Mr. Yu Sakudo, a scriptwriter, director and producer who is also the president of Creative Studio Getsukuro Inc. gave a lecture titled "Images in the 21st Century - With the Spread of IT" at the New Year's Seminar of the Kyoto Information Industry Association held on January 14 at the main hall of the Kyoto Station Satellite of the Kyoto Institute of Information Graduate University (KCGI).Sakumichi was born in Osaka Prefecture, and after graduating from Kyoto University, he founded the theater company "Moon Croissant" in 2011, and in 2013, the company produced the drama series "Nostalgia" broadcasted by KBS Kyoto.He wrote the script for the movie "Mother Lake," which is set in Shiga Prefecture and will be released this summer.
In his lecture, Mr. Sakumichi talked about how local development and regional revitalization can be achieved mainly through the use of images, as opportunities to come into contact with images and opportunities to produce and transmit images have increased dramatically due to the spread of the Internet and the low cost of image related equipment.The first film we discussed was "Mother Lake," which depicts the summer adventures of a group of children after they witness a mysterious creature in Lake Biwa.Sakudo said he wanted to make the film a "regional revitalization film," funded by local companies, auditioning actors and filming all on location in Shiga Prefecture, and entering it in film festivals around the world to raise the profile of Shiga Prefecture and attract tourists to the area.Mother Lake" will start its roadshow in Shiga Prefecture in the summer of 2016 and will be released sequentially.
Next, he took up the theme of how a region with no famous tourist attractions or specialties can create a new region through visual images, and introduced an attempt in Miyama Town, Nantan City, which has a population of about 4,500.The method Sakumichi is practicing there is to have local people take cameras and introduce their favorite places on film, with the keyword being "live" in the area.It is precisely because the images are taken by local people who are not professionals in the field of filming that they can be produced without artifice and honestly express their attachment to the region. By actively disseminating these images on YouTube, we hope to spread the appeal of Miyama Town and eventually lead to an increase in the number of people moving to the town.
As the threshold for video production has been lowered, the boundary of video expression between professionals and non-professionals has been narrowed, and the general public can more easily transmit video through the Internet.Mr. Sakudo concluded his lecture by saying that he hoped that local people would take advantage of this opportunity brought about by the spread of IT to proactively transmit the appeal of their region through video.