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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/

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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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China Film Makers Blog

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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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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