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Masashi Kawamura

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Masashi Kawamura

Masashi Kawamura

Chief Creative Officer / Co-Founder of Whatever Inc

Chief Creative Officer / Co-Founder of WTFC

Advisory Board of Design Design Museum

Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)

New Inc Mentor

NY ADC Board Member

Co-Founder of PARTY

After working in global creative agencies such as 180 Amsterdam, BBH Tokyo/Singapore/London, and Wieden & Kennedy New York, he founded PARTY in 2011, and later opened its New York and Taipei operations. In 2019, he joined forces with the team Dot by Dot, and started a new creative studio called Whatever Inc. His background in coding and film directing allows him create work that weaves together storytelling and technology, which has been recognized in numerous international award shows. He continues to explore creativity in variety of fields beyond advertising, including music videos, product design, and digital installations, and has been chosen as one of the Creativity magazine’s "Creative 50," and Fast Company’s “100 most creative people in business”.

博報堂、180、BBH、Wieden & Kennedyといった世界のクリエイティブエージェンシーでの活動を経て、2011年PARTYを設立。PARTY New York及びPARTY Taipeiを立ち上げ、その代表を務める。2019年 dot by dotと合併し、新たにWHATEVERをスタート。数々のブランドのグローバルキャンペーンを始め、テレビ番組開発、ミュージックビデオの演出など活動は多岐に渡る。その仕事はカンヌをはじめ世界で100以上の賞を受賞し、Creativity「世界のクリエイター50人」、Fast Company「ビジネス界で最もクリエイティブな100人」、AERA「日本を突破する100人」にも選出されている。

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Contact: hello@whatever.co

1979 BORN IN TOKYO

1985 - 1992 LIVED IN SAN FRANCISCO

1998 - 2002 KEIO UNIVERSITY SFC

2002 - 2005 HAKUHODO

2005 - 2007 BBH

2007 - 2008 180

2008 - 2010 BBH

2010 - 2011 Wieden & Kennedy

2011 - 2014 PARTY

2014 - 2019 PARTY NY

2019 – Whatever Inc.

ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

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World Media Festival 2016 Silver

2016 International Emmy Kids Awards: Digital, Nomination

Black Film Festival Children Category, Grand Prize

Montreal Neuveu Film Festival, Official Selection

Ottawa Animation Film Festival, Official Selection

Adobe Cutting Edge Award

MTV Video Music Award Japan Best Video of the Year Nomination x3

Creative Review Annual Best in Book

Good Design Award Best 100

Spikes Asia Grand Prix, Gold x4, Silver x5, Bronze x4

Tokyo TDC 2010 & 2012 TDC Award, Nomination x3

Space Shower TV MVA Special Prize x2

Andy Awards Silver, Bronze

Epica Award Gold

Creative Circle Awards Grand Prix

Tokyo Interactive Advertising Award Best of Show

Ad Stars Grand Prix x3, Gold x5, Silver x6

Cannes Design Lions Gold x2 SIlver x2 & Bronze

Cannes Cyber Lion Gold x2 Silver x6 & Bronze x2

Cannes Mobile Lions Gold x2

Cannes Film Lion Shortlist

Cannes Print Lion Shortlist

Cannes Titanium Lion Shortlist x2

One Show Design Best of Show & Gold, Silver x2

One Show Interactive Silver x4 Bronze x2 Merit

One Show Entertainment Silver

One Show Film Merit

NY ADC Gold x4, Silver x3, Bronze x2

Clio Grand Prize, Gold, Silver x2 & Bronze

Adfest Innova Lotus x2

Adfest Interactive Lotus Grand Prize & Gold x3 & Silver x6

Adfest Design Lotus Grand Prize, Gold, Silver, Bronze x3

Adfest Film Lotus Silver

Adfest Promo Lotus Silver & Bronze x2

Webbys Award x5, People's Voice Award, Nomination x10 & Honoree x12

Annecy International Animated Film Festival Best Music Video

Space Shower 2011 Best Music Video Nomination

Ars Electronica Honorary Mention

FWA Site of the Month x2

FWA Site of the Day x7

London International Awards NEW Category Silver

NY ADC 90 CFE Competition Winner

UK VMA Best Budget Video

ABOUT

AWARDS

Vimeo Award Shortlist

D&AD Graphite Pencil, Wooden Pencil x8

Tomorrow Award x2

Animanima Film Festival Winner

YouTube Video Award 2009

Ann Arbor Film Festival selection

Uner Hort Musikfilm festival Hamburg Best Music Video

Creative Heads Competition

Print in Motion Music Video Winner

Tokyo Media Arts Festival Grand Prize

Portable Film Festival Grand Prize

Born Shorts Film Festival Grand Prize

Asia Pacific Effie Award Gold

Kokoku Hihyo Top 10 Music Video 2007

Tokyo ADC & Hiromu Hara Award

Japan Prize

Galaxy Award

NY Festival Bronze

Mainichi Advertising Design Award

ACC Silver

Hakuhodo President Award

JAGDA Golden Egg Award

Senden Kaigi Award

Good Design Award

Prix Danube Award

Prix Jeunesse Award

(Stopped entering since 2017)

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SONY U24 Co-Challenge Mentor, Japan

SONY Trialog Speaker, Japan

Tsukuba University Contents Application Theory Speaker, Japan

Japan Media Arts Festival, Festival Platform Award Jury, Japan

TEDx P&G Singapore Speaker, Singapore

Create with Google Speaker, Japan

Digital Design Day Speaker, Italy

Annecy Award New Motion Next of Japan Animation nominator, France

Creative Journey Speaker, Japan

Digital Dumbo Speaker, USA

Kokuyo Design Award Jury, Japan

Ciclope Latino Jury, Mexico

SONY CSL presentation, Tokyo

TTI Vanguard Conference Speaker, USA

Webby Award Jury, USA

TEDxTokyo Speaker, Japan

NY ADC Young Guns10 Jury, USA

One Screen Jury, USA

One Show Mobile Jury, USA

Google Creative Sandbox, France

Cannes Cyber Lion Jury, France

Design Indaba Speaker, Africa

MIT Design Fiction Lecture, USA

Andy Awards Jury, USA

One Click Award 2011 Jury, Japan

Windows Digital Media Consorcium, Microsoft, Japan

Creative Direction Seminar, Sendenkaigi, Japan

Tokyo TDC Award 2011 RGB category Jury, Japan

TED Ads worth spreading, USA

Ad:Tech Tokyo Speaker, Japan

CREATIVITY Creative Roundhouse, USA

Yale University Lecture, USA

ADC Young Guns Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan

Dommune Media Art Night, Japan

Ginza Ignition, Japan

Creative Kitchen, Japan

Spikes Asia New Independant Agency Showcase, Singapore

CCGE Lecture, Japan

ABOUT

JURY / SPEAKER

YOUNG GUNS 8 CHOICE CUTS MODERATOR, USA

#FFF MEDIA ARTS NIGHT, Japan

TDC STOLEN BRAND SEMINAR, Indonesia

SVA SPECIAL LECTURE, USA

CREATIVE HEADS COMPETITION, France

AICP 2010 STUDENT AWARD JURY, USA

NY ADC 2010 HYBRID JURY, USA

TCDC CREATIVITY UNFOLD 2010, Thailand

MIAMI AD SCHOOL AMSTERDAM SPECIAL LECTURE, Netherlands

TDC DAY 2010, Japan

PUBLIC/IMAGE 3D NAOKI ITO x MASASHI KAWAMURA, Japan

APMT5 CREATIVE CONFERENCE, Japan

KEIO UNIVERSITY SFC BRANDING THEORY, Japan

MAINICHI NEWSPAPER, Japan

Triennale Di Milano Exhibitor

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PROJECTS

INDEX

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SPOTLIGHTS

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SOUR “Hibi no Neiro”

This music video was shot for Sour's 'Hibi no Neiro' (Tone of everyday) from their first mini album 'Water Flavor EP'. The cast were selected from the actual Sour fan base, from many countries around the world. Each person and scene was filmed purely via webcam.

Music Video

SOUR

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2009

Role:

Idea

Film Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Unlimited Stadium

The Nike Unlimited Stadium was created as part of Nike’s Unlimited campaign. The digitally-enabled running track was located in Bonifacio Global City, one of Metro Manila’s iconic running hubs, and was open to the public for 2 weeks. Unlimited Stadium is a space in the shape of a 100-ft sole print of the Nike Lunar Epic Low Flyknit, Nike Running’s latest footwear innovation. The 200m running track was lined with LED screens to inspire and challenge locals and visitors to go beyond their limits. Runners were invited to race against their own digital avatars that grew in size based on the speed and distance ran. The campaign was a huge success, earning Clio Grand Prix and many more creative awards after its launch.

Race against yourself on a 200 meter
interactive running track.

Experiential

NIKE

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2016

Role:

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

World Wide Maze

As part of Chrome Experiments for Mobile, we created the “World Wide Maze." It is a multi-screen experience using WebSocket, WebGL, and Chrome's new Tab Sync feature. Users can access any website, transform it into a 3D maze, and tilt their smartphones to control a ball to reach the goal in the game.

Digital

Google

2013

Turn any website into a 3D maze

and play it with your smartphone.

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Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

MAKE TV

MAKE TV was created as a part of the Sony “make.believe” brand campaign. It was the first of the “live interactive TV show” that allowed the audience to participate in making a music video for musical duo Karmin on TV. When users downloaded the app “Dot Switch” to your smartphone, tablet, or PC, they were able to collectively turn on the machines inside the TV show. The TV footage was then made into a music video with a thank-you list featuring all of the participants’ names. As a result, more than 890,000 people watched the show live and over 7 million pushes were recorded during the show.

Digital

TV Show

SONY

2012

A Live Interactive TV show for the audience to participate via various Sony devices.

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Rainbow in your hand

“RAINBOW IN YOUR HAND” is a flipbook composed of 36 black pages, on which seven squares with seven colors of rainbow are printed next to each other. The simple book will create a small magic in your hands. When you flip the book, a rainbow created by the afterimage of the row of colored squares will appear. With this, you can have a small rainbow in your hands whenever and wherever you’d like!

Book

Utrecht

2007

Role:

Idea

Designer

  • Buy it now
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SOUR “Mirror”

The song 'Utsushi Kagami' (Mirror) sings about the fact that everything and everyone around you is a mirror that reflects yourself. You can find who you are in the reflection of others. These lyrics sounded to be a great opportunity to create a fully interactive music video, collecting all the different datas on your social networking sites and using it as a platform of entertainment. Every viewing experience will be personalized based on your social network status, by connecting to your Facebook, Twitter, and the webcam.

We have raised all the production budget through Kickstarter, and allowed the followers of SOUR_official to automatically become a part of the color pixel in the actual film.

Music Video

SOUR

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2010

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Idea

Film Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Small World

In celebration of Google Translate's 10th anniversary, we opened an interactive pop-up restaurant in New York City. For 4 days, the restaurant served, for free, an amazing lineup of multicultural dishes prepared by international chefs. The catch: everything on the menu was written in a foreign language and that the hosts spoke in different languages. This meant that the guests had to download the Google Translate App to make their orders. Reservations were filled within an hour after opening, resulting in several hundreds of guests enjoying a multi-cultural, multi-culinary experience, along with a unique demonstration of the power of Google Translate.

Everyone Speaks Food

Experiential

Google Translate

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2016

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Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Gaga Doll

Role:

Creative Director

To promote the Japan launch of Lady Gaga’s album “ARTPOP” in a quirky Japanesque way, we created GAGADOLL— the world's first life-size human-shaped listening station that looks exactly like Lady Gaga.

Collaborating with Orient Industry—the world’s leading sex-doll manufacturer—we made four Gagadolls and embedded bone conduction speaker systems inside of them, enabling fans to listen to her new songs and an exclusive message when hugging the dolls.

The dolls, which were placed in record stores and showcased at various events across Tokyo, became a huge sensation.

Everywhere, long lines were formed as supporters queued up to embrace the Gagadoll.

Hug and listen. The world’s first life-size

Lady Gaga-shaped music player.

Experiential

Film

Universal Music

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2014

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Golden Touch

In 2015, we were given the opportunity to produce the “Golden Touch” music video for Japan’s Queen of Pop—Namie Amuro. The brief was to come up with an artistic concept which was viral enough to reach new audiences around the world.
Our solution: Create a new music video viewing experience by applying virtual optical illusion techniques that blended with the song’s title and lyrics.

The music video, which stimulated the experience of touch screens without actually using them, invited viewers to virtually touch the video by directing them to place their finger on a specific point on their computer screen. By this act of touching the screen, the viewer appears to control the story unfolding in the video.

Golden Touch became a worldwide sensation in just weeks, accruing more than 10M views online. To celebrate this achievement and to express our gratitude to the fans of Namie Amuro, we created a special “Golden Touch—10 Million Views” version of the music video which also revolved around the viewer’s fingertip.

Music Video

安室奈美恵

2015

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Film Director

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androp "Bell"

“Bell” sings about the difficulty of communication, and the lyrics such as ‘words’ ‘future’ ‘run’ inspired us to create a visual experience about the journey of delivering a message.

This idea developed into the “Bell” music video game. Your message will transform into an animal, which you can control through the landscape synchronized to the music. Depending on the number of letters, your message becomes a different animal. Whenever you hit an enemy, a letter will be changed and corrupt the message. After the game, you can tweet the broken message with a replay link to reveal the original message.

Music Video

Warner Music

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2011

Role:

Idea

Film Director

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Masashi Kawamura

ToyToyota

"Backseat Driver"

“Backseat Driver” is the first digital toy from ToyToyota. It is an iPhone app for kids to enjoy driving from the backseat of a car. By using the iPhone's GPS function, players are able to drive a virtual car that moves in sync with the car they are physically riding in. They can collect actual shops and landmarks as items along the journey, which we generated using the Foursquare API. The players can also gain points, customize their cars, and share their drive with friends via Twitter.

App

Toyota

2011

A digital toy for kids, enabling them to

enjoy driving from the backseat.

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

DISCO DOG

Disco Dog is the world’s first smartphone-controlled LED dog vest. It displays a variety of animated patterns and custom scrolling text in thousands of colors.

You can choose an animation or type in a message using the Disco Dog app on your smartphone. It’s a fun way to celebrate your pet and also keeps her visible and safe when it’s dark out. If your dog runs too far away and the connection is lost, the vest will show an automatic “LOST DOG” message, asking bystanders to help the lost pup find her way back.

Disco Dog was a sensation; receiving extensive global media coverage on Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, World Business Satellite, among many others.

This project was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2015—a limited number of pieces were sold out and the second edition of Disco Dog is currently in production.

Product

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2015

Role:

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Diary of Ochibi

The world of "Ochibi" (a famous comic book drawn by artist Moyoco Anno) was brought to life as a 7 minute short film by director Masashi Kawamura and his team for the Japan Animator Expo. We used stop motion animation technique full of Japanese seasonal motif.

FIlm

Japan Animator Expo

2015

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Idea

Film Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Scarlet

We created the logo and the poster, and helped out with the planning and production of the opening sequence of “Scarlet”, the next NHK Morning Drama serial.

TV Shows

Brand Design

NHK

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2019

Opening credit in clay animation

Role:

Idea

Film Director

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Masashi Kawamura

DIGITAL

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Masashi Kawamura

White Squad

“White Squad” was part of MTV’s “Look Different” PSA campaign, created bring the younger generation’s attention to the existence of White Privilege in the USA. We launched the project as a multi-media, multi-technology campaign to reach the broadest audience possible and maximize the opportunities for delivering our message. A 90-second spot aired on MTV and partner channels and was also released online. A fully realized website accompanied the TV commercial, providing greater depth and detail. Twitter and Facebook accounts helped round out the fictional world of White Squad, and a working, automated toll-free phone number completed the illusion. Launching White Squad on multiple platforms not only solidified our fiction but also meant that a wide variety of demographics could experience at least some part of the campaign. The campaign felt so real that people were getting stunned, resulting in thousands of comments and discussions. White Squad was also named by the Guardian as one of the 10 best ads of 2015.

Tackling White Privilege with Satire

Film

Digital

MTV

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2015

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Idea

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Masashi Kawamura

SPERM VISUALIZER

“SPERM VISUALIZER” is a film and website created for Space Shower TV’s “Music Saves Tomorrow” campaign. We visualized the concept by having real sperm cells (“the seeds of tomorrow”) dance to the music. We actually filmed the sperm belonging to all of the male staff members using a biological microscope, then extracted their shapes and motion data to create the animation. On the website, users may choose their favorite tracks from VIMEO and the sperm will dance along to them.

Digital

Music Video

SONY

2012

Motion-captured sperms will dance to the music.

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Music for a Dying Star

The ALMA Music Box exhibition’s success prompted the production of the crowd-funded compilation CD “Music for a Dying Star”.

11 international artists, including Taeji Sawai, Takagi Masakatsu, Throwing a Spoon, and Christian Fennesz composed music using the 70 unique musical loops that derived from the music box.

We helped curate the artists, make all the designs for the album, and created a website where people can zoom through space and listen to the album samples.

Listen to the Music of a Dying Star

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

Website

Product

NAOJ

  • Visit website

2015

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Masashi Kawamura

Wednesday

is Water Day

To promote Suntory Tennnensui’s line of mineral water, Whatever worked with the brand to come up with an idea that unofficially declares Wednesday, which translates to “Water Day” in Japanese, a day of rest and rehydration.
https://www.suntory.co.jp/water/tennensui/mizuyoubi/

“Suiyōbi wa Mizuyōbi (Wednesday is Water Day)” is a brand activation project that reminds people to drink more water for a healthier lifestyle. Whatever made a 90-sec spot, which features a Google Calendar pixel animation, and a special website updated every Wednesday with useful tips on how to use the product at spas and in cooking

Campaign

Digital

Suntory

2019

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Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

What They See

What They See is an experimental photo series, that explores different perspectives to viewing art. Each photo is a set of the art piece and what it's seeing, asking the viewers "You visit museums to see works of art. Have you ever wondered what they see instead?" . The site was created only in 2 days, but has gained massive public attention, and few museums around the world has taken the method to use it as a workshop at their institution.

Photography

Personal Project

2015

Through the Eyes of Art

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Idea

Designer

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Masashi Kawamura

Kagulu Price Scanner

Kagulu is a newly launched used-car-brand in Taiwan, whose key strength is in its fast used car price evaluation system. Since the brand is not well known yet, we set out to the streets of Taipei to demonstrate these brand features in front of the people in a fun & innovative way. We built the “Price Scanner” which is a truck with built in sensors, cameras, and display that scans any car in a few seconds and gives you its sales price instantly. The Price scanner drove around Taipei, attracting massive amount of attention from drivers, passerby, and Taiwanese media.

Digital

FIlm

Kagulu

2015

Truck that scans your car on the street,

and instantly shows its price

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Savor.Wavs

Savor.Wavs is an immersive digital, audio-visual experience that reinterprets Chipotle’s real ingredients, and was conceived as a collaborate effort together by PARTY NY, Media Monks, CAA, Chipotle, and none other than Wu-Tang Clan’s head honcho RZA himself. Each of Chipotle's 51 ingredients was musically interpreted by RZA and associated with a unique sound performed by 60 orchestra members. Users can select from the menu to create their own “order”, the result of which is a fully composed song as a 360 degree audio visual experience (with sheer infinite possible combinations!). RZA's sound stems were passed onto The Head and The Heart, AWOLNATION, GRiZ, PANG! and the Wu-Tang Clan, who created remixes of their favorite Chipotle order.

Digital

Chipotle

2017

A musical and visual experience inspired

by Chipotle's real ingredients.

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

Ultrabook

POP-UP THEATER

Ultrabook™ POP-UP THEATER is a campaign designed to introduce Ultrabook™, a new category of computers inspired by Intel.

In order to communicate the product’s thin design and its responsiveness, we synchronized 60 Ultrabooks with a special program, and created a “POP-UP THEATER” that suddenly appears around the city and transforms an everyday situation.

Digital

Film

Intel

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2012

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Idea

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Masashi Kawamura

PUSH for Ultrabook

PUSH for Ultrabook™ is a real-time social game powered entirely by Ultrabook, and promoting a range of Ultrabooks.

Users from all around the world could participate by logging into Facebook or Twitter. Their names were transformed into 3D blocks, lined up by a robot arm, and used to try dropping the Ultrabook off a stage. The game also featured entertaining elements such as heart-shaped bonus blocks when players shared the site, as well as the real-time projection of the user icons, Likes, tweets, and social feed. The challenger whose blocks gave that final push, won the Ultrabook.

During the three weeks this game was live, 49,456 people participated, with 27 Ultrabooks given to the lucky winners.

Digital

Intel

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2013

Modern-day online coin dozer game for everyone in the world to play.

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Idea

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Masashi Kawamura

Social Network Racer

Global campaign for Toyota’s sports car, FT-86 II.

We expressed the concept of FT-86 II, “enhance the excitement of driving,” by creating a Facebook game application. Any page on Facebook can be transformed into a 3D race course. The shape of the course is created based on the user’s name, and the wall posts, photos, and other information become the architecture in the racing environment.

Digital

Toyota

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2011

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Idea

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Masashi Kawamura

AXE Wake Up Service

This is AXE's digital campaign that makes it easy for anyone to reserve a wake-up call to their own mobile phone by simply setting up an appointment on the website. When you call to confirm your phone number, which is done as a form of identification to prevent mischief at the time of booking, suddenly the phone on the site rings and a female staff member walks up to you and takes the receiver. The surprise performance that synchronized perfectly with the video and played the voice from the mobile phone became a big topic of conversation.

Digital

Unilever

  • Watch Video

2008

Role:

Idea

Art Director

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Masashi Kawamura

AXE

Wake Up and Stay Alert

Axe Rise is a shower gel designed to revitalise guys in the morning. After all, just because it’s morning, doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity everywhere. The Axe Rise Morning Alertness Test is a rich media banner that tests the morning alertness of guys in real-time. It places them in a realistic point-of-view dating scenario during a morning commute. The misdirect-packed three-level game evaluates the guy’s morning alertness reminding them that they need to Wake Up and Stay Alert if they want to get the girl.

Digital

Unilever

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2010

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Art Director

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Masashi Kawamura

DROW

DROW is an iPhone APP + live projection system that lets you draw a single-line drawing on your iPhone, then throw it at the screen from anywhere in the world to join the visual show. Your drawings will jump into the screen and start to animate and dance with the music. This app continues to be enjoyed at various music events around the world including Sonar Tokyo.

App

SONAR Tokyo

2011

Throw your drawings onto a music reactive mural.

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Idea

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Masashi Kawamura

Cheer Player

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Digital

TV Show

NHK

2019

We partnered with NHK to create “Cheer Player”, a tool that can be used online without having to download the app.

With Cheer Player, users of all ages can cheer on teams and individuals, and observe their support broadcasted live on screen or at the event venue. Users were able to either choose a stamp, type, or use speech to text to send their cheers via their own mobile device.

This digital tool was first introduced at the NHK Student Robocon.

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EXPERIENTIAL

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Masashi Kawamura

ALMA Music Box

The ALMA Music Box was created in collaboration with the National Observatory of Japan to raise awareness for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescopes in Chile. With radio signal data captured by the telescope from the dying star R Sculptoris, we produced 70 music discs that can be played on a customized music box. The resulting somber melody is our requiem to the distant dying star 950 light-years away.

This project has been exhibited at various locations such as 21_21 Design Sight in Japan, Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and Ukraine’s Museum-Arsenal. A special performance featuring the music box was held in collaboration with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in front of 2000 guests at the Okaazaki Loop Festival and a CD album entitled “Music for a Dying Star” was also commercially produced together with 11 musicians.

Role:

Idea

Creative Director

Experiential

Art Installation

NAOJ

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2014

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Masashi Kawamura

Timeless Muses

Louis Vuitton “Timeless Muses” is an exhibition held at the Tokyo Station Hotel from August 31 to September 23, 2013.

It highlighted the stories of six iconic “muses” who have an extensive connection with the luxury brand, and who continue to inspire women over the years: Empress Eugénie de Montijo, Charlotte Perriand, Françoise Sagan, Catherine Deneuve, Kate Moss, and Sofia Coppola. For the opening party and exhibition themed “timeless masquerade ball,” we developed customized projectors and special Louis Vuitton masks using polarized lenses. With these original creations, we actualized a magical space where visitors enjoyed discovering vibrant images and animations when looking through the masks at what appeared to be simply white spaces.

Experiential

Louis Vuitton

2013

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Idea

Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

I LOVE MAX MARA

Whatever developed a holistic approach and oversaw the creative execution of “I LOVE MAX MARA”—a uniquely dynamic showcase of Max Mara’s FW18 collection and history held at the Hankyu Umeda department store in Osaka, Japan.

The centerpiece of this show was a giant (five-meter tall) interactive “Teddy Bear Coat” model, used to display 3D video mapping content inspired by the iconic coat. In addition to the main event, we created interactive content for the maxmaragram digital installation as well as took part in organizing a runway show that revolved around the giant Teddy Bear Coat.

Visitors were invited to experience the Italian label’s rich design heritage and exquisite craftsmanship in this two-week open exhibition from October 26 to November 10, 2018.

Experiential
Film

Max Mara Japan

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2018

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Masashi Kawamura

BarkShop Live

We partnered with pet retailer Bark & Co to launch a unique and innovative shopping experience… for dogs. Bark & Co’s “Dog’s eye view” company philosophy inspired us to conceptualize a store where dogs can shop, and the idea was brought to life as “BarkShop Live”, a week-long pop-up store located in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood.

At the store, special vests equipped with RFID readers were fitted on the visiting dogs before they were allowed to roam and play with various products available at the venue. All of the merchandise were embedded with RFID tags that allowed the system to recognize what toys the dogs showed the most interest in.

The feedback was then captured in real-time on an app and fed to a live projection at the store. As the dogs left the playground, owners were able to place orders on items of choice via the app and have them delivered.

Experiential

Bark & Co

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2016

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Masashi Kawamura

True Fan Jukebox

We partnered with Spotify to reinvent the jukebox. The True Fan Jukebox doesn’t take money— it only needs your love of music. The device uses custom image recognition system that identifies the band T-shirt you are wearing and plays the music from that band via Spotify.

The digital installation was showcased at the Spotify House throughout SXSW 2016 and was enjoyed by hundreds music fans as a result.

Experiential

Spotify

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2016

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Masashi Kawamura

Symphony for

a Dying Star

We produced a live concert for the album "Music for a dying star" as part of the Kyoto Okazaki Loops Festival.

This 2 hour long concert was performed by 11 musicians + the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, mixing classic/jazz/ambient/pop/electronica with the sounds from our ALMA Music Box. A total of 1,800 people enjoyed this immersive musical experience, which combined advanced science with classical music performance.

PARTY was in charge of creating the visual designs, including the stage and motion graphics.

Listen to the Music of a Dying Star

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Creative Director

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Okazaki Loops

2016

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Masashi Kawamura

DINO PLAY - 恐竜博2019

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Experiential

NHK

2019

In July 2019, “Dinosaur Fair 2019” was held at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo. As part of the event, we were involved with the creative direction for “DINO PLAY,” an activity that allowed visitors to play and interact with a full skeletal replica of a Troodon, the first publicly-exhibited dinosaur. In response to the movements of people standing in front of the screen, the Troodon carried out various actions, and the visitors could also take a commemorative photo with it.

During the event, a lot of people tried out this content, and it has been successfully displayed at 12 other locations all over Japan since then.

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Masashi Kawamura

Art of 8K

Lead by Creative Director Masashi Kawamura, “8K TECHNE” is a spinoff television show of “TECHNE: The Visual Workshop”, featuring high-resolution 8K video content made by five aspiring filmmakers. Tokyo University of the Arts collaborated with us in this project by hosting “Art of 8K”, a week-long exhibition showcasing the videos along with the actual storyboard sketches and props used for the films. More than 6,500 visitors came to the event, which aimed to promote and educate the public on 8K technology.

Event

NHK

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2018

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Masashi Kawamura

FILM

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Masashi Kawamura

JP Launch Campaign

Slack, which was launching in Japan, asked us to develop a campaign to introduce the platform to the Japanese audience. So our approach was to create GIF-style videos that showcased work spaces before and after using the service.

Simple and fun to watch, the 15-second commercial used live action and colorful graphics to reflect the software’s attributes and potential as a powerful business communication tool. The ad was broadcasted on TV, internet, public transportation, and train stations around the Tokyo metropolis.

As a result of a successful launch, the total number of active users for Slack in Japan rose to 2nd place on the platform’s global user base count.

Campaign

Film

Slack Technologies, Inc

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2018

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Masashi Kawamura

Domo! World

8K stop motion animation, showing the life of Domo-kun in pre-historic times. I created the storyboard for all the actions on scene, so every scene and action comes together when you see it in full view. The video was also split up into 16 separate HD videos to be used for TVCs. The film was showcased at events such as Ars Electronica, Comic-con, etc.

Film

NHK

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2019

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EVOLUTION

OF IMAGERY

To demonstrate the beauty of SONY’s latest 8K definition display “Crystal LED Integrated Structure” at CES 2017, we created “Evolution of Imagery” – a special film, where 8-bit characters take center stage and dance, to eventually evolve into a stunning 8K resolution.

Each character was designed with a unique quality of Crystal LED Integrated Structure in mind, such as “Flowerman” representing the impressively abundant range of green colors the display can recreate. All of these characters were modeled in 8K quality combined with motion-captured data of actual dancers, and displayed life-size on a 9m wide screen.

A special performance taking place at every hour featured a real dancer on stage, who was invited to dance together with “Mirrorball Man” in front of the display, magically blurring the boundaries of reality and virtual reality.

FIlm

Digital

SONY

2017

8K video installation, where characters evolve

from 8bit to 8K.

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Dream Relay Movie

Estima Hybrid wanted to raise its presence as a family car that helps nurture the creativity of kids, by not only driving them to places, but to somehow drive their imaginations.As a CREATE THE FUTURE PROJECT, Estima Hybrid traveled around Japan and connected stories made by the kids, to create a “Dream Relay Movie” out of their scenarios.

On the website, 4,475 original characters were created online to be used at the story-making workshops. 1,853 kids participated, and 12 scenarios were selected to become a part of the movie. Their crazy imaginations ended up becoming an hour-long film. The finished film was premiered in Tokyo inviting the kids and parents that participated in the workshops. This event was covered by numerous newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and blogs, successfully demonstrating that Estima Hybrid is a car that supports the kids’ imaginations and their possibilities.

Digital

FIlm

Toyota

2014

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Masashi Kawamura

Let’s Jinro

The very first TVC I made in my career… The idea was to create a super loose commercial that runs in between busy over cluttered Japanese TVCs. A single shot of friends coming together, drinking Jinro, getting drunk, and having fun :)

TVC

Jinro

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2003

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CM Planner

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AXE

Love is a Battle

TV spots for the 2007 Japan launch campaign of AXE fragrance body spray. The concept "Love is a battle (kakehiki)", and created these 2 spots. AXE became the No1 selling body spray in Japan, and it's launch was selected as top 10 news of 2007. The campaign won Asia Pacific Effie Award gold.

TVC

Unilever

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2007

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Art Director

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Masashi Kawamura

MUSIC VIDEO

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Masashi Kawamura

SOUR “Half Moon”

First music video I made for the band SOUR. All the animations are created with the shadows of my own hands.

Music Video

SOUR

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2007

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Masashi Kawamura

SOUR "Life is Music"

This is a music video for the Japanese band SOUR's new track “Life is Music.” The song sings about the circle of life and how music is its rhythm-maker. Based on this concept, we came up with an idea to turn a spinning CD into a phenakistoscope, an old-style animation device that uses images on a spinning disc. We created the entire animated music video with 189 CDs. These unique CDs were then sold on a special website as numbered limited edition art discs so fans could own a piece of the music video. The discs were also given to the supporters on crowdfunding sites GreenFunding and Kickstarter.

Music Video

SOUR

2013

A phenakistoscope music video, animating on

189 spinning CDs.

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Masashi Kawamura

androp "Bright Siren"

This is an interactive music video for "Bright Siren" by the Japanese band androp. The title and the lyrics "not to let it become just memories" inspired us to come up with the idea of creating animations with cameras and their flash strobes. We made a wall of 250 cameras and controlled each strobe through a computer program. All the lights in the film are real and no CG was used. On the website, people were able to view the photos taken by the cameras during filming and to create their own "strobe messages" which can be embedded in the video to share with friends.

Music Video

Warner Music Japan

2011

250 camera strobes animate to create this interactive music experience.

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Masashi Kawamura

androp "World.Words.Lights."

Music video featuring music-inspired toys that light up and dance.

This is the music video for androp’s dance track “World.Words.Lights.” It features exclusive musical toys designed and produced based on inspirations from keywords such as “lights” and “dance music.” Extending beyond the music video, the toys also attracted people’s attention at exhibitions and on e-commerce.

Music Video

Warner Music

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2012

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Masashi Kawamura

androp "Boohoo"

This is the music video for “Boohoo” by androp. In order to express the characteristics of this song, which is more emotional and uplifting compared to previous releases, we used the band’s live performance video as the main part of this music video for the first time ever.

By using RGB (red, green and blue), we showed the three different aspects of the band and expressed trinitarianism. The band members transform from RGB to full-color, depicting the various aspects and possibilities in each person. When the three colors overlap the video returns to white to represent reality.

Music Video

Warner Music

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2012

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Masashi Kawamura

androp "Voice"

“Different people from all over the world can get together as one through music”; this song was made based on image of people yelling together. In order to visualize the world of this song, we created this music video that many people marched all together so people can feel the power of crowd. Literary the androp fans supported and lifted the band members and marched together. This video also expresses what androp has been going through.

Music Video

Warner Music

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2013

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Masashi Kawamura

androp “Shout”

For the Japanese band androp’s “Shout” music video, we used shadows and projected shadow animations to tell a story. We used a handheld projector as a “spotlight” which shone onto seemingly abstract objects, and cast silhouettes of the main characters. These silhouettes were also augmented with animations added by the projector, creating an interesting fusion of reality and fantasy. ‘Bird-man’ is captured and placed in a zoo, but he sacrifices himself to find a way to break free and be with the one he loves.

Music Video

Warner Music

2014

A story created by a mix of real shadows

and projected shadow animations.

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Masashi Kawamura

Hana (Flower)

We created a limited-time live stream music video for ""Hana"" ('flowers' in Japanese) by androp. This previously unreleased fan-favorite is included in the Tokyo-based band's best-of album ""best[and/drop].""

With white lilies as canvas, we used projection mapping to display footage and graphics of the four band members performing the song. The process of the flowers transforming as time passes is available for viewing via 24-hour live streaming from a studio in Tokyo. The projections automatically shift along with the wilting of the flowers. This is a music video that changes with time.

Music Video

Androp

2016

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UNICORN × Space Brothers "Feel So Moon"

“Feel So Moon” is a song by Japanese rock band UNICORN, specially for “Space Brothers,” a TV animation series based on a popular Japanese comic. The brief was to make a music video that can promote both the song and the comic.

To achieve that, we created a mixed media music video by incorporating the CD package, the comic, and the special quarterly magazine of “Space Brothers” into the video. We meticulously embedded multiple graphic elements into each of the products beforehand, and used them as props to film the video. For example, we designed the actual CD in advance to create the running dog zoetrope, and inserted flip book animation on the corner of the magazine, etc. We even asked the author to insert the band members into the actual comic books.

On the campaign website, an in-depth commentary complements the video, describing which media and pages were used for each of the scenes. The background moved in sync with the music, and the fans could to click and buy products directly through an amazon.co.jp link.

Music Video

Ki/oon Music

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2012

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Masashi Kawamura

Flare

A music video for Superfly’s “Flare”. Building off of the title of the song, we created an animated music video using real candle flames. 1500 candles were used in the filming.

The video has so far accrued 5 million views on YouTube.

Music Video

Superfly

2019

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Masashi Kawamura

Mr.Children "Marshmallow day"

This is a music video for the song “Marshmallow day” by the Japanese band Mr.Children.

This love song is about a man hoping that his love won’t disappear like the “taste of chewing gum.” In order to visualize his emotions, we decided to create an animation only out of various types of gum. We lined up colorful gum balls and chewing gum pieces to make a stop-motion animation, and blew bubble gum in sync with the music. More than 10000 gum balls and over 630 meters of gum were used in the making of this video.

Music Video

TOY'S FACTORY & OORONG-SHA

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2016

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Masashi Kawamura

ROCKMAN 20XX

戦え! TEAM SHACHI

We have planned and produced a music video smartphone game, “ROCKMAN 20 XX 〜Fight! TEAM SHACHI〜” released in September. This game is a collaborative project of a super “kawaii” Japanese girl band, TEAM SHACHI and the action game series, ROCKMAN (English title: MEGAMAN) which has been popular in the last three decades.

The world of this super tough smartphone game unfolds with TEAM SHACHI’s newly released “Rocket Queen feat. MCU” as its music. The game is designed based on MEGA MAN 2 with the theme of “MEGA MAN after 30 years”. You can see good old boss characters Metalman and Airman from MEGA MAN 2, not to mention MEGA MAN himself, all appear as their aged version. You won’t get to hear the entire music unless you have cleared all stages, manipulating the 4 members of TEAM SHACHI. (When stuck, check out the Video)

Website

Music Video

CAPCOM WORLD JAPAN

2019

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Masashi Kawamura

Cut Copy

"We Are Explorers"

“We Are Explorers” is a 3D-printed stop-motion music video, created in collaboration with Cut Copy and BitTorrent. It follows the story of 60mm-tall man and woman running through the streets of Los Angeles collecting discarded objects to build a raft to escape the city. In order to tell this story, we 3D printed the characters as tiny figurines and filmed them in real world settings. When we released the film we also released every 3D file as an open-source BitTorrent Bundle, ready for the public to 3D print and freely reimagine the story.

Music Video

Cut Copy

2013

3D-printed stop-motion film with

200+ open-source figurines.

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TV SHOW

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Masashi Kawamura

TECHNE:
The Visual Workshop

Launched in 2012, “TECHNE: The Visual Workshop” is a creative educational TV show for NHK ETV, Japan’s national public broadcaster. The program targets aspiring filmmakers and creatives, introducing a new visual craft (such as stop-motion) in each episode to compel its viewers to produce a film using the featured technique. As Executive Creative Director of Techne, CCO Masashi Kawamura played a key role in leading the show to win the Japan Media Arts Festival, ADC, and many other awards.

The show has also given birth to spinoffs like “8K Techne” and “Uta Techne”, and held multiple exhibitions across Japan.

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NHK

2014

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Masashi Kawamura

TECHNE ID AWARD

TECHNE ID AWARD was a special episode of the TV program “TECHNE: The Visual Workshop.” The episode took award-show style and featured “TECHNE ID,” 15-second films that were submitted by creators.

TECHNE ID AWARD introduced 15 different visual techniques and received 902 submissions overall. (In a regular TECHNE episode, three techniques are introduced.) Attracting a number of entries from children, students, office workers and families, this award involved a wide range of demographics. After the winning films were selected, the TECHNE production team visited the winners to interview them and to film the making-of. For this episode, we also created 15 different trophies, a unique design for each visual technique. Additionally, we used the trophies to make the special opening film for TECHNE ID AWARD.

TV Show

NHK

2015

A special episode of

“TECHNE: The Visual Workshop”

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Day of Reunion

We provided technical consultation and art direction to the TV program “Fukkatsu no hi”, a show that “reunites” the living with the dead. Broadcasted on NHK, Fukkatsu no hi featured comedian Tetsuo Degawa meeting a digital but realistic version of his deceased mother since her passing 8 years ago. Viewers watched an emotional interaction between the two subjects as they talk about the past and present. We also filmed and scored the behind-the-scenes documentary, which was released on the NHK 1.5 portal.

The day of reunite with your beloved one

TV Show

NHK

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2019

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Creative Director

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Masashi Kawamura

DESIGN MUSEUM

We planned and produced a TV program called "Designing a Design Museum". It aired as a part of the "Let's Create Design Museum in Japan" initiative in which Masashi Kawamura participates as an advisor. What kind of design museum do we want to build? In this program, expanding on the ongoing discussions with various creators around this theme, we are further pondering some more questions like "What is design?" and "What shape this ideal design museum should take?" We invited some prominent creators in the design field: Naoki Sato (product designer), Tsuyoshi Tane (architect), Yugo Nakamura (interface designer), Kunihiko Morinaga (fashion designer), Ikuko Yokoyama (curator of design & architect, "M+" museum, Hong Kong).

* Info Aired: Jan. 5th (Sun) 00:20-01:10 (Jan. 4th, Midnight) on "E-Tele" (NHK Educational TV)

Guests: Naoki Sato (product designer), Tsuyoshi Tane (architect), Yugo Nakamura (interface designer), Kunihiko Morinaga (fashion designer), Ikuko Yokoyama (curator of design & architect, "M+" museum, Hong Kong)

Concepts for the first Design Museum in Japan

TV Show

NHK

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2020

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Masashi Kawamura

KAO TV

We collaborated with NHK to create an experimental TV show for young children, to get them excited about the possibilities of next generation TV shows.

"Kao TV" is the world's first participatory children's TV program where the child can create the main character of the show. Through the use of Hybridcast technology, the "faces" ("kao" in Japanese) created by viewers were displayed on TV, and they started to sing along with the program.By installing the Kao TV App (Hybridcast Companion App) in their smartphones, users could select parts of the face such as eyes, nose, and mouth to create their own unique "faces." When your face is completed, it will fly into the TV show and start to talk & sing.

Digital

TV Show

NHK

2015

Create the "face" of the TV show.

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Tatami Galaxy

End Credit

The end credit sequence for the TV animation series “Tatami Galaxy”. I wanted to create an animation using “tatami floor plans” which was inspired by the title and the storyline which involves a parallel universe. I worked with the animator/director Takuya Hosogane, who have developed a similar animation before.

TV Show

Music Video

Fuji Television

2010

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PRODUCT

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Masashi Kawamura

Piggyback Driver

Introducing the next generation of piggybacking. This helmet lets kids control their parents while on piggyback, by turning the handle bars on a state-of-the-art racing helmet.

Parents receive directions of which way to go through LED turn signals flashing and vibrating inside the helmet.

Piggyback Driver is equipped with buttons for honking, and even bursts of sound and light. It can also detect the parents’ speed and react with pulses of LED light. The prototype version has been used in advertisements and shown in events like Makers Fair. We are currently looking for manufacturing partners to help us bring Piggyback Driver to market.

Product

Prototype

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2016

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Masashi Kawamura

“T” Shirts

I designed ‘t-shirts’ to express the silhouette of 5 famous typefaces: helvetica, caslon, baskerville, courier and cooper black.

In the world of typography, terms such as typeface, character, body, etc are used to describe the form of a letter. The reason why they use expressions closely related to a human body, is perhaps because each different letter has a distinct quality and personality, in a similar way that us humans are all unique. In the designing process of these shirts, I aimed to capture the character of each typeface and tried to give them a unique look and presence once worn. By collaborating with Itaru Yonenaga, I feel we were able to produce a collection of shirts that is not only conceptual, but wearable as real clothes. I hope you will find your favorite shirt/typeface.

Product

Personal Project

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2010

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Designer

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Masashi Kawamura

Anofuku

We helped develop and launch an e-commerce site for “Studio Ghibli no Anofuku”—a new clothing brand by Studio Ghibli and fashion designers Kensuke Kanda and Kunihiko Morinaga.

The brand applies famous Studio Ghibli characters to garments, turning them into unique pieces for all ages. The first collection offers a hand-knitting service that lets you repurpose your old sweaters with Ghibli character embroideries.

Apart from designing and building the website, we also shot a promotional video using 200 custom-embroidered sweaters to create a stop motion animation of the beloved Totoro character.

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Film

Products

Anofuku

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2018

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Masashi Kawamura

79% Work Clock

We created the 79% Work Clock as a part of MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, to call attention to the gender wage gap in America.

Studies show that women who work full-time are paid only 79% of what men make annually, so the 79% Work Clock lets you know when 79% of the work day has passed. When a woman hears its chime, she might as well go home.

We’ve given hundreds of these clocks to people in workplaces across the country (incuding the White House!), to serve as a daily reminder that at a certain point, the gender wage gap means women aren’t being paid for their work.

We designed and created the actual clock together with the team at Good Thing, and made a promotional video and website that features the 79% Calculator, which simply calculates when the 79% of your work day ends.

Campaign

Product

MTV

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2016

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Masashi Kawamura

Puppet Guts

Wikipedia states that “A puppet that remains still has a dull, lifeless appearance and is said to be dead.”, but we decided to take things into our hands by creating plush organs that function as stuffing for hand puppets.

Watch Puppet Guts come to life in this stop-motion animation made by renowned ‘Domo’ and ‘Rilakkuma’ animation studio ‘ DWARF ‘! Thanks to all our supporters, Puppet Guts was successfully funded on Kickstarter after launching in 2018.

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2019

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Masashi Kawamura

Focus: Life Gear

Trident asked us to create a project that demonstrates a lesser-known fact about gum: chewing gum helps you focus. We developed a clothing line called “Focus: Life Gear," a collection of 8 garments that are made out of radio frequency shielding fabric, which disconnects the wearers' devices immediately when placed inside the pockets. The Focus: Life Gear collection extends from the idea that gum helps you focus, and offers new lifestyle items that help you do so. The pieces were created In collaboration with visionary Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga, and were exhibited in Toronto. We also released a lifestyle video, a making-of video, and a website for showcasing the collection online.

Film

Product

Mondelez

2014

A fashion line that disconnects you from social media and keep focus in real life.

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What Watch

We started by working with the client to identify a unique brand concept which became ""RETHINKING TRADITIONAL TIMEKEEPING"".

From there, we ideated different horological devices that embodies that concept. The first collectiion was a series of watches that you can “stop the time”. We developed the initial design & concept for both the physical product & its smartphone app."

Product

What? Watch

2015

Rethinking Traditional Timekeeping.

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Calendar Watch

The series is called a “Calendar Watch” which uses e-paper technology to beautifully import your calendar from multiple calendar apps onto your smartwatch in an elegant way. The product has recently succeeded in receiving funding on Kickstarter, and is now in pre-production phase."

Product

What? Watch

2016

A smartwatch that let’s you

keep track of your schedule with style.

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TeleThings

As easy as it is to stay connected wherever you are, most social interactions are confined within digital screens. With technology giving rise to telepresence robots, drones, and other gadgets that can be controlled remotely, exploring tangible ways to enhance the human interaction through these platforms was a natural step for us to take.

The result of our R&D is TeleThings—a series of attachable gizmos for telepresence robots that enable tangible and remote social interactions. We created the system in-house, inventing three kinds of attachments and a control app: TeleBubble emits bubbles, TelePong fires ping pong balls, and TeleBucks shoots out money. TeleThings can be used to liven up parties and social events, giving those who aren't physically present the opportunity to participate and have fun by navigating the robots to interact with people at the venue.

Product

Prototype

PARTY New York

2018

Attachable gizmos for telepresence robots.

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VIRMO

There are various technical aspects of virtual reality that can induce sickness, such as mismatched motion, field of vision, motion parallax, and viewing angle. Additionally, the amount of time spent in virtual reality increases the presence of symptoms. VR companies are working hard to resolve this issue, but until then, we have developed the antidote VIRMO. Take the appropriate dosage 1/2 hours before putting on your VR headset or when you experience symptoms, to help prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting associated with virtual reality motion sickness.

Product

Personal Project

2015

The world’s first solution

for Virtual Reality Motion Sickness

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BRAND DESIGN

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HELLO! NEW LOGO

Our CCO Masashi Kawamura was appointed Brand Creative Director of mercari — Japan’s biggest and fastest growing community-powered mobile marketplace.

As part of the Japan mercari’s creative development team, we helped launch a new corporate logo and brand guideline along with a promotional video of the new CI.

A landing page introducing the company’s rebranding efforts was also launched for the project.

Brand Design

Mercari

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2018

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Masashi Kawamura

KOKUYO Design Award

Holistic visual design for the KOKUYO DESIGN AWARD 2020 “Beyond Borders”. We created posters, flyers, website, catalog, trophy, and award show using the same theme.

Brand Design

KOKUYO

2018

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Masashi Kawamura

TOMODACHI

We created the logo for “TOMODACHI”, a project founded by the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, to support Japan in recovery from the 3.11 Earthquake. The offer to create the visual identity for the project was directly extended from Ambassador John Victor Roos.

Brand Design

The U.S. Embassy

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2011

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Masashi Kawamura

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