Hugh Cann

Hugh Cann

Producer, translator and transmedia producer in Hiroshima-shi, Japan

About Hugh

Experience:
2015
Interpreter - Mindful Films – TV Documentary; Assisted as interpreter and
training assistant to Japanese swordsmanship master Isao Machii
Sensei in filming segment.
2004
Production Coordinator/ - Wow Wow TV (cable - Japan) “Global Walking” 2 x 20min TV
Researcher documentaries:
Research social and historical story content
Negotiate and coordinate with corporate private and public
corporate sector entities to secure all logistic organization and
contractual arrangement with respect to production.
Coordinator/ Content - TV Asahi News mail order lottery fraud investigation segment
Research
Production Coordinator - Pioneer Catalogue Stills Shoot – Sohbi Corporation Inc. Tokyo
Coordinator - Suntory Beverages 2 x 30 TVCs – Sunad Japan / Nouvelle Ozzy
2003
December
Casting Director (Tokyo) - IBM Japan 6 x TVCs for Japanese broadcast
Good Oil Productions Pty Ltd / Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific / Tokyo
August
Coordinator / - “The Ghan” travelogue – Wow Wow Cable TV Co Japan /
Researcher 525 Productions Pty Ltd
Research social and historical story content
Liaise with local government and private entities to facilitate project
May
Japanese Interpreter - Cannes Film Festival - personal interpreter for Gotaro
Tsunashima promoting feature film “Japanese Story” –Un Certain
Regard
July to August
Market Consultant - Japanese market - E-Learning Joint Venture Enterprise – Look
and Feel Australia / Misuzu Corporation Japan :
Research and provide analysis for online language export
enterprise
Source Japanese market partners
2002
October
Japanese Interpreter - The Great Raid – Village Roadshow Productions –
(personal interpreter for actor Gotaro Tsunashima - Shanghai shoot).
June to September
Consultant/Interpreter - Japanese Story – feature film / Gecko Films. Authenticity
research, casting, script translation, facilitate immigration
procedure and union compliance. Interpreting.
April to May
Location Manager - Farscape 4 Series - Source filming locations, negotiate with
private and local government entities to secure all logistic
organization and contractual arrangement with respect to
ongoing utilization.
2001
December
Production Manager/ - Fuji Film Compact Camera Stills Shoot – Akasatsu DK (Japan)/
Casting Director Jap Art Productions – Cast 20 models. Research content and source
locations, budget and supervise 12-day shoot at forty locations in
Sydney and Hunter Valley
June to September
Japanese Liaison - Toyota Corporation, Japan – 3 minute CGI / Live-action 3D Video
display at Tokyo Motor Show - Ambience Entertainment / Dentsu
Tech Inc.; supervised production and facilitated internal/ external
communication between Dentsu Tech Inc. and Ambience
Entertainment production staff. Interpreting and translation.
January to May
Japanese Consultant - CHANGI - mini-series, ABC TV Drama
Cast main Japanese cast; negotiate and coordinate with
government departments to arrange immigration and fulfil union
compliance procedures; liaison between Japanese cast and director
other key personnel and during production; authenticity supervision
for costume and art dept.
2000
Interpreter/researcher - Panasonic commercial GMD (Aust) / TFC Tokyo,
Japan
Interpreter/coordinato - Kinniku Bansuke TBS TV Tokyo, Japan
Cultural:
Committee Member - Concept Advisory Committee - The Japan Foundation of
Australia 2003 10th Anniversary Special Event
Committee member - 1998 –99 Concept Advisory Committee for the Annual
National Culture Festival (Hiroshima 2000). Sole
non-Japanese committee member
Translation Work:
Japanese to English
Mazda Corporation Inc. – technical manuals and correspondence
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Development Division
Hiroshima Prefectural Govt. – Documents and correspondence
Ability Centre Inc.(SUBSIDIARY Mazda Corp.) – technical and non-fiction material
YMCA Language Institute – Promotional and correspondence documentation
Mitsui Real Estate Co. - Documentation
English to Japanese
Burn The Floor – Reality Dance Program show reel subtitle translation
ABC TV (Aust) - Changi – script
Village Roadshow Productions (Aust) - The Great Raid – script excerpts
Toyota 2 ½ minute video presentation – script, technical documentation
Gecko Films - Japanese Story – feature film script revisions
Other Production and Experience:
2016:
Tour Leader – Inside Japan Tours
Leading and coordinating a range of tours introducing culture and historical information and
experience coordinating destination transportation, accommodation and activities.
2015:
Leading a high-end 7 or 10-day trekking tour through the lower highlands of Japan Alps
presenting Japanese culture and history; coordinating destination transportation,
accommodation and activities.
Guest Relations Ambassador - Sydney Opera House
Front line visitor services offer answering patrons’ and visitors’ queries about current and
upcoming programs, presentations, tour options, food and beverage options, ticketing enquiries
and lost property issues, among other matters.
Tour Guide - Sydney Opera House (Japanese language)
Adapt and create an informative and entertaining 30 minute storyfied Japanese language tour of
Sydney Opera House including history, design and architectural elements, program offerings,
statistics and other information.
Interpreter/Training Assistant - to Isao Machii Japanese Swordsmanship Master
Assisted Mr Machii as an interpreter in training and
filming for a TV Documentary “Retrain My Brain2”
2014:
Guest Relations Ambassador - Sydney Opera House
Tour Guide - Sydney Opera House (Japanese language)
2013:
Tour Guide - Sydney Opera House (Japanese language)
2012:
Tour Guide - Sydney Opera House (Japanese language)
2011:
Tour Guide - Sydney Opera House (Japanese language)
Barista Alseasons Casual Staffing
Compss
Raineri Mobile café (corporate)
2010:
Barista Alseasons Casual Staffing
Compss
Raineri Mobile café (corporate
2009
Production Manager - Point of View - feature film. New Thought Productions
Development Producer - AGENCY a Multi-platform cross-convergence / TV on-air sit-com
program package (in association with Beyond Productions)
Telesales Consultant Accor Accommodation

2008
Development Producer - AGENCY a Multi-platform cross-convergence / TV on-air sit-com
program package (in association with Beyond Productions)

Sole Trader - Retail enterprise
2007
Sole Trader - Retail enterprise

2006
Producer - untitled feature film project (development) – Single Take
Productions
Producer - (development) Twist of Fate - Interactive TV sit-com pilot – Single
Take Productions
Sole Trader - Retail enterprise
2005
Casting Consultant - feature film – Jungle Run - Embassy Pictures
Sole Trader - Retail enterprise
2004
Sole Trader - Retail enterprise
2003
Sales Consultant - GEC Home Security Units – sales
2002
November to December
Tour Guide - Bush Limousine Tour Company (Japanese)
- Wilderness Expeditions

November
Location Manager - Honda “Stream” Commercial – Hakuhodo (Japan) /
Straight A Productions (USA)
April to May
Location Manager - Farscape 4 Series - Source filming locations, negotiate with
private and local government entities to secure all logistic
organization and contractual arrangement with respect to
ongoing utilization.
2001
November
Location Search - Honda “Stream” Commercial – Hakuhodo (Japan) /
Straight A Productions (USA)

May
Japanese Teacher - Unilearn Language Institute, Sydney
2000
Japanese Teacher - Stella Maris College, Manly
1986-2000 Hiroshima, Japan:
Casting Consultant in association with MMI Inc. on a number of feature films:
Black Rain, Blood Oath (Japanese cast), The Thin Red Line (Japanese cast), Paradise Road
(Japanese cast), Pride (Australian based cast), Mazda Corp. (Europe) Training Films
Interpreter - Gaijin (NBC/Warner Bros. Mini-series)
Coordinator - The Sleep of Reason (documentary)
- Today Tonight (Channel 7) – also featured commentator
Coordinator - Channel 7 News - Special Edition Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace
Ceremony
- 50th Commemoration of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki Bombing”
1977 - 1984
Theatrical Agent / - June Cann Management Pty Ltd –
Office Manager promotion, contract negotiation, voice artist management,
coordination of engagements of artists represented by the agency:
Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, Nicole Kidman, Tom
Burlinson, Baz Luhrmann, Ross Coleman,
Education:
2011 Advanced Diploma in Screen Content Production (Multi-Platform Screen
Producing) NSW State Government Scholarship
Accreditation - Japanese language for Tourism (University of NSW,
Foreign Language Faculty)
2010 Video for The Web – producing content for distribution across web
channels and other platforms
2009 Statement of Attainment in Production Management - Metro Screen
Certificate IV in Screen and Media; units of competency – Compile
production schedules, Analyse financial reports and budgets.
PMP, CAPM, ITIL (Project Management Professional)
Metro Screen – Production Manager Course (refresh).
2008 PMP, CAPM, ITIL (Project Management Professional)
2007 University of NSW - Translator/ Interpreter NAATI Accreditation
Preparation Course
2000 Statement of Attainment in Information Technology: Word, Excel,
Access, Conflict Arbitration, Staff Motivation Skills, Equal
Employment Opportunity, Occupational health and Safety.
1990 Pass - Level 2 – Japanese Language Proficiency Exam
Japanese Ministry of Education accredited
1978 Diploma of Education (Art) - Alexander Mackie College of
Advanced Education
1973 Matriculation - Pittwater High School, Sydney Australia
Interests / Cultural:
Aikido
 27 year member of Aikido Ki Society International-3rd dan (black belt 1995)
 Accredited instructor (Japan/Australia).
 1993 silver medallist in Japan National Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Championships.
 Classes conducted at Nature Care College, NIDA, Pymble Ladies College, Barrenjoey
High School, Eastern Suburbs Community College, others.
Iaido 3rd dan (swordsmanship kata)
 Provincial competition placings
Shodo (oriental brush calligraphy)
 3rd dan
 Several national (Japanese) awards and showings
 5 one-man avant-garde works exhibitions in Japan.
 Bank of Hiroshima –spring campaign poster 1998 (commissioned)
 CD Cover “Miyabi” - Hiroshima based jazz singer Izumi Kimoto
 May 2002 - first Australian solo exhibition sponsored by the Japan Foundation of
Australia.
 Conceived, produced and performed live avant-garde sho art performance in
collaboration with a British koto player and two Japanese percussionists.
 Commissioned to produce and perform avant-garde sho art performance at private
gallery opening
 World Rugby Cup – Sydney 2003 – Oriental Calligraphy adorning Stylised Japanese
Flag – commissioned by NSW Premier’s Office
 Stylised execution of works for USA corporate launch audio visual of Nissan “Kuraza”.
 Featured extra UNBROKEN (Angelina Jolie Dir)


Name: Hugh Cann

Lives in: Hiroshima-shi, Japan

Occupation: Producer, Translator and Transmedia Producer

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