Different from my first version of “making the Chinese tea”, which was shot from a side view, this time I brought the camera to the front and let the lens faced the person and created a broader view for my viewers. Tea drinking is one of the most important parts of Chinese culture and the whole process of tea making can also be seen as a way of art performance. There are many different steps and customs during the tea ceremony, although my video only showed four basic steps, I still want my viewers to feel a sense of traditional Chinese aesthetics. To start with, the tea maker has to rinse teapot and tea cups with hot water and take out dry tea leaves into the teapot. Then, refill the teapot till the leaves are covered with water and pour out the water into small tea cups. Drinkers should not drink this tea because it only serves to wash the leaves, create light fragrance and warm up the cup. After repeating the same pouring steps, guests can start to enjoy the “clean” tea. The turtle on the side of teapot serves as an entertaining function. Instead of drink up the whole tea at once, guests should left some drops and pour them on the back of the “turtle.” After a period of time, the turtle will turn into a darker color and shinier look and the professional tea drinking people also view the turtle as a way of investment and showing their long drinking experience.
For editing part, based on my original “in-camera-edit” version, I speeded down some parts and added couples of transition to smooth out the connections between each shot and focused more on creating additional sound effects to my video.
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