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Final Project process

Prepare&Research-

I have been to Lychee Bay before, but only once. Lychee Bay located on Sai Kwan, it is the place now people called “Liwan district”. Sai Kwan  is famous for its delicious dishes. As a old saying: Eating in Guangzhou, Taste in Xi Guan(Sai Kwan).

Panxi restaurant was first built in 1974, near Liwan lake, with five streams around, one called Panxi, later the small house got a name “Panxi”.

Panxi has outdoor ecological garden, rockery, koi fish in pond, half island-restaurant on the middle of the lake, two dining hall.

捕获(1)

 

Equipment-

These are the camera I used. Borrowed a Sony DV camera, it has HD quality, small and convinent for hand shooting.

 

DAY1-

The first day of my project filming should be July 16th. In Guangzhou now is the hottest season over a year, ought to Guangzhou is always being hot, I still get worry about the weather.

I do not good at filming in beautiful colour tone, and in my plan the sky would be bright white and does not look good as my imagine.

I was worried while I shooting those citizens, or tourists. There’re so many people walked passing by, and I do not get their permission about shooting them.

 

 

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Lychee Bay Stage, on the other side of the road near Lychee river, opposite BanXi restaurant.

The team was a group of elders, they were Yue Opera lovers, everyday afternoon the Lychee Bay Stage open for free performance, started 2:30pm till 5:30pm. Orchestra seat on the both side.

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Big logo of Pan Xi Restaurant. It used to be red, but now its colour faded.

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People waiting outside BanXi restaurant for a traditional Guangzhou ‘dimsum’ meal.

 

DAY2-

It’s not the day after July 16th, temperature goes up to 30 centigrade, can’t stand in UK, not even in Guangzhou. I stayed at home for 2 days to check out those film material, and reconsider about the possibility

 

Equipment-

Canon 70D

 

 

 

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Sigh of Bao Hua Road, the other street behind Lychee Bay Stage.

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捕获

 

PlanA

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?

So


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)

http://www.bilibili.com/video/av2227245/index_2.html

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.

PlanB’ Proposal

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

A documentary about music festivals based on UK. A music festival isn’t simply define as a ”event”, is more than music, and more behind the stage. People go for listening good music or for having fun, and happen things. Things happen everyday, what happen on a music festival can be interesting, simply as it rains.

My understanding about join a music festival is to release something deep inside people’s own mind, relieve their feelings through those live band performance. I want to discover difference among some music-loved people. While they are talking about themselves, their story begin. Besides, documentary is to record truth, like a conversation, a man or woman doing something during the festival, people can shout, cry, scream, they don’t act like in their daily life, well maybe some of them do. In my camera it may becomes ”observation”. 

Got some last year pictures from one called Samphire Festival. It was a “health” activity as shown on these photos.

 

The point of a wild music festival can be a lot, camping should be included.

 

 

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

Examples down below. Woodstock is one of the huge famous music festival from USA, the film happened in 1970. The mode of my documentary might be refer to its style. The director seems prefer cutting 2 or 3 scenes that in different shooting angles and montage together, also sometimes put in background music. Which is a bit complex for me, so I will get rid of background music, try not to insert some music unless it’s too noisy for the film. It would be kind of rough. Also, I need colourful, it will make it look better on visual, but I think mostly depends on sun light.

 

Schedule: when and where will it be filmed?

(Focus on one or two, choices down below)

July 7-9 Samphire-Porlock Hill

July 6-9 Noisily-Leicester

July 14-15 Lovebox-London

July 13-16 Latitude-Southwold

July 13-15 Farr-Baldock

July 28-29 Farmfest-Somerset

Final Project Ideas

Ideas:

1. Cantonese Morning tea in Guangzhou

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.

Documentary film, aside speak, short interviews, with pre-recording and post sound effects.

In Guangzhou old streets, some old famous restaurants.

 

2. Chinese immigrant in UK

Different culture, ideology, behaviour influence.

There’re many immigrants now stay in Great Britain, but it doesn’t mean they completely get into British lifestyle, or get on well with local neighbours. Meanwhile, their inside ideology show they still thinking in traditional Chinese mentality, even they behave, live as same as a normal British citizen.

Documentary film, aside speak, short interviews, old pics, pre-recording and post sound effects (if need).

In Birmingham/Coventry.

 

3. Music

http://www.godivafestival.com/

A music festival isn’t simply define as a ”event”, is more than music, and more behind the stage.

Points may include:

(Policy), history, story, experience, system,cost, purpose?

People?(sponsor, bands, staff team, fans, normal music listeners etc.)

 

4. Old Streets in China

 

 

 

My reference of filming documentary:

http://www.indiewire.com/2014/09/michael-moores-13-rules-for-making-documentary-films-22384/

https://www.videomaker.com/article/c06/19014-how-to-ask-great-documentary-interview-questions