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Your source for insight into China's culture industry: Listen to those creating and producing content in the world's second-biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and co-produced by SupChina.

Middle earth - China's cultural industry podcast SupChina

    • Télévision et cinéma

Your source for insight into China's culture industry: Listen to those creating and producing content in the world's second-biggest cultural market. Hosted by Aladin Farré, and co-produced by SupChina.

    #27 Building Wanda Studios in Qingdao

    #27 Building Wanda Studios in Qingdao

    Dalian Wanda Group, led by billionaire Wáng Jiànlín 王建林, invested heavily in China's movie industry over the past decade. In 2014, at the cost of $8 billion, Wanda Studios Qingdao was founded. This move was aimed at establishing a dynamic supply chain that would be able to facilitate the creation of entire films, from production to distribution. After debt issues forced Wanda to sell its majority stake in the venture to Sunac, another Chinese property developer, the studios were rebranded as Oriental Movie Metropolis.

    Gary Kho, the former chief technical officer and chief marketing officer of Wanda Studios Qingdao, worked for the studios throughout their construction. In this interview, he describes how the facilities were built, identifies some of the challenges that the film industry faces domestically, and expounds on his work in bridging divides between China’s film and TV industry and those abroad.

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Recommended watching: 

    The film Wandering Earth (流浪地球 2019), shot at Wanda Studios.

    • 42 min
    #26 China’s soft power in Africa

    #26 China’s soft power in Africa

    How do the Chinese government and companies engage with the public in Africa? Nillah Nyakoa (journalist at China Radio International), Eric Olander (managing editor of The China Africa Project), and Maria Repnikova (assistant professor of global communications) join host Aladin Farré to explore the different ways China sells, and fails to sell, its story to an entire continent.




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    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Recommendations:

    The TV series Mao Doudou and Her Sweet Days (媳妇的美好时代 2009), which was dubbed in Swahili.

    Two Chinese vloggers, Zhao Huiling and Fyjo Molly, who travel throughout Africa.

    The short-video app Vskit, which is made by the Shenzhen-based mobile phone manufacturer Transsion.

    • 1h
    #25 How to publish a book in China

    #25 How to publish a book in China

    Professor Federico Castigliano is the author of Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris, which was published in English and Chinese by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2018.

    Federico talks to host Aladin Farré about the process of writing and publishing a book in China and how it compares with the process in Europe and the U.S.

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design and Sean Calvo for music support.

    Like the podcast? Take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

    Recommended reading: Brothers (兄弟 xiōngdì, 2005 and 2006), by Yú Huá 余华.

    • 41 min
    #24 Dealing with the diaspora: Catering to Chinese clients abroad

    #24 Dealing with the diaspora: Catering to Chinese clients abroad

    This week on Middle Earth, Aladin and his guests take a look at the film production industry in Europe. Li Boyan and William Wang, both industry professionals working and living in France, help provide some insight. They reflect on what they’ve experienced over their years shooting and producing film projects and advertisements, describe what it’s like working as middlemen for Chinese clients who come to France (a majority of which they are able to procure through WeChat), and share their thoughts on collaborating across cultures in Europe as young professionals from China. 

     

    With

    William Wang: Producer & Fixer

    William’s website

    Li Boyan: Photographer

    And, as usual, your host, Aladin Farré

    Aladin’s LinkedIn

    Aladin’s Twitter

     

    Recommendations:




    The Map and the Territory, a book by French author Michel Houellebecq.

    Delicatessen (1991) and The City of Lost Children (1995), films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

    • 43 min
    #23 Running FIRST: The International Film Festival

    #23 Running FIRST: The International Film Festival

    Song Wen, founder of the FIRST International Film Festival, discusses the history of one of China’s most promising festivals for the visual arts. Once in danger of being shut down by the authorities in Beijing, the festival has found a new home in China’s west — the provincial capital of Qinghai Province, Xining. This year, hundreds of films were screened to more than 30,000 audience members, and 19 budding directors emerged from a highly selective process to pitch their films to China’s film industry elites. In this episode, Song Wen explains how the festival has evolved from a minor student event to one of the most important cultural events in China’s still-maturing film industry. 

    6:24: So, you made a movie. What’s next?

    9:14: Business models for film festivals

    15:37: What are film companies looking for?

    22:49: Interview in Mandarin begins




    Featuring:

    Song Wen 宋文 | FIRST International Film Festival founder

    FIRST’s website | FIRST’s Weibo | FIRST’s public WeChat account: FIRSTdianyingzhan 

    And, as usual, your host, Aladin Farré. 

    Aladin’s LinkedIn | Aladin’s Twitter

    Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

    With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design support.




    Recommended watching:

    Old Beast 老兽 (2017)

    The Looming Storm 暴雪将至 (2017)

    An Elephant Sitting Still 大象席地而坐 (2018)

    Dying to Survive 我不是药神 (2018)

    Mosaic Portrait 马赛克少女 (2019)

    • 43 min
    #22 Screenwriting for Chinese audiences

    #22 Screenwriting for Chinese audiences

    A discussion among film and TV professionals on the screenwriting industry in China.

    • 1h 2 min

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