You know you are doing something right when you get banned!

A good friend of mine, a Chinese film maker (who will remain unnamed for reasons that will become obvious) came to see me yesterday. He told me of the time he spent in China this last year, how he met and worked with many amazing film makers, and how he LOVED watching our weekly TV show about indie film making, The Production Office. That was, until the Chinese authorities banned us and blocked the feed! Amazing. Banned in China!

China I really don’t know how I feel about this?!

He also told me that he has to laugh when he hears British film makers complaining. He said, and I paraphrase, ‘we don’t know how lucky we are in the West, we can make any story we like without fear of the government… it’s a VERY different world in China’.

For me it was a bit of a wake up call.

You know we always compare ourselves to people who are ‘luckier’ than we are (I don’t believe in luck, but for now let’s just use that word). We never compare ourselves to people who have less opportunity. People who are ‘unluckier’.

And yet we live in a time with amazing technology, boundless frontiers (well maybe China), and the cost of film making has never been so low. And it’s going to continue to drop. So next time I feel like having a moan, I will reflect on those Chinese film makers who STILL make amazing films against odds that I cannot even begin to imagine. Team Guerilla Film salutes our Chinese brothers and sisters who make their films under repressive conditions. Go, go, go!

And if you missed any of the Production Office TV show we did, you can catch the first ten shows on our site here… Above is one of our more inspirational shows. If you never watched it, check it out now. We are approaching the 1,000,000 viewer minute threshold, so if you do watch a show today, it could be you that tips us over the big ‘million mark’! Click here to watch… Go on, we know you missed at least one show, and every one of them is cramed with useful infor for film makers.

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

One Response to You know you are doing something right when you get banned!

  1. zahra September 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Very true and very humbling.

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