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Pre:100 years of Chinese film industry

A hundred years ago it came,now it’s 100 years old.

For my personal interest in films,I think I will be doing some collection like a timeline or…whatever and here’s just a preannouncement since it’s gonna take long for my final examinations in school is coming under way.

For now,just a news clip:

Chinese cinema toasts to 100 years
By Zhu Linyong (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-29 07:28

In the so-called Chinese Blockbuster Age, the country’s film industry has plenty of reasons to toast to its 100 years of moviemaking.

Looking into the crystal glass ball, pundits are watching the signs and predicting a promising future despite the hurdles that remain.

“With 100 years behind it, the Chinese film industry is regaining its self-confidence despite setbacks and difficulties of all kinds,” said Beijing-based film historian Sun Jianshan. “Looking at its history gives us both good lessons and enough reasons to predict a brighter future for the Chinese film industry.”

Chinese cinema is not holding back when it comes to marking its achievements.

As Chinese audiences fill theatres to watch the much-hyped epic “The Promise” (Wuji) and Shanghai romance “Perhaps Love” (Ruguo Ai), a string of lavish celebrations are also being staged for the centenary of Chinese cinema art.

Early this month, a five-day international seminar on 100 years of Chinese film was held in Beijing and attended by about 200 film scholars from around 60 countries and regions.

On December 22, a stone tablet with golden characters was erected at the Daguanlou Movie Theatre, once called Fengtai Photo Shop some 100 years ago, in southern Beijing to indicate the very birthplace of Chinese film art in 1905.

Yesterday, Chinese leaders attended a celebration at the Great Hall of the People to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Chinese cinema art and the local film industry.

This morning, the China Film Museum, said to be the largest in Asia, opens to the public in northeast Beijing.

What’s more, between December 25 and March 31, 2006, 100 selected Chinese films produced during the last century are being screened in cinemas across the country to mark the anniversary.

Phenomenal figures

It is an exciting time for Chinese film-makers and for Chinese film viewers.

“The year 2005 marks a third consecutive year of harvest for the Chinese film industry, a decent gift for the centenary of Chinese film,” said State Film Bureau Chief Tong Gang, at a news briefing last weekend in Beijing.

Partly due to the enactment of a series of favourable film policies encouraging the inflow of foreign and private money into the film business in the autumn of 2004, the Chinese mainland has churned out 260 feature films in 2005, an increase of 48 over the last year.

Excluding those made by Hong Kong and Taiwan since the founding of New China in 1949, China has turned out a total of 26,300 films since 1905 when the country’s first movie was shot and screened, including more than 7,200 features, about 650 cartoons and animations, more than 12,400 news documentaries, about 4,800 science and educational ones, and more than 700 made-for-TV flicks.

On the international front, Chinese home-made films have won 32 international awards, one of the indications of a booming Chinese film industry, Tong said.

A total of 18 homegrown films won 32 international awards in 24 international film festivals in 2005. Meanwhile, at least 26 SARFT-authorized overseas Chinese film exhibitions were held in 2005, with 215 Chinese-made films displayed in 22 countries and regions, he said.

A recent Xinhua report described: “Facing fierce commercial onslaught from Hollywood, the Chinese movie industry advances carefully and optimistically.”

Costumed love epic “Hero” (Yingxiong), directed by Zhang Yimou, reaped 1.45 billion yuan (US$180 million) in box office revenue and 30 million yuan (US$3.75 million) in revenue in film tie-in products, including DVDs, stamps and cartoons distributed worldwide.

A Wall Street Journal article said the film had ushered in a Chinese Blockbuster Age. “Chinese films are participating in the international competition by involving themselves in the international mainstream markets,” said Beijing Film Academy professor Huang Shixian.

Since the mid-1980s, the Chinese movie industry has gone through a series of deregulating and liberalizing reforms.

“During that time, market prices were consolidated, and the government moved decisively to eliminate restrictions on private ownership,” said associate professor Hong Jun-Hao of the Department of Communication at the State University of New York in Buffalo at the film seminar.

“Meanwhile, Hollywood pictures were permitted to be released in China. The industrial structure and market practices created and practised by Hollywood have become the new model for the Chinese movie industry,” he said.

In 2004, despite a global market share of 0.9 per cent in box office, the box office revenues in the Chinese mainland hit 1.5 billion yuan (US$183 million), up 60 per cent over the previous year.

And in 2005, domestic box office yields have surpassed 2 billion yuan (US$246.6 million) while overseas box office income has so far scored 1.7 billion yuan (US$209.6 million), and profits from TV showings nationwide scooped up 1.2 billion yuan (US$148 million), totalling 4.8 billion yuan (US$592 million) 1.2 billion yuan (US$148 million) more than that in 2004, said Tong Gang. Tong added that new media such as the Internet screening, mobile phone screening, online games, and digital movie theatres have opened a new gate of fortune for Chinese film-makers.

In 2005, a total of 55 cinemas were constructed with 272 new screens, adding to the existing 2,668 screens in 1,243 cinemas; and the number of film screens is expected to grow rapidly next year as more and more private and foreign investments are pouring into this newfound profitable industry, observers said.

For instance, on December 26, Warner Brothers unveiled its plan to build digital cinemas in the Chinese capital next June, following its ventures in other major Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Dalian, Nanjing and Tianjin over the past three years.

As China gave free rein to overseas investors in its digital cinema sector in July this year, Warner Brothers accelerated its steps to open more digital cinemas in China.

Under the new plan, the US film giant plans to increase its digital projection halls in China to 170 by the end of 2007.

All these new developments are indicating a hard-earned rejuvenation of the country’s film industry, critics said.

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Couple spends 28.5 years repainting baseball, now 119″ circumference

By Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow: Mike and Glenda Carmichael of Alexandria, Indiana have spent the past 28.5 years painting and repainting an ordinary baseball. The ball now weighs 1,700lbs, measures 119″ around, and sports 19,100 coats of paint. Link, Coral Cache Link to Photo (via Neatorama)

New Year

I am missing out big time again.

As I said 2005 hasn’t been so well with gloomy things through the months,2006 would surely be better than this both in social life and the cyber space.I am not sure about that former but I’ve read tons of,be it “analysis”,”foresight view”or”prediction”,aritles on the near future of online technologies.

Podcasts will be big.Softwares aim in collaboration and sharing.

It’s all about “connectivity”.

Do you see a cloud shrinking to become a densy diamond?

As I was reading the Rome Comic(great history story comics for kids,and,let’s say also young adults).I found that dating back to when the greek civilazation was founded and growing,the conception of globalization had already been formed,and later with the Romans conquering every piece of land within the continent,it had been widely spread throughout Europe and since become one important part of the culture,that is,inspite of the “trivial” diversity in language,custom etc,the Western civilation in general.

I am sure that like 98% or more of you know exactly the influence of the Greek on the West cil.

Yet,word can sometimes be the guidance for the mind flows and lead to unexpected new ideas,that’s what I feel and learn in my logical thinking and reasoning course.

Let’s put these words together.

globalization,collaboration,team,public,republic or even communication,shipping…then lead to Internet,filesharing…

I cannot say that on is above or below another,they are randomly picked but there’s some kind of timelines order in here,pointing right to the technoly and management methology used today.That is,through out the whole literate society,people have been following a pattern set by their/our nature.

Now this time,do you see a network?

It’s like the acient time is a blueprint and in over 2000 years people are starting to do and accomplish some real instructions here.

Another word flow here:


and now I see Mindmap.

I have one belief that nature/truth/god design is wonderfully in order and works on the same principle,which you can see from every aspect of everything.

Do you see mindmapping in a leaf?(Thanks to Tony Buzan and his book).

Now,I am being idiot and surely,obviously,you all know that.


For mind-map and Tony Buzan

Links:Buzan Centre Networks(Sorry but they’re under construction)

Buzan Centre Australia

Buzan Centre for business

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“I want the truth from yoooouuu.”

Write the truth
Republicans lie,
Democrats lie,
saying what you want to hear
liberal and conservative hacks
perpetuate the fear

loved ones dieand family’s cry
mothers, fathers fear
prayers and screams, the dreaded dreams
knowing nothings clear

murmurs, whispers, hollow shouts
pleas from fallen souls
write the truth
write the trutht
hen our fortune grows.
The greatest freedom we enjoyis the freedom of expressionand an obligation to write the truth.
Steve Clackson


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Experimental Stories Theorisis

An Idea for a Short StoryWell, lately I’ve been thinking about Experimental Fiction. A lot of people think that I’m against experimental writing- I’m not. I just think that the true challenge lay not in breaking boundaries, but doing so in a way that can be considered something accessible. In other words, I think that experimentation without regards to losing the reader (a reader not used to experimental writing) is a more powerful, complicated challenge than experimental writing in order to please a literary audience.I’m not talking about restraint here- I’m talking about considering the whole of the novel and know exactly how to experiment to get the right effect. I think Forrest Aguirre said it best here, with this:A true experiment has controlled conditions that can be replicated by another, if we take the word literally. Under what conditions did the author write the experimental work? What were the laboratory tools? What algorithms were used? What are the experiments boundaries? How and when did you know the experiment was complete? If I were to attempt the same experiment given the same criteria and circumstances, would my results look the same or at least similar?An experimental piece of writing needs to be seen scientifically, as a reproducible result. I think I can to this by also saying that an experiment seeks to enhance the experience of the work, a way of taking the medium work and enhancing. Bringing the essence of the work out further, and making it stronger and more potent.With this in mind, I have an idea for a new short story. I’ve been trying to figure out if there was a way to take the ability of etext to the fullest. Somehow use the computer itself to help enhance the telling of a story.Of course, this has been done traditionally with interactive fiction, but so far even the most avant garde IF still exists as a game of some sort. Still exists as an interaction with winning and losing, with puzzles and right and wrong answers. More like an automated game of Choose Your Own Adventure.But, what if this was used to enhance a story, make it more real. I’ve always loved what I call “artifacts” in a story. These are any little things that try to make the work encroach upon the user reality and make the whole work seem more real and more authentic. Stories within stories, newspaper articles, catalogues, maps, diaries, journal entries. Stuff that feels like found art inside of the world itself, carefully created to make the work more real.I’m thinking about creating a short story that also contained an IF program you can download. The short story would be told in second person, and be about discovering a computer. The computer would be in the future, far off. The last remains of an ancient civilization.The IF program would be this computer. The short story, I think, should stand on it’s own. But, the program would create a more enhanced interaction, letting you talk to the AI and reveal more about it’s past, what happened to it, things like that. An enhancement, both subtle and complex, to the short story itself.I think I know what I’m doing next week.


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