InterBEE – Mukahari, Chiba, Japan. Nov. 13.
Leading luminaries of Japan’s cine business, shoguns and guests attended the 5th annual meeting of FDTJ- Film and Digital Times Japan.
Front row, L-R: Arato Ogura (ZEISS), Yasuo Ueda (Sony), Sadanobu Ueda (Sony), Shinji Yamaki (SIGMA), Toshihisa Iida (Fujifilm), Takuya Noguchi (Fuijifilm), Matthew Duclos (Duclos Lenses), Jon Fauer (FDTimes), Kazuto Yamaki (Sigma), Stephen Chappell (cmotion), Osamu Tsukada (Leitz), Michael Schiehlen (ZEISS), Sae Nakatani (Panasonic), Yasuaki Mitsuwa (NAC), Isamu Senoo (Canon).
Middle row, leaning forward, L-R: Yasuo Okuyama (Koki Hifumi Rental), Thomas Greiser (Cooke), Shizuru Aoki (SIGMA, Yotaro “Jay” Sanjo (Canon), Yasutake Ouchi (Fujifilm), Hiroyuki Onishi (Panasonic), Tomonore Abe (DJI).
Rear row, L-R: Yutaka Okahashi (Sony), Yasuyuki Tomita (Canon), Astrid Preston (Artist), Michelle Duclos (Duclos Lenses), Svetlana Serga Delacoux (Aaton-Transvideo), Maki Itakura (RAID), Jacques Delacoux (Aaton-Transvideo), Tadashi Sasaki (Fujifilm), Mark Amir (Sigma), Sasha Freedman (Filmmaker), Greg Smokler (Teradek), Howard Preston (Preston Cinema), Tim Schumann (Blackmagic Design), Max Preston (Neo Future Labs Tokyo), Larry J. Thorpe (Canon), Masa Yasumoto (Sanwa), Yosuke Kamata (Canon), Masako Misaki (ZEISS), Yasuhiko Mikami (Angenieux), Seiji Nakajima (NAC), Kazumasa Yoshikawa (Canon), Tetsushi Hibi (Canon), Masaki Akamatsu (Canon).
Nick Rashby (AJA) and Andy Bellamy (AJA) were also present but mysteriously missing from this photo.
The agenda was to thank everyone for all their great work on Film and Digital Times Japan; discussions of common topics and trends; sushi, sashimi, sake, tempura and ramen–not necessarily in that order.
As Masako commented, “It was good to welcome these legendary figures of the industry in one place, which may not be possible elsewhere.” Or a friendly arm-wrestling match between rival rental houses?