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#08 MEP - How to be Internet famous in China? – 如何在中国成为网红?

China has only 55% of Internet penetration, but almost every of it user are using a smartphone, therefore lot of content (video, news, silly application to make you look beautiful) are created every day. And just as of this month of recording (October 2018) Bytedance, the Chinese company owning news aggregator Toutiao and short video app Douyin/Tik-tok, is now THE most valuable startup in the world, more than Uber or Baidu....


#07 MEP - How to make LGBT & feminist creation in China? - 如何在中国进行LGBT&女权主义创作?

In this episode we are going to talk about LGBT and feminism in China’s mainstream media. For a quick historical reminder, China has stories of emperors and generals being openly gay and it was only in the 17th century that homosexually became illegal. Three hundred years later in 1997 it became legal again and in 2001 homosexuality was not considered as a mental illness anymore. Gay marriage is not accepted in China, nor it is in Japan, South Korea or Vietnam while India just made it legal....


#06 MEP - How well does VR in China? – VR在中国发展得怎么样?

Virtual Reality is the new medium that many technology guru think are going to put cinema away; but it still has problem to take care of, mainly because we still have “boxes on our head” when we watch content. If not everyone is watching VR product, film festival (Sundance, Venice, Cannes) have now a VR section and the growth, especially in China, is still going. To give some comparisons: In 2016 China VR market was: 500 million dollars (mainly in equipment) In 2016 China film market was:...


#05 MEP - How to create in independent theater? – 如何在独立剧院创作?

Theater is one of the few art forms that still don’t fit to go in our pocket or living room. If China boasts about its long history of live performance art, the scene is now really different from the pre-reform era let alone the empire time. In this episode we are going to talk about the theaters (how are they run), the audience (how you find them) and the creators (how they make a living). 戏剧是为数不多的、仍然不适合在手机上或客厅里观看的艺术形式之一。如果说中国以其悠久的现场表演艺术历史为傲,那么如今的情形则与改革开放之前非常不同,更不同提帝国时代了。在这一集中,我们将探讨剧院...


#04 MEP - How to deal with culture's difference at work? – 在工作中如何处理文化差异?

Nowadays, every time you go to a festival, a professionals market or a conference, lot of people say that we need to do more coproduction between China and the West for better culture understanding. But then, when you actually start working together things are usually not that easy. Needless to say that cultural differences and sometimes pride can jeopardize a project. Therefore what are the usual problems and solutions that arise from such situations?


#03 MEP - Are Chinese and western documentaries alike? - 中西纪录片一样吗?

Often when we talk about documentary, many would think about features films that are shown in festival and cinemas. But actually, the majority of documentary filmmakers make their living in television documentary. Does the billions eyeballs of China bring them fortune and fame? 当我们谈论纪录片的时候,很多人会想到在节日和电影院放映的故事片。但实际上,大多数纪录片制作人都是以电视纪录片为生的。中国的亿万眼球能给他们带来财富和名誉吗? With : Arthur Jones : Producer & director – Lost Pensivos (interview from Shanghai) / 制片人 & 导演 -《罗家文化》(电话采访) Steven Seidenberg :...


#02 MEP - What characterizes China’s video games industry? – 中国电子游戏产业的特点是什么?

Video games in 2017 China surpassed the USA and has now the title “Games Industry Capital of the World”. So like in cinema, everyone wants to have share of this really big pie, and also like in fiction not everything is possible to produce or import.


#01 MEP - How to do co-production of films? - 如何合作制作电影?

Until the 90’s Hollywood movies were making the vast majority of their revenue in English speaking country, but nowadays it is only half of it. The main reason is the appearance of new markets, and the most important of all : China. So now, everyone wants to tap into the Chinese market, but to say the obvious, because of this country’s regulations and culture different, is it easy? And how to reach this goal? And in this first episode’s, our guests are right in the middle of this issue....