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CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) was shot in 2005 from October 7th to the 23rd. 
There were only 12 actual shooting days, which, together, produced 
about 60 hours of raw footage. Kazuhiro Soda was the sole staff 
member involved in shooting. He photographed, recorded sound, and 
carried equipment all at the same time and without an assistant. 
Because he didn't have his own car, he road with his subjects, used 
public transportation, or walked. Soda edited CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) on 
his non-linear editing system at home in New York City. The process 
took about 10 months to complete.

Kazuhiko Yamauchi and Soda are classmates from Tokyo University. In 
October 2005, Soda was packing his suitcase to go to Japan to shoot 
MENTAL ILLNESS (in production), when he learned from a friend that 
Yamauchi was running for public office. Soda quickly got shooting 
permission from Yamauchi and the Liberal Democratic Party, and 
adjusted his schedule so that he could shoot CAMPAIGN (SENKYO). 
Because he had no time to raise money, Soda assumed all the costs of 
shooting.

Before making this movie, Soda had never been involved with an 
electoral campaign. However, he had always been interested in making 
a movie about an election. A few years ago, he submitted a proposal 
to a television network to produce a documentary about an electoral 
campaign in the U.S. The network’s executive producer turned down 
his proposal because of its political content.
       
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