August 21, 2011

Today, I learned a lot about Assistant Director Shiozaki.

  • The Japanese word for Assistant Director is Jokantoku. He hates it when it’s shortened to “Jokan”.
  • He makes a breakfast dish called Popeye that is an absolute standard on set. It’s even been featured multiple times on the morning corner of the TV show Hanamaru Market. His mother once told him that she wanted to try it, but he turned her down on the reasoning that since it was a breakfast item, there’s no way he would be able to take it home. A certain faction, though, suggests that if he’d simply had her come to the front of the Shinjuku Subaru Building at 6 AM, she could have tried it. We haven’t yet had it during Jellyfish Eyes. I look forward to tasting the fruits of his labor! (afterall, I’ve already thrown so much work on him anyway).

and many other interesting tidbits. There was a lot more but I’m afraid I’ve already forgotten. Sorry. If I remember, I’ll be sure to record it here. There’s really a lot that can be learned from the different customs on a film set (including Popeye Breakfasts).

Production staff Shinobu Iwamoto.A soft-spoken hunk. When he goes to pick up box-lunches for us, the ladies behind the counter are all smiles.

Rain means more work. We build a roof over the set and then soak up all the rain water with a spone…. it’s very time consuming…

Everyone is in raincoats. We don’t have any additional stock.

I asked Fung Shui Master YU to hold a ceremony and am hoping the clouds will clear up soon!

A special thanks to all the extras. An official movie button.