Begun in 2012, this is one of the most important projects that define CHANCE MAKER. It serves as a record of Yamaha Motors charitable activities around the globe, experienced first hand by our film crew, and pieced together with care. Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and the Arctic — these episodes we filmed on location and completely improvisational with no shooting script. The 10th episode in the series [...]
This is the trailer for a feature length documentary film which takes as its subject the artistic expression of chef Masayo Funakoshi. By bringing together director Hiroo Ninomiya, cinematographer Masato Indo, composer Takeo Toyama, and chef Masayo Funakoshi, this film rejects notions of “story” and “continuity” in favor of the individual expression of each person involved, becoming a compilation of time as [...]
In 2009 Typhoon Morakot struck the south end of Taiwan, taking the lives of 600 people. Eight years later we find the survivors of this disaster working on a plantation. Burdened by the sadness of loss, how do these workers reconcile the past, present, and future, and press on every day? Completed in 2018, the feature length documentary, Wasureru koto wo osorenai, is a compilation of these short vignettes. [...]
In an exercise of returning to the birthplace of the motorcycle in Europe, FASTER SONS is a redefining of Yamaha’s motorcycles. This is a collection of short commercial films that presents a comprehensive look at the fashion, customization, and traditions involved with motorcycles across the globe.
Chance Maker’s film crew participated in the branding project of Tenri, Nara Prefecture, Japan. During the first year of the project we filmed the daily lives of the residents of Tenri in an effort to attract more people to move to the city. For the second year of the project, we collected footage of the workers of Tenri into short documentaries in order to promote migrant workers coming to the city.
Beginning as a rare wood seller in the Osaka Shipyard in 1913, Asahi Woodtech has worked in adaptation to the environment to change the way Japanese people think about home flooring. Chance Maker’s film crew went to capture the incredible manufacturing process that takes lumber selected and sourced in North America to a finished product in Japan. These two short films aim to convey the inner workings of a [...]
Yamaha Motors’ off-road bikes have a history of 47 years. This seven-part film series features re-edited found footage and testimony from the engineers who developed the products and technology that changed the off-road world as well as the legendary riders that embraced them.
Chance Maker joined Nara Food Caravan, the team of Masaya Funakoshi who was the director of food for the Culture City of East Asia 2016 Nara to produce this film. Nara Food Caravan is a research team that produces a variety of content through their research surrounding the culture and history of food. This collection of short films became the feature length documentary An Empty Vessel which was completed in [...]
IBM BlueHub is an incubation program offered by IBM and several partner companies. Chance Maker created a film capturing the program’s second session. These six short films feature startups and the people who support them in their efforts to drive innovation in farm tech, visa application, mental health, VR, and the automotive industry.
This film was produced in coordination with the release of the XSR900 motorcycle in Japan — the first step in delivering Yamaha’s vision of “NEO RETRO” style. This motorcycle represents a return to form for Yamaha, inheriting many of the traditions that made their first motorcycles so special, while also breaking new ground using cutting-edge technology.
This documentary features the third generation owner of Konbu Doi, Shigeyoshi Doi, as he travels through Kansai spreading the importance of food. Watch as a story about cooking is woven through conversations with a female vegetable shop owner, a French and Japanese married couple, an old woman living by herself, and young elementary school students. This film was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of [...]
PATO LOL MAN is a two-piece band featuring Watanbe and Takeo Toyama who also handles music production on CHANCE MAKER’s most important films. This music video was shot completely improvised over the span of two days, and edited together to form a continuous 15 minute long film. This film has received much acclaim outside of Japan, particularly in Europe.
TOUR DE SANDWICH is a project about traveling by bicycle to gather inspiration from people, places, and ingredients, and using that to create sandwiches. The project is composed of four short films following Lucas B.B. (editor in chief of PAPERSKY) and a chef as they visit Onomichi, Hirosaki, Shizuoka, and Kagoshima.
We feature OKA SKATEBOARDS on the first trailer of “Inspiring People & Projects”.
OKA SKATEBOARDS is a handmade skateboard collaboration between Furniture Maker Yoshiro Mizokami and Art Director James Gibson.
Creating a beautiful product utilizing the know-how of furniture making, overcoming the language barrier, skateboard riding in a quiet leafy green town surrounded by mountains.