As we end 2012 and begin a new year I thought I would update what the next year holds for new releases and movies in production. 2012 was an amazing year for Empty Mind Films with two very successful documentary releases – A Boy in China and Wing Chun a documentary. It may sound so simple to release two movies in one year but consider that A Boy in China took almost two years to make with filming starting in 2010. Our documentaries also start well before any camera begins rolling with usually six months of research and planning and then locations and dates often collide with weather or natural disasters as in the case of Thailand and Japan where two of our productions were cancelled due to Tsunami’s.
So with our usual optimism we look at our 2013 schedule. Recently on Facebook we asked our subscribers what kind of documentary subjects they would like to see. The traditional martial arts were at the top of the wish list and of course that is nice to see especially for old timers like ourselves. And considering that our last two releases above were filmed in China and Hong Kong, we turned our eyes to Japan. In May this year we commenced filming on a very ambitous project that will be released as a two-part full length movie almost three hours long… Budo: the Way of Martial Arts. Our documentary will be based on a book published by the Nippon Budokan – Budo: The Martial Ways of Japan. This is the definitive guide to Japanese Budo. We have almost completed filming on the Kendo and Kyudo sections of the film. Our next subjects will include Aikido, Judo, Karate and Shorinji Kempo which are all slated to be filmed through the next twelve months. At this moment we are not sure if Sumo will be included. Naginata and Jukendo will also be featured but not in the same detail.
We are very excited by the size and scale of this project… in a few ways it resembles the great BBC documentary series, Way of the Warrior from the 1980′s. We hope our film will become just as much a “classic’. Watch our website or Facebook page for updates and news (unfortunately getting less attention as we get busier). Bye for now, Jon.
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