Over 100 crowdsourced credits

Two (song & video) of the 100+ crowdsourced content used in “雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡 Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection“.
Two (song & video) of the 100+ crowdsourced content used in “雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡 Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection“.

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡“, as I have said many times, would be impossible to make without the creative content (videos, photos, music, art, etc) from over 100 crowdsourced content creators. And I have decided to do the following.

1) Emphasize this film is a crowdsourced film at the start of the film. And mention that the 100+ credits will be given at the end of the film. In fact, the following text are words I am currently using (subject to change) in a screen before the film starts.

This documentary is crowdsourced from 100+ creators.

Full credits are given at the end.

2) At the credits section at the end of the film, I have given credits to the 100+ creators under the sections of videos, photos, music, etc. When possible, I’ve asked for and received permissions from the content creators and give them credits. In the cases of some public figures, news media outlets, etc, I have relied on the “Fair Dealing” provisions (for example the “news reporting” provision which include Continue reading


Two new trailers for HKtv Revolution & Umbrella Revolution

Making good movie trailers is hard and it is definitely a skill that I wish I have. Anyway, I’ve tried my best by creating multiple drafts and kept tweaking the two trailers for days until I created these two trailers. Have a watch to get a sense of the two documentaries that I made back-to-back in 2015. Enjoy.

HKtv Revolution 香港電視革 (2015) Trailer (note: IMDb link )

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡 (2015) Trailer (note: IMDb link )

Neil Gaiman, the English author of short fictions, novels, graphic novels and films, once said in a keynote address (video),

I decided that I would do my best in future not to write books just for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you didn’t have anything. If I did work I was proud of, and I didn’t get the money, at least I’d have the work.

Over the years, I try to only make films not “just for the money” but make films that I think are “important” in some way. Obviously I can be wrong and what I think “important” may turn out Continue reading

Two documentaries … and the words revolution vs movement

Umbrella Revolution
Umbrella Revolution
20150529 HKtv Revolution - Screen Capture of new born film title
HKtv Revolution

Yes, I can’t believe I just finished our second feature-length documentary. Two feature-length documentaries made back-to-back. And the second film is not a just short documentary as I wrote three months ago in case you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with the films via the official Facebook page. In fact, at 121 minutes long, the second “bonus” documentary is longer than the first one.

When I started writing this update last night, the computer was working overtime on our second feature-length documentary “Umbrella Revolution”. At one point the movie encoding software was running at 677.8% CPU load! Apparently things can push above 100% on a machine with multiple CPUs (cores) by an app with multiple execution threads!

Our currently 121 minutes long documentary ended up taking 4 hours 32 minutes to finish encoding. You know the crazy thing is that about 4 minutes (out of 121 minutes) of graphics intensive footage in the film involving four high-resolution gigantic graphics (1 big map graphics in one scene and 3 big art graphics in the end credits) had taken 1+ hour to encode, stressing out the computer!

I’m proud to have made the film better even yesterday as I found a perfect photo to use in one scene. Yes, people may or may not notice the photo but I would know and I am glad that I made that change. I am reasonably happy with our films now. And yes, editing “Umbrella Revolution” and looking at the documentary footage again and again has actually exerted a toll on me. A toll? Yes, how could it not exert a toll on me as I edit footage of HongKongers, not just Umbrella Revolution protesters but also radio and TV reporters, being brutally assaulted. And many of the criminally accused are still NOT charged or properly dealt with by the criminal justice system months later (as of July 28, 2015).

And HK police has effectively made a mockery of the HK justice system when, as reported by the South China Morning Post, “Occupy opponents arrested for allegedly assaulting a TVB reporter last year were allowed to wear shower caps and masks at two identity parades.” Wearing shower caps and masks at identity parades? Unheard of in HK until now. And what kind of precedences have these set for future criminals?

To end on a positive note, I’m happy that I can now say my “Revolution Trilogy” will three full-length documentaries: Long Hair Revolution (2005), HKtv Revolution (2015 work-in-progress), and Umbrella Revolution (2015 work-in-progress). Please keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck on our two films getting accepted by film festivals. So far, HKtv Revolution has been submitted to some film festivals and waiting for their decisions. And Umbrella Revolution has not been submitted to any film festivals yet as it has just been completed.

Oct 5th, 2015 update: About the words revolution vs movement. In reply to “陳健民:革命的誘惑“, I quoted, 李怡先生 “蘋論: 雨傘一年:壞消息與好消息” 寫得有理,”雨傘運動,有人認為應該稱雨傘革命,其實兩者沒有太大分別。革命可以是非暴力的顏色革命,運動也可以是顛覆性甚至帶肢體衝突的抗爭,如五四運動、美國獨立運動、民權運動。”

//To me, Industrial Revolution, Digital Revolution, Information Revolution, Internet Revolution, … none of these revolutions had shed blood. In 2005, ten years ago, I named my documentary “Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命” because I felt Long Hair 長毛 had the potential to change the mindsets of a generation of youth. Long Hair 長毛 didn’t and still doesn’t want to see a bloody revolution. Ten years ago I was taking a wild guess. Even I had no idea he would have matured enough (in my mind) to qualify as a “statesman” and one of the many LegCo politicians.//

For the record, Kin-man also wrote “Occupying Hong Kong: How deliberation, referendum and civil disobedience played out in the Umbrella Movement” in the International Journal on Human Rights.

Recharge and restart

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)

Thank you funders! HKtv Revolution – our first film is born!

20150529 HKtv Revolution - Screen Capture of new born film title
20150529 HKtv Revolution – Screen Capture of new born film title

Dear funders, our film HKtv Revolution was born at 1:24pm May 29th, 2015 . And it measures a healthy 1 hour 9 minutes and 19 seconds long. It took me on and off 19 months to finish the film since the faithful days when I took my camera to shoot some footage in October 2013. Our film has been submitted to two film festivals for their consideration and I will keep you all posted if I hear any good news.

Your support have been much appreciated, the following are film credits with your names in the style as you previously indicated and you will see them nicely displayed at the end of the film along with some bonus footage. – Many thanks, Kempton

======= Film Credits =======

Associate Producer

S. Lam

Founding Film Sponsors

Gwen Cham, Cher Chen, Aileen Kwan, Terry Kwok, S. Lam,

Miranda Li-Ng, Teresa Tsang, Desmond Wong

Crowd funded by

Adrian Shum, Ady Lee, Angus Kwong, Anonymous (x7), Brian F. Singh, chantelleyywong,

Chris Ward, Christine Ling, Conita Chan, Cynthia Chen, Dickens Lum, Echo Chow,

Eric Simon, hkma81, jlambie, Joe Curic, Joseph Stone, Jung-a Chang, Leili P.,

Maria Quiban, Miranda K., Murvin Lai, purplesmist, Robert Redl, S. Lam,

shiratama, Stella Lee, Terence Yung, Tony McEwing, viennapeace, Yu Kwok Leung


Thank You HKTV10


Dear Danny, 敏, 可兒, 芝, Ken, 揚, Jill, 蜜瓜, 蔡, Joe (留守十子 HKTV10, in alphabetical order by last name),

Thank you all so much! In October 2013, I saw you guys for the first time at Civic Square, HKSAR Government and said that I would like to interview you all and potentially make a documentary about what you guys were going through with the HKTV protest, etc. Time flies, it is now 19 months later in May 2015 and after working on the documentary on and off during this time, I am finally “finished” with my documentary “HKtv Revolution”. I’ve started the process of submitting it to film festivals for their consideration. The film is far from perfect (or even “good”) but I’ve tried my best given the limited resources I have and I will see what happen with the film.

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind help and your time for the first weeks since October 2013 and then the months and months following those faithful days in October 2013 when you said yes to this stranger. In total, we have done hours and hours of interviews, some in-person, and some over Skype video. Interviews between Calgary, and Hong Kong, Japan and even Australia! All of these chat helped me better understand the issues and shape the film even many precious footage couldn’t fit my 1 hour 9 minutes long documentary.

While I am too biased to judge, I hope “HKtv Revolution” tells an illuminating story on an important page of history in Hong Kong.

In closing, I would like to share one of my favourite quotes I love with you all. We often like others to do something for us or fight for something for us, but you guys actually stood up and tried to do something for us all, and to try to change things for the better.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Many Thanks and keep in touch,

P.S. As some of us are “Facebook friends”, I feel like I have slowly get to know you guys a little bit more over the last 19 months. And I hope you see me as “Facebook friends” too and may be some days, some more years down the road, you will see me as “friends” and then friends without the double quotes. 🙂

P.P.S. Your book “政總留守抗爭日記” is great! I hope you are ok with me using your book’s back cover here for me to let you all quickly say something and it looks nice with a picture of you all!

Film Festivals submission & your PayPal contributions

Documentary updates: May 8th, 2015 for (HKtv + Umbrella) Revolution ( 香港電視+雨傘)革命
1) Yes to CIFF submission!! Working hard on trying to submit “HKtv Revolution 香港電視革命” to Calgary International Film Festival (deadline June 1st, extended dateline June 15th). I LOVE CIFF as my debut doc “Long Hair Revolution” was screened at the 2005 CIFF which lead to its inclusion to the Canadian national archive in 2009!
Of course, Acceptance is NEVER sure but I will try my best to create a good enough film. Wish me lots and lots of luck!

2) A “maybe” to VIFF submission. Entry fee is C$40, C$50, or 60 for the various submission dates with the early deadline being May 29th.

3) Likely a “No” to TIFF submission (PDF). 😦 Currently, I don’t plan to submit to Toronto International Film Festival (extended dateline May 29) because of the more expensive fee for late submission C$155 and the expected fierce competition to get in. Why spend the money C$155 and effort if will likely be a no?

4) Other film fest: There are many film festivals around the world and submitting to them are relatively “easy” (once the main form is filled, just by clicking a few more buttons online) but can be quite expensive for each one and these costs add up! Will see what other festivals I will try to submit the film to.

5) PayPal Contributions: Of course, I’m still taking and appreciate additional contributions to PayPal account <KemptonLam (the @ symbol) gmail.com> to help make the films and cover film festivals submissions cost. Special thanks to Miranda K. for her recent PayPal contribution to my films! Every contribution help.