Shanghai Stories. 2018

First I wanted to show you my final work for Chinese Directing class. I had to shoot myself, use my script and edit myself. I simply used the idea of Marina Abramovic and her performance «Rhythm 0«.  Same performance inspired Shaia LaBeouf  and his «I am sorry«. In my performance or short movie I’m trying to maintain the idea of cruelty of humans nature when you don’t resist. It is a famous experiment (also shown in the movie «Das Experiment» based on a FICTIONAL experiment (highlighted ONLY in 2018)) but there is no real proof, only fiction and performance. You also cannot prove some guests were not set up. Here one by one my guests become more aware of my passiveness and try to use it in a harsh way. Don’t read too much, just watch.

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Shanghai stories. 14

Hi again guys. It’s been a while. Hard month, busy days. But today I will share one more video we made at the beginning of this year.
Our topic in Chinese directing class was DATE. Not just a day — date with someone. I didn’t do anything there except editing. I spent almost the whole day and half the night for editing, changing music, changing voice, correcting voice over. Polishing took too much time and at the end I had to re-edit some of the elements. However the result was good, from my opinion. Anyways it’s a student short movie. The whole concept was interesting.

Let’s watch (above) and break it down!

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Shanghai stories. 13

Today I will tell you something about the first short movie I released in March. You may watch it above.

1. The beginning

We had to make a final project for Chinese performing arts subject. We could make a research or make something creative. So, me and my friend and classmate Sarunas from Lithuania decided to make a creative part because it could be good experience to shoot first short movie, present our project to the public. We made a quick draft and sent it to our mentor. She told we need to explain more about events happening and only then start making the movie. We did it, created detailed scene plan. At the end created a group in Wechat to gather people. We needed to shoot on weekends, 2-3 hours each week one or two weekends. No rehearsals, no experience in acting was required.

2. The idea.

The idea covers feelings of any ordinary young person coming from smaller town or city to Shanghai. There are huge expectations of many young people, but they face reality: it’s hard to work, it’s hard to earn money, expenses are high, conditions are tough, so, one day you may realize your life is passing by and maybe you’re not that sane anymore. I admitted to our mentor, that I really believe all of us, people in big cities are insane. In our own way. To express the idea it we wanted to show scenes in real life, then scenes in «inner world», the world of thoughts of main character.

The story refers to your Chinese, but also is very applicable to any young foreigner living in a megapolis.

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Шанхайские рассказы. Зимнаяя школа

В последнем посте я упоминал зимнюю школу Шанхайской театральной академии (STA). Каждый год при поддержке крупнейших университетов восточного побережься США STA проводит так называемую зимнюю школу. Участие в ней, посещения являются платными, но для студентов и выпускников — бесплатные. Я поспешил воспользоваться этой уникальной возможностью, в том числе потому, что в рамках школы были предложены достаточно интересные курсы. О каждом подробнее ниже.

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