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| Internet Movie to Raise Funds for Movie Production
October 1, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Movie director Tetsuya Mihiro is showing his
movie "Toho no San-Kenja: Ken" on his
Internet home page, and Nikkei Netnavigator interviewed him on his
movie, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the world.
|Nikkei Netnavigator: What led you to use the Internet for producing
Mihiro: It is boring to do the same type of work as others in
my generation. And I don't want to make a movie based on a plot that
people can read beforehand. These ideas gave me a push.
Nikkei: Did you aim at publicizing movies on the Internet from
the beginning of making this movie?
Mihiro: The Internet was not really in my view when I started
filming this movie in 1995, because streaming technologies were not
sufficiently developed at that time. This particular work, however,
turned out to be suitable for the Internet because it has few lines
of conversation and it is filmed in monochrome.
Nikkei: What is your purpose in running the movie on the Internet?
Mihiro: The movie is just the first part of a trilogy. I would
like to use this medium for publicity to raise funds for filming, even
though it was not my real intention to broadcast the first section alone,
since I believe the work is not a complete movie without all three parts
Nikkei : How does the movie appear on the Internet?
Mihiro: I'm particularly anxious about motions that are not smooth.
It would be a tragedy if the audience is bothered by the quality of
images and if this detracts from the story.
Nikkei: What are your plans?
Mihiro: I intend to travel to Italy with a videotape of this movie
for promotion. Taking advantage of the originality of this movie, which
will be acknowledged in the Guinness book as the world's first Internet
movie, I will look for opportunities to show the movie and for more
cooperation in my filming.
Tetsuya Mihiro: Born in 1960.
assistant director, he has collaborated with many young film directors.
Mihiro has lent his director skills to video movies such as the video
on the making of 'YAWARA!' by Toho Movie Co. and corporate promotional
videos. The Internet movie is his first full work as a film director.