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Posted: February 12, 2015
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Finally, back on the road.

IMG_0002Firstly, apologies for not updating the site in so long. We became acutely aware that until we had some specific news, there seemed to be nothing we could really update you all on… Other than to say “We’re still here”. Life then also has a habit of taking over. One of the problems of making a self-funded film like this is that you have to do some ‘normal’ work once in a while!

Finally though, we have something exciting to talk about!

After several disappointments and false leads, we had some great news toward the end of 2014, when editor Aki Mizutani joined us on the FTMH team. Geoff and I met Aki in Tokyo on one of our first trips and she immediately impressed us with her work and her approach. She loved the idea for the film but events worked against us in taking anything further.

The delay in early 2014 meant however that we were able to get back in touch and thankfully, Aki agreed to take on the project. She came to London for 10 days in December to start editing and made a great start – producing a first cut of the complete film. It was great to see everything finally come to life and we’ll now work back and forth online to get everything finished.

Working out of Cutters in Tokyo, Aki edited ‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’, a fantastic film which was Oscar nominated in 2012. You can check out the trailer for this here.

Thank you all for your patience and support. We can’t tell you enough how much it means to us and how much we want to get this film finished. We should be able to update you soon on when this will be but it won’t be too much longer. We’ve been busy getting some deals in place while we’ve been away so have some other good news, which we can hopefully tell you soon.


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Posted: January 3, 2014
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Release Update!

A Happy New Year to anyone who has followed this blog or taken an interest in Football, Take Me Home, we’ve been incredibly grateful for your support in the last year!

We had hoped that the film would be ready for release by now but circumstances beyond our control have unfortunately pushed us into 2014. We’ve been busy though, and in the next couple of weeks we have some very good news to bring you on the release schedule, including details of where you’ll hopefully be able to see the film… So keep watching the blog and twitter for updates.

In the meantime, we need your help! Our aim was always to make a film that would truly be a fans film, so to us there seems no better way than including your clips and photo’s in the movie. In the next couple of days we’ll be posting more details of how to be involved but we want you to help us paint a picture of life as a Vegalta fan, before and after 3/11 – So start digging out your old home movies and photo’s!

We’re really excited that things are coming together. Keep watching!


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Posted: September 3, 2013
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ご無沙汰しています。

前回のアップデートからしばらく経ってしまいましたが、残念ながら夏休みをとっていた訳ではなく、その間暗い部屋に閉じこもってコンピュータースクリーンと格闘していました。
映画の編集を始める前に撮影したもの全てに目を通し、ファイルに名前と番号をつけ、編集室のシステムにダウンロードするという作業を繰り返しながら膨大な量のテープを処理すると共に映像の翻訳など2ヶ月近くに渡り夜遅くまで作業は続けられました。膨大な量のテープ、、、と言うのも昨年からの撮影分全てを合計すると12tbもの量になったのです。いまいちピンとこないという方のために例えるなら、普通のノートパソコン40台分の容量です。
そして先週ようやく最後のドライブをエディターに届け、今週末からいよいよ編集が始められる事になりました。この先の編集過程の中でも撮影の裏話などと共にアップデートしていけたらと思います。またエディターに関してももうすぐ皆さんに良いお知らせが出来ると思いますが、この写真の中にもヒントが隠されています。
イギリス国内での撮影、ダグラス監督の複雑骨折のアクシデントなど、色々とありましたがそれは
また次の機会に!ブログやFacebookページをこまめにチェックしていただけたらと思います。

here we go

Posted: September 2, 2013
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Here we go!

After a couple of months ‘radio silence’ we’re finally back and blogging! We’ve not been off sunning ourselves on beaches or taking a long holiday, far from it… Most of the last two months has been spent in darkened rooms staring at a screen!

Before we could start editing the film, we needed to review all the footage, name and number all the files and load it into the system at the edit house. That meant nearly two months of long nights for Geoff and Doug (Note from Doug: It was mainly Geoff… Sorry Geoff), systematically going through the thousands of files shot during our three trips. In total, something like 12tb of digital material. For the non-techies among you, that’s about 40 x the capacity of a normal laptop.

We delivered the final drive last week and editing is set to go from the end of this week. We’ll keep you posted on everything as we go, along with some behind the scenes stuff. We also have a great announcement to make about the editing, which will will be along soon but there’s a clue in the picture.

We’ve got lots of other news to catch up on with you – Including a shoot in the UK with someone very well known and Doug breaking his arm in an obscure ‘being silly’ incident – So watch the blog and the Facebook page. If you haven’t ‘liked’ us yet – get straight over there. More soon!


Posted: April 2, 2013
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All Too Quick

Once again we find ourselves in a departure lounge heading back to the UK and once again it seems all too quick. Once again, we’ve seen things which have filled us with sadness and once again, we have been reminded that everywhere there has been destruction, there is hope and optimism. The strength and fortitude of the Japanese people is often overlooked and taken for granted by a world feasting on 24 hour news. The stories here are real though, not just flickering pixels in the corner of a room – and they are played out on a day to day basis, each 24 hours bringing fresh challenges but fresh hope.

We don’t know how we can even begin to communicate on screen the strength of the people of Japan and the Tohoku region in particular, but we will try our best. One thing is for certain, we are looking forward to our return and catching up with the many good friends we have made.


Posted: March 29, 2013
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Vegalta in China!

Thanks to Mykuni-san for these fantastic shots of the warm reception the Vegalta fans received in China during their recent ACL encounter with Jiangsu Sainty.

The sheer distances involved in the area covered by the ACL creates some interesting problems in terms of travel for the fans – Already supporting in a country with high transport costs. Vegalta are one of the few J1 teams based in the northern half of the country, meaning that an away game can entail a round trip of up to 2-3,000 km.

The bullet train provides a quick solution but not a cheap one, with even moderate journeys costing around £200 return. To get round this, the fans drive huge distances – with one fan we spoke to planning top drive 10 hours to get to the Osaka game before getting straight on a plane to Seoul. It makes it all the more incredible then that Sendai have such a great away support at every game.


Posted: March 20, 2013
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Good to be Back! Day1 Filming 撮影初日

After a long journey, it was great to actually get straight into filming and we had a full day with the club in Sendai. See if you can guess from the pictures what we were up to?!

We have to thank, once again, all the staff and players of Vegalta who have made us feel so at home and allowed us so close to them. We only hope that the final film does justice to their efforts and those of the fans, in giving this great City something to smile about.

We will be posting some clips later in the week, but for now, keep following the blog and Facebook for updates.

Sendai – It’s good to be back… Take Me Home!

長時間のフライトの後早速、今日から仙台で撮影に入りました。写真からどこで撮影していたか分かる方も多いかもしれません!

まずベガルタ仙台の選手、スタッフの皆さんにまた温かく迎えて頂いた事に改めてお礼を言いたいです。そしてこの映画が完成した際にはベガルタ仙台の関係者、サポーターの方々を始めとした皆さんにに少しでも笑顔になっていただけたらと思っています。

近いうちにまたショートクリップをアップロードする予定なので、ブログやFacebookも時間がある時に覗いてみてください。

Football, Take Me Homeという映画のタイトル通り、ここ仙台の街にまた戻って来られて本当に嬉しいです。



Posted: March 16, 2013
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Back to the Beginning!

While talking through the recent interviews about FTMH, I was reminded about how we came across the amazing story of Vegalta and their fans. Of how a trip to a Championship (tier 2) game in a small coastal town on the East Coast of England meant that we saw the evidence of fan power in action – as the wave of worldwide support for Vegalta surfed through to the tune of ‘Take Me Home Country Road’.

I looked out the YouTube video that I watched that day in Ipswich with our friends from Sendai and the staff of the club that had done so much to show their support, and to this day, it still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Seems appropriate to run it on game day. Get the glory Sendai!!!!

Here’s to global fan power. Good to talk to you Dave at Sounder at Heart… This ones for you.


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Posted: March 14, 2013
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Sharing The Story of Vegalta

goal_com_logoHRWe were contacted by Goal.com who caught the trailer for FTMH online and wanted to find out more. Cesare Polenghi – Managing Editor for Goal.com Asia, was Editor for Japanese football at the time of the Tohoku earthquake and reported heavily on the efforts of the JLeague teams as they tried to resume the ‘normality’ of the football season in the earthquake and tsunami struck regions. He also covered many of the charity games and fund-raising efforts throughout Asia at that time. These were all pieces that we referred to frequently as we discussed the project.

You can read a couple of Cesare’s original pieces Here, and Here.

The FTMH article was written by Dan Orlowitz – Assistant Editor at Goal.com Asia and probably one of the most dedicated lovers of JLeague football you’re ever likely to meet. We shared a very pleasant time talking about all aspects of the beautiful game and we will hopefully be meeting up at some point during filming, along with Cesare, to continue the conversation.

The interview has now been translated to their many Asian editions and has been featured in Thailand, Singapore, India, China, Indonesia and Hong Kong, to name but a few. Many thanks to everyone at Goal.com for their efforts.

You can read the full article here.