Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dongfeng, born in 1993, currently based in Shanghai.
At present, he mainly shoots short films, fashion and apparel category, he also directs commercial films.
Dongfeng first started with editing, then photography and gradually came to directing, which is his main focus now. He actually studied Land Resource Management, and didn’t have the chance to work in a production company after graduation. All the knowledge and skills he acquired studying on his own. For the past two and a half years he’s been a freelance director. In his spare time Dongfeng watches movies, studies local and foreign advertising works. He draws inspiration from nature, and expands his creative thinking through communication with friends from the industry.
GQ 年度人物 2018
Edited by Dongfeng (东风剪辑作品）
1. Where were you born? 你在哪里出生？
I was born in Suzhou, Anhui Province, in a tiny village mostly nobody knows. In my home, agriculture is the main source of economic growth. The village is surrounded by fields of crops,
and the scenery was good when the crops were ripening. When I was a kid, I always waited for the harvesting season, that’s the busies, liveliest the village gets, almost like during Spring Festival. I liked to act like a grownup and also participate in works: I harvested wheat in the field, carried watermelons, dried grains in the sun. But most of all, I liked driving a tractor. Everybody in the village was surprised to see a ten-years old driving a tractor. We didn’t have cameras at that time, would’ve been such a cool shot. Of course, my dad was sitting next to me, so it wasn’t dangerous. The only dangerous time was when I was driving a tractor at night with my aunt, and ran over someone’s haystack. All of my memories of harvest season stop at primary school, because later I could not participate due to study, and then every harvest time I wasn’t at home.
When the wheat is young, the whole field looks like a big lawn. A friend from out of town came to my house before, and she asked me if it was grass.
2. Coolest place you’ve been sent for work ? 工作中去过的最有意思的地方是哪里？
Siguniang Mountain, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture
We set out from Shanghai in the summer, traveling comfortably with aircon, then arrived to the hotel in the mountains with heating. In one day, I experienced two seasons, summer and winter. It was cold, but the scenery was beautiful, a bit like a scene from the movie Heidi. Along the way is very high and very narrow winding mountain road, and I got seriously car sick. In the middle, there was a section of mountain road that was foggy and many cars stopped by the side of the road. But we continued on and passed through a tunnel about 5 minutes by car. Then the sun came out, and it was miraculous, fantastic scenery and such a weather change.
3. Favorite movie of all time? 有史以来你最喜欢的电影是哪一部？
《The Dark Knight》
I’m a bit of a tech geek, and Nolan’s films camera movements and visual effects are very extreme. I also like the way he tells stories, which is to break the original story structure, recombine, rearrange, double-line narrative or multi-line narrative. The suspense is done very well, the film is mind-blowing, but also eye-catching. And the sound effects of his movies are top-notch, loud, like a punch coming over.
4. The best way to destress? 对你来说，最好的减压方式是什么？
Sleep and exercise. In my industry, you often stay up late, especially in a city like Shanghai, where you can be contacted by someone at midnight. Whenever I have time, my first choice is to catch up on some sleep. Sports bring the most direct change to people’s mental outlook, making people more excited and optimistic. I play basketball with my friends, and sometimes I run by myself.
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5. One thing that always makes you happy and one thing that always makes you sad? 一件总让你感到快乐和另一件总让你很难过的事是什么？
Work makes me happy. I get excited when I take a shot that I haven’t done before, or try new editing techniques, visual effects, and when I come up with a great idea. What makes me sad is also work. Sometimes work takes up too much of my time, leaving no time for life, entertainment and recharge. A recent joke has it that freelancers in our industry are anxious about living too much, and anxious about living too little. The other thing is that what we do now is kind of a service industry, half of it is making movies, half of it is serving customers, communicating with customers. It’s a battle. Sometimes the customer’s opinion will spoil the aesthetic of the film. And repeated revisions are often a headache.
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Dongfeng suggested advertising director Cheok 李焯威.