Sawyer Hartman is somewhat of a “Renaissance man” on YouTube. Among his talents, he vlogs, he acts, and he directs his own short films. Hartman’s latest moviemaking experiment is Welcome To Tokyo, an 11-minute video about a man living in Japan who is trying to evade authorities.
Welcome To Tokyo stars YouTuber Vincent Cyr as its protagonist, who believes he is being followed after committing a theft. Other YouTubers, such as Arika Sato and The Fu, also make appearances. Hartman’s greatest contribution is his cinematography. There are several dazzling shots, including a final zoom-out that was filmed with a GoPro. Hartman also made used of the Japan-themed sets that Godzilla producer Legendary donated to YouTube Space LA.
“I’d never really had the opportunity to see what we could create, if we were given more than a week to film it. So we gave ourselves a month,” explained Hartman. “We’re just really excited to get to share such a cool story with the audience. I actually feel like I know the character. It would be a fun endeavor to possibly adapt it into a full length feature, or possibly even a series.”
There are plenty more short films available on Hartman’s channel. If you’re not yet a fan of his, Welcome To Tokyo will go a long way toward proving his ability.