Although we’ve started the editing process we still had some “official” shooting to do, so the final scene was shot today and we celebrated by having a wrap party. Some street food at The Worker’s Stadium followed by free cocktails in a bar set up by our production manager Stacey and then some KTV fun (Karaoke) … oh and of course followed by The Final of The Euro’s 2012, sad to say that most of the crew supported Italy. It was a great Wrap and a great crew – Thanks to Jeremy (sound), Matthew (camera), Lemon (AD) for taking us out on a high note in the KTV by singing “My heart will go on” what else? 🙂
Suzanne is the winner of the Euro 2012 sweeps – and the rest of the crew owe her 20rmb each!


Gee / Crew standings in Euro 2012

As we can see below, the Euro 2012 Gee Crew Sweeps are heating up:

With Carlos having a difficult choice tonight in siding with national pride (England) or winning the sweeps and getting 200rmb (Italy). 

Actor Christopher Loton

Actor Carlos Ottery

Director Robert Douglas & Accountant Jo Jo

Assistant Director Lemon

Line Producer Re Lim

Production Manager Suzanne

Sound Engineer Jeremy
Czech Republic

Cinematographer Matthew

Name change and crew

Gee (formerly known as Gary) now known as SANLITUN. We’ve finally decided on a name for our movie and are happy with the name SANLITUN. Sanlitun is the main expat area of Beijing, but at the same time this area remains quite Chinese and could be called the only melting pot in the city, where both cultures blend into one. So, it’s apt for our film.

We’ve gathered together a crew that is perhaps not high on experience but they are certainly high on enthusiasm and that’s what counts … with these people on board I’m sure we’ll have a great adventure in making SANLITUN a reality.

From left to right: 
Jeremy Lights/Grip (France), Carlos Actor (UK), James Sound (UK) Re Lim Production Manager (Malaysia), Grisha Camera (Belarus), Hai Production Coordinator (China), Robert Director (Iceland/Ireland), Maureen Producer (Chile/Ireland), Suzanne Production Assistant (China), Lin Script Supervisor (China), Justine Creative Director (Canada). 
Missing on the picture are Stacey Line Producer (China), Yin Assistant Director (China), Shadow Costumes/Make Up (China) and Silvia Accounts (Italy).

Carlos & Ai go method

As a part of preparations for their role in the upcoming movie SANLITUN (formerly Gee). Ai Wan and Carlos Ottery, who play ex husband and wife, decided to go out on a date. Ai Wan got to choose their destination first and took Carlos to her glamour world, a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show, as the picture shows – our man Carlos was a bit out of place (bottom picture). He later took Ai Wan to his side of town … bars such as Pure Girl, Bar Mongolia and The Den, no pictures available from that part of the evening. Apparently the experiment was a success and they now feel like a bickering ex married couple.

Ai Wan on board Gee for female lead

Chinese actress and celebrity Ai Wan will act the lead female role in our feature film Gee. She will play the part of the lead characters ex-wife. Ai Wan has acted in movies such as Rush Hour, Sophie’s Revenge and City of Industry. She is an award winning producer of documentary Yasukuni. Filming is scheduled to start this month.

Gee Screening II

We had our second screening of the rough cut of the first 20 minutes of our upcoming feature length film Gee last Tuesday. It was not the ideal setting as such, we’d invited about 40 people to a new bar in Sanlitun, the bar was good since it was so new that it remained empty for us to screen and have a party. On the other hand they only had one TV and we decided to go for the bar’s TV rather than rent a projector. The TV which at first seemed big became dwarfish once we’d packed the place with 40 people. People responded well to the first 20 minutes and after our first screening a week earlier (which was predominantly a western audience) we were surprised by the reception of the Chinese audience during this screening, they in many cases enjoyed it more than the western audience. The film has always been about foreigners in China aimed at foreigners in China, but I think we might just have opened up another market for this film. Even the bar staff stopped working and watched and laughed during the screening. Our point in having these screenings was always to attract investors but between our first screening and this one it became irrelevant and this second screening was more of a celebration … We are in the middle of talks right now with an investor that could potentially fund the the whole thing, but more on that later. 
People involved in Gee who were present at the screening were myself, Christopher Loton, Carlos Ottery and Leonardo Lee. Basically the director and three actors. Once again our crew failed to materialize and I’m starting to wonder if we ever really had a crew. 

We’re doing for Sanlitun what Woody did for Manhattan

One of our proudest trivial facts is that we’ve managed to shoot everything so far in about a 500m radius of my home, which is the ultimate in lazy film making but very convenient. As it happens my home was in Sanlitun the “downtown” of the expats and probably the only place in Beijing that you could call a melting pot of cultures. We didn’t really set out to shoot a Sanlitun movie, but since the film deals a lot with the expat experience in Beijing, the Sanlitun area does make sense as a location, even though it came through sheer laziness. We’ve quickly caught on to this fact and are now setting ourselves up to be what Woody Allen was for Manhattan or what Francis Ford Coppola was for the Mafia (sort of). But since I’ve moved homes to the Tuanjie Hu area I’ve also moved the production. We’re now expanding and making a Tuanjie Hu movie, if I keep moving house we might even end with a Beijing movie. Being in Tuanjie Hu doesn’t really affect the 500m radius rule so much as it really only adds about 200m to it … Tuanjie Hu is right next door to Sanlitun. So, it’s still a Sanlitun movie so too speak. Our toughest shooting day was obviously the morning we went to Tiananmen Square, far out of our comfort zone and a full 12 minutes by subway, but we make sacrifices for arts sake. We have planned to shoot on The Great Wall … I’m hoping I can just make it coincide with the next time I get some visitors from abroad, because that’s a full 45 minutes drive from where we’re trying to shoot this film.