Japan's first 3D Phtoscanning Studio in Shinjuku Gyoen
David Watts, founder of 3D Studio Watts, is an Australian graduate of two degrees from two universities: one in Visual Arts and another in Computer Science. You may wonder why he has two degrees in two seemingly disparate fields. From an early age, he was fascinated with drawing and painting, but winning a sculpture award led him to pursue sculpting. In his first degree, he studied visual art where he found himself deeply intrigued by digital forms, more specifically 3D forms and animation. He created his first 3D animated movie as his graduation project. He soon realized that in order to realize his vision for digital form, he needed to learn the basics of computer technology, which is when he decided to go back to university to start his studies in computer science from scratch. 8 years of tertiary education earned him more than a gigantic student loan. It gave him the foundation on which 3D Studio Watts was built.
After graduation, he was hired to design and make various things ranging from deer antler chandeliers and wallets to websites. His first real job gave him an opportunity to develop a demo application for 3D computer mouse. Convinced 3D had limitless possibilities, he set out for Tokyo where he believed he had more potential. In Tokyo, he went to a Japanese language school, taught in an English school, and finally got a foothold in realizing his dream of starting a 3D business. After about 4 years of contemplation, research, and preparation, the studio was established. He built the camera rig with wood, plastic, and some aluminum from the hardware store, using hand tools. He is now building his third version of the 3D scanning camera rig which should more flexibly position the cameras around the subject.