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A documentary about what’s happened in Hong Kong in 2019 Summer. 一部關於2019年香港夏天的紀錄片
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“The City of Tears” is a documentary project focusing on the ongoing series of demonstrations against Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement in Hong Kong. The ultimate goal of the project would be reaching out the global audience by releasing it on some streaming service platform, such as Netflix and Amazon. We would like the people from all around the world to clearly understand how the conflicts begin and why the mass protests continue more than 100 days across this beautiful city.

For weeks, tens of thousands of HongKonger have taken to the streets, involved in general and school strike, and sit-in at the airport to show their support and determination on the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement (Anti-ELAB). Some of the past demonstrations in the movement got global media coverage and hit the headlines on major international newspaper. However, a lot of information about Anti-ELAB is not fully reached to worldwide audience. Only a few of them realized the movement was lit due to a gruesome murder case committed in Taiwan by a Hong Kong student. And unsurprisingly, not many understand thousands of protesters shut down airport causing cancellation of almost 200 flights on August 12th was a crowd respond to a woman whose eye got shot during a march the day before.

Our documentary project is intended to provide in-depth look at the Movement and an all-round perspective in all the Extradition Bill noises.

《催淚之城》是一部關於香港反送中運動的紀錄片。最終目標是在國際訂閱平台上架(如Netflix及Amazon等),令更多海外朋友更容易了解香港在發生什麼事。

反送中運動由六月至今已超過四個月。每隔幾天,各國新聞國際版便會看到香港的身影。但就算如此,大部份海外讀者觀眾也未能了解整件事的來龍去脈,甚至連一些在港引起廣泛爭議的事件,可能也會因外國媒體資源、語言等等困難,而未能詳細及全面地報導。例如,大部分人也不知道整件事是由"台灣殺人案"一事開始,也不知道8.11有女士眼球被射爆,繼而引發8.12在香港機場和平集會令200多航班停飛等等。故希望可以藉著本片,令更多世界各地的觀眾了解多一點香港。

製作團隊希望可以藉著本片,用更貼近香港人視野角度去敘述事件,令世界各地更多讀者與觀眾,深入了解香港這場爭議不斷的運動的前因後果,盡量填補一些國際新聞未能覆蓋的拼圖。

credit -- Lau Kwong Shing (柳廣成)

 片長及內容 Duration and Content:
 

The project was initiated with a preliminary concept making a feature-length documentary that runs for 100 minutes in the end of July. Nevertheless, the Movement has continued escalating and the deadlock between the government and protesters have shown no signs of backing down. We believe a 100-minute documentary is difficult to clearly present the long lasting Movement for a couple of months. At this stage, the project structure would be possibly developed into:

1) 180-minute feature-length documentary as a whole or split it into 2 to 3 parts

OR

2) Documentary series with 8 to 10 episodes, each 30 – 40 minutes long. (240-400mins in total)

The final decision has not been made yet, when option 2) probability is growing when the movement is still happening in Hong Kong.

For the content, the document starts with a brief on the dynamic change of political structure of Hong Kong in the past decades. We look in retrospect at the beginning of a rushed campaign to push the Bill by the Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government because of transferring a criminal suspect to Taiwan. The following is the wide spreading of public outrage and endless mass protests since June.

The documentary are mainly interview driven whichtruly reflects the perspective of the interviewees. The narration is less likely to be used as far as possible.

Those accept taking part in the interview including:social workers and students on the frontline of the demonstrations, medical workers, journalists, victims, council members, political commentators, academics,lawyers and etc.

We are also working on getting permission from different media to use their original footages about Anti-ELAB. Independent press, conventional media and online media all are valuable resources for making the documentary, and we are in the progress discussing with FTVV, RTHK and Stand News.

本片由七月尾開構思及籌備,當時以100分鐘為目標。但在過去個多月的事件,我們相信100分鐘遠遠不夠將事情簡短地講清,而在事件還未完結的情況下,我們有兩個可能性:

一)一部約180分鐘 或 分開兩至三部的紀錄片電影。

二)一部紀錄特輯,每集大約30-40分鐘,現階段可劃分8-10集。(240-400分鐘)

因反送中運動還沒有完結的跡象,因此可能性二)的機會越來越大。我們也不排除以上兩個版本會同時推出,但現階段未能作實。

內容會由香港簡短政治背景開始,再回顧林鄭的「初心」:去年台灣殺人案。之後便到六月至今一連串事件。主要會以採訪形式進行(盡量減少旁白),以受訪者角度講述事件。

現已答應受訪者包括:前線社工、學生、醫護、記者、受害者、議員、時事評論員、學者、律師等等。

另外,已和各大媒體聯絡相討有關授權方案,其中包括傳統媒體如RTHK、網上媒體如立場新聞 及 獨立媒體如FTVV。

語言  language :
 

Cantonese would be the main language would be use in The City of Tears,  with English and Chinese subtitles. We may consider other languages depend on where will the documentary be showed.

《催淚之城》主要使用廣東話,以及中英文字幕。因應將來播放地區會考慮其他語言字幕。

 製作預計時間 Broadcast Production Timeline:
 

The documentary is tentatively premiered after 6-month production. But the schedule would be delayed by many uncertainties as the Movement still goes on. If we choose to release the project as a documentary series, there is a higher chance the first few episodes completed on time and launched as original plan.

Kickstarter would be the communication platform for the team and our supporters once the crowdfunding campaign is successfully finished. We will update the documentary production progress once a week or every two weeks.

初步預計6個月製作時間,但受很多不確定因數影響,當中以件事還未完結為最主要原因。但同一時間,如上述提及,我們也考慮以特輯形式推出,而有機會可以以較快的時間首先推出部份集數。

在眾籌成功後,我們會以此KS campaign 作為平台,至少每一至兩星期作一次進度報告。

 為什麼設135萬港元(約17萬美元)為目標 Why we set HK$1.35M (170K USD) as the target
 

If we just hit our initial target funding of 1.35M HKD (170K USD) at Kickstarter, the project would get 1.2M HKD (150K USD) as production fee after the deduction of charges by Kickstarter platform and credit card company.

300K HKD (38K USD) is used for licensing the original content of various media clips. Since not a single media is able to record the whole story of the Movement in the past few months, using raw footage from various press for the documentary project is reasonable in terms of quality.

The remaining 900K HKD (114K USD)is used for basic production cost, such as recruiting production crew, equipment rental and venue rental of location shooting within the 6-month production period. In this case, the cost of production is about 150K HKD (19K USD)per month– the budget is still very limited for a high quality production.

Kickstarter projects can't promise to raise funds to donate to a charity or cause, that we will spend all the raise funding on The City of Tears production costs. But we guarantee to donate 10% of the documentary income to Amnesty International and the rest will be donated to the groups which provide legal support for protesters who were arrested and charged during any Anti-ELAB protests.

扣除KS及卡公司手續費,如果剛好成功達標,大約有120萬港元(約15萬美元)

其中大約30萬港元(約3.8萬美元)用作購買各媒體約100分鐘片段(包括版權及複製費)。由於反送中運動至今三個多月差不多每星期也有事件發生,未有任何人或媒體能夠拍攝所有場面,故購買不同媒體機構版權在所難免。

而其餘90萬港元(約11.4萬美元),以6個月製作為目標,每月平均15萬港元(約1.9萬美元),款項全數會用作本片製作基本開資,包括聘請全職製作人手、租借採訪場地及器材等。如果金額遠超目標金額,極有可能可以加快製作時間。

Kickstarter 籌募目的不能用作捐贈慈善團體,我們會將本次眾籌款項全數用在《催淚之城》的製作開支。但同時承諾未來將本片的收益至少10%捐送國際特赦組織。另外也會考慮捐送一些致力保護捕人士人權訴訟的團體。

當然,如果你關注香港的被捕者人權,我們強烈建意你在支持本計劃之前先看看有沒有更加值得你先去支援的單位或基金。香港被捕者的人權及支援,絕對比本計劃來得重要。

 我們是誰 The Team:
 

Cori Chan – Executive Producer and Screen Writer of this project

Cori was grown up in Hong Kong and had been working in the city for 5 years until 2011. He moved to Shanghai, Singapore and London for pursuing his career of post-production in film-making. He has participated in many blockbusters including Avengers series, The Dark Knight Rises, Bourne Legacy, James Bond, The Hunger Games and Les Misérables.

L2 (nickname*)- Film editor and Short films director

L2 started his career in film/television production industry in 2008 and his creations mainly were music videos at the early stage. He became a film editor in 2012 and gained fruitful experience in film editing, producing movie trailers and post-production in advertising. Over the last decade, he has been involved in editing work for 19 local films and 7 television dramas. He has also been awarded in many renowned short film competitions. L2 has participated in Umbrella Revolution in 2014 and the Anti-ELAB Movements in 2019. He has been playing an active role on photo taking and video recording about the demonstrations on site.

Janie (nickname*) - Editor and Producer

Janie entered the video production industry in 2004. She took part in various editing projects including concert videos, music videos and television programmes. In 2012, she made a career change to advertising field and began her editing work on TV commercials and online short films. Janie has kept her career forward by establishing a production house in 2018 and she has taken up a role as a producer. Janie has worked on over 60 advertisement and online short film projects in different scale. She also gets involved in editing roles of numerous concert video and music video, plus two TV dramas. As a mother of two, Janie is upset to witness the changes of the city and it is no longer the homeland as she was familiar with but she still wants to make some impacts of the major events. She would like to utilize her professional skills in video storytelling to tell the truth to next generation.

*Nicknames are used instead of real name because white terror is all around the city. Some of the crew members are in fear of intimidation or reprisal. Consequencescould be losing jobs or other creations our members get involved in would be affected. As it has widespread implications and the political uncertainties ahead, we hope you can understand the reasons our members preferusing nicknames.

Cori Chan - 本片策劃人及編導。

香港長大,在港工作5年至2011年離港,先後在上海,星加坡及倫敦工作。參與超過30部電影,主要負責後期工作,其中包括復仇者聯盟2、3、4、蝙蝠俠—夜神起義、叛諜追擊、007、飢餓遊戲,孤星淚等。

L2 (藝名)-- 香港電影剪接師,短片導演

於2008年起加入影像製作行業,初期主要從事音樂錄像製作。2012年剪輯電影入行成為電影剪接師,承接電影剪接、電影預告及廣告後期業務。至2019年曾剪輯過19套港產的電影,7套電視劇集。近年曾於知名短片比賽中以導演的崗位奪得多個獎項。2014年曾參與雨傘革命並積極參與2019年稱為「反送中」的反對逃犯條例修定運動,拍攝運動的相片及影像。

Janie(藝名)-- 香港廣告剪接師   製片人

2004年加入影像製作行業,初期主要剪輯演唱會、音樂錄像及電視節目。2012年投身廣告界後期製作,剪輯電視廣告及網上短片等影像。2018年站前一步成為製片,並成立公司。至2019年剪輯超過60個大大小小廣告及網上短片,多個演唱會及音樂錄像、2套電視劇集。作為兩孩之母,眼見香港不再香港,想為這個家略盡綿力,用自己長處為下一代"留聲"。

*因香港現正籠罩住一種人人自危的白色恐怖,如用上真實姓名有機會被秋後算帳,例如失去原有工作及影響其他有份參與的作品,牽連甚遠。考慮到香港未來政治的不明朗,故只能用上藝名,希望能被諒解。

 為什麼眾籌 Why Kickstarter?
 

To avoid political manipulation disturbing the production progress and video content, we choose crowdfunding platform as a direct source to raise money for the documentary project.

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform and there are huge successes in crowdsourcing. Through Kickstarter, we believe it is easier to get the fund starting the documentary project in a short time. On the other hand, it can also be used as marketing platforms providing update developments of our project.

我們是一班影片製作人,在考慮到盡量避免政治立場影響本片製作下,眾籌是最為直接的方法去籌集資金。KS作為一個國際眾籌最大的平台,更有很多紀錄片眾籌成功例子。一來更容易令本計劃籌集到基本資金,二來可用作宣傳之用,三來可以作為一個平台去發布本計劃最新消息。

Risks and challenges

The city is still in the stage of political unrest. Over the past few weeks, more people are reported going missing, and many bodies have been found in suspicious but all cases were concluded as “body found with no suspicious” after police investigations.

Citizens in Hong Kong are worried about white terror and it is the same for some of the crew members who involve in this documentary project. Nicknames are used on the crew list to avoid any risk to their lives and their families. But we stand together and jointly contribute our own efforts towards a common goal – Protect our homeland.

The production period of the project is estimated not less than 6 months. The exact end time is still an unknown answer as the Movements has failed to be settled at the moment. Although the documentary may not make any strong impact on the Movement development, the team is full of confidence global audience will have deep understanding the spirit of Hong Kong people and stand on our side against the authoritarian. The professional skills and strong personal network we are holding drive us to make the documentary engaging. The project helps the world to realize the whole story of the Movement, as well as the determination and courage of the locals fighting for freedom and brighter future.

It’s so hard to make a promise our documentary will be released in one of the worldwide streaming networks. But we have strong confidence on our product quality and make it come true as far as we could. If the crowdfunding campaign get failed this time, we have no intention to terminate the documentary production. Never give up - absolutely we attempt to restart the fundraising soon no matter how hard it could be.

Stay together, Stay Strong
We fight on, each in his own way!

風險和挑戰

由於香港政治局勢不穩定,在過去數星期出現多人失蹤及多宗被警方列為「無可疑」的可疑屍體發現案。在這股白色恐怖的氛圍下,每一位參與製作人員也承受一定個人風險,故部分人員用上藝名。但我們都有一致目的,用各自的所長為我們的家--香港盡一分綿力。本片預計製作6個月,屆時事件完結與否還是未知數,本片對香港的局勢可能並沒有太大影響力,但我們有信心,以我們的經驗和人脈,可以令全世界更多人了解香港人,了解香港人精神,去站在香港人這邊。在籌備階段的現在,我們難以確定及承諾那一個平台絕對會播放本片,但以團隊的能力,我們對作品的品質充滿信心,可獲大眾對本片認同及肯定,繼而提高在各大平台播放的可能性。如果今次眾籌失敗,雖然會令此計劃難度增加,但我們並不會放棄此計劃。香港人加油!!

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