Di­rec­tor calls for bet­ter-trained film crews

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s boom­ing film in­dus­try, which took in 44 bil­lion yuan ($6.7 bil­lion) at the box of­fice last year and is set to sur­pass the US as No 1 by 2017, needs bet­ter trained staff if its pro­duc­tion val­ues are to match those of Hol­ly­wood, ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing di­rec­tor.

Feng Xiao­gang, who was ad­dress­ing fel­low mem­bers of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Political Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee, be­moaned the lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism among the coun­try’s film crews.

He said many of those who work in light­ing de­part­ments or as stage hands lack any pro­fes­sional train­ing and most got the job sim­ply be­cause they knew some­one else who worked on the film crew.

To im­prove the skill level among do­mes­tic film crews, Feng plans to es­tab­lish a tech­ni­cal school with fel­low CPPC Na­tional Com­mit­tee mem­bers Jackie Chan and ac­tor Zhang Guoli.

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