Tag Archives: Changfu Chang

Ricki’s Promise, a film by Changfu Chang

What happens when an 18 year old American girl adopted from China returns to her birthland to spend summer vacation living with her recently discovered biological parents?   That’s the situation of “Ricki’s Promise”, a new feature length documentary. The … Continue reading

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Editing Room Chaos To Order!

A peek inside the documentary editing process What goes on behind the scenes when you need to take 40 hours of footage and condense it into a coherent one hour documentary? The first step: organizing! Editor Catherine Legault makes cards … Continue reading

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Marie-Claire China Magazine follows Vivian’s journey

Marie-Claire magazine (China) sent a photographer to follow Vivian and her father Hubert as they went on their quest back to Vivian’s birth land. He captured her meeting with Shumin Zhu, a girl who was abandoned much like Vivian was, … Continue reading

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Our editor Catherine

With post-production on our latest doc The Invisible Red Thread now in full swing, we asked our editor Catherine Legault to give us some insider info. Here what she had to say about her process and the job: What were … Continue reading

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Vivian and Shumin: Two months later

How does being filmed impact documentary participants? As filmmakers, we always wonder what the impact will be for the people who agree to be part of our documentary films. The incredible variety of reality TV shows make it seem almost … Continue reading

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Vivian’s Journal: One Week Home from China

“…  I’ve wondered about what the orphanage was like for as long as I can remember and now I do know. It feels like I’ve just filled in this gap in my life. “ It’s amazing to think that I … Continue reading

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Vivian and Hubert’s Incredible Adventure: The Return from China

After two intense weeks, the trip comes to an end. The idea of ‘China’, the place where Vivian had been adopted from 15 years earlier is now no longer an abstract idea to her. Vivian has experienced the country’s intense … Continue reading

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Another day from Changfu Chang’s filming journal

August 16, 2010 It was a satisfying and productive day, but not without twists and turns. First, the weather promised to be deceptively good. The scorching 100 degree Fahrenheit sun and its heat seemed to be behind us as we … Continue reading

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From Changfu Chang’s filming journal

August 13, 2010 Today was a big day: morning at the Adoption Center to pick up the invitation in Nanchang; late afternoon at the orphanage in Jiujiang 2 hours away… The statement that we are lucky is probably an understatement. … Continue reading

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Co-Directing Across Two Continents – Now It’s the Chinese Crew’s Turn

On the morning of Sunday August 9th, Toronto cameraman, James Klopko, filmed Vivian and her father Hubert’s last hours with Vivian’s mother, Eve. They stuffed some final items into suitcases and drove to Pearson airport. It was an emotional goodbye … Continue reading

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