TODAY IN SEASON FOUR
continues to make it happen in OZ
the building of Edo
Opens in Oregon
Simard joins the PRN
A Cameraman Decides on his Eternity
Author Praises APP For it's Documentary Work
Productions at the Nagano Olympics
Angle T.V. Joins the PRN!
Gilbert of L'Image Cinematography has been the most prolific
to this page.
much so, that I have given him his own page.
Now in Forth
of 2006 Asia-Pacific Productions
teamed up with Brainstew Productions
to produce an hour long educational program about sustainability. Sustainable
Today has grown tremendously in the four years since its
inception on Portland Community Media and other public access outlets
in several cities. We are now seen across Oregon through the
Wireless Instructional Network and on broadcast TV through Oregon
Public Broadcasting's channel 10-3. Additionally 4 months of
programming are streamed over our website at http://sustainabletoday.org.
focuses on a specific topic. We invite industry experts to
on the topic. Additionally each show features a Community
which highlights what non-profit, citizens groups and individuals are
to promote sustainability. There is also a Business
which features businesses that use sustainable practices or are engaged
in a sustainable enterprise.
have covered a wide range of subjects from Transportation,
Waste, Water, Urban Development,
Climate Change, Toxins, Organics, BioFuels, Healthcare,
Hunger, Prisons and Finance. Coming up for 2010 we will
feature, Energy Policy, Eating Out, Pollinators, and many
In August of
2007, A new non-profit organization called The
Center for a Sustainable Today was formed to help raise funds for
program and bring it to mainstream television. To help in this
effort an event called the SUSTAINING CASCADIA CONVERGENCE is held the
second Saturday of each month to bring together the public, the
participants and the producers for networking and to watch the latest
episode of the program. These programs have been very
successful in broadening the base of knowledge and understanding of
complex issues and have encouraged many to alter their life choices to
better serve the planet and society.
Fricker continues to make it happen in OZ
Recent work includes working for IBM China for a
live webcast out of Beijing for a virtual event, as well a corporate
shoots for IBM, McAfee and others. I shoot NSW Premier Rugby matches
each weekend as well which is included in the ABC (AUSTRALIAN Broadcast
Corp) weekly highlights.
has been a while, and my web presence dropped off after a spat with my
former web host. The new website, http://www.project-television.com
, is up, although it needs a lot of tweaking right now.
Productions documents the beginning of Tokyo.
teamed up once again with the Media Production Group at the University
of Illinois to film a new documentary, “Raising EDO: Fires and
Edo was the name
given to what is
now Tokyo, Japan in the 1600's when the Shoguns were in control of the
Japanese government. In 1590 Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu,
the frontier outpost of Edo to be the center of his new domain.
years later he moved the capital of Japan from Kyoto to Edo, and
turned it into what would be come the largest cosmopolitan civilization
in Asia. It was during this time that the legendary TV series
with Richard Chamberlain was set.
In late May and
early June, documentary
filmmaker and Director of Photography Tom Hopkins traveled
to Tokyo where he spent 12 days photographing the remnants of the
earliest days. Detailed folding screens called “byobu” reveal
of city building and daily life as public spectacle.
work shows “up close a personal” the intricate workings of
society in the 17th century. Some of the structures and ponds
in the byobu still remain after centuries of fire and wars have
what was originally built. These artifacts, nestled among the
towers, streets and subways of bustling Tokyo, are also
The “Fires and
Fights” slated for
release in late 2006 is meant to be an historic document for
purposes in schools and universities. It will be edited at
Public Television facilities and offered for broadcast on PBS as
This will be the
third project for
the Media Production Group that Asia-Pacific Productions has been
with. The first “Makiko’s New World” took place in Kyoto in
Dramatic re-enactments of the events described in Makiko Nakajimas
for 1910 illustrated the cultural revolution that brought Japan into
modern world. The second entitled “Under Another Sun” released in
2001 illustrated the lives of Japanese people who live in
Both programs were aired on PBS. See our website for details of
productions at http://approd.com/mpg.html.
Asia-Pacific is now
in the early
stages of development on the story of “Otokichi” a Japanese castaway
wound up on the coast of Washington State in 1832. Taken in by
Macaw tribe of Native Americans, Otokichi be came the reverse of “Angin
San” the main character in James Clavel’s; Shogun.
Productions is now based
in Portland with offices in Kobe, Japan. The company specializes
in documentaries and dramatic productions of all types, not only those
related to Japan and Asia.
PRODUCTIONS LAUNCHES USA BASED OPERATIONS
Submitted by Tom
In September of
Productions in Japan opened its new Western Headquarters in Portland,
PRODUCTIONS USA, Inc is the first branch office opened since the
inception in 1984. The new facility will give us a "transpacific"
connection on both sides of the Pacific ocean. The Kobe operation
will continue to provide its usual wide range of production and support
services with the help of new staff while simultaneously opening a much
needed connection point within the USA.
Initially the new
company plans to
continue serving clients with an interest in the far east. At the
same time our Japan based clients will be able to enjoy a direct link
facilities, services and locations inside North America. This
service fills a much needed gap for producers in Japan seeking to film
projects in the USA and augments the network of production companies in
other parts of the world. Much of our post production facilities
have been moved to Portland where we will complete on-going projects
higher quality and lower cost resources. State-of-the-art camera
crews and equipment continue to be available from both locations.
Oregon is a prime
Portland has a thriving community of creative and talented producers
many motion pictures and commercials have been filmed here.
was the scene of an extremely popular Japanese TV series produced by
Television "Oregon Kara Ai" (From Oregon With Love). since then
location has become recognized for its beautiful and versatile
proud to be be member
of the Oregon Media Production Association. The organization has
welcomed us warmly and will provide support to our growing business as
we strive to bridge the East-West gap.
Submitted by Yves
Yves has earned his
stripes in ways
beyond his wildest dreams and the journey has just begun! Do not dare
why he does what he does, lets just say conversation will never hit a
and adventures with Yves will never be static.
Canadian, Yves lives
in New Zealand in the heart of Polynesia. He also has bases in Sydney
Toronto. He began modestly in News and Current Affairs as a
and quickly progressed over the years to documentaries, drama and
television production for many broadcasters in Canada and the
He trained with various cinematographers and lighting directors and
at the Film and Television workshops in Maine. Today his work is mainly
magazine style shows, reality series, documentaries and extreme
programs. Always willing to give it a go, Yves thrives on
challenge of delivering the shot and you can be assured it will always
is an owner/operator
allowing him to tweak and baby his kit to produce the pictures the
expects. Whatever the demands may be, he will have the technical
and creative eye to over deliver every time. Yves travels around the
telling the stories that he sees with the pictures he takes. In the
enjoying every minute.
me in welcoming Yves to our family. If you get the chance, Click The
and drop him a line. We encourage all our members to communicate with
other and to work together for everyone's mutual benefit.
FABLE -- CAMERAMAN DECIDES ON HIS ETERNITY
There once was a
cameraman who lived
his whole life without ever taking advantage of any of the people he
for. In fact, he made sure that every job he did resulted in a win-win
while walking down the street he was tragically hit by a bus and he
His soul arrived up in heaven and he was met at the Pearly Gates by St.
said St. Peter. "Before you get settled in though it seems we have a
You see, strangely enough, we've never once had a cameraman make
it this far and we're not really sure what to do with you."
problem, just let
me in." said the cameraman.
I'd like to,
but I have higher orders. What we're going to do is let you have
one day in Hell and one day in heaven and then you can
choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in."
"Actually, I think
I've made up my mind...I prefer to stay in Heaven"
we have rules..."
St. Peter put the cameraman in an elevator and it went
down-down-down to hell. The doors opened and the cameraman found
stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course.
In the distance was a country club and standing in front of his were
his friends - fellow cameramen that he had worked with
and they were all
dressed in evening
clothes and cheering for him. They
ran up and kissed him on both cheeks and they talked about old
They played an excellent round of golf and at night went tothe country
club where he enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner, and
bottles of vintage wine.
the Devil who was actually a really nice guy and he had a great
jokes and dancing. The cameraman was having such a good
time that before he knew it, it was time to leave.
his hand and waved good-bye as he got on the elevator.
went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and
found St. Peter waiting for him. "Now it's time to spend a day in
cameraman spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing
the harp and singing. He had a great time and before he
it his 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got him.
"So, you've spent
a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now
you must choose your eternity."
paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never
I'd say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all,
but I think I had a better time in Hell."
St. Peter escorted him to the elevator and again the cameraman went
back to Hell. When the doors of the elevator opened
he found himself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage
filth. He saw his friends were dressed in rags and were picking
up the garbage and putting it in sacks.
came up to him and put his arm around him. "I don't understand,"
the cameraman, "Yesterday I was here and there was
a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and
a great time. Now all this is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends
looked at him and smiled. "That's because yesterday you were a
but today you're staff."
AUTHOR PRAISES APP FOR DOCUMENTARY WORK
Submitted by Tom Hopkins
This is a letter I
the person who translated "Makiko's Diary" from Japanese. The program
be coming up coming PBS this November. She writes...
"I wanted you to
know how impressed
I am with your camera work. The soft focus seems to work very well and
I find it far preferable to the usual the-past-in-sepia tone favored by
many for flashbacks in such films. I'm amazed at how much you and the
managed to accomplish in three short weeks, and only wish I could have
been there to watch.
It is an odd
experience to see a
visualization of someone I've known only through print and in my mind's
eye. And thanks to you, I now feel that I know Makiko in another,
Well the Olympics are finally over, everyone of CBS's 1,500 people have
packed up and headed back to their own four corners of the world,
APP behind to carry on. Although we did not have official credentials
cover the games, and as such were relegated to covering events from the
fringes, we still enjoyed our piece of the action. This marks the
Olympics for APP following the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.
First for ABC.
Yes ABC. We spent a week in Nagano before the games started shooting
closes, bumpers and features for an ABC Discovery News special
Performance, The Science Behind Olympic Competition." The program was
by Steve Avery of Good Morning America fame, and reported by top names
from ABC news. The 1 hour special aired on the Discovery Channel and
reported the audience was large and the feedback was very positive. We
enjoyed working with producers Mark Miano, Jon Schriber and Steve
Three very nice guys. The job went off splendidly. We even made an
on the CBS crews who were scurrying around the Zenkoji Temple.
was the CBS anchor position during the games. They even built a small
on the grounds for the purpose. One day, the intrepid ABC crew were
the area in a helicopter securing some spectacular aerials for the
of the show. In the north west corner of the grounds stood a 200 foot
I (safely behind the camera lens) thought flying behind the pagoda and
getting a shot of the temple behind as the structure floated by in the
foreground would be a nice shot. Never dreaming the pilot would go for
it. He did. The shot was great.
Later I spoke
with fellow cameraman and PRN member Jeff Daly (SFO Productions) about
the events of the day. It seems he was at the temple scouting locations
for his camera crane. "Yeah, some nut flying around the temple came
so low the prop wash blew snow and pigeons all over the place." "Hmmm I
wonder who that could have been," I said. We hope to have a clip from
program on the web site soon.
Once the games
began. Our post was securing the arrivals of the U.S. Olympic Team at
Kansai International Airport. We followed the famous and not so famous
through their processing procedures and did some candid interviews on
side. The job entailed a live broadcast with figure skater Tara
who later went on to win a gold medal in the event. Our footage was
in the games coverage and on several special programs including "48
CBS then brought
us to Nagano once more for a feature story about the Japanese version
Richard Jewel. Turns out that , like Jewel, the man in nearby Matsumoto
was accused by Japanese police of setting a sarin gas attack which
6 neighbors left his wife in a coma. It was not until the Tokyo subway
incident a moth later that he was exonerated. A most interesting story
even if not directly connected to the Olympics. It gave us a spot on
In all we spent
3 weeks on Olympics and related coverage giving us much exposure and a
to be a part of the final Olympics of the century. See you in
PRODUCTIONS IN (AND AROUND) NAGANO
Asia-Pacific Productions is pleased to announce the addition of Wide
Angle T.V. of Seattle, Washington to the Pacific Rim Network.
Angle is run by Brian M. Miller who contacted me a few weeks ago
this e-mail message.
If you ever
need a crew in Seattle, WA USA....
I have to offer:
experience with over 10 years as an award winning Photojournalist and
at KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, WA.
** Over 30
years living in the Northwest with an extensive knowledge of the Puget
Sound Region and surrounding states.
experience including Vietnam, the Russian Far East, Spain and the U.K.
** An artistic
eye, musical ear and a will-do attitude.
** A great
gear package including a Sony 400A Betacam, UHF Diversity Wirelesses,
quality mics, IFB equipment and a comprehensive lighting package
chimera boxes, Joker HMI's, even an HMI frezzi.....
doing daily news, features, in-depth pieces, documentaries as well as a
wide variety of corporate video
** On top of
all that, competitive rates
Brian expressed an interest in joining the PRN. He sent his CV and Demo
tape which contains some very impressive corporate videos, news and
footage. These include CBS news, The Nashville Network, Callison
Seattle, Cinnabon Corporation, Seattle, World Vision, and Orbis
Group, Chicago, among others. Back in 1995, he made a trip to Vietnam
"a 10 part series following the reopening of trade with vietnam in
different subjects in several different parts of the country... a VERY
of Brian and his crew from Seattle are helping to round out the U.S.
coast. We now have members in every major city except L.A.
me in welcoming Wide Angle T.V. to our family. If you get the chance,
The Link and drop him a line. We encourage all our members to
with each other and to work together for everyone's mutual benefit.