- Any feedback from performers?
Fujiune >> “The technology was also behind the stage at the ‘TOKYO VISION: 500 Days to Go! Night,’ where dancer Kento Mori performed. What impressed me was when he said it was a lot of fun to change up his dancing. Since the images track his movements, I gather he slightly changed his routine. It augments the 3D effect and blending sensation by tracking high-definition, high-brightness images as an added component, whereby enabling a higher level of performance. The opening performance of the ‘1 Year to Go!’ ceremony perfectly demonstrated that power of expression.”
(Video) “Ready for 2020” Performed by Kento Mori
- I hear that you collaborated with creators outside Japan for the image content. Would you tell us any stimulus from the collaboration?
Fujiune >> "Moment Factory, a Canada-based creator team, was the one we worked with for the opening performance image content. We teamed up, in 2017, with the creators out there to discuss all sorts of themes and topics like what everyone wanted to create, what people would enjoy and what would be best as a performance. It was a very inspiring experience.”
Asai >> “In this kind of back and forth collaboration, both sides stimulate each other, which ultimately should lead to new modes of expression."
Moment Factory Co-Founder Dominic Audet commented, "The concept behind the content of the opening performance at the '1 Year to Go!' ceremony was to strike a collaboration between tradition and state-of-the-art technology with Panasonic's high-tech at its core. We reached new ground where athletes aren't bound by limitations.”
We interviewed Hiroyuki Kobayashi, TOC Director of Communications and Engagement what was about “1 Year to Go!” ceremony opening performance
- What was your reasoning behind using real-time tracking and projection mapping for the performance?
"As is laid out in our vision of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, we want to be the most innovative in the history of the Games and bring about positive change in this world. By that, I mean our goal is to create new values beyond just the sports component, by adding technology and culture into the mix. When we thought about how to fuse sports, technology, and culture, we decided to try something new using real-time tracking and projection mapping compatible projectors.”
- How would you describe your impression having witnessed the performance?
“Technological advances are creating opportunities for people who are not that familiar with sports to appreciate them more. We see sports as capable of changing the future and technology as capable of changing sports. So, we expect something spectacular to come from combining the two.”
- Would you fill us in on what you see for the future of the technology?
Asai >> "With projection mapping everywhere these days, people have gotten tired of looking at just images projected on the wall of a building. Real-time tracking and projection mapping integrates performances and imagery into something life-like. If further evolved, the system could possibly project images on the walls and floors in someone's home so that they could feel like they are inside the games they play. Moreover, advances in technology may spawn sports that don't yet exist. I hope this system will take us one step closer to realizing those kinds of dreams."
Fujiune >> "The Olympic Games are one opportunity for us to continue developing sports and entertainment. We can fully support those foundations with our technology.”
Note: Edited and revised the source, "Mirai Kotohajime (Elements Inspiring the Future)," published on August 23 (Fri.), 2019.