Posts Tagged with 'Vegalta Sendai'

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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 17, 2013
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First day!

edit3First full day editing. Great to be working with Andy (More about him later) but just excited to start seeing things on screen. A lot to do but every journey starts with a first step… Here we go, next stop the premiere!


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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: March 27, 2013
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Bright Futures

After a hectic few days filming, we’ve finally had chance to take stock of the trip so far and put up some stories on the blog.

One of the things that has impressed us so much on this trip is the commitment in this area to grass-roots football and to developing the game. Huge amounts of energy are poured into coaching youth sides and, while the facilities and styles may differ, one message is consistent among all the coaches – That they want football to expand in Japan.

We visited FC Miyagi, whose training pitch sits awkwardly on top of a windswept hill but who boast such august alumni as Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United – And then took in the excellent youth facilities at Vegalta, where a legion of coaches implement the long term vision of coach Teguramori. Finally, we watched an Under 12′s tournament sponsored by Coca Cola in an impressive facility in Rifu that boasted a double-sided grandstand and half a dozen pitches.

The skill levels on show at every single one of these venues and the quality of the coaching and mentoring being offered to the young players, left us in little doubt that Kagawa will not be the last Japanese star to sign for a major European club.


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 8, 2013
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Hotspur’s Coming Home

Picture-86Harry Hotspur, fine purveyors of all tidings Tottenham Hotspur (with a nice set of saucepans thrown in) have very kindly run a splendid piece on our endeavours to bring the film to life. Anyone not familiar with the site among our followers in Japan, could do worse than bookmark HH as a cut-out-and-keep guide to irreverent British football humour. It also makes a good fire lighter on the cold winter nights.

You can take a look here.



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Posted: February 28, 2013
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FTMH on TWTD… OK!

20130228-162143.jpgReally nice piece from the guys at TWTD, a great blog dedicated to the life and times of Ipswich Town Football Club. Its a club that holds a pivotal role in the story of how this film came about, and for those not acquainted with the tale, theres a few happy minutes to be spent reading Harry’s blog pieces on TWTD over a cup of coffee (See below link). We were delighted to be able to film at the club recently and look forward to going back to visit in the near future for some fun stuff that you’ll be able to read about soon!

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