CREATORS' VIDEO DIARY / YouTuber’s screen debut a great learning experience

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YouTuber ayanonono holds the script of the film “Egao no Muko ni.”

By ayanonono / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunIt’s been 4½ years since I, an ordinary high school girl in Nagoya, began posting videos online on a whim. Over time, I’ve had a variety of inspiring experiences. And now — surprise, surprise — I am going to make my debut on the screen. Hooray!

The film, “Egao no Muko ni” (Smiles Leading to Happiness), is set to open in cinemas on Feb. 15. It depicts the struggles and passion of dental-care specialists, who are so dear to my heart.

I play the role of a dental hygienist, a senior colleague of the heroine played by Seia Yasuda. Although this is my first movie appearance, my role is an important one that gives an encouraging push to the heroine, who has a crush on the protagonist, a genius dental technician played by Mahiro Takasugi.

I thought I already knew this, but actors are incredible people indeed.

First of all, I was overwhelmed by the script, which was as thick as a textbook. And, of all the things, I was worried most about the age of my character.

My character is 25, and Miss Yasuda, who is older than me, plays a character who is 23 years old. It really made me concerned about how to appear as her senior colleague, because usually I just behave naturally in front of the camera.

I also had fresh surprises in the shooting and editing. The crew sometimes shot the same scene many times from different angles and combined all the versions together. Other times, they shot each scene regardless of the sequential order and combined them together like a puzzle during the editing process. I said “Wow” many times and learned a lot from the experience.

Personally, I thought I could do it somehow. The other day, however, someone from my agency saw the film and asked me, “Ayano-chan, were you all right with the film?” Doubt quickly kicked in. The film won the award for best feature film at the Monaco International Film Festival last month, so I guess I didn’t do much wrong, but ... did I give a good performance, or a goof performance? Please do check it out.

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YouTuber ayanonono began posting videos during her first year of high school, quickly becoming popular. She uploads videos every day on a wide variety of content, such as makeup tutorials, new product introductions and food reports, looking at the subjects from the viewpoint of her generation.

This article is a translation of the YouTube column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original Japanese text and its translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech

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