The Big Bee (Tenku no hachi,天空の蜂)
The 23rd Busan International Film Festival

Murano Island

Murano Island

-Sunlight passing through a medium like a filter to produce reflected light quality-.
I had an idea to make a medium which functions include transfering and filtering light.

Then, i saw a light passing through an old and uneven glass. The light seemed different from the light that i usually make before. I rushed to the library immediately for i was thinking to create a filter with glass.

I learned about Dale Chihuuri when I was reading a book about the glass art at the library, I learned that he co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in the US after studying glass art in Venice. After I saw his work, my mind was filled with Venetian glass.

Originally, I planned to go to Venice and Lido Island for Venice International Film Festival 2018 so I read all the Italian tourism magazines. Murano Articles were written in only a few pages.

I have read that the Italian government relocated glass craftsmen to the island of Murano to prevent glass techniques from being stolen by other countries in the 13th century.

The original Murano technique continued to develop during the past 700 years, and until now the manufacturing methods and techniques are still protected. After reading these, i got attracted to murano glass

Looking at the website of Pilchuck Glass School, it turned out that there are several Japanese graduates. After her graduation, I knew about Ms. Ichikawa who worked for Mr. Chifuuri for eight years.

I tried contacting Ms. Ichikawa, though it was only a sudden consultation, i have learned about stories about one’s expressions that made me want to persue glass art more. Thanks to that consultation, i was more certain that i was looking forward to my trip to Murano Island.

On that same day I checked glass workshops on Airbnb and TripAdvisor. I booked every workshop that i found.

Upon arriving in Murano island, i had my first glass workshop. The individuals that hosts the workshop were small and private- scale. A lot
A lot of Murano Glass is also sold in Venice but the image is slightly different from the glass of Murano. Originality is not an important factor in the glass there and imitations are everywhere.
According to the story of the local people, it seems that products are made in China. It may be related to strictly disguising photography.

It’s in the history that the glass factories of Murano were operated throughout the organization. It was so good to go to the factory while watching the history of the city and the architecture at the entrance of Murano Island. It seemed like I was watching a dolphin show with a demonstration too. Shooting was free except for the showroom.

Murano also had an outlet shop of Murano glass that made me feel like the original was protected throughout the island. I think that the price was a bit cheaper than Venice but there were less tourists.

There were posters in Venice that says the Venice Glass Week will start every year on September 10.
But I wasn’t able to attend because I have not known the schedule earlier.

Venice, Ginza and Tsukiji were once used as the capital to rebuild buildings and developments and transforming it into a city of water for decades or even hundreds of years. You can even park a car conveniently underground the river.

When I was walking around the city I learned some various techniques for finding my way around the city and became convenient. However, there are also a lot of disadvantages.

Even in the case of the art world
If the world of art, such as a sense that can not be explained by words, is going to develop more than the world of technology, my own expressions would like to take that path as well.

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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