I am a western Director of Photography, Cameraman and film Director living and working in Shanghai since 2005. You can get my whole story here; cn.linkedin.com/in/francperet.
I am also running a photogrpahy and a filmmaking class in Shanghai at ELC.
See detail here: shanghai-classes.com/filmmaking
Prior to this, from 1989, I worked as a journalist, correspondent for Western magazine in travel, sport, car and motorcycle industry.
I am living in Asia (Taiwan, Japan and now China) since 1994.
In Taiwan for 3 years, from 1994 to 1997, I startedto work as a still photographer for movie industry and then I step by step became a cameraman for movies. As photographer, I collaborate to 3 feature films: “Red Kaki”, “Superman get a Mask”, “Like a stone in the street” and many MTV (Friendly dogs production).
I shot my first movie as Director of photography in 2000: Summers, by director Dai Li Ren - Leon Dai.
I started working for video commercials in Japan, while shooting documentaries for European TV program as well, from 1998 to 2003
Since I am in Shanghai, I am mostly working for TV commercial, product video, corporate video and Short-movies as a script-writer, cameraman, Director, photographer and editor.
I am making my way in MTV, MakingOf, car industry, beauty product, technology and industry. Some projects are close to documentaries with lots of B-roll and interviews. I like both, finding inspiration for shooting moods and answering the challenge to set up lighting in any condition and time framing.
I am mostly working with local crew and production from Shanghai, Beijing, HKG, Taiwan or Singapore.
Certified "Crews Control" Director of Photography, I am also often hired to direct and shoot complete project for big companies based overseas, essentially in US. This label certify that I am able to deliver the exact same quality job as US based Crew member..
See detail here: crewscontrol.com/
Production in China is often a tough world, with rude manner, and lack of consideration for creativity, but shooting is my life and I enjoy the challenge.
I am also teaching photography to expatriate from all over the world in ELC (shanghai-classes.com/). In 7 years, I taught to more than 450 students.
I am running a movie-making class since 4 years and lots of video here are related to my work with my students. It became one of my favorite activities as I love teaching and sharing experience with fresh minded people.
Teaching full time might be my future life, especially if I can do it in a Movie-making school.
I am still looking for filmmaking project; shooting feature film is one of my goals.
Unfortunately, Shanghai is not yet the best place to be to invest energy in filmmaking. Shanghai is a business city and too many jobless foreigners comes here with hope, selling themselves as cameramen, director, film maker or producer, even they get no skill and zero experience in this field. This concentration of mythomaniac is just amazing!
They totally underestimate the knowledge they are missing.
I am still looking to meet real professional in filmmaking here or anywhere else. If you are one of them, do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to work on a project with you, in China, France, HKG, Taiwan, Japan or wherever you are !
I am fluent in French, Chinese and English. I get basic Japanese knowledge. I mostly communicate in Chinese and English.
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