Christopher Nicholls is a bi-lingual filmmaker who has lived in Japan since 2010, and has collaborated with leading creative agencies and brands from around the world. 

An avid lover of film, Christopher has worked on projects ranging from branded content, commercials, event coverage, documentary, through to music videos and installation visuals. On top of commercial projects he also works as an independent filmmaker and photographer, exploring Japan through self-produced character driven documentary pieces and visual observations of the country. Often working without a budget or technical support, his creative drive, natural curiosity, and respect for Japanese culture has lead to subjects opening themselves to his lens and supporting his artistic missions.



Collaboration with Cherry Jerrera

Role: Director, DOP, Editor

Additional cinematography by Petter Moen Jensen, music by Karen Gwyer via Open Music Archive

My Attention by games ( Recorded at the artist's home in Nakameguro, Tokyo, games is a musical project created by Rafael Ikenaga. Guest drummer: Gui Martinez Video produced by Christopher Nicholls.

Client: iQOS

Role: Director

Agency: Edition WorldWide

Client: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Role: Director/DOP, Editor

Agency: Independent


Client IQOS; Agency Edition Worldwide

Role: Director

Video I shot and edited covering the Girls Don't Cry pop up and party in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Collaboration with Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic for a recent exhibition in Tokyo. Shot and edited within 24 hours of opening night of the exhibition.

Collaboration with a sumo dojo in Tokyo

Role: Director/DOP, editor

Agency: Independent

Client: Red Bull Music. Director/DOP, Editor. 2nd Camera by Peter Moen Jensen. Shot and edited within 24 hours of the event.
Videographer/Editor for Kusmi Tea
Producer/Videographer/Editor for Fuglen Tokyo
Videographer (in collaboration with Sam King)

A short profile of a yuzu farmer in Tochigi prefecture, shot for a natural soft drink start-up company. Made over a very manic few hours with zero budget and a crew of only 2. Director, Production Manager, DOP, Drone, Editor: Christopher Nicholls. 2nd Cam & drone: Fabian Parkes

Client: The Capitol Hotel Tokyo/Guy Martin. Director/Producer, DOP, Editor.
This is the first part in a short series I self produced, shot, and edited during my time living in Tohoku. In this episode we meet Mashiko Endo, a paper maker in Shiroishi, Miyagi.
Producer, DOP, Editor

Client: Red Bull Music


Client: New Balance Agency: High Snobiety/Just Another Agency

Director, Editor


Client Airbnb; Agency Vice New York

Assistant Director

  Client  Airbnb;  Agency  Vice New York  Assistant Director

Client Airbnb; Agency Vice New York

Assistant Director

A dreamlike stroll through a seedy part of town.
This is the initial test cut for a series of abstract shorts I'm working on that explore how humans have shaped this world we live in. The first episode focuses on the lines, shapes, and forms that make up the megapolis of Tokyo. Shot on a Sony A7sii on Zhiyun Crane, and a Mavic Pro. The final piece will use original music composed by a colleague.
Made once upon a time in my youth. Mind blowing VFX. Cutting edge stuff.
Throwback to shooting music videos on Sony DSRs with mini DV and equally mini budgets.


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