Besides the experience of actually going out and shooting this documentary making the music has become the most rewarding and interesting part for me personally. Music is a part of the subject matter of ‘One World Cup' in some respects. There is always singing, drums and lots of noise that goes along with the worlds most popular sport, everywhere I went there was music being made and played. I was exposed to so many sounds from all over the world while shooting and 'One World Cup' needs a rich soundtrack to create that sense of atmosphere. It has been a great opportunity to be a real student of music and listen to so much of my favourite stuff but in a different way, to learn rather than just enjoy.
Making music easy! Sort of. I have been recording and sampling a bunch of inexpensive instruments like a jawharp, thumb piano, harmonica and some cheap, home made instruments. You can make so much interesting noise with little money. It will all be spiced up with some electronic techniques and sounds to create an eclectic mix of urban and modern styles, further reflecting the themes and setting of the documentary.
Please watch the two unofficial trailers I have made. They feature some of the music I have been producing at a demo stage. It’s only going to sound better.
The 2014 World Cup that will be held in Brazil won’t necessarily be a celebration for everybody. Brazilians are taking to the streets in reaction to the bloated expenses associated with the event that are coming at the cost of Brazilian citizens.
“It’s taking the piss with our money, with the public’s money, it’s a lack of respect, a lack of scruples. FIFA is the real president of this country.
FIFA comes to our country and imposes a state within a state. It’s not going to pay taxes, it’s going to come, install a circus without paying anything and take everything with it." Romario, former Brazilian striker and current congressman.
“I can understand that people are not happy, but they should not use football to make their demands heard." Sepp Blatter, FIFA President
Leone Stars is a documentary currently in production about a group of young men who were left as amputees after the civil war in Sierra Leone and are now struggling to over come this hardship through playing soccer… not only amongst themselves but against the entire world. They have been travelling to international tournaments for amuptee soccer teams AND winning but most importantly spreading awareness for amputees as they go.
The production team ran a successful campaign through the crowd funding service kickstarter.com and most recently pitched at the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘Pitch This’ event, winning some more development money to finish shooting. I was rooting for them, its great to see this sort of documentary with a message start to go places.
On the second day of shooting, while at the Football Factory, I happened to meet a few guys making similar sort of documentary of their own. Over the next few weeks we kept running into each other at the same places covering the same stuff. Eventually we started talking more about our projects and they gave me some valuable tips on some great locations in the city to shoot. I was making this documentary entirely by myself at this point but always had the idea to get another camera rolling during the final game to capture the reaction of both sides. I asked them if they could help and they were game. So for the final, while I was with a large contingent of Spain fans, they were simultaneously shooting the Holland supporters. It worked out well, the video they shot was an excellent contribution.
They are currently developing more interesting projects and have subsequently become a big part of this production, the first people to get on board in a substantial way since I started it. The documentary they were working on is called A Football Tale. It was screened at the Canadian Sport Film Festival and provides a nice glimpse of the same time, place and themes this documentary is about.
Its been about a year now since I wrapped shooting for this documentary. I’ve had some downtime away from it allowing me to digest the footage and focus on other things I’ve had to put off since starting the film. I have a new personal website in the works plus lots of music and video, it will all be finished soon enough.
I’ve been slowly going through all the video I shot last summer thinking about how to put a story together. It can a be a painful process watching your own work sometimes but it has also been really interesting so far.
A big part of this documentary will be the music. Since even before I knew I was actually going to be shooting this, when it was just an idea, I started making music to give me a sense for what sort of film this could be. I’ve since been doing a lot of research into international musical styles to give the soundtrack a deservedly world sound. World music is often extremely percussion orientated, but I am no percussionist, so for the time being I’m using some software and samples to help with composition and lay down the rhythms. Its been a very educational and inspirational sort of process.
Other things I’ve been doing are developing the art work and a proper website. The site will incorporate this blog, a trailer and some other additional content. It will be the first real unveiling of this documentary to the world so I’m looking forward to it.
This is a map of all the places that I shot in throughout the games, I think I got most of them. Click on the markers to see the names and zoom out a little to look around. Next World Cup you will have no excuse not to be able to find somewhere to watch a game.
*There are still a few more I’ll be adding as I look through the video.
Manchester United kicked off their world tour here in Toronto against Celtic FC and I made sure I got a good seat right behind the bench. They were missing a few top players, namely Rooney who was probably laying low after England’s uneventful World Cup run. It was however extremely great to see long standing United members like Giggs, Scholes and head honcho Sir Alex Ferguson up close. Loud supporters from either side provided an entertaining atmosphere and it ended a solid 3 - 1 for ManU.
Spain are now world champions. Netherlands had an awesome tournament but there can only be one winner and Spain deserve it. In a way I just spoiled the ending of the documentary but it’s the journey that counts, not necessarily the final destination and the film will still hold many surprises.
This World Cup will be unforgettable for me. I had a great time but I never really got to sit and enjoy the games with everyone else. I was always that guy with the video camera watching everyone else watch the games but it was a very interesting and entertaining perspective. This would not be the doc it is without everyone who tolerated me sticking the camera in their face and just had fun. Next World Cup will be in Brazil, probably the coolest place in the world and I just might be able to relax and enjoy it. Maybe Canada will actually qualify!
I’ve come to understand from talking to a broad range of people that even with all the heated rivalries and political history the World Cup and soccer in general, is just a game. Perhaps the fact that it is just a game means it’s something that helps people forget the BS, get together and communicate on common ground. We need more reasons to do that but as negative as it sounds the World Cup doesn’t change anything, people change things and it doesn’t matter who wins. Another thing I learned is that vuvuzelas make great beer funnels…and drinking is the real most popular sport in the world.
It ain’t over yet. This blog will eventually be a proper site for the film when its done and I’ll be updating it all through post-production and its ultimate release so please check back. I’m sure I’ll be spending lots more time here in the future but for now I fare thee well Toronto, its been sweet.
We are now heading into the semi-finals with the top four teams in the world in no particular order being Germany, Spain, Holland and Uruguay. Its just getting good and already its been amazing.
One thing I noticed about the England games is that they were the only ones where the singing actually drowns out the incessant buzz from the vuvuzela. Sounded like a good old fashioned football match for a change. I don’t think they have any excuses after their 4-1 loss to the Germans. There was of course a now infamous equalizing goal that never was but the following goals and game play from the Germans seemed to cancel that out. I wonder if England have once again failed themselves and the country or if the German team really is that good.
Ghana vs USA was exciting. I was at a sports bar called The Point, full of Ghanaians and their supporters on the edge of their seats. After the win people from around the neighborhood started streaming out of their homes and celebrating in the parking lot, a great vibe. At this point Ghana has been eliminated in yet another controversial game. They did not capitalize on the handball penalty in extra time nor in the eventual penalty kick off at the end, though the initial shameless Suarez save made Ghana’s elimination feel specifically unjust in the end.
Meanwhile in the T-dot the G8/20 summit was going down. Toronto was under serious security. Though I stated this is not a film about politics I’ve always felt that it is a documentary about a time and place, namely Toronto during the World Cup, and this was absolutely relevant. People have been talking about it all around Toronto, I’ve over heard more than a few loud conversations in public and talked to some people myself about their experiences. Unfortunately I don’t think anyone is any more informed about the issues surrounding the summit after all this.
Canada Day didn’t seem quite right after that weekend but I took it in anyway wondering around enjoying typical Canada Day stuff. I then checked out a Toronto FC game. I was told they have the most rowdy and supportive fans in the MLS and they proved it on this July 1st. I finished the day off with some fireworks at Ontario Center as the CN Tower was putting on a light show of its own. Toronto is still cool.
So I’ve picked up a few things in the last few days, free stuff is always good. Minus the drinks and complimentary meals that have been provided by my kind new friends its all just promotional things for companies but whatever. A few soccer balls, some Jager shwag, free coke (in bottles shaped like soccer balls no less, not shown because I neglected to save one of the 8 I drank) and my favorite, an Italy shirt from Puma.
I feel like I’ve been here a month already. Something great has happened every day and I’m trying not to miss a beat. I was in Greektown, otherwise known as The Danforth, for Greece’s first goal and win ever in the World Cup and captured their celebrations. Taste of Little Italy last weekend was very nice, College St. gets closed and lots of food and fun hits the street but too bad Italy couldn’t pull off a win over New Zealand, that would have made it extra sweet. Both England games were memorable, I was at Duke of Gloucester and then Scallywags. Portugal destroyed North Korea seven nothing and the Portuguese let everyone in Toronto know, the horns could be heard until well into the evening. The Brazil vs. Portugal game was uneventful but I think the tie eased any tension and just gave everyone an opportunity to party together. Another notable mention was Betty’s, it was packed with the Dutch, who have been having a great tournament, and they put Cameroon away 2-1.
Mighty France and Italy have both fallen while a few underdogs have pulled through. Such is the way in the World Cup. Round of 16 has started and already I have lots to talk about but I’ll wait until a few more developments to post an update.
So far I’m shooting lots of video and visiting many different bars and restaurants, eating good food and drinking good drinks. I’ve met many people from all over the world in the last week and they are being very generous and cool. I’ll be posting a map shortly of all the places that I’ve shot in and of course everyone who’s helped me out will get mentioned once this is actually finished. Good times, I thank you all ! Please stay in touch.
So I haven’t been able to actually watch and enjoy many games considering I’m usually watching everyone else while they watch the games. There were quite a few ties at first, England frigged up a win so they will be hoping to make that back against Algeria. The Aussies got their ass handed to them by the Germans who were looking pretty solid. The Brazil game was a party, I was at a place called Rio 40°, the car horns and music could be heard all over Toronto though it was good to see North Korea actually get on the board. The biggest games are yet to come so I am pacing myself. We’ll see what happens.
Feelin’ the burn on my cam holding shoulder after the England / USA game at the Football Factory.
Tomorrow I go to battle. Actually I’m just going to go watch a couple of soccer games but I have to get up at like 8 so that’s pretty bad. Toronto rocks. I’ve already seen a lot of the city after a week and will be seeing even more over the next month. The flags and banners are out in force and dozens of bars and restaurants are making special plans to host screenings. It’ll be a lot of work but I consider this more of a working vacation, I can’t complain; I’m sure the players have more to worry about.
Kick back and watch this intense doc on hooliganism during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Its like a primer on urban warfare or something. Fortunately there probably won’t be as much of this going on during this World Cup, but I’m sure a few people will be thrown in the back of a paddy wagon.
The 1994 World Cup, hosted by the USA, was probably the first World Cup I can clearly remember. But glorious England… was not there. This candid documentary follows manager Graham Taylor and the English team’s perilous journey. The line “Do I not like that”, uttered by Taylor during a play leading to another goal against, subsequently became a notorious one liner. I think that’s actually a question, the answer being “No. No you do not.”
Fortunately they qualified for this one and needless to say USA and England first round is going to be interesting. It’s not like I’m going to be a non-biased observer for this documentary. England !!!!!!!!!!!
All the parts are here in this playlist ready to be watched from start to finish.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, a documentary was shooting on the streets, amongst the fans and hooligans, capturing every moment… from the other side of the planet. In one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, Toronto Canada.
No the film will not be called “World Cup Documentary” or “The World Cup in Toronto”, I have a few names that I am thinking of but they will remain undisclosed until a later time. I haven’t even shot it yet.
I keep telling myself I’m not making a documentary about multi-culturalism. Its not about diversity in Canada or immigration, its not about racism or politics. I’m making a documentary about the World Cup of soccer. I’m a huge fan and lover of the sport, I’ve played since a kid and have always soaked up as much of the World Cup as possible every time it happens. It so happens that this year its being held in South Africa, a country with a poignant history of cultural clashes, and soccer/football/futbol, whatever, has always had a reputation for being extremely politically charged… but what did you want me to do go all the way to Africa just for a stupid documentary? No thanks, I’ll save myself the vaccine shots. There’s no need to travel when a city like Toronto is not far a way. It’s a city with a truly multi-cultural population, the first thing I personally noticed about the place. It seems everyone is from somewhere else, not to mention all the first and second generation Canadians who’s family have immigrated to Canada only decades ago. I will have no trouble finding a diverse array of fans cheering on their teams.
The irony of Canada having no representation in the tournament, as usual, is not lost on me. Consider it neutral territory. Toronto itself however is quite the sports town with several pro teams in all the major sports including soccer and its been a good year for Canada. We had a serious medal run during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver this year, a world record for most golds by any nation ever and we re-affirmed our dominance in the only sport that matters here. Hockey is Canada’s game! As there was a party in Toronto when Canada struck gold there will also be a party after the World Cup final, whoever wins, and if everything goes well I’ll be there camera rolling.