College Festival Magic – The Art of Love at a Japanese University

Every year the Hokkaido University Festival takes place in June. Students prepare in teams for months in advance, culminating in four days of intense festival spirit. Here I interview students about “festival magic”…the curious pairing up of couples during the preparation and excitement of the festival.

This was my first video I’ve shot on my new camera – the Olympus OMD EM-1. I must do a decent write-up on the camera at some stage, but suffice it to say I really enjoyed using it for filming.

— Location: Hokkaido University, Sapporo City, Japan

— Script, camera, and editing by Rob Thomson (

— Music by the amazing Jeris Quinn (

— Produced as part of the World Relationships Study (

— The World Relationships Study: a 40-country survey about intimacy, similarity and secrets in friendship and romance.

— Filmed using an Olympus OMD EM-1, Panasonic Lumix 20mm f1.7 lens, Canon FD 50mm f1.4 lens, Zoom H1 sound recorder, and a Syrp Genie timelapse controller.

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