Tokyo Run

via Tokyo Run on Vimeo

Set in the future this 90 second film depicts a disjointed, realtime computer simulation of one individuals attempt to access the ‘Mainframe’.

The micro-length animation is a companion piece to the forthcoming short Return to the City. Although the two story-lines are self contained both films are part of the Paradigm Flux universe and lay down the foundations for the main story.

The film is designed for repeated viewings and contains more to it than may first appear. Full details can be found in this post –

Thanks to Samuel Cockedey for letting me loose – once again on his amazing time-lapse photography.

Preview of Return to the City collaboration with Samuel can be found here


Tokyo Run features the time-lapse photography of Samuel Cockedey and the design, animation and audio of Paul Frankland (Woob). Although the ‘Run’ is based in a futuristic ‘old Tokyo’ It uses buildings and images from 3 major cities around the world. The simple animation was created in Cinema 4d then projected and filmed off a variety of different surfaces to roughen it up and to contrast against the slick-ness of the Time-lapse. A lot of the sound design was created using everyday objects. Other more musical effects were created by chopping up and processing the original 24bit files contained on the real version of the keycard depicted in the film. More information on Samuels time-lapse creation process can be found here:


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