This is NOT my documentary but I really enjoyed the newly released Guardian documentary “The Infamous Chalk Girl” by San San F Young (web, @ssfyoung) (Producer, Camera, Director) so I want to share it here. Have a watch!
The Infamous Chalk Girl
P.S. My favourite scene is at the 20:45 mark and I left this comment: “This is a very touching scene to me. Chalk girl was asked what would she draw now?“
Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 has been collected by the Canadian National Archive since 2009. The three documentaries are collectively known as “Revolution Trilogy” 「革命三部曲」 and are in Cantonese with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕). You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (beautifully projected on your big screen HDTV or on your computer). Enjoy!
Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)
HKtv Revolution 「香港電視革命」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)
Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 「雨傘革命實錄：以史為鏡」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)
As a documentarian that has made a film about Umbrella Revolution (see my director’s statement), I want to do my small part in documenting the events in Umbrella Revolution. Tonight, I came across a few great films made by the filmmakers at Lianain Films (website). I want to share these films with you so more people may find and watch them. I consider this a “part 1” as I hope to add more in the future.
Note: These films are all made by the filmmakers at Lianain Films and NOT by me.
First Umbrella – September 26, 2014 from Lianain Films on Vimeo. [HT HKFP]
“Panic, panic, absolute panic.” – September 27, 2014
Lung Wo Road – Scenes from the evening of October 14, 2014 from Lianain Films on Vimeo. Continue reading
After taking a short break to recharge myself by reading A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer (the famous producer of A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash, 24), I feel ready to take a fresh look at the second part of our documentary Umbrella Revolution. I always know that Umbrella Revolution will be harder to make. While I have some great footage and photos, but they are not enough to sustain a feature-length documentary. Sure, there are many great footage and some shocking footage out there, I feel I don’t have enough of a comprehensive view to use some of them unless I have more angles, etc.
By the way, as a short film with necessary many parts of the events NOT covered, I don’t feel I can call our film Umbrella Revolution so I’ve started brainstorming better names for our short documentary.
NOTE: While I’ve spent days (a lot of hours) setting the awesome giant painting by Cuson to music, given the film is a short film, I will unlikely be able to include it in the film as it is. I really like it very much so it would have been an item that I love enough to have included in a bonus “delete” item in a DVD.
Umbrella Revolution art (雨傘上河圖) & song (ver 2.0)
In the film’s official Facebook page HKtvUmbrellaRevolution I’ve talked about getting inspiration from different sources. The following video inspired and reminded me that there are many ways to tell interesting stories even with impossibly awful equipment. The ability to tell interesting stories is always in the hands of the creative minds behind the work.
Philip Bloom, Barbie Camera Challenge
I am inspired a little to may be try a little of colour grading on the film(s) will see.
By the way, for aspiring photographers, this is a good reminder that you don’t have to have expensive camera gears to do creative work.
Lara Jade, Cheap Camera Challenge
Today I came across YouTube user Ms. Alice Tong’s wonderful English translation of the Umbrella Revolution de facto theme song 撐起雨傘. I know I need to translate the song into English some how so it was “lucky” for me to come across Alice’s version. And I’ve put some time to build upon it and made a few words adjustments to fit my needs. As Alice wrote in the YouTube description, she translated the whole song within a day and don’t see the translation as “perfect”. So I hope Alice and other readers will see my changes as trying to share my insights and give my own take to the translation. Ultimately, I don’t believe there is a “perfect” translation just different translations.
Alice’s version with her English translation
Official 撐起雨傘 version at Umbrella Revolution with full song creative credits.
Song translation credit: YouTube user Ms. Alice Tong
with changes made by Kempton Lam for my documentary
more info here: https://www.facebook.com/HKtvUmbrellaRevolution
Lyrics of 撐起雨傘 and English translations (Alice version, some lines followed with my takes):
Sitting among the crowd
we are not unafraid
Sitting quietly in the crowd
we are not unafraid
For fear of what might happen next
We fear what may happen next
But our lives have reached a tipping point
note: wonderful translation/use re “tipping point”
Keeping silent is more terrifying
Staying silent is more terrifying
Standing in the frontline
Our courage cannot be dispersed
note: I quite like the use of “dispersed”
Fear will only lead us to a bleaker future Continue reading
I expect there will be many documentaries made about Umbrella Revolution (UR) and I’m not “worried”. In fact, it is a good thing to see many documentaries made about UR because it is important and we need more perspectives and eyes on UR. Different documentary filmmakers will see and choose to tell different stories through their creative minds. Now we work with very limited resources here but I’ve promised to make the best film I can. And I will try my best to make as good a film I can given the limited resources and time we have. Will see.
In the mean time, I welcome different documentary filmmakers’ takes and I’m going to share a few particularly good ones I’ve seen so far here with you.
1a) VICE News is making a piece about Umbrella Revolution. Worth watching the trailer and checking out the video when it is out. [HT @Warmwaterfrog for sharing]
(1b) The short documentary series “Clearing Mong Kok” (16:17) (part 3/3) by freelance videographer Nathan Mauger is just breathtakingly awesome! Highly recommended. [HT Kam for sharing]
The above is third (3/3) in a series about the clashes in Mong Kok during Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. The following are part 1 & 2.
20 Meters in Mong Kok (05:22)
The Battle for Mong Kok (05:23)
Note: VICE Network is one of the new media companies that gets a lot of my respect. In 2013 at Banff, I had the pleasure of meeting VICE co-founders Suroosh Alvi & Shane Smith. And interviewing Shane Smith was a cool experience. Imagine they started VICE, originally a punk magazine, out of Montreal, Canada! #GoCanadaGo