The underground parking structure beneath the Letterman Digital Arts Center, the Presidio district of San Francisco. The entrance that connects reality with the parallel universe of the parking area, a long passageway stretching into the darkness.


These collections were shot by who loved the simple functional beauty of this artificial space with enveloped in the oddest of sensations.






ILM is a company of very hard working artists and technicians. Few exemplify these qualities more than Masahiko. These photographs came from the many late nights he has spent working long after the parking garage has emptied out, to go home through the marvelous empty spaces and see them as few others do.


- Paul Huston
Senior Digital Matte Artist
ILM - 1975 to the present
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emmy and VES award winner
Masa’s keen eye for composition makes this a wonderful art piece as well as an excellent reference for artists and designers making synthetic environments for fi lm, TV or games.


- John Knoll
Visual Effects Supervisor
ILM - 1986 to the present 79th Academy Awards Best Visual Effects award winner One of the original creators of Adobe Photoshop
Since his start at ILM, there are few movies that don't feature a sky photographed by Masa.
Through his photographs, Masa has managed to find beauty and interest that I had never noticed, in a structure I use every day.
I envy the way he sees and experiences his surroundings.
The images are surprising in their simplicity, beautifully composed, and photographed by a man whom I respect very highly.


- Richard Bluff
CG Department Supervisor, Digital Matte ILM








Masahiko Tani
Born in 1971. Masahiko began working for set design companies, on a freelance basis, conducting special effects and production design for TV, CM and movie series such as Gamera and Godzilla. Subsequently, he began his career as a matte painter for commercials and movies in Japan.
He relocated to the United States in 2000 to take on new challenges. Since 2001, he has been employed in the Digital Matte Department at Industrial Light & Magic. Apart from his work on the company’s movie productions, he also takes photographs in his spare time.



Special Events:
Manufacture of electric parade car (Tokyo Disneyland)
3D movie for “ Star Tours2” Disneyland ride


2002 “Star Wars: Episode II- Attack Of The Clones”
      “Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets”
2003 “Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl”
      “Terminator 3 “ “ Peter Pan”
2004 “Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban”
      “The Day After Tomorrow”
2005 “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith”
      “War Ofd The Worlds” “Harry Potter And The Goblet OF Fire”
2006 “Priates OF the Caribbeen: Dead Man’s Chest”
2007 “Evan Almighty” “Rush Hour 3”
2008 “The Spiderwich Chronichles”
      “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull”
2009 “Terminator Salvation” “Star Trek”
2010 “The Last Airbender”
2011 “I AM Number Four” “ RANGO” “Cowboys " Aliens”


Other noted works of his career before the states (1991-2000) include, numerous Japanese 'Tokusatsu' films as Godzilla series, Tsuburaya & Toei's 'Super Sentai Series' programs, and Japanese TV commercials.
Book Details


Author: Masahiko Tani
Publisher: Born Digital
Paperback/Hardcover: 148 pages
Language: Japanese/English
Paperback/ ISBN-13: 978-4862461629
Hardcover/ ISBN-10: 486246162X
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches


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      We've never seem tired of being inspired by cinematography, its technologies and trends.
However, I sometimes feel like going back to basics, and spend more time finding pieces that convey simple human thoughts, or bared feelings.
Because what everyone may think non-descriptive, are the hardest one to depict.


This photo-book is about me pursuing such simple world.
I just wanted to share 'space' and 'span' that exist in our everyday lives.
With these photos, I hope readers take parts in enjoying whatever come to their minds, tripping out to their own 'non-real' world, that's all.


* * *


Many of these photos may seem too plain, but that's exactly how I wanted.
I consciously took each piece being a fixed shot from a cutoff animation or live-action.
So the best way to see these photos, is to look at them as fixed grained shots from a movie, and play them back in real-time on your mind.
And it's absolutely up to you to flip those pages at your own pace.
I also wanted to guarantee anyone who see this book retaining its worldview, so I decided to shoot this location only.


* * *


I pay close attentions to 'span / space' naturally found in daily organic or in-organic subjects.
I see great deal of dramas and emotions in them.
So it became the whole theme of this book as well, to pursue feelings derived by such 'span' and 'space'.
To better depict such theme, my instinct told me to shoot this parking, the ordinary space surrounded by concrete walls, rather than grand, ancient space as in the world heritage.


* * *


As the time passed by, my instinct proved me right with the clear vision of world I wanted to express.
I absolutely had no clue how the public would recognize my imagination. Yet I thought, it wasn't a bad idea to share such peculiar world I discovered.


I just hope, we find better ways to co-exist with others and outer worlds, by exploring 'spans' and 'spaces' experienced on our own.


Because our true realities, simply come from our own personal experiences.


* * *


Why not we find our realities, just as watching the silent movies, fully imagining the sound, voices, and colors?


Being a bit of an artist, I'd like to take my part in questioning the world.
And I'm sure this book will do stir up people's mind as well.
“Where did we come from?”
“What are those inorganic or organics we see?”
I'd like to continue pursuing such basic themes.


Lastly, I'm very grateful for this opportunity to publish my own piece of creation, rather than just sharing my shots created for the box-office.




These photos are intended to depict the out-of-the-ordinary world that I experience in daily living environment, although I would like leave messages to children through this collection, for them to cultivate own broad perspective and insight.
Children, including who stay at the disaster area, tend to be swayed by adults; I would like them to know infinity of film and video's possibilities..


Because it is a personal activity, it will be small, but all my revenue is devoted to donations to the disaster area.
Destination of the donations is considering where I can send directly without through any organizations.
I believe that are to two Orphanages in the disaster area where I have visited by myself.