JUN 04 2019

Mandarin Film is proud to have collaborated with Silverback Films to shoot award-winning wildlife/environmental series Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough.

 

华影青橙于201811月协助英国制作公司银背” Silverback Films完成我们的星球项目拍摄。

 

Our Planet is a large-scale trans-media project, aiming to reach one billion people across the world in order to change the way they think about Earth and the challenges the future brings. Global broadcast partners Netflix, the World Wildlife Fund and Silverback Films, the creators of Planet Earth(the highest-rated TV series of all time on IMDB), partnered to create the most powerful media project promoting environmental consciousness the world has ever seen. Watch the trailer!

 

《我们的星球》是一个长周期、大规模的跨媒介项目。该项目致力于影响全球各地区的十亿观众,希望转变观众对于地球以及人们所面临挑战的看法。作为IMDB网站有史以来评分最高的电视节目《地球脉动》的制作公司Silverback Films 联合包括全球最大的线视频网站Netflix世界自然基金会WWF在内的合作伙伴,共同策划了这个有史以来在环保方面最具影响力的影视项目。请看片花!

 

The program demonstrates how China is leading the way to a clean future through renewable energy projects. Contributors to the project included world renowned architects, academics, and innovative landscape architect Kongjian Yu.

影片将展现中国是如何在发展可再生能源方面领先全世界的,拍摄地点涉及上海与北京两大国际化都市。拍摄主人公包括国际知名建筑师、美国艺术与科学院院士,北京大学建筑与景观设计学院院长俞孔坚。

The program shows how Yu Kongjian’s work Houtan Park Expo Sponge City — has made an impact on the environment surrounding the city.

 

他所设计的世界著名上海世博后滩公园项目,将向观众展示海绵城市的措施如何能对城市产生积极的影响。

 

We also filmed a group of children who have been called to action to protect the environment as they use their imagination to explore fresh ideas for innovative clean energy.

 

同时,也有不满10岁的学龄儿童,以奇思妙想探索再生能源的创新方式,发出新鲜嘹亮的环保号召。

 

 

Mandarin Film helped research and realize all stories and locations. Working together with our partners we were proud to help deliver what we believe to be a truly moving documentary, and a stimulus for real change.

 

华影青橙成功为英方团队办理来华记者签证且临时引进国内鲜有拍摄器材,提供了从调研,拍摄场地沟通,后勤和人员、设备以及拍摄时所需许可的所有制片服务。

 

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MAY 07 2019

Mandarin Film worked together with Studio Lambert, an award-winning British TV production company, to produce an original travel documentary program, “Race Across the World”.

华影青橙与英国获奖无数的电视制作公司Studio Lambert联合制作了原创旅行纪录片节目Race Across The World。

In this series, 6 teams of British contestants travel from London, through Europe, and into Asia, to race to their final destination, Singapore. Their journey shows thehistory, sights, local cuisine, and culture of each country they pass through along the way.


在这个系列纪录片中,六支英国队伍将从伦敦穿过欧亚大陆前往最终目的地:新加坡。在他们的旅途过程中展示了各个国家的人文历史、优美风景,以及当地文化和美食

Mandarin Film took on producing the China segment of “Race Across the World”. We helped research potential interesting stories, and obtained location permits across Gansu, Shan’Xi, Sichuan, and Guangxi Provinces. 

华影青橙承担了这部纪录片在中国部分的制片工作。我们帮助调研和搜罗潜在的有趣故事,以及获得甘肃、陕西、四川和广西各省的场地拍摄许可。

 

 

Not your standard travel documentary, this British reality show is known for being “unscripted”. Producers cannot pre-plan routes or schedule shoots beforehand like on a usual travel program. Instead, the contestants were the “bosses”, where they wanted to go, the film crew followed.

这並不是一般的普通旅行纪录片,这档英国真人秀节目的特点是“没有剧情脚本”。制作者不能像平常的电视节目一样预先计划所有路线和日程安排,参赛者才是这个计划的“掌控者”,拍摄队员也由他们掌握。

 

The uncertainty of at what time and by what route the contestants would arrive posed the biggest challenge to our producers. We had to be prepared for every possible path and be flexible with last minute changes. Acting on the contestants’ decisions, we needed to make logistical arrangements and contact locations quickly to keep the filming running smoothly.


再者,参赛者非固定性的参赛路线以及不确定性的到达时间都对我们的制片工作构成了巨大的挑战。我们必须充分做好每一条參賽者可能走的路线的准备工作,並灵活地做出最佳决定好随时应变一切。我们也会根据参赛者的决定,紧急安排后勤工作和迅速联系地点来保证拍摄的顺利。

After 8 exciting days, contestant Joshua Nawras declared, “China is the best country we’ve been to so far!”

约书亚·瑙拉斯作为一名黄瑶古镇的参赛者,在中国经历了8天激动人心的历险之后,他感叹:中国是迄今为止我们到过最棒的国家!

“Race Across the World” is currently airing on BBC 2Click here to watch the show!《Race Across The World》现在已经在英国广播公司(BBC)的第二频道播出。点击这里观看节目!

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APR 23 2019

OK folks so Spring Festival has passed. The pig has chased off the chicken and now rules the roost.

 

Apparently anyone who is born in the year of the pig is studious and gallant, has tremendous inner strength, will not hesitate to strive for their goals, is quiet but well informed, kind, affectionate and loyal for life.  Long story short, in China, being a pig is actually pretty darned cool. 

 

Here at Mandarin Film, our annual Chinese New Year tradition is to share the ten most mind-blowing locations that we have had the pleasure of filming at this year.  If you’re curious about filming in China or partnering with us on a project,  please feel free to reach out!

 

10. Vast Floating Solar Farms, Yangtze River

 

Yes, floating solar farms are a thing, and of course, in China they are the biggest and the best.  

 

The vast fields of panels that sit atop the Yangtze river are known as the largest floating solar project in the world. Having said this, given the brisk pace China is building more renewable projects, it’s unlikely to hold that title for very long.

 

The floating power plant will produce enough energy to power 15,000 homes. Building on bodies of water, especially manmade lakes that are not ecologically sensitive, helps protect agricultural land and terrestrial ecosystems from being developed for destructive energy use. The water also cools the electronics in the solar panels, helping them to work more efficiently.

 

The panels featured in Our Planet, a film for Netflix by Silverback Films in association with WWFSee the Trailer here.

 

9. Loopy Bridges in Shanghai

 

Car shoots in Shanghai are pretty standard, but our client Final Frame in Germany wanted to make this one stand out – so we bridged that valley to get extra super-duper cool locations for the Hella shoot. Nanpu Bridge is as rad as bridges get in Shanghai – and of course you need to shoot it with a drone to get the full effect.  This video recently won gold at the New York Festival TV and Film Awards.  See our number one location slot below for Britain’s schoolboy answer to Nanpu Bridge.

 

8. Beijing Palace Eaves - Wild Metropolis

 

The Beijing Swift is so famous it is the emblem of Beijing’s foremost beer.  The swift nests in some of the city’s most spectacular locations – including the Summer Palace and Zhengyang Gate at Tiananmen Square, presenting tricky access challenges for the filming crew.  In this film we worked with the BBC to overcome access obstacles and film these amazing birds that fly 30,000 kilometers a year and rarely touch the ground.

 

 
Wild Metropolis is a new landmark three part wildlife series made for the BBC with co-producers Tencent (China) and PBS (US). 
 

7. Virtual Battles and Foggy Steppes , Inner Mongolia

 

Yes – virtual locations are still locations!  In this case, shooting Genghis Khan battlefield plates and short scenes on the Mongolian Steppe for a huge computer game franchise.

 

 

This was our producer Shan Shan’s favorite ever shoot – even though it was foggy every day and the whole shoot needed to be squeezed into the few hours on the final day when the fog finally lifted.  Phew!

6. The Long Game, Heqing, Yunnan Province 

In early 2018 US news site Upworthy, http://www.upworthy.com commissioned Mandarin Film to produce a short video as part of a global series about long term change-makers, entitled ‘the Long Game’.  

 

 

We arranged at 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 heaven for birds of every stripe, and a paradise for bird watchers and nature-lovers.

 

 
5. Food Glorious Food, Food Unwrapped
 
Food is a national obsession in China, and food junkies will go to any extremes to get their gastronomic fix.

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

 

Highlights of the shoot included capturing Matt Tebutt opening a freshly fished clam to discover dozens of pearls inside, Jimmy Doherty making traditional soy sauce at a picturesque riverside with 3000 pots of fermenting soy beans and, the star of the show – a five year old boy showing our host how to forage bamboo shoots on the wild film set of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

 

Food Unwrapped China Special Part 1 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6jf97f 

Food Unwrapped China Special Part 2 https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6jf97g 

 

4. A Sweep of West China 

 

From JiayuGuan – The Great Wall’s westernmost watchtower in the desert, to the tropical lush waterfalls of Detian, these were some of the most challenging shoot locations in all of China. The journey led our multiple camera crews from the furthermost border of Horgos in north-west of China, to Pingxiang at the China-Vietnam border in the south west, Mandarin Film took these teams across half of China to make this challenging show happen.

 

 

 

Mandarin Film worked with Studio Lambert, an award-winning TV production company to help with the China portion of this original travel documentary programme entitled ‘Race Across the World’. Watch the trailer here and the China episode here

3. Death Defying Cliff Climbs - Langur Monkey

The beautiful karst landscapes of south west China make a dramatic backdrop to the death defying free solo climbs of the langurs troupes.  Move over Alex Honnold - Langurs, some as young as six months old, make these daily climbs from the forest floor to their citadels on the cliff tops.  

Mandarin Film is co-producing a new one hour wildlife documentary with Earth Touch for CCTV9, Smithsonian and ORF.  This 4K documentary will showcase these critically endangered langurs in their breathtaking karst homeland of Guangxi.  Already in production, watch out for these cliff-climbing primates with white mohicans and bright orange babies in summer 2020! 

2. Start at the Source

Mandarin Film is producing a new TV and interactive webseries 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.
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.

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 set a new world record..
Mandarin Film is partnering with global distributor Bomanbridge and web and TV partners in China and internationally to produce the TV and webseries that has already begun production and will be delivered in late 2019. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCholW9FU8n9pCE_3OK6t2Lw

1. Flame Throwing Drones and Three Wheel Mishaps, Guizhou  

From in-car saunas to goose-intestine hot pot, million-dollar luxury cars to three-wheeler stunts, the China episode of Amazon Prime’s ‘The Grand Tour’ is a sight to behold.  
 
The show was Amazon Video’s most watched premiere episode, and although no viewing figures are availableit 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’!
 

 

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. We filmed a million dollar car, and gained support from different local government bodies allowing the crew to film on the jaw-dropping highway and bridge constructions of China’s stunning southern mountain areas. 

 

Watch out for the schoolboy bridge scene….

 

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