Shigetaka Makabe

Shigetaka has been with WOW for over a decade as a senior Director focusing on live action and concepting for many of Japan’s top brands. He wear’s many hats at WOW working as a designer, branding consultant, and live action director. He graduated from Osaka University of Arts, and has judged for the PFF awards in Japan.

Credits

Creative Direction:Shusei Toko, Daisuke Sakamoto (JTB Communication Design)
Sound:Kuniyuki Takahashi
Stage Director / Choreographer : UNO
Equipment / System:PRISM CO., Ltd.

WOW
Creative Director:Kosuke Oho
Director:Shigetaka Makabe
CG Designer:Misaki Horai
CG Design Support:Ishii Yoko / C, LLC
Producer / Technical Director:Fumihito Anzai
Photo: Tomoaki Okuyama

Film Crew
Director: Junya Handa
Cinematographer: Yusuke Oishi
Producer: Daisuke Oguchi

Lost Kamuy

Akan Ainu Craft Association | 2019
Akan Tourism Association Town Development Promotion Organization renewed the program by the Lake Akan Ainu Theater “Ikor.”* The new program that fuses digital art with Ainu traditional dance, “Akan Yukar** - Lost Kamuy, began public performances on March 19th, 2019. WOW was in charge of the production and staging of the videos used on stage.

This program was created so that the Ainu people of Lake Akan Onsen could show their traditional songs and dance that has been passed down through generations to domestic and international visitors who have gathered here in one place. Creators such as Nagi Yoshida, Kuniyuki Takahashi, UNO, WOW, and Daisuke Sakamoto (JTB communication design), who are recognized in their various fields of photography, digital art, and sound design gathered at Lake Akan. In order to produce Lost Kamuy, they combined Ainu traditional dance, modern dance, 3D computer graphics, and 7.1 channel surround sound, and brought it to life on stage with five projectors.

The narrative of this work revolves around the theme of “symbiosis between Ainu people and the Hokkaido wolf” and is reproduced on stage with dance and digital technology. You can fully experience the Ainu's view of the world through the songs and dance that were born out of their everyday lives in which they respect and coexist with nature. Also, the “Ainu Traditional Dance” and “Iomante Fire Festival” programs, which introduce Ainu culture through traditional and innovative performances, have also been renewed.

* “Ikor” means “treasure” in the Ainu language.
** “Yukar” is a word meaning, “an epic poem” which has been passed down by Ainu people.

Credits

Creative Direction:Shusei Toko, Daisuke Sakamoto (JTB Communication Design)
Sound:Kuniyuki Takahashi
Stage Director / Choreographer : UNO
Equipment / System:PRISM CO., Ltd.

WOW
Creative Director:Kosuke Oho
Director:Shigetaka Makabe
CG Designer:Misaki Horai
CG Design Support:Ishii Yoko / C, LLC
Producer / Technical Director:Fumihito Anzai
Photo: Tomoaki Okuyama

Film Crew
Director: Junya Handa
Cinematographer: Yusuke Oishi
Producer: Daisuke Oguchi

Credits

WOW
Creative Director:Kosuke Oho
Director:Shigetaka Makabe
Designer:Tomoya Kimpara, Daisuke Moriwaki, Kouhei Nakama
Music Composer:Tomohiro Nagasaki
Producer:Go Hagiwara

4K Movie

Panasonic|2015
The “DIGITAL FUN STUDIO” in the Panasonic Center Osaka, located within Grand Front Osaka, is now open after renovation. WOW has been in charge of the planning, direction, and production of the content streaming on their 98-inch vertical 4K display.

In order to make full use of the high definition image quality achievable only with 4K, we used the concept of a “BOX” as a base to present various different scenes in an omnibus style, as if a real box was placed there. We made use of 100% computer graphics to experiment with a presentation that brings out the reproducibility of a 4K display to its maximum.

Credits

WOW
Creative Director:Kosuke Oho
Director:Shigetaka Makabe
Designer:Tomoya Kimpara, Daisuke Moriwaki, Kouhei Nakama
Music Composer:Tomohiro Nagasaki
Producer:Go Hagiwara

Credits

Creative Directors:Kosuke Oho, Shigetaka Makabe
Visual Designers:Shota Oga, Kazunori Kojima
Shigeru Makino, Shingo Abe
Producer:Go Hagiwara

WORLD ORDER Live in Budokan

Performance Visuals|2013
WORLD ORDER is a performance unit that impresses audiences with their unique expression through the use of body movement and music. WOW created the visual images for their one night live show, 'GENKI KUDO Presents World Order in Budokan' performed in April 2013.

About the installation
The audience is seated around the central 'live' stage. It was the aim of Executive Director, Hitoshi Taguchi, leader of Grinder-man, to create a live performance 'that could be seen from 360 degrees'. LED panels on the floor of the stage are central to the live performance. There are also cylindrical LED panels above the stage. This collaborative work provides an opportunity for WORLD ORDER to showcase their unique modern style.

Credits

Creative Directors:Kosuke Oho, Shigetaka Makabe
Visual Designers:Shota Oga, Kazunori Kojima
Shigeru Makino, Shingo Abe
Producer:Go Hagiwara