Born 1972. His working career began as a designer designing record covers in 1993. In 1997 his love of music continued as he directed visuals for on stage production at live performances. He then got into promotional videos for Cornelius, Fumiya Fujii, UA, and commercials.
Heavy Backpack featured an article on much of Koichiro Tsujikawa’s work previously here, but I just had to find out more about the Japanese director in the interview following.
You used to be a graphic designer but have moved into TV and Film. What interests you about directing moving images rather than still images?
Iâ€™m interested in both graphics and visuals, but I was offered visual-related jobs more than graphic-related. So now it seems I moved into the visual world. I think Iâ€™m good at making visuals, rather than working on graphics.
Do you work with a big team? What kind of a team do you work with?
Mostly I work with the same team. Iâ€™ve worked with them for years since I started this job, so they understand well about my idea.
Which are the most important tools or techniques that you use?
How did you meet Cornelius?
I met him through my friend.
and why do you think your partnership works so well?
Because weâ€™re friends.
Of the music videos you have directed, which is your favorite?
Videos I directed for Cornelius.
How did you get the idea for ‘Fit Song’?
Without thinking deeply, I just gathered what I really like as much as possible.
and what was the process? do you do a written treatment? storyboards?
I wrote a storyboard for each phrase of the music first, and then developed it shooting.
Much of your work seems very playful. Do you have children? Are they a source of inspiration?
Iâ€™m single, and have no children. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s much difference between kids and me.
Are you a busy person? Do you have hobbies outside of your working life?
I like watching films. And eating.
Where in Japan do you work?
What do you like about Japan?
Culture. Japanese art. Japanese architecture. Manga (comics). Literature. Magazine. Pop music. Convenience store. Vending machine. Onsen (hot spring), Japanese food, Green tea, Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), Japanese language, and delicate character of Japanese people.
What projects are you looking forward to in the future?
Iâ€™ll try anything interesting.