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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 />

Cinematographer Jeffrey Chu 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 />
“Jude” Jiang Wen, producer (left) “Somebody drop a light on him, already.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Richard Trombly, director “Hey, I heard that.”<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.

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.

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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

We are deep into the preparations for Analysis, a short film about a 13 year old math genius whose greatest challenge is solving “the human equation”www.indiegogo.com/analysis We are in the last day of a crowd funding drive that has been incredibly successful. Online, we raised over USD $1,600 from 20 supporters, but almost 1,000 people have been engaged enough to visit the page and learn about the film. So indiegogo has been a great resource to get the word out.

 

Sofie Fella 12-year-old star of Analysis at a Chinese temple in Shanghai

What the site does not show is that we have also received some financial support locally this is not registered on the site as well as invaluable donations of in-kind support. This short film has a high production value since it is intended for the festival circuit. It’s projected costs were budgeted at over USD $30,000 but we have been able to reduce the costs on this not-for-profit production to about USD $10,000 and also add on a CGI visual effects studio to provide some effects work that , in itself. would have doubled the film’s budget.
So in all, we have more than 60 people that have stepped forward to help bring this project together.
I want to thank all of the people who have taken the time to learn about this project and I hope you all follow this project as we develop it .

by Richard Trombly

I have been working hard on my short film www.indiegogo.com/analysis

I have been perfecting the script and shot list and developing the funding while assembling the creative team and acting talents. and things are coming together wonderfully. But this project is still in need of your support. Please go to our site on indiegogo and learn how you can get involved.

While the cash donated on this site may seem really small, we are moving ahead with the project. The great story is that we have actually received tremendous support! Many people have offered to volunteer their time and equipment so we will be able to make the production on far less than projected. One of the high costs in the original budget is CGI visual effects. Several people have stepped forward to offer their services in that area. Here are a few more examples:

Actor and film maker Harry Du Young http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0949602/ learned of the project and the help I provided to Joe Fiorello in shooting a short film in Beijing and he offered to come in from L.A. and take part as actor and crew member. (Harry and Joe were on the winning Hong Kong team of the 2010 48 Hour Film contest.)

Feral Cat films also signed on to offer their amazing talents and stabilized camera trucks. They normally are shooting fast cars for high end advertisements and super Hollywood-style action but they are coming on board to provide a scene on the streets of Shanghai that will add some great production value to this film Check out their awesome work at http://www.feralcatfilms.com/reel.html

One of our financial supporters is George Christopher Tronsrue http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3540596/ who got his first feature film starring role in a horror film I produced in 2010 in Shanghai.

One thing you learn in the film business is that you succeed only with the support of a network of great friends and associates. These are just a few of the great stories of support. I hope you will join us in making this film possible.

By Richard Trombly

In Chinese, Meiwenti means “no problem” and it is an attitude that is essential for dealing with the hassles and problems inherent in independent film making in China. My friend and fellow film maker, Joe Fiorello, recently had an experience that put that to the test and proved what a flexible film maker and all-around good sport he is. It also demonstrated the strength of character necessary to persevere under the difficulties of film making.

An organizer in Beijing had announced in March that Beijing would have a local edition of the global 48 Hour film contest ttp://www.48hourfilm.com/ . Since Hong Kong had made no announcement for a contest by that time, Fiorello decided to join in the Beijing one.  He contacted me and I hooked him up with a team of good folks who planned to enter the contest. In the true spirit of indie film making, Fiorello committed and booked a flight immediately. Meiwenti!

Unfortunately, there was a problem. The Beijing 48 Hour contest suffered delays and needed to be rescheduled, but Joe already had his tickets. Luckily, Shanghai’s Meiwenti Film Contest is running its 10th installment – This time on the theme “Femme Fatale”.  http://www.sexandmodernwomen.com/contest/ Unfortunately, the rest of Joe’s prospective team (and his housing arrangements) were not  on board with the change of plans, so he had to make a new team to make use of his trip to Beijing and find new arrangements for housing.

Joe Fiorello embraces the leading actress Hava Woo.

Meiwenti! I always have space for a fellow film maker in my flat, so I was more than happy for the opportunity to have a talent like Fiorello stay at my place and he offered to let me be a part of his team.  Jude Jiang and Fiorello wrote the script based on an original story idea from Jiang, a script analyst with an international film producer. The result was a clever and delightfully simple little script.

In another blow, the intended cinematographer called the day of shooting and said  he could not make it because the plumbing in his building burst and damaged his apartment. So I was moved up from grip to cinematographer with Joe as Director and lead actor. Hava Woo, a lovely actress and organizing staff member from the state run Beijing International Film Festival played the lead female role.

Actress Hava Woo (L.) strikes an impressive pose with Joe Fiorello.

Luckily this short  required only two actors and no especially tricky shots nor and difficult locations. When you are making a film on almost no budget and low on other resources, the cardinal rule is: Work with what you have got. You  take inventory of what is available, limit yourself from adding elements that are not available and tailor the production to make the best use of what you have.

To make the shooting simple and quick, we mostly limited ourselves to my “pro-sumer level” HD camera – a Sony NEX-vg-10, its selection of prime lenses, a battery operated 120 LED variable color temperature lamp, and the onboard microphone.

It was delightful working with these 3 folk. Jiang stayed behind the scenes handling the lighting and props and wardrobe and just about every other detail. We wrapped the shoot late at night with barely enough time for Fiorello to pack and get to the airport for his early morning return flight and for the two young women to return to their respective homes and take a brief nap before facing the Monday morning grind in their offices.

I was pleasantly surprised by the spirit and cooperativeness of our team in the grueling task of cranking out a whole short film in just one day but I think the results will be well worth the effort. We are eager to edit the film and submit it to the Shanghai-based film contest.

MEIWENTI !

 

There is nothing quite like the openness of so many of the Chinese people I have met. People are always willing and eager to invite you into their homes and share their hearths no matter how meager and they will always assure that you have eaten the best they have to offer. This was a meal with a migrant worker who works as a maid and general assistant in a suite of professional offices in Shanghai for a startup firm, many of whom are foreign professionals. I had the joy to meet and get to know this lovely woman who is working in Shanghai to support her husband and child in their home village far from this metropolis. She saves every penny to send home – yet she spared no expense to make me the best meal she could including delicacies she brought from home saving for a special occasion.

Cooking in Jin Nong Tang- Directed by Richard Trombly

http://vimeo.com/42251241
Nong tang is the Chinese word for the narrow winding alleyways in the traditional neighborhoods of Shanghai. They are a style unique to Shanghai but are rapidly disappearing to make way for sky-scraping high rises. Jin Nong Tang is near the west bank of the Huangpu River upon which Shanghai and is not far outside of the city center so the area has become valuable and was slated to be demolished on 22 March 2012. So the invite to have dinner with Xiao Liu, a resident of Jin Nong Tang on March 21 was not to be refused…

by Richard Trombly

I have been in Shanghai preparing for the upcoming production of my short film Analysis http://www.indiegogo.com/Analysis this past week. This involved making some strong progress in developing my script, helping my lead actress define her character, scouting locations and meeting with some of the production talents like cinematographer Jeffrey Chu to begin defining the visual look of the film..

But one of the highlights of this week’s news in Shanghai and one of the high points of my trip to Shanghai was watching the play “What the Butler Saw” performed by a community theater troupe composed primarily of talents that I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. This is a play that certainly left all of the critics talking and making rave reviews. One of the leading parts of this delightful farce was played by Paul Collins, who will be featured in my upcoming production of Analysis. Collins provided a strong performance

We also have the heart warming news that a wonderful supporter who was a kind and beautiful enough person to join in the production team of Analysis is supporting the production for USD$1,000. It means so very much to us to have the good wishes and support of so many people in this production.

And Analysis has truly achieved a mark of success in being featured in upcoming articles in 2 different national -distribution papers in China – The Global Times and the Shanghai Daily newspapers. Analysis was also the topic on a special edition of Ken Graves’ Web-based Earth Smart – Space Smart talk radio showhttp://beta.cinchcast.com/spacesmartearthsmarts…