China 中国

The Tao of Filming in China


By Mark Roberts, 2007

“… I’m currently working on a BBC natural history series in China (Wild China), with the collaboration of CCTV. It’s proving to be a rapid learning curve for both sides, as the Brits have to learn about cultural differences while the Chinese have to learn about natural history filmmaking. The good thing is, CCTV is keen to support BBC as much as possible”.

“In the Far East, Taoist philosophy encourages people to go with the flow, like a river running its course, accepting the way ahead even if it might not be easy. It’s an attitude that I’ve learned to embrace when working in China–tolerance, respect and politeness”.

Wise words from a HK based sound recordist with a long history of working in China. <see the full story here >

And  for more information on the brilliant BBC series Wild China <see here >

 

 

 

 

 

the sea caverns of singapore

SINGAPORE — Beneath the seabed west of Singapore, hundreds of laborers are working around the clock to carve out a network of tunnels and caverns that will eventually provide an enormous, secure storage space for oil<read the full story here> @ <http://www.nytimes.com/>

And also you can <read another article and see a news clip here> @ <http://io9.com/>

You think they’ll let us shoot in there before they fill it up with oil?  I’m so gonna ask!

Shout to Korea, Action!

Besides Korea’s well known cell phone, semi-conductor and shipbuilding industries, Korean film has also become globally renowned. The industry went through rapid growth in various areas over the last decade and achieved significant developments in its quantity.

The creative stories and dynamic images featured in Korean films have gained the world’s attention. Several films were shown to wide acclaim in major film festivals across the globe catching the eyes of both film professionals and the world audience. Therefore, Korea is becoming the first country film professionals look to when searching for new talent… <read the full story here> @ <http://www.biztechreport.com/>

We have some great connections in Korea and are actively sourcing work there.  Very interesting and creative country that we would love to do business in!

Doing Business in China

 Voilà  It's the moment of truth: Michael Lee sketches out how a complex flow of cash and debt will see his company's massive Nanjing project through to completion.

Packed into a cramped conference room in his company’s modest offices in NanjingChina, Lee’s key managers are at one another’s throats. The more angrily they spit blame at one another for the disastrous, unsalvageable situation the company finds itself in, the more enervated Lee seems to become, until finally he is no more than a slumped statue following the action only with slight movements of his eyes…  <read the full article here>  @  <http://www.inc.com/>

This is a great starter article on the subject.  The whole process of doing business in Asia is fascinating, and from our standpoint a necessity.  There is so much potential with making films in China.  The crews are great, the locations are places for the west that look like they come from another planet.  Creatively the Chinese are committed to making fantastic films for the world audience.  My dealings so far with the Chinese, (shot a film there) have been great.

I’m also reading a great book on the subject that I highly recommend…  The Art of the Deal in China

Anyone has any experiences on the subject, I’d LOVE to start a conversation!

Hong Kong Thriller REVENGE: A LOVE STORY at Fantastic Fest!

This time we’re looking at Hong Kong thriller Revenge: A Love Story. After the shitty crap-show that was Human Centipede 2 I needed a great flick to cleanse my palate and I found that very palate cleanser in Revenge: A Love Story… <read the full review and get a couple more pics here> @ <http://www.aintitcool.com/>

I read about this one somewhere else and am keen to see it even more so after this review.  It’ll probably come to the hoyts down town, so I’ll write about it after I check it out.  Lot’s of great Noir’ish films coming out of Korea and HK.  It would be great to see it get picked up with North America distribution.  It’s very similar to a film we’re in the final throws of nailing down the contract.  More to come on that one!

impossible pillars: another natural wonder of the world

 

Seeming to defy the laws of gravity, teetering, spindly mountains tower into the air in a surreal display reminiscent of the floating monoliths in the movie Avatar. This is China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and its particularly stunning natural beauty can’t be found anywhere else in the world… <see more pics and read the full story here> @ <http://webecoist.com/>

This location is incredible…  We’ll be finding a way to shoot some of Bridge of Birds there for sure!

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION TO MAKE FILMS FOR CHINESE MARKET

In an apparent effort to counteract Chinese policies that permit no more than 20 foreign-made films from being screened on the mainland annually, DreamWorks Animation is considering the possibility of developing a production studio in Shanghai… <read the full story here> @ <http://www.studiobriefing.net/>

This is really interesting…

 

 

the sword identity trailer

The Sword Identity is a new upcoming martial arts movie which is written by the person who brought us Wong Kar-wai’s forthcoming feature “The Grand Masters” Xu Haofeng.

The movie is Set during the Ming dynasty, which is always a great watch and is about Japanese pirates invading China, so one man stands up and fights against them using a weapon by the famous General Qi’s regiment…. <see other trailers and read about the film here>

Wicked!! Go the WuXia…  can’t wait to check it out.

asiagraph 2011 tokyo

ASIAGRAPH is a joint event of science, art and exhibition where Asian researchers and creators active on the front line globally gather together, present most advanced technology and exhibit their works in order to further develop the Asian diverse and unique cultures and the Asian excellent and unique digital content created through combination of art and technology.  <see full webpage here>

Never been to asiagraph, maybe one year coming up.

too cute: tiny robot busts out the dance moves


Japan has robots in just about every flavor you can imagine. There are ‘bots to care for the elderly and ‘bots to cook you ramen. There are even robots to belt out the latest pop tunes<read full story here> @ <http://www.cnngo.com/>

Makes me think of that great dance scene in Geisha…

wouldn’t it be great to have a full-size more human robo-geisha doing a full dance?  Cool stuff!