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(190) 6.7 79 min 2018

Factory and construction workers, farmers, commuters, miners, students. The director captures the state of his nation, by static filming one or more people in more or less motionless poses. No narrative, just portraits.

Xiaoshuai Wang

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Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020 03:30

This documentary from the team that brought us In The Room (2009) is a must-see for anyone looking for a glimpse into the creative process. It is also a great tool to look at the real process behind creating films. Filmmakers, the creative folks behind these movies, sit down and start talking about what they are going to do. They discuss the various story elements, the different story elements that are going to be done, and they get into the meat of the project. And for the most part, the conversations are very entertaining. The team were very excited to tell the stories of each of the story elements that were going to be done and the various camera shots that were going to be done to make each story element more complete. And, for the most part, they were right. The whole thing was well worth watching. However, this film might be a bit different from what the majority of people who are interested in filmmaking will have in mind when they are thinking about it. This film focuses on the individual stories, rather than the whole process. And I would have thought that would come across as a bit preachy. But, to be honest, it worked really well. It did an excellent job of presenting the process, and I would say that this is an excellent film to view as a primer, but not an introduction. In fact, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is planning on making a film. The documentaries that I've seen that are very similar to this one are also really good. I would recommend that anybody who is interested in filmmaking to check out this one.

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