Thursday, 5 February 2015

Thoughts on the eve of the Chinese New Year

At the end of Semester 1 last year I arranged for both of my Film classes to visit the Hangzhou No. 2 Old People's Home to conduct interviews with some of the residents - a kind of precursor to our recent 'Humans of Hangzhou' project.

Unfortunately, we were assailed by legions of gremlins on and after these shoots (everything from broken tripod mounts to faulty SD cards and hard drive meltdowns; it was a veritable Biblical plague of technical 'issues'!), and most of the footage we got was lost or proved to be unusable. We eventually managed to salvage this one reel of some of the old folk's closing remarks - their New Year hopes and wishes for the upcoming Year of the Horse (now very nearly past).