“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.
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
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.
一）一部約180分鐘 或 分開兩至三部的紀錄片電影。
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.
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.
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.
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。
L2 （藝名＊）-- 香港電影剪接師，短片導演
Janie（藝名＊）-- 香港廣告剪接師 製片人
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.
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!
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！！Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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