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Tokyo/Glow is an absolutely gorgeous short film, written and directed by Jonathan Bensimon, about the little glowing guy from a cross-walk sign who jumps down from the sign, at night, and wanders around Tokyo gawking at all the lights. I don’t think there are any CG effects. The film’s amazing look was achieved by combining a real actor in a custom glow-suit with a bunch of photographic hi-jinks: stop-motion, time-lapse, long exposure…did I miss anything?

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Tim

    This is great!

    It looks like a CGI effect when the man walks off the sign. Could be some other kind of animation. At times, the “glow suit” actually looks like it is a black suit with an inverted tone map (i.e., a negative image) especially towards the end where he steps in to the alley.

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