“HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY”
Andrew Cohen speaks with Yu Hong
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: ANDREW COHEN
PRODUCED BY: ELAINE W. NG / AAP / A-C FILMS
CINEMATOGRAPHY: JULIEN ROBY
SOUND: CHEN SOUND
EDITING: JULIEN ROBY / C-SIDE PRODUCTIONS
COLOR CORRECTION: DAMIEN MOLINEAUX / C-SIDE PRODUCTIONS
SOUND MIX: CHARLES MENGER / LE PARLOIR
TRANSLATORS: WINNIE JIELIN HU, AURELIA DUBOULOZ, SEA LOU
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: ISABELLE EMONET-FAUCHERRE, SARAH MUGNIER, BRUNO RIVIÈRE
ALL ARTWORKS, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.
THANKS TO: DAVID TUNG, PATRICK LIU, GAMBLE NELKIN, XIAOFENG
BEIJING, OCTOBER 2013 © 2014 A-C FILMS, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
I think it was in the time of spring 2012, when I came across David Shiyang Liu's lovely piece of work about Ira Glass. It was the most inspiring and motivating video I had ever seen in my life. I watched it over and over again, listened to Ira Glass' voice, and told myself, that I am not the only person who is constantly disappointed about the gap between one's taste and one's skills. Later in 2012, I decided to do my own filmed version of Ira's interview - using my own language to tell his message. It took me about a year from concept to upload.
I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt about his/her creative career. I also think that Ira Glass' message isn't only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.
Ira Glass, whom I've never met in real life, but who had such a big influence on my development. Thank you for telling beginners what nobody else does.
David Shiyang Liu for the video that inspired me to start the project. You all should watch his awesome kineticTypo-version here: vimeo.com/24715531
The people from current.tv who originally recorded the interview with Ira Glass. See the relevant part here: youtube.com/watch?v=BI23U7U2aUY
The people from Magic Lantern who gave DSLR videography a new dimension (I chose this project to be a test run with the RAW plugin)!
Steven Sasseville for painting the "taste" painting for me.
Pedro Sousa for his advice and working his ass off at the "creative work" chalkboard.
Wolfgang Kraus for letting me borrow his sound equipment.
Kai Löhnert for working out on his birthday in the "fight" take.
Wolfgang Hendrik Schnabel for giving me the museum-like atmosphere and his silhouette in the painting takes.
Hermiyas Ötztürk for his hairy "good enough" hand.
Orange Hive Studio for light equipment and location.
Mima and Heinz Sax-Schmitz for the location of the "ambitions" take and finding me the "finish 1 story" typewriter.
Joyce Chen (vimeo.com/clownmori), Soufiane Mabrouki (vimeo.com/user21466567), Damien Tsenkoff (behance.net/damtsnkff), Nikita Samutin (baselinedesign.ru) and Andrej Mikula (amara.org/en/profiles/profile/65015/) for taking the time and patience to create Chinese, Arabic, French, Russian and Slovak subtitles and dissolving language barriers to make even more people understand Ira's words.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
Solveig Gold for being the most patient and supporting person in my life. She appears in a lot of scenes in this video.
Jutta and Uwe Sax for several pieces of equipment and their support.