Woob – Tokyo Run

Set in the future this is an intense, often disjointed realtime computer simulation of one individuals attempt to access the ‘Mainframe’.

This 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 form a part of the Paradigm Flux universe and lay down the foundations for the main story.

BAS Artifacts Revealed + Hidden Mainframe Access

As you can see the film features an access card not unlike the Return to the City Keycard. In the real world a Series 9, Level 4 Keycard gave you access to the ‘Mainframe’ – a beta version of the forthcoming Woob track. The film teases ‘Mainframe Access lies within’ so connect the dots add a little patience some simple guesswork/deciphering and see where it gets you! For those after something more tangible those BAS artifacts previously mentioned are in fact Series 9 (MK2) Level 2 Keycards – full details

 About the film:

Tokyo Run features the amazing time-lapse photography of Samuel Cockedey and the design and animation 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


You can now download the 90 second soundtrack:

Above – This is not track 22 !


This film is now showing in Virtual Reality Wraparound theatre details wp.me/pyzET-1yx


  1. Anthony says:


  2. WOW, the video looks fantastic, i had to watch that afew times just to take it all in, the images and animation are stunning!!
    Great Stuff :)
    I hate waiting but the new WOOB release can’t come soon enough…

  3. Mike Mullen says:

    This is absolutely stunning. Fantastic work and I cannot wait to see what’s next. Still trying to crack the mystery within, but I’m half way there ;)

  4. So close and yet so far!!

  5. I arrived in the web site but the password remains a mystery.
    I cannot read the letters which are vague.
    I am going to try a laser operation of eyes ;)

  6. where is Track 22?

  7. Yeah! Found track 22! Cheers for the clues Paul.

  8. I’m giving up, very sad. I found the password and the second half of the link, which just takes me to a parked site. Nice idea but I don’t want to lose any more hours of my life on this.

  9. SA Smith says:


    Did you know in Vimeo if you hold down the shift button and hit left or right you can go through a video frame by frame?

    It’s true!

  10. Hmmm, track 22…

  11. Ahhhhh…. :-)


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