So Long Hong Kong

I’ve been back in LA for a week now and jumped right into another gig.  So with jet lag, the long days and an ever increasing mileage per week I haven’t had time to update the blog.  My apologies.

The shoot in HK was a ton of fun.  Jim (director) and I were blown away by the Chinese approach to set building and overall production.  We discovered how precise we had to be  in our directions due to language barriers and other social differences but the execution was impeccable.

Here are a couple of set renderings and actual sets:

Spaceship Corridor Rendering
Spaceship Corridor Rendering
Spaceship Corridor - Set
Spaceship Corridor - Set
Spaceship Exam Room Rendering
Spaceship Exam Room Rendering
Spaceship Exam Room - Set
Spaceship Exam Room - Set

We shot for three days and we left the Disney client very happy.  They’ve already invited us back next year.  The commercial will be completed on August 30.  There is a lot of Computer Graphic work to be done.  When it’s done I’ll post it here.

On my last day in HK I had a few hours to run around my downtown neighborhood.  It’s a different world from Los Angeles or any place else I’ve had the opportunity to shoot in.  So little is familiar.  The thing I remember most about walking around the city are the smells.  Crazy.  From heavenly cooking to disgusting rotting trash all within 10 feet of one another.  It was a tour for the olfactory nerves.

The most amazing thing is how safe the city is.  Not to say there is no crime but there is nothing threatening on the surface.  No homeless sleeping on corners, or shopping cart crazy’s or street corner preachers, no graffiti. There were a few beggars here and there but they sat quietly praying with bowls in front of them.  Millions of people on an island smaller than Manhattan and there is an order here that doesn’t seem to exist in the states.  I only had one day to really absorb the street but that was my sense.  I’m sure if I stayed longer there’d be other impressions.

A few shots from my own street tour.  The most impressive thing I thought was the bamboo scaffolding.  No way it’d pass OSHA standards here – but somehow it all works.

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