SEP 14 2018

Mandarin Film has developed a new TV and interactive web series following travel adventurer Ash Dykes on his mission to be the first person to walk the entire length of the Yangtze River.  The show is provisionally entitled Walking the Yangtze: Into the Heart of China.

华影青橙正在策划一个新的电视和互动网络系列片,该片将跟随第一位徒步穿越整条长江的旅行探险家Ash Dykes。节目暂命名为《徒步长江:走进中国腹地》

In this incredible new series, British adventurer Ash Dykes takes us on his most ambitious record- attempt yet: the Yangtze, which is the longest river in Asia and spans across 6,380km long. 

在这部全新的非同凡响的系列片里,英国探险家Ash Dykes将带领我们领略他最具野心的创纪录探索:亚洲最长的河流----长江,全长6380千米。

Starting with the freezing temperatures in the west to a tropical environment in the east, Ash’s survival skills as well as his curiosity for new cultures and adventures will make this an unforgettable epic adventure and a world record. 

从中国寒冷的西部到炎热的东部,既有生存技能,又有对不同文化好奇心,还有冒险精神的Ash,除了将带来一部令人难忘的史诗级作品外,还将打破一个世界纪录。

Ash has now officially made it to the source of the Yangtze river on his second attempt and is beginning his world-first, 4,000 mile #MissionYangtze expedition. He's returned with a stronger support crew and his trusty(?) horse, Caster Troy, ready to take on the first and most dangerous 200 miles of terrain as they head towards mountain village Qumarleb over the next 2-3 weeks.

如今,Ash已经第二次到达长江的源头,开始了这个世界第一的长达4000英里的远征。当他回来的时候带着更强大的支持团队以及一匹名叫卡斯特洛伊的马。在接下来的2-3周里,这匹马会第一次带他朝着山中村落曲麻莱走去。那将是一条长达2000英里的路途,地形极度复杂,充满危险。

The ‘Traditional Source’ was one start point considered to begin the journey, however Ash chose to begin at the harder-to-reach ‘Scientific Source’, ensuring that #MissionYangtze started at the official, scientifically recognised source of the Yangtze river for this world-first adventure, as mapped by the China Exploration and Research Society.

虽然长江的“传统源头”也可以做为开始旅程的起点,但Ash选择了从更难到达的“科学认定的源头”作为旅程的起点。他认为这样才能确保这个中国探险学会标记过,中国官方认证的源头才是自己探险的起点。

Click here to see estimated timelines for when Ash is expecting to pass through the different stages of the journey and follow him in real time on the Live Tracker to see if he is on target to meet his time goals.

点击链接 来查看Ash整个旅途的时间轴,上面会显示不同的阶段他会途径哪些不同的地方。也可以在Live Tracker上实时地追随他的行程,也可以看他是否完成了时间轴预设的目标。

Mandarin Film is partnering with global distributor Bomanbridge and web and TV partners in China and internationally to produce the TV and web series that has already begun production and will be delivered in late 2019.

华影青橙将联合国际发行公司Bomanbridge以及中国和全球的网络和电视合作方来呈现这部电视和网络系列片。该片已经开始了制作,并计划于2019年底完片。

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SEP 14 2018

The Grand Tour is a British motoring television series for Amazon Video, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

《大世界之旅》是一档汽车类电视节目,由亚马逊视频投资, 由杰瑞米·克拉克森、理查德·哈蒙德和詹姆斯·梅主持。

The show was Amazon Video’s most watched premiere episode, and although no viewing figures are available is generally regarded as one of the most watched TV shows in the world, even surpassing Game of Thrones in terms of ‘most illegally downloaded show’!

 这是亚马逊视频首播节目中的收视最高的节目,虽然并没有具体的数据,但是《大世界之旅》是世界范围内收视最高的节目之一,在“非法下载最多的节目”评选中,《大世界之旅》的热度甚至超过了《权力的游戏》!

Mandarin Film worked with UK-based production company Chump Productions to create and shoot an episode on China for the third season of the series.  A Mandarin Film team of producers helped source stories and characters and then worked on the laborious task of getting China-wide permissions for importing cars, obtaining driving licenses and getting permits for a crew of more than 80, with over fifteen vehicles for a two week shoot.  

华影青橙与英国的制作公司Chump Productions共同制作了节目第三季的中国特集。华影青橙的制片团队在中国寻找故事和人物角色,为期两周的拍摄面临艰巨的挑战,包括申请全国范围内的汽车进口许可,获得驾驶许可证,为由80个人、15辆汽车组成的摄制团队获得拍摄许可。

The shoot took place in several provinces in South China, and included scenes of the presenters exploring China, driving some amazing roads and performing dare-devil stunts.  One of the many challenges of the shoot was to get temporary driving licenses for the cast and crew. Something that had never been permitted before. Mandarin Film also managed to gain support from different local government bodies allowing the crew to film on the jaw-dropping highway and bridge constructions in the stunning southern mountain areas. The shoot was a huge success and will be aired in early 2019.

这次拍摄在中国南部的几个省份进行,包括主持人探索中国的故事。主持人在风光旖旎的公路上驰骋,并挑战高难度的特技表演。其中一项艰巨的任务是为节目的工作人员和演员们获取临时驾驶许可证。经过华影青橙团队的努力,拍摄获得了多个地方政府部门的支持,顺利拍摄了中国南部高山地区公路、桥梁的建设工程,场面令人惊讶不已。拍摄获得了巨大的成功,节目将于2019年年初播映。

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SEP 03 2018

In winter, swifts hibernate all the way to Africa. And in Spring, they fly all the way back to Beijing and to this exact building where they had built their nest before. This means flying over 30,000 kilometers a year. No matter how harsh the journey, nothing can waver their will of coming back home. ” said Professor Gao Wu while holding a baby swift tenderly in his hand, during his recent swift ringing event once a year at the Summer Palace. Wild Metropolis covered this year’s swift ringing event, as part of the Beijing Swift story. 

“冬天,雨燕会迁徙到非洲过冬。到了春天,它们又会飞回北京重新建筑旧巢。这意味着它们每年需要飞行30,000公里。无论旅途多么艰辛,也动摇不了它们回家的决心。”高武教授在一年一度的颐和园雨燕“体检”活动中,一边温柔地捧着一只小雨燕一边说道。《都会中的动物市民》将记录这意义非凡的雨燕活动,作为北京雨燕故事中的一部分。

Wild Metropolisis a new landmark three part wildlife series made for the BBC with co-producers Tencent (China) and PBS (US). Mandarin Filmhelped with all aspects of the production to film the Beijing Swifts, at various swift habitats around the city. 

《都会中的动物市民》是英国广播公司BBC制作的一部野生动物系列三部曲,本片的联合制片方有腾讯(中国)和美国公共电视台PBS. 华影青橙在城市中各处雨燕栖息地协助制作拍摄北京雨燕的方方面面。

The series will reveal the world’s most extraordinary wildlife living in the newest and fastest changing habitat on the planet – human cities. Filmed across the world, the series aims to experience the most-loved and familiar cities through fresh eyes… the eyes of the animals that live in them. The story filmed in Beijing focuses on the Beijing Swift, which has been associated with the city for hundreds of years, nesting in some of the city’s most spectacular locations – including the Summer Palace and Zhengyang Gate at Tiananmen Square.

本系列纪录片将展示世界上的野生动物们在日新月异的人类城市当中的非凡生活。影片在世界各地拍摄,我们将通过生活在其中的动物们的眼睛,以崭新的视角感受我们最爱和熟悉的城市。北京片段将聚焦在北京雨燕——数百年来它们与北京城建立了紧密的联系,它们会在北京城中最有特色的景点(包括北京颐和园和天安门广场的正阳门)筑巢。

Key challenges for the production were obtaining the permissions to access some of the most closely guarded national cultural relics like Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace, and moreover, to film wildlife’s living habitat in a busy city like Beijing. 

此次制作主要的挑战是获得进入像天安门广场和颐和园这样保卫森严的国家文物遗址的许可。并要在像北京这种繁忙的城市中拍摄野生动物栖息地。

As a city resident, we rarely look into the sky of Beijing or ancient architecture, and pay attention to observe the birds this long. The Beijing Swift fly extremely fast and in various patterns. Unlike filming in the wild, to film animals in the city we need take people and traffic into consideration. The nests are often high and inaccessible.  With a bit of problem-solving, coordination with key locations and NGOs and a lot of patience, we managed to get some amazing shots which perfectly embody the co-existence of human and animal. I can’t wait to see the final film!” Shan-Shan Wang, – Mandarin Film Producer.

“作城市居民,我很少深入研究北京的天空和古建筑,并注意鸟类这么久。北京雨燕行速度极快并且形各异。和拍野生物不同,拍城市中的需要考到人和交通的因素。巢通常很高且以接近。通解决问题,与关地点和非政府组织进协调以及凭借极大的毅力,我成功的拍到了一些完美体人与物共存的精彩镜头。我已经等不及想看到成片了!”华影青橙制片人——王怡珊说道

“ I just wanted to say thanks again for all your hard work during our shoot in Beijing – everything went so smoothly and I know was down to your hard work behind the scenes. ”– Director/Researcher, BBC Wild Metropolis. 

“我只是想再次感你在北京拍中的努力工作。一切都非常利,我知道这归功于你在幕后的辛勤工作。”——BBC《都会中的物市民》导演/调研者

Working closely with CARFTE (The Chinese Association for Radio, Film and Television Exchange), Mandarin Filmwas able to obtain permissions for all of the filming sites and appropriate visas for the foreign crew. 

我公司与中华广播电视交流协会紧密合作,华影青橙能为外国摄制组获得所有拍摄场地许可和适当的签证。

Wild Metropolisis now in post-production stage, and will be released in 2019 on  BBC, Tencent and PBS. 

《都会中的动物市民》正处于后期制作阶段,将于2019年在BBC,腾讯和PBS播出。

                                                                                   

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AUG 14 2018

Food Unwrapped is a long-running popular Channel 4 TV show that travels the world exploring the industry secrets behind our favourite foods.

From tins of bamboo shoots and cloves of garlic to noodles and tea, in this food unwrapped China special Ricochet wanted to explore the origins of China’s  amazing foods.

Food safety can be a sensitive subject in China so we had to navigate those sensitivities whilst dealing with complicated visas and permitting, always with an eye on researching great stories that would chime with a UK audience.  Without giving too much away we found some incredibly entertaining and yet informative stories across China, filming simultaneously with two separate crews in 8 different cities across Beijing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Jiangxi, and Jiangsu Provinces over 10 days.

Highlights of the shoot included capturing Matt Tebutt opening a freshly fished clam to discover dozens of pearls inside. Other great moments were host Jimmy Doherty making traditional soy sauce at a picturesque riverside with 3000 pots of fermenting soy beans and later foraging bamboo shoots on the film set of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

(Jimmy’s team filming at the traditional soy sauce factory)

Mandarin Film provided full production services from research, location scouting, logistics and official permissions, to crew, equipment and production staff on the shoots.

“Thank you Yuyu and team for looking after everyone so well, especially in some challenging situations!” Hannah Lamb, Ricochet

“When I first arrived in China it was a bit of a culture shock, the hustle and bustle, the food, the driving, the no holding doors! But after a day or so I got into it and within not long loved it. That’s largely down to Yuyu not only being an ace location producer but also such a great on and off camera translator and guide. Made the whole experience really smooth and efficient. From sourcing new crew at very short notice and going the extra mile to make sure we got the shots we needed and seeing all the interesting sights we could in our limited time.” Joss Cubitt, Ricochet

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MAY 09 2018

“For thousands of years, Chinese dragons have been symbols of power and auspiciousness. This is what marks them apart from dragons in the West.” In a quiet exhibit room of National Museum of China, world famous art director John Howe stands in front of the six thousand year old Dragon and Tiger tomb. He talks animatedly with Chinese experts about the dragon culture which he sees it as his one true passion in life.

Mandarin Film collaborated with Cerigo Films on their new landmark documentary “Dragon!”, a 4 episodes series commissioned by ARTE featuring John Howe, who was the concept artist for the movie trilogies “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.

In this series, John Howe takes his sketch book to in a journey across space and time to get to the heart of dragon legends and myths around the world. This time, he set foot on an ancient soil, China, to discover hidden secrets among the descendants of the dragon.

John Howe has a keen interest in and deep relations with Chinese culture. He first came to China over twenty years ago and has developed life-long friendships with a range of the most well known Chinese artists. No wonder he’s adored by a huge Chinese fan-base. He’s treated like a superstar wherever we go. Shan-Shan Wang, – Mandarin Film Producer.

Key challenges for the production were obtaining the permissions to access some of the most closely guarded national cultural relics at the Great Wall and China’s National Museum. Working closely with CARFTE (The Chinese Association for Radio, Film and Television Exchange), Mandarin Film was able to obtain permissions for all of the filming sites and appropriate visas for the foreign crew.

Cerigo Films is a respected production company with more than 10 years of experience making high-quality television series as well as fictions such as, “The Lord of the Castle”(commissioned by ARTE, France 3 Alsace), “Looking for the Hobbit”(commissioned by ARTE), “Paroles de Vitrail”(France Televisions)

"Dragon!" documentary series is now in post-production stage, and aims to be released winter 2018 on ARTE TV. Created by Yannis Metzinger and Alexis Metzinger. Directed by Rüdiger Mörsdorf, featuering John Howe and presented by Nicolas Mezzalira.

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Photo credit Cerigo Films

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APR 23 2018

In early 2018 US news site Upworthy,  “covering current events in a way that elevates the shared conversation and ourselves.” Commissioned Mandarin Film to produce a short video as part of a global series about long term change-makers, entitled ‘the Long Game’. 

The Nature Conservancy has been involved in environmental protection all over the world for seventy years now, and in China for almost thirty. 

The Nature Conservancy is enhancing the quality of life in China by using science supported by international and local expertise to ensure that China can solve its most pressing environmental challenges—like the threats linked with rapid urbanization and climate change.’

The concept behind the series is that change doesn’t happen overnight, real change only occurs with many years, decades even, of solid application.  With more than a decade of producing experience in China, Mandarin Film couldn’t agree more!

We arranged to go to Heqing, Yunnan Province in China’s far South-West corner, to film TNC’s work around Plateau Wetland and Bird Habitat Conservation.  We were blown away by what we witnessed.  Amongst the rapid development of the area what we found was a quiet, clean haven for birds of every stripe, and a paradise for bird watchers and nature-lovers.

Looking deeper we discovered a great example of how NGOs can collaborate with government and the community to effect change and make everyone’s lives better – people and wildlife too, and hopefully create a better future for our kids and their kids.  The Long Game indeed!

During our two day shoot we filmed a number of incredible sequences, kids in the local middle school getting a lesson in what part they could play; a temple right on the wetland where the abbot is working with TNC to make sure that when pilgrims release fish in the lake (to gain good karma) it’s a non-invasive species that they release.  Finally we were blown away by the sheer number and diversity of the birds we filmed.  [Ruddy Shelduck,Purple Swamphen,Common Coot,Greylag Goose,Common Merganser,Great Egret,Northern Pintail,Northern Shoveler]

Filming using the latest DJI drone ‘Inspire 2’, Amira with long lens monoscope for close up wildlife shots, and Sony A7s with Gimbal, we hope you will agree we were able to capture everything from breathtaking aerials to close ups of rare bird species, from the clear limpid depths of the wetland to the colorful local people that have worked alongside and in harmony with nature for thousands of years.

A rare ray of sunlight in an often unremittingly dark news cycle, Mandarin Film is proud to have played its part in bringing TNC’s work in the wetlands to a wider audience.

You can find out more and donate to the TNC here 

Mandarin Film has long been a supporter and passionate advocate for environmental causes, producing everything from a Oscar nominated ‘Before the Flood’ with Leonardo Dicaprio, ground-breaking documentary ‘Green China Rising’ for National Geographic in 2011, to short ‘micro films’ for a Chinese audience like ‘Thirsty Earth’.

Mandarin Film recently launched a new initiative called ‘Fresh Start’ whereby it donates its time and resources to help NGO’s and charities hone and market their vision using the power of the video.  We do this work completely for free.  If you know of a worthy beneficiary of this, let us know at info [at] mandarinfilm.com

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APR 13 2018

Mandarin Film collaborated with Icon Films to produce the Chinese episode of their new show “Mighty Rivers”, a 6-part series commissioned by Animal Planet US/Discovery Channel and distributed by ITV G about the world’s  six greatest rivers, featuring angling superstar Jeremy Wade.

The world’s freshwater monsters are vanishing – and for biologist Jeremy Wade, that’s a wake-up call: a sign that our rivers are in trouble. Polluted, controlled, and over-exploited, even the mightiest are said to be dying. But are things really that bad, or that simple?

In Mighty Rivers, Jeremy sets out to take the pulse of six of the planet’s biggest waterways. With the same immersive style that’s made him a global TV star, Jeremy investigates the Amazon, the Ganges, the Yangtze, the Mississippi, the Danube, and the Zambezi. Are these huge rivers really sick beyond the point of hope? Or have reports of their death been greatly exaggerated? Which if any of them can be revived?

From insane mega-cities to remote plains, audiences travel with Jeremy as he mixes with the people who live along these rivers, tests their waters, and tries to make sense of what’s happening. After years of solving freshwater mysteries, this is more than just another adventure. In Jeremy’s own words, it’s the most important mission of his life.”

Icon Films is a respected production company with twenty years of experience making high-quality television programming across many factual genres – ‘River Monsters’, ‘Primal Survivor’ and ‘Savage Kingdom’ are global hit shows.  Their best-known work is River Monsters, the most popular series on Animal Planet for the past nine years.

After six months of pre-production, Mighty Rivers brought the Icon crew to China in summer 2017, for many of them it was their very best time to China. Together, our journey started in the teeming metropolis of Shanghai and ended in the quiet beauty of the high plateaus of the Tibetan plateau.

I was amazed that Jeremy even studied Mandarin prior to coming and learned quite quickly to become a wandering local in such a short period! Jeremy spoke with people from all walks of life in the hope to learn more about China’s ‘mother river’ and all those that rely on her for their livelihood, passion and traditions. “ YuJia – Mandarin Film Producer

Mandarin Film was the local partner that oversaw the whole spectrum of activities – from research, character casting, story development, film permit, location management. The shoot  involved a three-week recce months prior to the shoot.

The most challenging part was obtaining the permissions to access some of the science institutes and nature reserves, but it was worth it for the highlights:

- Filming Jeremy riding a bicycle along the top of the Three Gorges Dam while riding a bicycle

- Taking a speedboat in the midst of a downpour and seeing finless porpoises making their way up the river

- Standing atop 4,500m high peaks in the Tibetan Plateau and filming the stunning aerials Jeremy needs to tell his story of the source of the Yangtze water

- Attending the biggest fish-release event in Shanghai, arranged by Buddhists who volunteer to come together and released over 6,800 kilograms of carp fish to save them from the slaughter (thereby gaining karma for themselves). 

Working closely with CITVC (China International Television Corporation), Mandarin Film obtained permissions for all of the filming sites and appropriate visas for the foreign crew.

Simply put, it was 21 days across 10 cities and many unforgettable memories shared.

Mandarin Film continues to work with Icon on new ideas for filming unforgettable shows in China.

 

See the trailer here 

Screening Schedule

Ep 1: Ganges, 8th April 2018 - Animal Planet US 

Ep 2: Yangtze, 15th April 2018 - Animal Planet US 

Ep 3: Mississippi, 22nd April 2018 - Animal Planet US 

Ep 4: Danube, 29th April 2018 - Animal Planet US 

Ep5: Amazon, 6th May 2018 - Animal Planet US 

Ep6: Zambezi 13th May 2018 - Animal Planet US

Mandarin Film Crew – Head of Production Patrick Carr, Producer Yujia, Researcher Li Qiuping, Post production producer Li Wei, Soundman Li Shuo

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MAR 23 2018

 

It’s that time of the year again when the firecrackers chase the ghosts of years past away and the year of the dog is ushered in. 

If you had a ruff one last year don’t worry – this year is going to be absolutely pawsome!

Our new year tradition has come around too – sending the most unusual, beautiful and diverse locations from around China we have had the pleasure of working on over the last year.  Enjoy!

 

10. Electric racing in Hong Kong

Formula E is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and the track in Central and Wanchai along the waterfront in Hong Kong couldn’t be more stunning.  This project is hush hush, but look out for an amazing new feature doc on this subject coming up later this year!

9. Blue Map Apping

OK – we haven’t highlighted one location here – its more like 8000 surface water quality monitoring stations and over 9000 key air emissions and wastewater pollution sources across China!

The Crowd & The Cloud is an exciting new four part series for PBS exploring the new frontier of citizen science in the age of mobile technology.   

Mandarin Film helped feature one such solution: the Blue Map App, which was created by the IPE, enabling the public to check up on air and water quality, local sources of pollution, and keep record of emissions from 9,000 polluting companies.

See the trailer here

You can download the Blue Map App here

8. Mandarin Film’s new office in Shanghai!

Our office might not be one of the world’s most amazing filming locations but Shanghai is – and it DOES mean we are spreading our wings further and will be able to service our clients all the better from multiple offices around China!

7. Terracotta Soldiers Photogrammetry and Great Wall Tobogganing

China’s first international Virtual Reality (VR) travel series was created when Mandarin Film partnered with Discovery US and luxury travel operator Abercrombie & Kent.

In just ten days, the crew travelled across the major cities and landmarks of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, Chengdu, and cruised along the Yangtze River to bring China’s highlights to the world’s eye using VR.

One of the highlights was getting exclusive access into Beijing’s most sacred temple Temple of Heaven and one of the world’s most visited tourist sites XiAn’s Terra Cotta Warriors with nobody else inside, which gave them a great chance to capture a moment of zen.  The Terracotta Warriors were shot using a cutting edge technique known as photogrammetry - taking photos from all angles then stitching and mapping them in post-production to crate an incredibly detailed 360-degree world. 

Other techniques were designed to give VR users insane birds-eye or action adventure views: whether be using camera to follow a kite-flyer on the busy Bund of Shanghai or sliding down the Great Wall toboggan, the journey was definitely one filled with all the great surprises and wonders of modern China.

6. Avian Superhighway

US news site Upworthy,“covering current events in a way that elevates the shared conversation and ourselves.” commissioned Mandarin Film to produce a short video as part of a global series about long term change-makers, entitled ‘the Long Game’. 

The Nature Conservancy has been involved in environmental protection all over the world for seventy years now, and in China for almost thirty. 

We arranged to go to Heqing, Yunnan Province in China’s far South-West corner, to film TNC’s work around Plateau Wetland and Bird Habitat Conservation.  We were blown away by what we witnessed.  Amidst the rapid modernization of this area we discovered a quiet, clean haven for birds of every stripe, and a paradise for bird watchers and nature-lovers. 

You can find out more and donate to the TNC here

5. Dam Biking

Mandarin Film helped Icon Films produce the Chinese episode of the new show “Monster Rivers”, an 6-part series commissioned by Animal Planet US/Discovery Channel about the world’s six greatest rivers, featuring angling superstar Jeremy Wade and his journey down these rivers to learn about the diverse cultures.

The film isn’t out yet, but look out for riding a bike along the Three Gorges Dam, finless porpoises and the biggest fish-release event in the metropolitan of Shanghai, arranged by Buddhists who volunteer to come together and released over 6,800 kilograms of carp fish to save them from slaughter. 

4. Cleaning Beijing’s Waters

Mandarin Film has long been a supporter and passionate advocate for environmental causes, producing everything from a Oscar nominated ‘Before the Flood’ with Leonardo Dicaprio, ground-breaking documentary ‘Green China Rising’ for National Geographic in 2011, to short ‘micro films’ for a Chinese audience like ‘Thirsty Earth’.

Mandarin Film recently launched a new initiative called ‘Fresh Start’ whereby it donates its time and resources to help NGO’s and charities hone and market their vision using the power of the video.  We do this work completely for free.  If you know of a worthy beneficiary of this, let us know at info [at] mandarinfilm.com

3. Crash Zooms and Wall Raves

Mandarin Film was the local production partner for the China part of the Channel 4 and TNT drama series, shooting in multiple locations across China.  

“For me the defining shot of the show is, one of the opening shots of the show, a big wide shot of a massive intersection in the middle of Beijing where we crash zoom into Dylan and Sean standing with a guide book and Sean’s comment that’s basically ‘Is there a beach nearby?’ In some ways this summarises the show, it’s about people who are out of their depth trying to make sense of their environment, and us watching them and having fun, whilst we see them navigate that world. 

We couldn’t be more delighted with what we shot in China…When we filmed live at the music festival at the Great Wall, it felt like we’re doing something quite innovative in some ways and when we were filming on the subways and at the train station in Beijing.” Jamie Campbell, Executive Producer, Eleven Films

We believe this is the first foreign drama to be shot entirely on location in China (other than just small scenes) – and we are proud to have been a part in it.

2. One Amazing Day

 “From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the long-awaited sequel – Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world, narrated by the Oscar-winning American movie icon, Robert Redford.”

This is a landmark film in many ways.  A true China-UK collaboration that will be of key interest to the wider industry as it is the first film to be produced under the new UK-China film treaty, signed by President Xi Jinping and then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014.

A co-production between BBC Earth Films and China’s Shanghai Media Group, Mandarin film played a key role not only in helping facilitate the film within the terms of the treaty, but also by shooting key elements in China, and, perhaps most importantly, helping ensure that the Chinese version was every bit as good as the international one.

On the production side, we filmed Pandas, Cranes and Langur Monkeys using gimbal and drone rigs specifically designed for each shoot.  A highlight for us was drone shooting with the cliff-dwelling monkeys of Guangxi.

1. Ski The World

We’ve never been involved in anything quite like this - champion skier Candide Thovex skis in some of the world’s most iconic locations on brick, sand, mud, grass and water - anything but snow!

Mandarin Film provided production support in terms of research and location scouting as well as securing locations, equipment and fixing for the China sections: at the (fake) Great Wall and the incredible Huo Lingol statues in Inner Mongolia.

Hope you enjoyed them! Wishing you no dog days but a great year of the dog!

Patrick and the Mandarin Film team

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JAN 19 2018

Mandarin Film has worked on some charity and pro bono work in the past, but never in a systematic way.  Our Fresh Start initiative is a chance for us to team up with vibrant communities of organisations, volunteers and activists trying to make a difference, and in a small way help to tilt things in their favour.

As a part of the Mandarin Film’s Fresh Start initiative, we produced a video for the “Beijing Waters” NGO’s annual research launch.

Communicating your ideas is also a critical factor for success.  Making a video that captures the essence of their goal often helps tip investors,volunteers and even the general public into a new way of thinking.

“Beijing Waters” is an organization that arranges volunteer activities and investigations. Beijing rivers and wetlands ecological data collection let the NGO fill the gaps in existing data, publish the results and enhance public awareness of the rivers ecological situation to assure its future conservation and advocacy.

“We arrived to Jumahe. In Beijing, there is a so few non-polluted rivers like this one,” said Patrick (Wang Yibin), getting out of the car.

He is one of the volunteers, who arrived to the Juma River with his wife to take part in the “Beijing Waters” NGO research.

“My work is pretty stressful,” shared Patrick. “I have tried different ways to release this pressure till the moment I realized, when you go back to nature, it makes you calm and relaxed, and makes you appreciate what you have now.”

However, what we really face now is pollution, climate change and shortage of water – not necessarily the most stress-free of challenges!  In October 2017 Mandarin Film team joined the “Beijing Waters” voluntary activities to see with our own eyes how the research on bio-diversity and river quality is done.

When I was small, I went to the river every day to swim and catch fish there. Due to the city and village development, rivers become like you see now, stated Li Cheng, who has been living in that place since childhood.

What we saw was beautiful, sunny day with blue sky and no smog, but the river landscape with its shallow waters and narrow riverbanks full of piles of rubbish, old, broken furniture, dry plants and smelly rotting food was dismaying. It was our first stop at the Juma River.

We had three stops during that day, moving along the stream of the river and exploring it from the worst part to the cleanest part. On our last stop, nature was picturesque: clean water, steep cliff, mountains, chirping birds and horses walking around, giving hope that the environment can be better.

“We think optimistically that the future will be better if people work on it,” says Xiao Yuru, Head of “Beijing Waters”.

“Beijing Waters” is one of the projects of the NGO with the unofficial name “Let’s protect environment together.” Their first project is collaboration with schools for environment education, the second one is help local people organizing their own environment protection groups, and the third one is “Beijing waters” to do research on river creatures and ways people influence them as well as the river quality.

Over three months Mandarin Film worked with Beijing Waters to produce a brand video that encapsulated their mission statement and documented the work they were doing.  The movie was released on Dec.2, on the “Beijing Waters” press conference.

In the film, you can find out the key reasons ‘why’, see which waters are endangered and what volunteers do there, and understand the essence of what a better future might look like.

Mandarin Film is a film and TV production company with more than 10 years experience and over 500 projects in China under its belt.

We often travel to the most remote regions and film in extreme environments. We have seen people and organizations triumph over insurmountable odds.  We have seen (and filmed) humanity’s indomitable spirit. 

We would like to try to give something back.  We have done some charity and pro bono work in the past but never in a systemized way.

This leads us to teaming up with Vibrant Communities. We would like to offer our pro bono support to organizations who share the above vision and have the tools and drive to make it happen.

If you own/work for an organisation working for positive outcomes in the community that you believe could meaningfully benefit from some focused support from professional services companies like Mandarin Film. We would love to hear from you.  Mail us at info@mandarinfilm.com, and check out our website www.mandarinfilm.com

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JAN 08 2018

Popular shared bikes have brought great convenience to many people who find their daily commute a hassle in big cities across China. Now that we have the colorful dockless bikes within reach in a handy fashion, what’s next?

Well, the guys over at Bee-fly are counting on the next generation of  Chinese hipsters to scoot their battery-operated shared scooters into a new era of shared-scooter transportation!

Mandarin Film worked with Bee-Fly and produced the Bee-Fly launch video entitled “One More Choice in your City Transportation Armoury!”

We are not new to the concept of shared economy. The challenge is how to create an outstanding branded video that people can remember? It is about the concept, and of course about how to produce a high quality video under a tight budget.

Mandarin Film produced the video ’script to screen’, from coming up with and finalizing concept options to delivery to a full scripted shoot, edit and delivery in an incredibly tight turnaround of three weeks.

Professional actors were used and awe-inspiring locations were scouted that tapped into the essence of the ‘Beijing spirit’ as well as what the scooters were all about – adding some drive and distance into Beijing’s shared bike options.

Take a look at the video and see if you agree – and we wish the Bee-fly team all the best with their launch!

Nelson Quan, director and Jack Lam, DOP turned the Bee-Fly scooter into a moving dolly track.

Head of Bee-Fly acted as one of the tens of thousands of the programmers at morning rush hours at Wudaokou Subway station.

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