|Bridget on the shores of West Lake, Hangzhou|
|Morning Fog on West Lake, Hangzhou|
We decided to leave our girls with the care of Mirjam (neighbors) with their own costumes and very specific trick or treating and what not intstructions (which Quinn interpreted with her own judgement...another story!) Thus, a driver picks us up Sunday afternoon, takes us to the Hongqiao train station, and we board the bullet train for Hangzou! This baby travels 311 KM/hour, making this 150 kilometer trip in much less than an hour - not bad.
|Inside the "Bullet Train"|
|Notice the camera! Hey My Sis Worked for Them!!|
We meet Norman, along with Adrian - the producer, Mark - the cameraman, and about a dozen crew members and support staff. We pile into busses and head to the first location for a shoot, an old buddhist temple. We have a small plastic bag filled with a modest breakfast.
Norman, Adrian, and Mark, explain to us their over all concept for the shoot. It will be a promotional tourism video for the city of Hangzou to be aired on CNN, Adrian's employer. The idea is that Hangzou is so beautiful and relaxing that a businessman (me) could find time during his visit to wander around the many attractions of the area.
We arrive at the temple, make up is applied, the crew sets up there stuff and I'm floored to see they're suing a RED camera! Wow, I tell everyone I know that my sister used to work for RED and that I think it's the coolest thing in the world that I'm actually seeing a real RED camera. Everyone is mildly impressed.
It is cold and smokey due to the masses burning incense, but beautiful and a very impressive temple with a massive buddha. Bridget and I get to hang out, enjoy the sights, and every now and then I have to "walkie walkie lookey lookey" as Adrian puts it. After a few shots at the temple (Probably a total of 20 seconds for the film but 3 hours of work for these guys) we walk around the back side to the buddhist caves. Again walkie lookey walkie lookey, but this time there are plenty of crowds.
Next we move on to a national park or something. We eat lunch here (taditional Chinese) and take more footage. We meet a local man, Alex, who is a liason for us with the hangzou government. He has to play middle man for a few policeman who are curious in what's going on. We soon pack up and head to the last location, a tea plantation.
|Street Writer Patiently working the streets|
|THE Master non-asher!|
|Filming at the temple|
The next morning we head to West Lake, the pride and joy of hangzou. It really is something else. As we are warming up and waiting for the crew to get set up (Mark and Norman were up at 4:30 climbing some mountain to get a good sunrise time lapse shot) Bridget and I see this older gentleman writing on the street. He has a bucket of water which he dipped into the lake and what looks like a paint brush that is about 4 feet long. He dips the brush in the bucket of water and writes incredibly meticulously constructed chinese characters about 1 foot in length each in straight lines and columns on the street. People drive the motorcycles and walk all over them, but he just keeps on writing until he runs out of water in the bucket. Then he packs up his stuff and leaves!
|Reviewing a take up in the hills of tea country|
After shots at the lake we ended the day at a tea house in the city. After a late night, we were driven to the train station and back home to Shanghai via the bullet train in time to see Quinn to bed. It should air on CNN in the next month or so.