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Film crews full of 'farmers': Top Chinese director decries 'low quality' of below-the-line talent

China’s filmmakers are using “farmers” to staff their makeup, costume and lighting departments, and a dearth of professional training is holding the industry back, prominent director and actor Feng Xiaogang said Monday. The “low quality” of below-the-line workers is “a big barrier to the development of the Chinese film industry,” Feng told an annual gathering of delegates to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body to the national... "Most of the people working in the lighting department are from Henan province,” said Feng, referring to a rural area in central China with a reputation for backwardness. SIGN UP for the free Indie Focus movies newsletter >>. "Although we are going to exceed the U. S. box office in the future, there is still a big gap between us and the states in terms of the quality of film production,” said Feng, who is a... Feng is a member of an arts and culture grouping that also includes prominent film director Chen Kaige and actor Jackie Chan. Feng said he, along with Chan and actor-director Zhang Guoli, was planning to start a vocational training academy to develop a healthier “base” on a more solid footing. Other delegates from the arts and culture group complained that censorship continues to limit the healthy development of the entertainment industry. Prominent TV screenwriter Gao Mantang told his CPPCC counterparts that censors’ sensitivity about contemporary issues was resulting in an oversupply of comedic and period TV offerings, as producers and writers shied away from topics that would... “If your script is based on reality, and if you touch [even] a little bit on social issues, or you want to talk about things in-depth, the censorship will be very, very difficult,” said Gao, who explained that for one project he had to submit his... Zhang, the actor-director, said he “totally agreed” with Gao’s comments. “To produce at TV drama, the process from initially seeking approval to final censorship, there are lots of departments involved and each has its own procedure,” said Zhang. Source: latimes.com - Los Angeles Times

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  • 'China's Spielberg' claims film crews are full of 'farmers'

    03/07/16 ,via The Guardian

    China's stringent views on unacceptable content have continued to prevent many major western films from being granted a release, including Deadpool and The Hateful Eight. Xiaogang is known for disaster movie Aftershock and romantic comedy If You Are 

  • Feng Xiaogang to found a movie technician school - Ecns.cn

    03/11/16 ,via ecns

    Feng Xiaogang, a director and member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), speaks at a 

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  • The Cinema of Feng Xiaogang

    Hong Kong University Press. 2008. ISBN: 9789622098855,9622098851. 204 pages.

    Beginning first as a case study of Feng Xiaogang, this book explores Chinese film history since the early 1990s in terms of changes of the Communist Party's film policy, industry reforms, the official promotion of Main Melody films and the emergence and growth of popular cinema. The image of Feng that will emerge in this book is of a filmmaker working under political and economic pressures in a post-socialist state while still striving to create works with a personal socio-political agenda. In keeping with this reality, this book approaches Feng as a special kind of film auteur whose works must be interpreted with attention to the specific social and political context of contemporary China. The book will be a useful reference tool for students and scholars in the fields of Chinese studies, Chinese film history and film studies. It could also be used as textbook for classes about Asian cinema, international cinema and Chinese culture/film studies. The extensive use of data about the Chinese film market, and elaborate analysis of the situation of Chinese film industry make this book a valuable volume for classroom and personal use.

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  • Feng Xiaogang to found a movie technician school

    03/11/16 ,via China

    Director Feng Xiaogang said he would found a school to train professional technicians for China's booming film industry. Feng Xiaogang, a director and member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC ...

  • Film crews full of 'farmers': Top Chinese director decries 'low quality' of below-the-line talent

    03/07/16 ,via Los Angeles Times

    China’s filmmakers are using “farmers” to staff their makeup, costume and lighting departments, and a dearth of professional training is holding the industry back, prominent director and actor Feng Xiaogang said Monday. The “low quality” of below ...

  • Tycoon’s Silencing Hangs Over Beijing’s Two Sessions

    03/07/16 ,via China Digital Times

    Later, prominent film director and award-winning actor Feng Xiaogang tried to exit a meeting room under cover of a baseball cap. When asked about Ren, Feng, the “Spielberg of China” who was quoted three years ago as saying “censorship is torment ...

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Xiaogang Feng - IMDb

Xiaogang Feng, Writer: Tian xia wu zei. Xiaogang Feng was born in 1958 in Beijing, China. ... Feng Xiaogang's 'Personal Tailor' Shrugs Off Critics With Record Opening

Feng Xiaogang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Feng Xiaogang; Chinese name: 馮小剛 (traditional) Chinese name: 冯小刚 : Born: 1958 (age 57–58) Beijing, China: Occupation: Film director, actor, screenwriter

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Xiaogang Feng - Biography - IMDb

Xiaogang Feng was born in 1958 in Beijing, China. He is known for his work on Tian xia wu zei (2004), Fei cheng wu rao (2008) and Da wan (2001).

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