Filming The Plan In Japan

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The Swedish team behind the award-winning film The Planet is in Japan to film their next feature documentary about mind change, called The Plan. Travelling to some 15 countries, David Österberg and Michael Stenberg are exploring how leading scientists and debaters think: what is going to be the paradigm shift, that drives forth and triggers changes or sudden shifts in our lives and in our minds?

Today in Tokyo, they met Dr Shin-ichi Takemura. His Tangible Earth is an amazing display of our planet, with facts about everything from normal weather patterns (updated by satellite) to unusual hurricanes.

Part 1/9 of The Planet (on Youtube).

The Swedish team are now meeting people from all over the world. They will also meet frontline scientists who have one focus: to save the planet.

With help from all of these clever people and with the added affect of music they want to weave a rhythmic, inspiring, optimistic and emotional entity and present the story of the greatest change humanity has ever witnessed...

"The Plan" begins where our previous film "The Planet" ended where we showed where the world would find itself in a near future if nothing was done. We described the threat we are now facing. We presented a truth that was controversial then but has now been accepted.

We have awakened and become aware. But we still seem to be fumbling towards an uncertain future. Where are the new maps? Where are the new directives? Where is the plan? In short, how do we give our future a face? Whatever we do, these plans and changes are going to effect us and our children.

It makes me wonder - what is your plan? Reading Treehugger, how are you going to make the change, and become part of the solution, as the idiom says. Oh, yes, I am also a part of the problem, no doubt about that. But if I can help people like David Österberg and Michael Stenberg, in any small way, to make a great film, then I am (at least) happy. In Japan, people say, one step at the time, hajime ippon, or Fighting Spirit...

Tangible Earth was also displayed at the recent G8 meeting in Hokkaido. It consists of a projector fitted with a fish-eye lens to display images as well as pressure sensors to detect the movements of hands touching the globe. Your hands will send messages that change the image on the transparent surface. In this way, this "tangibility" is a synthesis of analog and digital elements, Dr Takemura explains. A lot of real-time aspects are provided through the Internet, seeking and updating the latest weather data, including cloud movements...

Tangible Earth is currently on display at Ecozzeria in the Shin-Marunouchi Building, next to Tokyo Station, Tokyo, Japan.

Written by Martin Frid at

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