9月の始めに頂いた写真家でありCMディレクターの杉野信也さんからのメールでした。Nikka Timesでの私のインタビュー記事を読んで頂いて、今回のコマーシャルでダンサー兼振付家を探しているから参加しないか、との事。違う分野の方からお声を掛けて頂いたのは本当に嬉しかったのですが、目立つのも仕切るのも不得意な私にとっては不適格な役割としか思えず、最初は断ってしまいました。だからそのあと、一度お会いして詳細を話してから検討してください、という提案してくださった杉野さんには本当に感謝です。参加してみた結果、Sugino Studioのスタッフさん含め、今回のプロジェクトに関わったメンバー皆さんのお陰でとても良い経験となりました。今回始めて「ダンサーを集める」という役割があったのですが、声をかけさせて頂いた9人のダンサーには、集まって頂いて本当に嬉しかった! ダンサー仲間に助けられた部分も沢山あったし、何より一緒にお仕事したいと思っていた人達と時間が過ごせて嬉しかったです。 慣れない現場で始めての事が多かったですが、「創る現場」はやっぱりいいな、と改めて感じる事ができ、参加できて本当に良かったです。CMは新年にオンエアー予定。完成したものを見るのが楽しみです。

 

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