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Subway Ride Turns to Horror in Music Video for Japanese Artist Vaundy

AOI Pro. teams up with TREE Digital Studio and Hibino on promo for 'Naki Jizo' using LED virtual production technology

Subway Ride Turns to Horror in Music Video for Japanese Artist Vaundy

AOI Pro. has collaborated with TREE Digital Studio and Hibino Corporation on the 'Naki Jizo' music video from artist Vaundy, employing in-camera VFX virtual production technology using high-definition LED displays. 

​Previous shoots involving background composition included challenges such as the necessity to perform and shoot using backgrounds like green screens while imagining how things would look after composition. It was difficult to grasp the full visual picture using this method. Furthermore, it required long composite editing times after shoots.


​In-camera VFX LED virtual production is a method of filming that installs high-definition LED displays throughout a studio to project photorealistic, three-dimensional computer graphics created with Unreal Engine onto a background. This method is actively used in Hollywood film productions. Shooting in an immersive space has advantages like making it easier for actors to perform and for light to blend with subjects. It also allows filming beyond the limitations of season or time of day and the use of elaborately planned, constructed sets. Because the location does not need to change, in-camera VFX is one filming-method that serves as a solution under present conditions in which the Covid-19 pandemic makes traveling difficult.


​Real-time rendering technology can be used not only for shooting films but also in live streaming. High-quality compositing is possible, and the technology can offer the audience a unique experience.

​AOI Pro. and Hibino began this collaborative production aiming to create a video using virtual production with the cutting-edge in-camera VFX filming method.

​The key to success with in-camera VFX filming is the method's pursuit of realism, which comes infinitely close to erasing the boundaries between real and virtual. Several test shoots were done in the preparatory phase at Hibino VFX Studio, a virtual production studio offered by Hibino. Repeated trials for all sections, including lighting, set construction, and filming, were an opportunity to combine knowledge across different teams. Repeating enough tests to establish a work flow made it possible to finish a shoot with many cuts in two days. The production companies attempted methods of expression that could only be done thanks to in-camera VFX, such as by using a rotating base in front of an LED display and using fine wire mesh as a set piece, which makes background compositing difficult on a green screen. Another noteworthy point was that scene changes could be made within a single cut by modifying the computer graphics projected on the LED displays.

​AOI TYO Group’s AOI Pro. and TREE were able to achieve a more seamless video production by building a virtual production system and working together. The music video was filmed at TREE’s Media Garden studio. CRANK provided the shooting equipment; LUDENS and REALIZE supervised the production of three-dimensional computer graphics and virtual production; and DIGITAL GARDEN was responsible for grading, online editing, and multitrack audio. LUDENS and REALIZE participated from the planning stage, supervising and coordinating with the crew to successfully express effects that are unique to virtual production. They committed themselves to optimizing scenes depicted in real time and guaranteeing quality.

​AOI Pro. will continue proactively to adopt new technology, including virtual production, and take on the challenge of innovative video production.

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Credits
​AOI Pro.

Executive Producer: Hiroyuki Yamada, Yoshiyuki Suzuki

Producer: Itaru Shibamura, Yuzuki Shigenobu

Business Producer: Junya Hiraoka

Production Manager: Masahiro Oyamada, Naoko Kido, Haruka Ono

BTS: Masahiro Kawamoto

​TREE Digital Studio

Virtual Production Supervisor: Masanari Hirashima

Unreal Engine Artist: Luomeng Yuan

Unreal Engine Engineer: Masato Negishi

CGI Producer: Yuki Yamada, Yoshiaki Ishigaya

Studio Staff: Media Garden

1st AC: Tatsuro Koga

3rd AC: Kaito Muranaka

Lead Compositor: Hiroya Yoshida

Lead Mixer: Hiroki Okumura

​Hibino

LED Executive Producer: Junichi"IMO"Imokawa

LED Coordinator: Shigenori Kikuchi

In-Camera VFX Coordinator: Toshihisa Takita

Unreal Engine Operator: Shinnosuke Watanabe

disguise Operator: Yuko Takeda

RedSpy Engineer: Takahiro Naito

Video Engineer: Tatsuyuki Kobayashi

LED Engineer: Shinjiro Kato

Other staff

​Creative Director: Vaundy

Director: MIZUNO CABBAGE

Assistant Director: Michikatsu Yoshihara

Cast: Show Kasamatsu, Mio Sasaki

Stylist: Junshi Sato

Hair and Make-up: Minako Suzuki, Misato Narita

Special Make-up: KAIHO

Choreographer: Nao Yoshigai, Ayano Yokoyama

Director of Photography: Ryoma Kohari

2nd AC: Yusuke Nagata

Key Grip: Takuya Watanabe

DIT: Takeshi Yamaguchi

Lighting Director: Hiroki Nishigaya

Best boy Electrician: Wataru Ide

Production Designer: Etsuko Akiba

SFX: Toshi

Stunt Coordinator: Tatsuro Koike

Casting: Mitsuyo Ishigaki

Lead Colorist: Mine Iguchi

Category: Music video , Short Films and Music Videos

Genre: Choreography , Visual VFX