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Canon: One Image

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CANON, an official gold sponsor for Tokyo 2020 Games, spotlights how photography fuels the dreams of the next generation of athletes. This campaign film showcases an array of aspiring athletes and photographs put up in their empty rooms, illustrating how these images strongly empower, question, and push them forward to their dreams. Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, CANON, its official gold sponsor, needed to communicate the power of photography in sports. While many other sponsors created films spotlighting the Olympians, we wanted to find a cultural truth that was only rooted in CANON, in-between sports and still images. After having several development processes, we discovered the existence of a single photo that is put up in the rooms of the aspiring young athletes, and always empowers, questions, and pushes them forward to their dreams. We translated this insight into a core idea of this campaign centering around a tagline we wrote down, “One Image. Thousand Dreams”. Collaborating with one of the famous directors in Japan, Kyotaro Hayashi, we created this poetic sort of film that showcases the relationship between the deeply individual commitment of young aspiring athletes and their photographs which ‘remotely’ empower and watch them over. In the story, a girl practices basketball on the court while a poster of an NBA star hangs in her bedroom. A boy goes for a swim while a framed photo of a swimmer sits on his desk. Another boy skateboards, fueled with inspiration from a skateboarding poster.
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Cinematographer: Kyotaro Hayashi

Assistant Director: Masaru Ito

Chief Assistant Camera: Ken Yamamura (SWITCH)

2nd Assistant Camera: Koichi Inoue

3rd Assistant Camera: Yuto Shibata

Lighting Director: Naoto Tanoue (Flip-book)

Electrician: Yuki Ogawa

Production Designer: Naoka Fukushima (SPEC)

Stylist: Kotomi Shibahara

Hair&MakeUp: Asumi Washizuka

Colorist: Yoshiyuki Nishida (C STUDIO)

Music: Yuzo Hayashi

Sound Designer/Mixer: Showsuke Asada (1991)

Director Manager: Hana Usami

Production Manager: Kaoru Miyachi, Dante Kuwashima

Production Staff: Eisuke Sawayama

Producer: Satoshi Miyata

Production: Flip-book Inc.

Cast: Mai Kikuchi, Liam Turner, Minami Teshigawara, Orion Lisbon

Casting: Ryosuke Shono (EXILES HYPE)

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