Wuyuan ushers 五原路上的伴郎

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2018

24cms (W) x 20cms (H)

Oil on Panel

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I had a really interesting experience with this paining; the management company that owns my apartment (Maison Shanghai) asked me if i'd like to be interviewed for a corporate promotional video.

"Sure, why not".

"Great, the team will be there on tuesday evening at 7pm"

On Tuesday at 7, I was a bit surprised when one guy arrived without a camera and just started to chat to me about what I did. I've done corporate videos before and there's often an interviewer/director and a cameraman; sometimes you get someone who does lights and make-up. The director said he was a documentary maker and was going to make a film about the moments that make up life and he wanted to represent my moments in this film. We got chatting about the fact that I was painting a lot in China.

"It would be great if you could do a painting for the video, so we can show it being developed"

"OK, sure"

"We'll be back to film on saturday, it should take 6 hours"

So I chose an image that I thought I could paint quickly, but also represented something of my experience in Shanghai. In the area I live in, many people get their wedding photographs taken and i'd taken some photos of the trees, shadows on the yellow walls and also some ushers taking a cigarette break during a photoshoot. This would be perfect.

On Saturday, a crew of around 8 arrived with a serious assortment of equipment, and I had a good 20 minutes in make-up. In the few days in between Tuesday and Saturday i'd taken the painting to about 25% completion (quick for me). Part way through the shoot, the director asked me what time I thought I would finish the painting as he wanted to film the final piece.

"What time? You mean today? Erm, I can't finish it today."

"Oh" (disappointedly), "well I guess we can edit everything else, can you finish the rest of it by the week after next?"

"I'll try"

To cut a long story short, I managed to turn it around quickly (much quicker than i'd usually do something) which required a lot of quick decisions, and cutting back on the level of detail i'd normally put in. This was actually a good learning experience for me. I ended up meeting the deadline and the video was successful; so much so that a few weeks later a friend of mine text me a picture of my face on the TV screens on a flight between Hong Kong and Shanghai, and several others saw it on other flights they were on. Crazy....

画这幅画,对我来说是一次非常有趣的经历。上海曼舍,也就是管理我所住的公寓的公司,问我愿不愿意参与一个企业宣传的视频拍摄。“当然,为什么不?”“太好了,拍摄团队会在星期二晚上7点到。”星期二7点,我有点惊讶,一个家伙没带相机就来了,刚开始跟我聊我的工作。我以前拍过公司的视频,经常会有一个采访者/导演和一个摄影师;有时还会有灯光师和化妆师。导演说他是一个纪录片制作人,他要拍一部关于构成生活的时刻的电影,他想在这部电影中有代表我的时刻。我们聊到我在中国画了很多画。

“如果你能为视频画一幅画,那就太好了,这样我们可以展示它是怎么画出来的”。

“可以,当然”;

“我们星期六回来拍摄,大概需要6个小时”

于是,我选择了自己认为可以比较快完成的图片来画,也代表了我在上海的某些经历。在我居住的地区,很多人拍婚礼照,我会拍一些树的照片,黄色墙壁上的阴影还有一些在拍结婚照片间隙抽烟休息的伴郎们的照片。画面很棒。

星期六,来了大约有8名工作人员,他们配备了各种各样的设备,我进行了20分钟的化妆。从星期二到星期六那几天里,完成了画的大概25%(对我来说很快了)。在拍摄的过程中,导演问我什么时候可以完成画作,因为他想拍一下终稿。

“什么时候?你今天是说什么?嗯,我今天不能完成。”

“哦”(很失望),“好吧,我想我们可以编辑其他所有内容,您能在下一个星期之前完成其余部分吗?”

“我会尽力 ”

简而言之,我设法迅速完成了(比我通常做的要快得多),这需要很多快速的决定,细节处理上也比平时画画要浅了一些。其实这一次对我来说是一个很好的学习经历。我最终在截止日期前完成了画,视频也很成功;非常不错,以至于几个星期后,我的一个朋友给我发了一张照片,是他在香港到上海的飞机电视屏幕上看到的我,其他也有一些朋友在他们乘坐的航班上看到了我的照片。要疯了。。。。。。