#22 Screenwriting for Chinese audiences


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What is it like to work as a storyteller in the Chinese film and TV industry? What is the relationship between producers and scriptwriters? How can one write a story that will resonate with Chinese audiences, and what is the market looking for? This podcast, recorded live at the The SLab in Beijing, explores these questions and the trials and tribulations of writing for the big screen.


Cai Jinru 薄荷菜 | Screenwriter

Jordan DeFazio | Screenwriter and Lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy

Jordan’s website | Jordan’s LinkedIn

Joey Wang | Screenwriter

Joey’s email | Joey’s Instagram

And, as usual, your host, Aladin Farré.

Aladin’s LinkedIn | Aladin’s Twitter

Middle Earth is made by China Compass Productions. If you have a China-themed cultural project, please get in touch!

With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design support.

Recommended watching:

Jordan’s Music Video

I Love My Family 我爱我家 (1994)

Nothing in the Mirror 空镜子 (2002)

My Own Swordsman 武林外传 (2006)

Dwelling Narrowness 蜗居 (2009)

Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 (2015)

Burning Ice 无证之罪 (2017)

Answers to the episode quiz:

1) Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 is the TV show that has been the most Googled in 2018.

2) There has been 29 cinematographic adaptations of Journey to the West over 9 decades.

3) Looper (2012) was the first film to make additional scenes for the Chinese audience. It was followed in 2013 by “Iron Man” and “21 and Over”.

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