This is a very short clip edited from the footage I shot for a news program about Japanese “matcha” green tea. I was the camera operator and editor of this clip. It compares the traditional and modern industrial methods of creating powdered green tea. It was filmed with a Canon XL-1.
Real Geisha Real Women is a documentary by Peter MacIntosh about the lives of several women in Kyoto, Japan of various generations who are, or have been, maiko and geiko (the Kyoto terms for geisha).
Their stories are told in their own words as a series of vignettes without the use of a narrator. Rare footage of their journeys outside of Kyoto includes a hometown visit, a trip to Tokyo, as well as travels abroad.
Real Geisha Real Women (2009)
Directed by Peter MacIntosh.
Director of Photography and Edited by John Wells
2014: 島津製作所 会社紹介 Shimadzu Corporate Profile. Corporate video. Roles: Director of Photography.
2015: El Anatsui in Kanazawa. Artist Documentary Short for 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Roles: Camera, Editing. Production: Africa-Related.
2012: Florent un francais au Japon. Documentary for France 3 Television. Role: Director of Photography (Japan).
2014: Down Days – Japan: Kyoto To the Coast. Off The Wall TV (Vans). Role: Production Assistant (Kyoto).
2013: Glory Be. Mark Dodds music video. Roles: Director, Camera, Editor.
The 561st day of the “Anti-nuclear Tent” occupation of the grounds of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo, March 25, 2013.
This is the trailer for the 38 minute documentary “Bozalan” by Ulara Tamura and John Wells.
This documentary shows the process of naturally dyed carpet weaving in the village of Bozalan in the Milas region of southwest Turkey. In a time when the vast majority of hand made Turkish carpets are made with synthetically dyed colors, Bozalan is a rare case in that the women of this village continue to use natural dyes.
The film paints a portrait of a village where carpet weaving is central to life. Plants that grow wild nearby are collected for the dye. Women gather together with their neighbors to weave carpets for sale or for their dowries.
Villagers talk about the history of carpet weaving in their village and explain some of the motifs and methods of making colors.
Produced and directed by Ulara Tamura and John Wells. Camera and editing by John Wells. Research, editing and translation by Ulara Tamura.
Documentary, 38 minutes. Filmed in 2006 and edited in 2008.
制作／監修：田村うらら、ジョン・ウェルズ 撮影／編集：ジョン・ウェルズ リサーチ／編集／翻訳：田村うらら