The production for V.W.P’s music video “Sadame”.
V.W.P is a virtual artist group formed by KAMITSUBAKI STUDIO, consisting of KAF, RIM, Harusaruhi, Isekaijoucho, and KOKO.
The video is based on a cinematic theme using 3DCG. We’ve added in typographies in close insert shots and parts that were notable from the lyrics.
One of our key focuses during the production process for the composite and character setup was to ensure the harmony between the photo-realistic CG background and V.W.P’s characters.
We put moments of 2D graphics such as typography in between the 3DCG using various approaches.
Our image from listening to the contents of the song was “a battle with oneself”. A connection between the past and the present, the story unfolds with the exchanges between the witches.
The first half is about the physical clash between their other selves while the latter half is facing their inner conflicts. The masks and hoods are used to differentiate the two different times; the past with the masks and the present without them.
Representing two different worlds, the past and the present, the stable and the collapsed, we emphasized the importance of creating a contrast between scenes and compositions.
“A city destined to collapse. Walking through the ruins we see five masked unidentifiable bodies.”
“I confront the unidentifiable body. It speaks to me. The mask falls, and we realize they were our past selves.”
“Determined to fight against their destiny, the five take a step towards the stage.”
“In the midst of the collapse, they refused to give into despair and intervene with their future selves.”
“The collapsed city regenerated itself to its former self. The five awaken with their memories intact.”
“Wandering in the rift between the collapse and regeneration. Chained to this destiny, they feel their memories being ripped away.”
“KAF, RIM, Harusaruhi, Isekaijoucho, and KOKO each have their own solo part before they all come together to sing. They sing of their determination to work together.”
“To connect to our future selves, to put an end to this lasting destiny. The five confront the collapsing city.”
The logos and graphics at the end have a solid finish, showing the witches’ state of mind of fighting against destiny. The logo animation has a crumbling edge from the collapse of the city, and the slow animation shows the determination of V.W.P.
Direction + Edit + Post Effects
Takuan Paradise, NXTERIUM, Nate
3D Compositing + Character Setup
Takuan Paradise, Nate
2D Motion Design
Tatsuya Suga, Nate
Nate, Kaoru Miyazaki
Ryota Takaishi, Hiroyuki Nakatomi, Yuki Kato, Akinori Gondou
Katsuhiro Wada, ToMaTo
Wakai Masayuki, Komoda Sakie, Fukawatase Miki, Kawamura Kanami
Ryuichi Taniura, Shota Nakajima
Fumiko Iino, Seedless Watermelon, SHIGU, Tomoya Murakami