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Chasing Tokyo – York indie produces feature length Olympic documentary


A new documentary which goes behind the scenes of the most successful sailing team in the world has just been released.

Chasing Tokyo follows the British Sailing team over 2 years, as they prepared for the 2020 Olympics.

York production company, Orillo, had unprecedented access to the athletes and the crew had to work under strict Covid-19 protocols as one positive test “could ruin an entire five year campaign.”

The film highlights the story of Eilidh McIntyre, a young female sailor who was competing at her first Olympic Games alongside Hannah Mills. Mills would be the most successful Olympic female sailor of all time: “but only if Eilidh can defy the pressure of her debut Games and grow from the shadow of her gold medalist father.”

Michael McIntyre MBE was 1988 Olympic Champion.

Orillo explained that during the Olympics they embedded a camera operator within the team, so as to be part of their secure Covid-19 bubble.

“…the documentary managed to achieve a high level of intimacy and emotion through the veil of distance and lack of international travel, allowing the stories of our characters to shine.”

The film will air on The Olympic Channel and Discovery+ and the indie was able to access 100s of hours of Olympic broadcast archive to create intricate race scenes.

The production team explained how they created an original score and unique sound design using instruments and themes influenced by contemporary electronic music and Japanese heritage.

“To contrast with the modern day influence, the composer collaborated with Vladlena Labaz, a Ukrainian violinist, who brought a unique flair to some of the original tracks. To complement, sound design was heavily detailed to bring to life the sheer physical exertion of Olympic sailing with some sounds completely unique to the documentary, by customising tones and wavelengths that sounded like wind whipping through sails and water rushing under boats.”

The 90minute film is streaming now.

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