I was interviewed by the journalist Adam Campbell from Anywhere But Hollywood…. And I am certainly making films — ANYWHERE but Hollywood. http://anywherebuthollywood.com/podcast-ep-4-an-expat-filmmaker-in-china-richard-trombly/


Why are we still using COAL and OIL when there ARE NEW VIABLE ALTERNATIVES. CONSERVATIVE THINKING. [we do it this way because we do it this way]  They viewed themselves as the COAL INDUSTRY and OIL INDUSTRY not the ENERGY INDUSTRY. ENERGY MOVED forward. These industries did not. They spend ANNUALLY many hundreds of millions in blocking the solar and wind industry in the same way they blocked the ACA. But in the end ACA passed and we can move solar forward.

If the computer industry had viewed itself as the mainframe corporate computer industry, you would not have your personal phone book/rolodex, CALENDAR schedule/diary, PDA, CALCULATOR, CAMERA, VIDEO CAMERA, PHONE, walkie talkie, newspaper, library, television, radio, turntable, flashlight, alarm clock and COMPUTER all in one DEVICE.  your smart phone you are reading this on.

We can demand a modern energy industry. Colleges students are starting to wake up, are demonstrating and demanding their universities divest. Contact your senators to demand the ENERGY INDUSTRIES move forward. We need sustainable energy for the future or we will not have a future.   #sustainable   #energyefficient  #renewableenergy   #globalwarming

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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

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 the 20th century who is bent…

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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.


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.


  • 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!


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


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.


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.


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
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,




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


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.


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