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Announcing “Zone Rangers” by Pierre DeCelles

Zone Rangers – Planetary Defense Force

Enter the world of Colonel Peter Drake and the Zone Rangers

Zone Rangers Logo

Zone Rangers Logo by Pierre DeCelles

In 2615, a small force of heroes, the Zone Rangers, protect the remaining free regions after mysterious forces conquered much of the world. The vanquished wastelands are called The Zone. Here people become nanobot-controlled “Zoners,” automatons enslaved to create weapons of war. Their leaders are twisted super soldiers known as “Reapers.”

Zone Rangers, under the lead of Col. Drake, are comprised of a multinational force of heroes dedicated to freeing humanity. They discovered how to protect machines and people from The Zone utilizing a rare element that neutralizes the nanobots. The drama follows individual Rangers striving to maintain their humanity and sanity in a world torn asunder by war.

The Zone was created by an alien that crashed to Earth in…

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China recently has been tightening its requirements on visas. Please check with your local consulate http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/t84229.htm before planning to travel to China. All foreigners must have a visa to enter China and in most cases you will need to be invited to China even for a Type-L tourist visa. A Type-F business visa will require additional  correct documents.

1. PASSPORT –  Submit your current, valid, signed Passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least 2 blank visa pages.

2. VISA APPLICATION –

Submit a completed China Visa Application form. It must be typed, handwritten forms are rejected, and must be the correct form which differs between consular region. Download the proper form from the consular website.

NOTES:

  • Your name on the application must match your name on your passport exactly, including middle name if applicable.
  • Any incorrect information (such as wrong passport info) on the application form may result in rejection by the embassy!

3.  SUPPLEMENTAL VISA APPLICATION

If you are not a US citizen, and/or you share a passport with another traveler, submit a Supplemental Visa Application.

4. PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH

Submit a recent, 2×2 Passport Photograph taken by a passport photographer. It must not be a digital or non-passport style photograph.

5.  BIODATA Submit a photocopy of the bio data page from your passport. Also copy of your last visa if you have previously been in China and apply for a business visa.

6. PROOF OF RESIDENCY [NON-US CITIZENS]

If you are not a US citizen, submit your proof of your legal long-term US residency (i.e. US Permanent Resident Card or US visa). A photocopy is acceptable.

7. BUSINESS INVITATION

Submit one of the following:

  • An Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit or a Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Chinese agency; or
  • An invitation Letter issued by the Chinese local governments, companies, corporations and institutions other than above-mentioned Chinese agency, including the following items:
    • Personal information of the invitee: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, passport date of issue, passport date of expiry, etc.
    • Information concerning the invitee’s visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant’s accommodations in China.
    • Information of the inviter: name of the unit, phone number, address, seal and signature of the legal representative.
    • The inviting organization’s stamp.

Generally, the invitation letter may be submitted as a fax, copy or printout. If necessary, the consular officer will ask the applicant to submit the original invitation letter, or to provide some supporting and supplementary documents, or schedule an interview.

sample business visa invitation letter. — requires official stamp from inviting agency.

Chinese Company Letterhead + Physical Address
Consulate General of China
United States of America
We request the Embassy to provide a 12-month multiple entry business visa for the following individual:
Name: Mr. John Smith
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 06/06/1974
Nationality: USA
Passport Number: 123456789
Date of Issue: 2005/10/10
Date of Expiry: 2015/10/09
We are pleased to confirm that Mr. John Smith Director of Business Development for XYZ Corporation is
invited to visit China for company business meetings from August 21-28, 2012.
In view of rapidly expanding business in China, Mr. Smith will have frequent travels to China for business
purposes. We would be grateful if you may kindly grant Mr. Smith a multiple entry visa to China for
convenience.
We confirm and guarantees Mr. Smith’s expenses during his visits to China, including flights,
accommodation general travel and maintenance expenses. While in China, Mr. Smith will not receive
any financial remuneration from any Chinese source.
We appreciate your assistance in providing Mr. Smith a multiple entry China visa.
Yours sincerely,
SIGNATURE

Name
Title
Company

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8. BUSINESS COVER LETTER

Submit a Business Cover Letter from a US company on company letterhead and addressed to the Consulate of China. It must be signed by a manager. It must indicate :

  • the purpose of your trip
  • visa type
  • number of visa entries being applied for
  • duration of your stay
  • your job position and title
  • your company’s moral and financial responsibilities for you

9.  ADDITIONAL 

If you have previously held a Chinese nationality, and/or were born in China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan:

  • If you have obtained a Chinese visa before, submit a photocopy of the original passport’s information/photo page and the page containing the previous Chinese visa.
  • If you have not obtained a Chinese visa before, submit your original Chinese passport with a copy of its information/photo page, and extension page if applicable.

US citizens transiting China do not require a Chinese visa as long as they remain in the airport for less than 24 hours.

Persons who plan to re-enter China from Hong Kong or Macao must obtain visas allowing multiple entries.

Special permits are required to visit Tibet as well as many remote areas not normally open to foreigners.

10. FEES and processing. USD$ 140-160 2-4 business days and no same day service.

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Many travel agencies are able to help you with this process. Best wishes and safe travels.

Richard Trombly is a writer and film maker living in China since 2003.  He is the founder of http://www.obscure-productions.com

 

 

Southern Comforts

I had an invite to Hong Kong for the holidays and needed a visa renewal for my coming year in China so I spent Christmas with some friends in Kowloon area of HK (the Mainland side of the city.) This was also an ideal time to research details for my current writing project. The Guardian – An Inspector Ma mystery.

After sharing the holidays, getting the visa and packing in some business meetings I set aside Saturday to have one relaxing day to enjoy the special atmosphere of the city. Though I awoke to a morning downpour, I did not let it dampen my spirits. The fates were on my side and it cleared for a nice lunch picnic in Kowloon Park enjoying the flamigo bird enclosure and the many richly colored garb of the many Muslims and folks of all races that frequent this park, which is such a peaceful Oasis located just off the busy Nathan Road. I was driven indoors for another bout of storm soon after my repast.
Of course, no trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Central on the Hong Kong island itself and a climb up the hill. Luckily, I had the pleasure of meeting up with journalist, China hand and insightful scholar Dave Lore  for an afternoon coffee at Portabello on Staunton and then a walk to the Peak. The day was topped by a nice supper in a restaurant on Hollywood before catching the Star Ferry back from the Island to Kowloon and returned to my lodgings just as an yet evening downpour struck.
During my time in the city I was able to get a wide sampling of the back streets, small neighborhoods and small, local shops to add the needed spice to my writing. Not a bad day in HK.

The next step was to leave my pleasant roost in HK and  meet up with my dear Shenzhen-based friend and actress Ting Ni. The order of the day was to connect her with a producer eager to work with a talent of her caliber.

On to the way further North, I stopped in at the great folks at Guangzhou-based Ace Studios, who worked on one of the feature films I produced. They are kicking off the next Roger Corman film, a classic martial arts film and I met up with Xin Sarith Wuku on the set of the new Roger Corman martial arts action film. Xin is renowned for Urban Ninja viral video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk along with the stunt troupe the EMCmonkeys http://www.emcstunts.com/ Xin is playing a villain in this classic-style martial arts film. I got to watch some fight choreography and stunt planning and fun things like blowing stuff up. This is surely going to be a fun film in the classic Hong Kong action tradition.

Joining a New Years gathering with the Australian stunt coordinator Trung Ly and his team. Back to Beijing tomorrow.

I will be riding the new Gaotie High Speed bullet train which opened December 26 and makes the formerly 23 hour run in Just 8 hours of ample legroom comfort. I was warned they do not have the level of catering that matches the comfortable accommodations yet, so I will be packing my own food for the journey. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/beijing-to-guangzhou-in-8-hours-on-chinas-new-super-fast-train/story-e6frg6so-1226543621328

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ink evolves at M50

By Richard Trombly

SHANGHAI — If you are in Shanghai, it is worth dropping by and experiencing Water? Or Ink? Or Others – Lu Chuntao‘s 3,000 m³ Ink Space Show. The exhibit recently opened at Shanghai’s trendy M50, in the Huafu Art Space. In this installation exhibit, Lu Chuntao explores contemporary ink art from a brand new perspective. He combines elements of  Chinese ink art in a three-dimensional context with classic Chinese cultural elements such as Chinese traditional garb, antiques, Chinese musical instruments and ceramics. It mixes contemporary and classical elements as could be expected from a leading modern calligrapher. He combines the western painting techniques and references the modern while still referencing traditional Chinese ink art and its heritage.

Water? Or Ink? Or Others 10/26-11/26, 2012 Lu Chuantao's 3,000m3 Ink Space Show
Water? Or Ink? Or Others 10/26-11/26, 2012 Lu Chuantao’s 3,000m3 Ink Space Show

Lu Chuntao was born in Chongming Island, Shanghai, in 1965. He studied at professional fine art class at Shanghai International Studies University from 1984 to 1986. He is currently vice principal of Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Institute, visiting painter at Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, member of Chinese Artist Association and trustee of Shanghai Artist Association.

The Lotus Pond Series, created by Lu Chuntao during the past two years, is featured in Water? Or Ink? Or Others. Despite the fact that Lu started as a traditional Chinese painting artist, he strives to bring a modern flair. Through a kind of spiritual transformation of the artist, natural objects are delineated in what he terms “neo ink art.”  Lu Chuntao is exploring the future direction of Chinese ink art in contemporary times. He says the charisma of ink comes not only from the beauty of the imagery it creates, but also the traces left by the artist’s communication with brush and ink.

Lu Chuntao Website:  http://luchuntao.trueart.com/

Richard Trombly is a freelance journalist and film maker at http://www.obscure-productions.com

13 Aug. 2012, Shanghai — Obscure Productions today wrapped a 4-day shoot of its short film production Analysis, a story of a 13-year-old math genius and her mentor trying to solve “the human equation.”

In the lead was newcomer Sofie Fella, a 12-year-old actress in her first starring role playing opposite seasoned talent of stage, screen and tv, Charles Mayer.

Lead Actress Sofie Fella, 12, speaks with director Richard Trombly on the set. Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  was shot on location in Shanghai China in August 2012.

Lead Actress Sofie Fella, 12, speaks with director Richard Trombly on the set. Fella brought a high level of professionalism, maturity and natural talent to the role of Tina, a young genius seeking solid answers in math rather than the ambiguity of human behavior. Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  was shot on location in Shanghai China.

Cinematographer Jeffrey Chu http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1338118/ on the set of Analysis. http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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<p>Cinematographer Jeffrey Chu <a href=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1338118/ on the set of Analysis. Chu has shot dozens of films in China, USA and other countries like Japan. He brought with himself a  team of talented and devoted professionals in the lighting and camera departments. Chu is a co-producer of Analysis. He was cinematographer on director Zheng Dasheng’s Falling City which was selected to the for the upcoming Monteal World Film Festival.

Producer and Assistant Director Jiang Wen ” Jude ” on the set of Analysis. http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  We all had to take multiple roles since the crew was so small.

Producer and Assistant Director Jiang Wen ” Jude ” on the set of Analysis. http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  We all had to take multiple roles since the crew was so small. Jiang was involved in this production from its inception and was deeply involved in script development and production design. She was also tireless in securing the funds to make this production possible.

“Tony” Wei Tao , Line Producer and Production Manager was an essential part of the success in shooting Analysis. We had great locations, top-notch equipment and crew and good meals. Tony kept people happy, motivated and working hard toward our goal of making a great short film. It was great to see the film come together and everyone working together so well.

“Tony” Wei Tao , Line Producer and Production Manager was an essential part of the success in shooting Analysis. We had great locations, top-notch equipment and crew and good meals. Tony kept people happy, motivated and working hard toward our goal of making a great short film. It was great to see the film come together and everyone working together so well. Wei’s dedication was essential to procure all the needed equipment for the best value since Analysis was shot on an incredibly limited budget.

Caffeinated Film making. Actress Emily Feist enjoys a cup of delicious Arabica Roasters http://www.arabicaroasters.com/en/mall/Index.php coffee. Arabica Roasters is the generous coffee sponsor of the short film Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html  The kind folks at Arabica Roasters not only offered their sponsorship and a supply of their Fair Trade Coffee selections, they also shared their wisdom and enthusiasm about great coffee. Their support kept our crew and actors alert and ready to perform.

Caffeinated Film making. Actress Emily Feist enjoys a cup of delicious Arabica Roasters http://www.arabicaroasters.com coffee. Arabica Roasters is the generous coffee sponsor of the short film Analysis.   The kind folks at Arabica Roasters not only offered their sponsorship and a supply of their Fair Trade Coffee selections, they also shared their wisdom and enthusiasm about great coffee. Their support kept our crew and actors alert and ready to perform.

Charles Mayer (left) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1885544/ stars opposite Sofie Fella in Analysis as teacher and mentor Mr. Richardson. Mayer’s most recent feature film Shanghai Calling (aka America Town) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070597/ hit theaters in China this week. In Shanghai Calling, Mayer was supporting cast with Hollywood talents such as Bill Paxton. Analysis is the second collaboration between director Richard Trombly and Mayer.

Charles Mayer (left) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1885544/ stars opposite Sofie Fella in Analysis as teacher and mentor Mr. Richardson. Mayer’s most recent feature film Shanghai Calling (aka America Town) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070597/ hit theaters in China this week. In Shanghai Calling, Mayer was supporting cast with Hollywood talents such as Bill Paxton. Analysis is the second collaboration between director Richard Trombly and Mayer.

Fun on the set of Analysis http://www.obscure-productions.com/analysis.html<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
“Jude” Jiang Wen, producer (left) “Somebody drop a light on him, already.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Richard Trombly, director “Hey, I heard that.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Actually, we had a very cooperative and friendly crew and cast and the production was hard work and long hours for 4 days, but we all pulled together toward the goal of doing our best with the tight schedule and limited resources. I am so moved by the work everyone did and how well everyone pulled together.” /></a></p>
<p><span style=Fun on the set of Analysis. Director Richard Trombly and Producer Jude Jiang  joke with each other to the delight of lead actress Sofie Fella.

We had a very cooperative and friendly crew and cast and the production was hard work and long hours for 4 days, but we all pulled together toward the goal of doing our best with the tight schedule and limited resources. I am so moved by the work everyone did and how well everyone pulled together.

Thank you to all those who supported our efforts ! Brilliant lead actor Charles Mayer (Shanghai Calling 2012, Ip Man 2 2010 , Goodbye Shanghai 2010) , INTRODUCING: lead actress , the charming Sofie Fella, supporting actor, Paul Collins (noted cast member of East West Theatre and other Shanghai drama troupes), Yun Zhang “Ann” (Danegrous Liasons 2012) Cinematographer and coproducer Jeffrey Chu (Falling City 2012, Fen Dou 2011, Happy Ending 2010, Rasperry Magic 2010) Producer WenJiang, executive producer Gloria Lemos, co-producers Ludwig Fella and Lu Yan-Fella (John Rabe 2009) , Exir Kamalabadi production assistant and behind the scenes cameraman (Ghosts of Old Shanghai, 2011, Looper 2012) Anna Zhao graphic design, Julian Henry, Actor, Tim Chu actor,  Joseph Kalouch actor,  Emily Wallace, actor, Eric Lee, Actor , Emily Feist, actor, Micheli Molinaro Hsiao Botte, actor, Kimiya Kalamabadi, actor Tom Wei, actor, Wendy Wu, Actor, crew:  “Cloud” Zhibin Wang , sound master Yang Hongbo, camera operator, Da Tou camera assistant, Zhang Weibin Gaffer, Tony Wei Tao, Production manager, Carrie Hu production assistant. Thank you K.Leslie Graves and Roberta Sherman, for production support, Pete O’Hanlon original theme music composition and performance , Doug Finn – Original sound track composition and performance

FAIR TRADE coffee sponsor : Arabica Roastershttp://www.arabicaroasters.com

Meal Sponsor: Windows Star Garage
http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/nightlife/bars/has/windows-garage/

Location sponsors :

Shanghai University, Cinema Department

Reya Group
http://www.reyagroup.com/

And Thank you to our sponsors from  www.indiegogo.com/analysis

And to the other great people that were a part of this production.

Actors and extras (volunteer) needed for short film in Shanghai 

Analysis, a short film by Richard Trombly, being shot on no budget needs some actors and extras.

on weekend of Aug 11 -12 We need :

8 adults as extras (role – teachers) — any age 20+, sex, and race

two boys with speaking parts age 13-15 – any race — must speak english well but need not be native speaker

One adult any sex /age/race

8 or more youth – 13-15 year old teenage kids as extras – any race. — any language

contact Casting Director Jude Jiang 18601328669 email: Jiangwen.jude@gmail.com

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