Private Project

Floating Away

A harmonica player struggles between his dream, that is succeeding as a musician and the real life with his wife and a son.
Through the loss of family and friend, and the encounter of new people, he finds the way of his life as a musician.

  • Ko Eto
    Director
  • Ko Eto
    Writer
  • Michiaki Tsunoda
    Producer
  • Ingo Lou
    Producer
  • Amy Fox
    Producer
  • Carey Feehan
    Key Cast
  • Stephanie Dyck
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ko Eto

Ko Eto, was born on Jan 19th, 1985, and grew up in Oita-City, Japan. Ko studied filmmaking at Sydney Film School in Australia throughout 2009, where he directed his short film, PERMANENCE, which received accolades in prestigious Australian film festivals. While at school, Eto also started working as a freelance director and editor. After graduation, Ko travelled back to Oita, Japan and began working in the television and commercial industry. In 2012, Ko moved to Vancouver where he was chosen as an ambassadorial scholar for the Rotary International District 2720. He then proceeded to study cinematography at Capilano University in Vancouver.

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Director Statement

Floating Away is a film about a harmonica player that everyone could enjoy to regardless of their gender, age or cultural background.
As the director and writer of Floating Away, I tried to tell a story with an “universal” theme, where the language and cultural barriers does not exist, as well as a topic that doesn't belong to any specific culture.
The biggest challenge I had on this project was the collaboration between filmmakers from both Japan and Canada.
I wrote the first draft of the script in Japan back in 2012, and the cast and crew were done in Canada with local filmmakers in Vancouver between 2013 to 2014.
At end of the day, I want this film to become a story where the audiences are able to discover something from or relate-to in themselves, their surroundings, or everyday life.