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This is a project I've been working a lot on, its going to be my first feature length movie.
Its all about the World Cup but from one of the most multicultural cities in the world (Toronto). Something that's fun and interesting I hope can appeal to a lot of people.
direct link to the trailer,
I've been keeping a blog as well,
I am doing everything. I shot it, I'm editing it and making all the music, doing all the web and promotion stuff etc. Its all still a work in progress so anything can change but its about that time I start showing it off more and getting some input. I trust your opinions here so please let me know your thoughts and ideas, I'll be needing lots of help over the next few weeks as it is finished and released.
Congrats, looks like a fun documentary.
Its going to be released online and I want the site to be as solid as possible, it will be the main destination to watch it with a 'watch now' area and stuff. The current site is just a temporary thing to show off the trailer so I've been looking for some decent wp themes that might work. Something clean that will make a nice presentation for a documentary like this. Not exactly my area, any suggestions would be great.
Cool idea. So you shot all of the footage during the 2010 WC? Or during the qualifiers as well? Either way, good luck.
It was all shot during the 2010 World Cup with some pick up footage in the summer of 2011/12. There is a little bit about that specific World Cup in South Africa, it was a pretty great tournement that year, but its mostly about the World Cup in general.
Also it is about more than just the FIFA World Cup™ anyway and covers a variety of topics like diversity and social and poltical issues, so I am hoping people will be able to see its relevance with a little bit of perspective outside the event itself.
I'd love some WP theme recommends. I've tried theme forest and some other sites but there is too much out there, you guys know the good stuff.
very cool, funny how soccer mad our city is when it comes to the world cup, yet we never qualify.
^totally. I heard a lot about what it was like there during the WC from friends which is partly how I came up with the idea. There is a street party somewhere in the city everyday for a month. The diversity helps obviously but I think Toronto is just an awesome and enthusiastic sports town anyway.
cool, but why don't you mention the city in the trailer? or maybe you did and i missed it?
Thats a good question, I thought about this quite a bit. Main reason being that its not really about Toronto at all, it just provides the setting. Toronto happens to be the perfect place for a doc like this.
Another reason is that I want to create a certain suspension of disbelief so that the audience feels as though they are being shown some exotic locale they've never seen or heard about before. Like a lot of those travel documentaries that take you somewhere new and interesting.
I figured if I made it obviously Toronto Ontario Canada it would put off a lot of the potential audience. I also want people who are familiar with the place to be able to see a side they haven't seen or thought of before in this way.
- interesting, although you may consider a quick mention just to set the scene. it seemed weird that you were trying to keep it a secretJG_LB
- I'm definitely not trying to keep it a secret the location is meant to be revealed subtly.lodef
- tough to talk about it without the doc being released yet. There's a lot of details about Toronto and Canadalodef
I'm still looking for something for the site but I think I might just stay with what I have and alter it a bit. Everything I find is too complicated and/or corporate for what I need.
This will be released next week. Its a bit later than I had intended, obviously with the World Cup on I want to take advantage of the timing but I didn't want to release something I wasn't comfortable with so I've taken a little extra time. A big challenge with this has been to figure out how to present the movie as a documentary on its own just for what it is, because ultimately its about a lot more than just the World Cup, so once the hype has died down a bit it might make a little more sense.
been looking forward to this, not sure how all the other neigbourhoods were but The Danforth was nuts.
Dope that you made a movie, shame it was based in one of the countries and cities furthest from Football culture ever.
yeah exactly that was a part of the point. Downtown Canada is supposed to be a big grey boring grid but I wanted to show another side of it a lot of people don't realize is there.
I'm interested to know what its like in other cities around the world during the games. Most cities are pretty multicultural but I think they all have a different dynamic, like I doubt there are parades of Brazilians wondering around London or Berlin banging drums but I could be wrong. It'd be interesting to see. Toronto has a pretty open approach to its diversity so people tend to take to the streets.
So as I was saying its later than I would have hoped, I probably would have punched myself if I knew I wouldn't have finished until now but its not that big a deal. Its always been apart of the plan to do most of promotion after the World Cup this year anyway. Its something I will be promoting with practically everything I do as a filmmaker and a musician for a while yet. It really is about more than the World Cup anyway.
This is the first project of this scale I've ever completed so its been a very formative learning experience. Everything from the shooting to the editing, the music production and the little bit of marketing I've attempted was all about the learning curve. I have a lot more stuff in the works so the experience will all be applied.
Its actually still not finished, there are some rough parts where the editing and music still need some work. Vimeo has a fancy 'replace video' feature so I will be making some changes and making the music, audio mix and editing better. If you are reading this please watch it and let me know what you think. I trust your opinions here, it would be appreciated.