A new idea inspired by Maya Deren’s film which Ken put on the course blog, included her saying about cinema task, I would like to mention here:

The task of cinema or any other art form is not to translate hidden messages of the unconscious soul into art but to experiment with the effects contemporary technical devices have on nerves, minds, or souls.

In the past time during my own filming project production, I was paying too many attentions on express things, whatever they suppose to be feeling or thinking. Then It comes to another question: are those films always do the leading job communicate to audience with directors’ personal ideology?


Subject: what is it about and who is in it?

Morning tea is a cantonese tradition. It’s a historic custom and the most popular activity for cantonese, it can be tracked back a hundred years to the Qing Dynasty. It becomes on e of the special ways for cantonese maintain a relationship and communicate with each other. Nowadays, mostly elders keep having cantonese morning tea everyday.

(Banxi Restaurant is a old classic cantonese restaurant, it is famous of Guangzhou traditional morning tea——dim sum)

And I find a documentary here, they went to Banxi restaurant and go interview the manager, cook, guests, filmed by Nan Ning TV.

Morning tea cannot be the only stand for Guangzhou delicious food. You can always discover something new from snack streets, or a non five star look eating house.

It looks ugly but taste really good.

Sooner, I find something more interesting. It can sometimes be surprised when watching someone doing something, his or her own stuff. Imagine a man who just came out of a café, his outfit today, his face shows his mood, his walking speed shows his mood, either. My point of view is, stories happen on people, when they talking, they are likely saying their own life. With a camera behind, record the moment, then display. Morning tea more like a medi-event, I can say it’s part of social life.

Instead of just filming people sitting in the restaurant and drinking tea, having conversations, as normal as their every single daily life, I will not pay attention to mention those back ground history about the tea, the dim sums, so I think better not doing interview. I don’t want it related to culture but human beings.


Style: the approach of the film – what style, mode or visuals do you have in mind? What is the audio soundscape?

It’s an experimental documentary film, aside speak maybe, short interviews maybe, loud but no noisy background music, with pre-recording and post sound effects. As it is experimental, some different visual angle or weird will include. While producing, I would like to cut 2 or 3 scenes that in different shooting angles and use montage to combine them together.

This film aims to citizens’ lifestyle, and observe them. Sounds like surveillance, which is the second topic appeared in course project. Compare to that, I’m trying not to make it something nervous, the tone should be delight. Hopefully, if lucky enough, there will be nice sunshine and beautiful views.

Examples below.

Tempo is a an experimental film about a regular day in Montreal. Specifically putting the accent on the hyper consuming society, Tempo questions us about our habits and ways to live in our time with ecosystem problems-related. by the filming crew.



Schedule: when and where will it be filmed?

In Guangzhou old streets, some old famous restaurants.


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