Japanese director Shinichiro Ueda releases new film shot using Zoom
- Shinichiro Ueda's new 26-minute film was captured through Zoom Call
- The 26-minute movie is a long single shot
- Ueda cited Billy Wilder, Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese as his inspiration
Japanese director Shinichiro Ueda's new 26-minute film featuring a long single shot was captured through video calling application Zoom, reported Associated Press.
Ueda, whose claim to fame was a low-budget movie 'One Cut of the Dead', has now garnered attention through his new project that features footages shot on the smartphones of respective actors.
Ueda also released a sequel to his Zombie thriller called 'One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote', during the pandemic. The 36-year-old, in an interview to Associated Press, stated that he had been contemplating on doing something positive that would put a smile on people's face and added all his instructions for the movie were given through video conference. He stated that the actors were requested to capture footage on the selfie mode of their cameras while-in character and then send the same through a messaging application. The sequel was 37-minutes long and was an attempt at "light-hearted entertainment."
He said, "Watching entertainment has saved me, helped me cope often when I was depressed. I sensed a mission of sorts that I have to make this work now."
The premise of his sequel 'One Cut of the Dead Mission: Remote' depicts the hopelessness encountered by artists, performers, musicians and filmmakers in a time festered by needs for social distancing that have made pursuing usual work and livelihood difficult. Ueda added that he himself had been confronting such blues during the lockdown.
The 36-year-old, who was nominated for the 13th Asian Film Awards in the Best New Director category, said, "I grew up on Hollywood films. I’ve watched more Americans movies than Japanese movies. The works I watched were all made on a global standard, not something just understood in Japan. That helped me develop the knack for pursuing works enjoyed by everyone in the world, works that deal with universal themes and primordial desires."
Enumerating his experiences about movie-making, Ueda added, "All the techniques, the filming, lighting, recording must continue without stopping. The actors must keep acting without stopping. What’s being demanded is enormous. But that difficulty is what makes it fantastic. In a sense, everyone has to come together, to get that one shot."
He added, "It’s only after 200 or 300 bad films you will have that one great film."
Talking about his long shots, the 36-year-old stated, " All the wonders, meaning and legacy of filmmaking are packed in that single take."
Ueda, who claims to have been shooting movies since he was a teenager, said, " I believe that what counts, beyond anything else, is that you just keep making films. Just keep making mistakes."