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Our new video has gotten near to 100k views on Facebook. Thanks for all your support. Above is the YouTube version.
“The other SG50 video. Something you won’t see on TV, but see in our everyday lives. As we celebrate SG50, let’s not forget the hardworking people will built this country. A love letter to Singapore and its people.”
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I love this shot, but I might have to leave it out of the final film! Cos it doesn’t fit the narrative well. Homeground’s almost finished, get more updates at www.facebook.com/homegroundfilm
Took a break from Homeground today, and shot this. Singaporeans supporting their political parties on Nomination Day, 1st Sep 2015.
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Homeground (23 mins, documentary) is a love letter to playing spaces we call home.
Singapore is a football nation. Every weekend, thousands of amateur players, from schoolboys to office executives to retirees, gather to play the Beautiful Game. Not for glory, not for fame; but for passion, football and friendship. This spirit is forged in the neighbourhoods; void decks, street soccer courts, open fields or any patch of grass. All across Singapore, footballers have a place they call their ‘Homeground’.
Football can be played anywhere, and our neighbourhoods are Singapore’s playground. A baby first learns to kick a plastic ball in a HDB flat. A primary school boy forms a football team in his void deck. An aspiring national player scores his first goal for his school on a neighbourhood school field. These weekend warriors show us where they play, and how they play. Concrete, sand, grass or artificial grass. Two sticks, bottles, shoes, or even school bags can make a goalpost.
Homeground is a tribute to the weekend warriors and the playing spaces close to our hearts.
Stay updated for the premiere of Homeground in Oct 2015!
I have spent the past 2 months going around Singapore, hunting for weekend warriors and finding the best spots where Singaporeans play football. While making this project, I had to miss some usual soccer games, which further gave me an itchy leg since I had to film all these people playing what I love most: football! We are in post production now, finally I have some football action myself!
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We were featured in Today newspaper, for our latest film, Homeground. Thank you POSB bank for awarding us the Storytellers Grant to make this project come true!
Read the whole Today article here.
I’m making a new short film: HOMEGROUND. Homeground is a film about playing spaces in Singapore, and a tribute to the weekend warriors who play football in the void decks, street soccer courts, open fields or any patch of grass in our neighbourhoods. Since it’s the 10 year anniversary of Tak Giu, it’s the perfect time to do this! More details soon, keep in touch at www.facebook.com/homegroundfilm
It has been great working with Marcus Chin and Rubbers director Han Yew Kwang.
Marcus Chin naked in the video was actually a happy accident. There was supposed to be a wardrobe of blue jacket and magician’s hat, but he turned up at the shoot without it. We paniced and then we decided, why not be half naked? After some persuasion, the clothes came off layer by layer after more takes. Marcus is a great sport! That’s what filmmaking is about, solving problems on the fly, and sometimes the end product turns out better 🙂
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Here’s a new mini film to kick off 2015: ULTRAMEN JOHOR. I shot this footage in Jan 2014 but decided to revisit it recently and finally cut it into a film.
28 Jan 2014 – Johor Darul Ta’zim vs LionsXII
It was my second visit to the Larkin Stadium and I knew the atmosphere was gonna be great. Flags, chants, songs and coordinated scarves throughout 90 mins.
JDT’s support increased after the recent influx of resources and signings of superstars like Argentine international Pablo Aimar. You can feel the Johoreans’ passion for their team, and for their state even. Stuff that makes your skin crawl and your hair stand.
From a Singapore perspective:
The recent happenings on and off the pitch of Singapore football (S.league, Suzuki Cup) have made me wonder: Are Singaporeans really football fans, or just TV fans? Recently at the Singapore Sports Hub, Singaporeans were out-sung by visiting fans from Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Perhaps our neighbours across the Causeway have the answer. Week in week out, THIS happens in their local stadiums. Led by ultras like BOS (Boys of Straits), there is a carnival, a worship of their local team and the beautiful game.
Perhaps we watch so much foreign football on television that we have forgotten what it is to be football fans. You don’t go to a stadium to enjoy the atmosphere, you ARE the atmosphere.
Singapore issues aside, this film is dedicated to the Johor Ultras. It was eye opening to make this film.
AYUH JOHOR! Respect!
NOTE: It’s been a busy past few years raising money and preparing to shoot my first feature film. Hence the lack of posts here. Thanks for visiting this site, do keep in touch on Hosaywood Facebook. – Jacen