'Dear Jack' is a film which I wrote, directed, and produced in this Spring of 2012.
The genesis of the idea behind this project was to create a film which would bring together wonderful colleagues from very different groups and departments in my company, Fujitsu, and have them take a pause from the their everday reality to participate in a unique community project which would ultimately unite them and sow the seeds for new bonds and alliances beyond the film, in the real world....Whilst having a lot fun doing it!
I would like to thank all those involved who helped make this film a joy to write, direct and produce, including a wonderful crew. I would also like to give very special thanks to a fantastic cast, comprised of my awesome colleagues.
Each and every single cast member delivered wonderful, memorable "wow" performances. The whole creative process was an unforgettable experience which further reinforced within me the importance and power of story, improvisation, collaboration, and "sticking to your vision."
How many jabs and knockdowns can you take before you throw in the towel...and give up your dreams?
How do you know, even then, if you should give up...instead of fighting on, and going the distance?
How do you keep your dreams alive...when your well has "run dry?"
Jack grew up in the UK with a deep love and passion for football. His lifelong dream was to play professional football for his favorite team...his hometown team of Bradford City AFC. In fact, he cherished this dream so much that when he was in grade school, he told his teacher he would rather play for his beloved hometown team for a day than be king for a lifetime. It wasn't long however, until his teacher, and many others around him told him that he was simply chasing a crazy pipe dream, and pressed him to abandon his lifelong dream, and choose a more conventional career path. Jack then decided to "score goals" on the business pitch.
With a deep interest and fascination with the Far East, he set his sights on Japan. Jack arrived in Tokyo seven years ago, full of hope, excitement, and enthusiasm. He was determined to make a difference by winning a particular big account...the most difficult account which had eluded his team for years. Jack was determined to win this "big one" for the team. However, after a string of disappointments whilst extending his assignment three times, Jack was running low on faith and hope...and growing increasingly weary and tired. Little does Jack know that as the sun sets on his last Tokyo assignment, a series of unexpected cosmic and mysterious events involving a dark secret throws his life into an unforgettable tailspin...which would change his life forever.