Ryo Kitabatake

Ryo directs across many platforms including music videos, commercial, and interactive installations. He is a problem solver who has an extensive technical knowledge as well as an creative aesthetic that makes him a valuable member of the Tokyo office. His background is motion design but in recent years he has extended his scope to into product design and large scale installation art projects. Some recent works include Empire of the Sun, “Way to Go” music video, and UI/UX design for Lyric Speaker. Ryo is also bilingual in English and Japanese.

Credits

Director:Ryo Kitabatake
Visual Designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Takuma Sasaki, Tai Komatsu (Cai)
Producer:Ko Yamamoto
Production Manager:Shinya Shimizu

Director of Photography:Ko Nakamura
Lighting & Gaffer:Yosuke Oshima
Production Design:Ryo Osato
Stylist:DAN
Hair:Tsutomu Namaizawa
Make-up:Atsuko Ohtsu
Match Move Artist:Yasuhiro Kato

DJ Shadow “Slingblade”

DJ Shadow | 2020
WOW was in charge of the planning and production of the MV for DJ Shadow’s new track, “Slingblade.”

We designed the story and the visuals using the degenerate and mysterious impressions we got from the track as a base. Unlike what is usually done, we created the MV using an approach that returned the idea of ambiguity to its original expression, and in doing so, had the MV use organic and distinct visuals.

Award
Best of Stash 2020: Music Video選出 ▶ For more details
Gold Winner: Craft - Promotional Video at Telly Award ▶ For more details

Credits

Director:Ryo Kitabatake
Visual Designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Takuma Sasaki, Tai Komatsu (Cai)
Producer:Ko Yamamoto
Production Manager:Shinya Shimizu

Director of Photography:Ko Nakamura
Lighting & Gaffer:Yosuke Oshima
Production Design:Ryo Osato
Stylist:DAN
Hair:Tsutomu Namaizawa
Make-up:Atsuko Ohtsu
Match Move Artist:Yasuhiro Kato

Credits

Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG Designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Takuma Sasaki, Kenji Tanaka
Producer:Yasuaki Matsui
Assistant Producer:Kanako Kaeriyama

Music : Masato Hatanaka

BAO BAO FUSE

BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE|2020
Two different components were mixed together to produce the new BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE series. We used these two components and the mirrors connecting them to create a unique world. We pursued the mysterious beauty of distinctive bags produced in a curious world.

Credits

Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG Designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Takuma Sasaki, Kenji Tanaka
Producer:Yasuaki Matsui
Assistant Producer:Kanako Kaeriyama

Music : Masato Hatanaka

Credits

Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG Designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Daisuke Moriwaki, Takuma Sasaki

Cinematographer:Koji Shinagawa
1st Camera Assistant:Hironobu Higashihara
Light:Makoto Tajima
Motion Control:Flat

Texture Scan:ShaderFarm

Music:Masato Hatanaka

Producer:Yasuaki Matsui
Assistant Producer:Seiichi Saito

©2019 ISSEY MIYAKE INC.

In BAO BAO City

BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE|2019
WOW is in charge of planning and producing the season movie for BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAK’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection.

The bags of BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE exude a striking beauty amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. If there is a city where those bags gather, what would it look like?

Light is reflected off the walls of the buildings and signs are everywhere in the city. We draw on how the bags have been inspired and designed by the city’s landscape, and present a new and unique city.

BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Credits

Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG Designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Daisuke Moriwaki, Takuma Sasaki

Cinematographer:Koji Shinagawa
1st Camera Assistant:Hironobu Higashihara
Light:Makoto Tajima
Motion Control:Flat

Texture Scan:ShaderFarm

Music:Masato Hatanaka

Producer:Yasuaki Matsui
Assistant Producer:Seiichi Saito

©2019 ISSEY MIYAKE INC.

Credits

WOW
Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Takuma Sasaki, Hironobu Sone
Programmer:Shunsaku Ishinabe
Producer:Yasuaki Matsui
Assistant Producer:Kanako Kaeriyama

Music:Masato Hatanaka

©2018 ISSEY MIYAKE INC.

Shape with a world

BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE|2018
BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE is a bag with a revolutionary concept and manufacturing method which, by combining pieces, allows an unlimited number of shapes with no restrictions.

The changes in form enabled by the triangular structure coincidentally allow the consumer to experience beauty, fun, and surprise. Combined with a practicality that makes these bags suitable for all kinds of scenes in your daily life.

In “Shape with a world,” BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE’s concept of infinite shapes, is expressed with natural objects and phenomena as a motif. New meaning and beauty are added to the phenomena made abstract by BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE's structure, creating a unique world. Going further, this is a piece that seeks to create a unique and organic form brought forth by the triangular construction.

BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Credits

WOW
Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG designer:Ryo Kitabatake, Takuma Sasaki, Hironobu Sone
Programmer:Shunsaku Ishinabe
Producer:Yasuaki Matsui
Assistant Producer:Kanako Kaeriyama

Music:Masato Hatanaka

©2018 ISSEY MIYAKE INC.

Credits

WOW TEAM
Creative Director:Nobumichi Asai
Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG Designer:Tsutomu Miyajima, Daisuke Moriwaki, Shota Oga
Technical Director:Nobumichi Asai
Producer:Nobumichi Asai
Assistant Producer:Ayaka Motoyoshi

CREW
Camera:Kimihiro Morikawa
Lighting Director:Ryu Shima (NAGAIHOSHI Co.,Ltd.)
Hair&Make-up:Ina
Stylist:DAN

Compositor&Colorist:Akio Sakamaki (jitto inc.)

Digital Humans & Performance Capture
ZUKUN LABORATORY

Producer:Kazuhiko Mino
Motion Capture Supervisor:Kenya Miki
Facial Capture Supervisor:Hiromu Kinoshita
Digital Artist:Tomoya Tanaka, Deng Xiaohui,
Cheng Ze, Satoko Itakura
Motion Capture Specialist:Yuuka Tomita, Kouta Isomura,
Kazuya Takahashi, Riku Okada, Rina Sawada
Facial Capture Specialist:Taisei Kurita, Manami Kira,
Diogo Ribeiro
CG Project Manager:Yuko Sadaki
CG Producer:Sawami Takahashi
Production Supervisor:Ayumu Kasai


Special Thanks
Translator:Mika Iwasaka, Michiru Sasaki (WOW inc.),
Sumiko Shiraishi (F.O.A. Inc.)

Way To Go

Empire Of The Sun|2017
The Australian electronic duo Empire Of The Sun has released their “On Our Way Home EP”. WOW was in charge of music video direction and production for the track “Way To Go”.

Their journey dives deep into mental spirituality and blends with the world beyond the dimension. With the motif of “faces” representing individual identities, it shows how it changes into psychedelic in chaos while diving deep into spirituality.

The face of Empire Of The Sun was recreated in CG by using photo scans. 400 markers were placed on their faces to captures nuances of their fine facial expressions while they sang. The captured data, along with CG data of faces acquired through photo scans, was used together with motion capture data in the actual shooting to create it.

In the behind-the-scenes movie, parts of the production process are introduced.
Making of “Way To Go”

Credits

WOW TEAM
Creative Director:Nobumichi Asai
Director:Ryo Kitabatake
CG Designer:Tsutomu Miyajima, Daisuke Moriwaki, Shota Oga
Technical Director:Nobumichi Asai
Producer:Nobumichi Asai
Assistant Producer:Ayaka Motoyoshi

CREW
Camera:Kimihiro Morikawa
Lighting Director:Ryu Shima (NAGAIHOSHI Co.,Ltd.)
Hair&Make-up:Ina
Stylist:DAN

Compositor&Colorist:Akio Sakamaki (jitto inc.)

Digital Humans & Performance Capture
ZUKUN LABORATORY

Producer:Kazuhiko Mino
Motion Capture Supervisor:Kenya Miki
Facial Capture Supervisor:Hiromu Kinoshita
Digital Artist:Tomoya Tanaka, Deng Xiaohui,
Cheng Ze, Satoko Itakura
Motion Capture Specialist:Yuuka Tomita, Kouta Isomura,
Kazuya Takahashi, Riku Okada, Rina Sawada
Facial Capture Specialist:Taisei Kurita, Manami Kira,
Diogo Ribeiro
CG Project Manager:Yuko Sadaki
CG Producer:Sawami Takahashi
Production Supervisor:Ayumu Kasai


Special Thanks
Translator:Mika Iwasaka, Michiru Sasaki (WOW inc.),
Sumiko Shiraishi (F.O.A. Inc.)