EXHALATION shoot day 1

The 3-day shoot for my newest short film, EXHALATION, had just started. It's the biggest production I've ever taken (yes, even bigger than KINGYO).

Some photos from the film shoot today. I have only 4 hours to sleep before I get up at 5am for day two of the shoot.

The crew arrived at the location at 8:30am in the morning. Everyone started preparing.


EXHALATION crew preparing for shoot

EXHALATION crew preparing for shoot


As for me. I spent the time either going through the script and schedule with Maiko the Producer.

Me going through the schedule with Maiko the Producer


Or making fun of her height.

Me saying something to Maiko the Producer


Occasionally I gave out manly screams to motivate the team.

"I'm the King of the World!"


Once my two main actresses, Kiki Sugino (also a producer of my film) and Shinohara Tomoe, were ready. I started giving abstract instructions.

"Both of you, when you speak... I want your words to simmer!!! SIMMEEEER!"

Directing the actresses Kiki Sugino and Tomoe Shinohara


"Remember!!! SIMMER!!!"

Me giving instructions

Preparing another scene with my two actresses