News Features shot and edited for the ABC

  1. Tan Dun is a Chinese contemporary classical composer, most widely known for his scores for the movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. In this video we profile him for the Australia Network's current affairs program Newsline. This video won a silver award from the Australian Cinematographers Society in their annual New South Wales awards. Written by reporter Huey Fern Tay, filmed and edited by James Bayliss-Smith in Zhujiajiao near Shanghai, China

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  2. This film was made as a Christmas promo to be shown on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television channels over the festive season. It is a tradition that all the foreign news bureaus of the ABC produce a little Christmas video every year and this is our offering.

    It is based on a Beastie Boys video for their song 'Sabotage'

    I shot and edited this promo in Beijing with Rob Hill, the other ABC cameraman based in China. The shoot took one day.

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  3. This news feature shot for the ABC (Australian) is about China's massive water diversion project. The canal in the story is on the edge of the huge Danjiankou reservoir in central China. The huge dam will eventually control the flow of water north to Beijing as part of the South-North water diversion project. The biggest (by certain metrics) hydro engineering project ever undertaken.

    Reporter: Huey Fern Tay
    Camera and edit: James Bayliss-Smith

    Shot on a Canon 5DMKiii with Canon EF f2.8 70-200mm IS II and EF f4 24-70mm IS II lenses.

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  4. This is a report about the surreal and exclusive sport of Snow Polo. Surreal as the featured competition was being held in Tianjin (not normally associated with the glamorous sport until recently) with a backdrop of the "Fortune Heights" property development. Apparently if you buy one of their mock French villas you get polo club membership thrown in. The competition participants were flown to China from all over the world at great expense no doubt including an Argentinian Opera group and the Argentinian Marching Band featured in the story. Anyway England beat Australia 4-3 so I was happy!

    Reporter: Huey Fern Tay
    Camera and Edit: James Bayliss-Smith

    Shot on a Canon 5DMKiii with Canon EF f2.8 70-200mm IS II and EF f4 24-70mm IS II lenses.

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  5. Hanging out with the girls! These ladies featured in this story are from the Hui ethnic minority in China. There are approximately 10 million Hui in China most of whom are practicing Muslims. I filmed this story at a female only mosque in Henan province, Central China. These types of mosque are a unique feature of Islam in China and the Imams of these mosques are also female. They are known as nü ahong (女阿訇). Due to Beijing having tight control over religious practices Chinese Muslims are isolated from Islamic world trends which explains the situation whereby female Imams, an ancient tradition long ended elsewhere, can continue to exist in China.

    Reporter: Huey Fern Tay
    Camera and Edit: James Bayliss-Smith

    Shot on a Canon 5DMKiii with Canon EF f2.8 70-200mm IS II and EF f4 24-70mm IS II lenses.

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News Features shot and edited for the ABC

James Bayliss-Smith PRO

These are a selection of 4-7 minute news features I shot for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation while I worked for them out of their Beijing News bureau as Shooter / Editor between 2011 and 2014

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