This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 2 2019 1:12 PM UTC +00:00.
Who is CdramaBase?
My name is Alice Craciun and I'm a sinologist based in Germany. A few years ago I started a blog that provides information and regular updates about Chinese TV series, also called "dramas", to the English-speaking international fan community: CdramaBase.
The motivation for our project
China is the biggest producer of TV series worldwide and has a lot of high quality TV shows to offer. Chinese dramas are becoming more and more popular internationally, so the demand for English subtitles is constantly rising. But as we all know, China is a huge country, and the production companies can usually generate enough money in their own country. As a result many companies show little interest in making their dramas available with English subtitles for international fans.
However, a trend has emerged in recent years and a huge number of dramas are being uploaded onto YouTube by the production companies themselves or rightful redistributors. Since YouTube allows subtitles to be added by fans, I decided to take matters into my own hands in November 2017 and recruited a few Chinese-English translators to subtitle some of those dramas on YouTube. The translators are being paid through donations I receive from the fan community.
Here are some Chinese dramas that are now available with English subtitles thanks to our team:
"Operation Moscow" is based on the real “Trans-Siberian Train Robbery” incidents in 1993. Watch it on YouTube.
"A Splendid Life in Beijing" depicts the lives of an ordinary Beijinger family over the course of several decades. Watch it on YouTube.
Why we have signed up for Kickstarter
Our subbing team is very grateful to all the fans who have supported us thus far. But time has shown that we need much higher sums than what we have been receiving through donations, which is why we've turned to Kickstarter. We hope that with your help, dear backers, we can raise the funds we need to work more effectively and make more dramas available with subtitles.
The amount we have set as our funding goal will allow us to complete the subtitles for our ongoing subtitling projects in the very near future. So far we have been taking many months to finish one single project because of lacking funds, which is not only frustrating for us but even more so for the fans who are desperately waiting for the subtitles. Ideally, if we can gather even more money than the set goal, we'd be able to also start new subtitling projects with it. Our big dream is that one day nearly all Chinese dramas available on YouTube will have English subtitles.
Here are some Chinese dramas that we could subtitle in the future with your help:
"White Deer Plain" is based on the novel of the same name by Chen Zhongshi, for which he won the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 1997, one of China's must prestigious literature awards.
"Ten Miles of Spring Wind Can't Compare to You" is adapted from the coming-of-age novel "Beijing, Beijing" by Feng Tang, which has been translated into English.
To see the full list of titles available on YouTube, as well as all of our completed and ongoing subbing projects, please visit our website.
Risks and challenges
Luckily there aren't any risks. As long as we have enough funds, the TV series will be subtitled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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