Monday, July 25, 2005

A documentary about Go?

Crazy idea coming.

As popular as Go is in the East, and is becoming in the West and around the world, there seems to be no English documentary film about it. I have no experience in producing or directing, but I would be prepared to take on the challenge of making the first such film or series if I could find a way to fund it (and get a sabbatical from my company - our CEO might approve and even make a donation). I'd be happy enough, ... perhaps ... , if this blog just starts the boulder rolling down the hill and someone else does it.

If there's enough money out there for prizes that reach up to a million dollars, then there's enough money to fund a carefully budgeted but well-researched documentary. I have to find foundations or organizations that will donate funding for it. Of course, I would still need to put the whole idea together into an elevator sales pitch, get in touch with the right people, and assemble a small team to execute it well even on a tight budget.

Reality check? Well, nobody in my extended family ever thought that I would be able to put myself through college and grad school when I first immigrated to the US with one suitcase of clothes and a box of books. I'll do the reality check later.

Big thoughts. Scary. Thrilling.


At 3:11 PM, July 25, 2005, Blogger NightGhost said...

That sounds like a terrific idea, if you don't mind losing money (better someone else's than yours :) and if you won't be disappointed by how few people watch it. Does anyone remember The Great Chess Movie (1982) ( ?

On the other hand, if your sponsor includes enough funds for a trip to Asia...

At 3:49 PM, July 25, 2005, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Perhaps, but then again, who ever thought that Texas Hold'em's would become as popular and as televised (with big prize monies) as they are today?

I'm thinking that the key to a successful documentary would be to make it, in part, a promotional film for its subjects around the globe (corporate and private institutions): the Nihon Kiin, the Hankook Kiwon, the Ing Goe Foundation, domestic and international publishers and equipment manufacturers, the major Go servers, cities portrayed both as points of historical interest and as tourist destinations, Microsoft (OS behemoth), Sun Microsystems (Java creator), Fujitsu, Morgan Stanley, National Geographic et cetera. It becomes, as they call it in media, the big wet kiss that everyone wants a piece of because it promotes what they love, it promotes their business, and it promotes them. It's not far-fetched to think that many of these individuals and organizations would gladly lend their time for consultation and interviews and perhaps donate money or resources to the production. Behind it all, we shall retain our secret objectives to promote a game that can teach reasoning and disciplined study.

Assemble a small tiger-team; talented folks (even university students) out to prove themselves who can travel rough around the world as was done for the many Michael Palin travel documentaries. Leverage the internet to organize the project and assemble the footage as was done for Star Wars: Revelations. I think it's all possible.

Glamorous? No. Profitable? Not. A logistical and linguistic nightmare? Probably. A challenge just to see if it can be done and if you can spur greater interest from your work the same way UK and US media popularized poker as a spectator sport? Yes.

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At 7:58 PM, July 25, 2005, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

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Thanks for the update! Good for him!! He works pretty hard. I know he has gone through a lot more games than is shown in his current profile. Wish I could say the same for myself.


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