Local 81 Japan christian storms
Local 81 Japan christian storms

Local 81 is your Tokyo based film/tv production oasis. Our mantra: integrity in our beyond-the-call-of-duty work. 

Shooting in Japan?

Local 81 is your Tokyo based film/tv production oasis. Our mantra: integrity in our beyond-the-call-of-duty work. 

Christian Storms, Local 81 owner, has produced over 100 hours of award winning docos, TV shows, music videos and commercials with his A-list production crew. He has co-produced both foreign and domestic features up to 5 million as well.

From tiny to major projects, he's managed prod budgets up to 300K for commercials, TV (Top Gear BBC, The Amazing Race Asia, America's Next Top Model) and fashion photography shoots. 

Christian has produced in ten Asian countries,been a director/producer at four World Cups (South Africa, Brazil, Russia and France), and was a director/producer for Fox Sports Japan. 

Being fully bilingual and bicultural, helps me help you. I have subtitled over 70 Japanese films, interpreted for many creative talent and have interviewed over 400 people. As an on-set interpreter and dialogue coach working on feature films for Miike Takashi and the movie THOR in LA, I have much to offer. Not a problem I cannot solve; that is my job.

When your work speaks for itself, don't interupt.

Contact me at christian(at)local81.jp 

Japan Times article 

Clients include:

TV Networks: BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, BBC Scotland, Discovery Channel, Channel V Australia, MTV, NBC, The Travel Channel, VICE, History Channel, Spike TV, ESPN, HBO, AXN, Pivot TV, Nat Geo, PBS, Channel 7 Sydney, Seven Network, Nick News, Quantas Inflight, October Films.

Sports Content: FIFA, UEFA, IMG Sports, HBO, Golfing World, Badminton World, Total Sports Asia, Sportsbrand TV, Fox Sports,

Movie Studios: Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Cinelicious Pics, Nikkatsu, Warner Brothers Japan, Toei, Toho, Sedic International,

Corporate Clients: Nike, Apple, Google, Capcom, USB, Sony Playstation, Peugeot, Eli Lilly, UD Trucks, Canon, Dentsu, Dentsu Tec

Production Services = WYW

  • local producing, fixing, production coordination, scouting, permits, local crew/gear, casting, travel/hotels, transport & customs/carnet
  • meticulous pre-production 
  • loc scouting, nego. FTP uploads. 
  • casting name/non-name local talent. 
  • A list crew (all departments) 
  • camera gear (all camera systems)
  • aerial photography/drone shoots 
  • light and grip gear rental (techno cranes to Panther dollies) 
  • stunts/action filming, horses and stunt cars. Local 81 works with the stunt men from Miike Takashi films.
  • transport: car/mini-van/location buses and drivers. High end insurance package/car navigation system.
  • Picture vechicles
  • full prod insurance (crew/kit/location) 
  • airport pick up/return
  • hotel discounts/broadband wifi 
  • security for high profile celebrities
  • walkie/wifi/cell phone rental
  • meal planning/catering 
  • full financial/transparent accounting
  • W - whatever you want


Commerical. Sapporo Beer North America / Return the Favor Produced a commerial along with several 4 minute doco style artist profiles. We won nine ad awards! 

Feature Film. Associate Producer. 5 million USD Japan feature. Samurai Marathon 1855. Directed by Bernard Rose (Candyman, Immortally Beloved). Producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor). Music by Philip Glass.  

Co-Producer. 7 million USD US Feature film. DARC

BBC / James May's Cars of the People. Local producer.

UD Trucks corporate film.

AXA Research Film. Live volcano shoot.

Channel V Australia / B430 Travel show. Local producer / climbing guide.

Web movie for Google / Marukome. 

HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Foul Balls / Soccer

BBC Radio 1 IPlayer - Babymetal

Japanese Curling / Olympic Channel



81 is the country code for Japan. It's also the number of baseball coaches in Japan. Local means local knowledge and locations but also comes from film unions in the US. Local 81 means we are organized and ready to serve iwith local knowledge and locations. 


Clients = Family

Clients keep coming back for our co-producing skills that achieve their goals. They become family and refer their friends.

Very excited to share with you the client approved fine cut of “Johnny” - our first mini doc. It is - in a word - extraordinary. It goes without saying, that without you, this would never have been possible. Every time I watch this video I am reminded of that - and of you. And that makes me genuinely happy. -- Angela Carroll, The&Partnership

 Christian, Toby and Vanessa are back in New York, and have nothing but raves for the shoot and for the excellent job you and your team did. Thanks for going the extra mile for us. The footage is fresh, extraordinary, and beautiful. I'm really pleased that we had the opportunity to work with you. -- Robert / Locker 100 (Executive Producer for MARKED for the History Channel)

I wanted so to say a huge thank you on behalf of us all here in the UK!! We all have really enjoyed working with you, and do hope that we can work again on more projects in the future. I'd be really grateful if you could also pass on our thanks to all your team over in Japan who have worked so hard on the shoot. Many thanks again for all your hard work on the project - hugely appreciated!! -- Susie Cooper Production Manager, Top Gear Entertainment, BBC Vision

Friends, Please forgive such belated thanks for all your hard work and hospitality. The record company was delighted with the results of our efforts and there are those who can not quite believe we accomplished so much in so little a time ("And that includes a national holiday" I like to quip). Most obviously, the array of locations we shot in and the cohesive narrative. I hope there will be other times, as I loved Tokyo and the Japanese were hospitable and gorgeous, often at the same time. Thanks again fellas. It was a week to remember. --Rupert Jones (director of El Presidente / Turn This Thing Around)

I feel like we got the best production help in Tokyo but more importantly, met a very fine new friend and the guys do as well. And let me tell you, I've been with Dustin on and off for 13 years and he does NOT give a compliment lightly. No where we have been has been as seemless as Japan and we all know we have you to thank for that! Amsterdam was COOL and really, all of Holland has been lovely but Japan remains a great memory. -- Clare Libbing - producer, Creative Street Media Group

Dear Christian, we got back to London yesterday and i just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful shoot in Japan. i can't tell you how excited i am about the film. my heart is full with all our little adventures. thank you for making it all possible. please dont forget to look us up when youre in london! i hope to work with you very soon again... all the best diene (director for LOCKED UP ABROAD for Nat Geo, production company is RAW TV)

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