JAN 18 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud

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

“Are you interested in birds, fish, the oceans or streams in your community? Are you concerned about fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, malaria or other epidemics? Now you can do more than read about these issues. You can be part of the solution.

Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are enabling regular citizens to become part of a 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environments, monitoring neighborhoods, collecting information about the world and the things they care about, citizen scientists are helping professional scientists to advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations. The results are improving health and welfare, and giving communities the power to create urgent change and help themselves.

Citizen science has amazing promise, but also raises questions about data quality and privacy. Its potential and challenges are explored in The Crowd & The Cloud, a 4-part public television series premiering in March/April 2017. Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, each episode takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate.”

With a tight deadline and limited budget, Mandarin Film was tasked to deliver stories from China about three leaders in the environmental field including a pioneering activist, Ma Jun, a passionate environmentalist Peggy Liu, chairperson at Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), and Kate Logan, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) who explained in their different ways the challenges facing China and some possible new solutions to some of the thorny problems the world currently faces.

One such solution is 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.

The app includes a new function known as “Filthy Rivers” whereby users can report filthy rivers near where they live by uploading a photo and location pin, and have the choice to share on social media and report to the local environmental bureau so they can take action on cleaning up the river. This way, everyone becomes an activist.

Mandarin Film provided full production support across two cities (Beijing and Shanghai) including research, prep, logistics, equipment rental, translation, finding contributors and organizing crew and equipment hire.  DOPs were Elliot Debruyn and Alex Opdam, Produced by Wen Yujia and Li Qiuping.  Head of Production Patrick Carr. 

Funded by the National Science Foundation, The Crowd & The Cloud is created by Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc., an award-winning producer of science documentaries for PBS and international broadcasters, and is supported by a global network of subject experts and advisors. We hope you enjoy taking part in this multimedia experiment, and follow us to view the future of science in a whole new light!


See the trailer here: 

You can download the Blue Map App here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wei-lan-tu-rang-ni-dui-zhou/id838211758?mt=8

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NOV 23 2016

Game Fever Feature Doc imminent worldwide release

Working with French production company ZED, Mandarin Film provided extensive production services for their new feature length 4K documentary ‘Game Fever’

“Shot in 4K on a budget of €1.25 million, the film follows a group of elite players ­– Moon, Gogoing, Cha Jihoon, Sky and sOs – who are stars in the world of competitive multi-player video game tournaments, such as League of Legends, Warcraft 3 and Starcraft II.

“Dalian Wanda came on board because they were thinking of producing a film about eSports to reach the huge community of fans in Asia,” explains Zed president and the doc’s producer Manuel Catteau. “They thought it would be better to team up with us, rather than producing their own film.”

The move marks the first time Dalian Wanda has backed a theatrical feature-length documentary.

Martin-Delpierre came up with the idea for Game Fever after meeting South Korean pro gamer Jang “Moon” Jae-Ho.

“The story of Moon is very universal – it’s about a young man trying to find a way in life between the virtual world and the real world. It’s about young guys trying to be men,” he tells realscreen during a break in editing for the doc. “A lot of people know nothing about video games or eSports. They know nothing about the Chinese spirit or the Korean spirit. It’s a complex story.” Realscreen – July  2016

Mandarin Film provided full production support for the China shoots including research, prep and production support in the form of crew and equipment hire. 

A key challenge was dealing with crazy schedules of the gamers – not only are they either practicing 24/7 or travelling around the world to international tournaments, but they are also super-rich megastars themselves, and the demands on their time is relentless! 

Fortunately we managed to negotiate quality time with each of the protagonists, the documentary offering an intimate and startling insight into the hidden world of pro-gaming.

The films’ Asia premiere was in Bangkok, and Mandarin Film had the pleasure of attending.



See the Trailer here



Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gamefeverthefilm

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NOV 17 2016

Feature Length Doc Escaping the Temple Wins Fresh Pitch!

Escaping the Temple won the first prize at Fresh Pitch held in late October at Dongshan, Suzhou. The Fresh Pitch jury invited commissioning editors from mainstream documentary channels, festivals and sectors in China, the UK, the US, Canada and South Korea and the emerging forces and inter-disciplinary partners in the documentary field.

Mirroring the themes in the dance performance of the same name by modern dance Choreographer Zhao Liang, Escaping the Temple tells the intensely personal intertwined stories of three sensitive, individualistic and rebellious modern dancers each reaching a crossroads in their lives. They must all resolve their issues to move forward.

It shows a China not well known to the world, young Chinese people who are creative and passionate, a new vision where ancient beliefs and culture collide with the moral and spiritual vacuum of modern-day capitalism.

Escaping the Temple will be aired on French/German national broadcaster Arte’s La Lucarne in Spring/Summer 2017.



'Escaping the Temple' trailer:


Interview with the director at Fresh Pitch:http://v.qq.com/x/page/y0340o27j2m.html

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