May 16, 2019

Why care about the environment?

Because it's all we've got!

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The environment, in terms of the ecology of a place, is in trouble. And we’re all wearing too many pants.

Environment as ambience is a little more subjective … so we’re doing OK there.

May 20, 2019

Taking time to recharge your creative batteries

How we get all this vlogging done

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In this week’s episode, we talk about the cyclical nature of creativity, and how we manage to take time off without stopping the flow of videos. (Hint: It helps to have a collaborator.)

May 14, 2019

Uncle Sez: Consider your audience

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In this week’s episode of our podcast, we discuss the impact of audience expectation on our creative processes. We don’t never want to pander, but neither do we want to alienate potential watchers. So how do you find that middle ground? Also, what if we’re just weird, and our “normal” never appeals?

May 13, 2019

“Shower Outage” (Official music video)

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

Music from the video “How to: Shower in China - When the water goes out.”

This original composition is actually one of our first pieces of music that is actually scored to a scene — in that the timing of the music was written to follow and enhance the action in the video, “How to: Shower in China.” It’s a fun, upbeat piece that really makes the farce we were going for in that video pop.

May 8, 2019

Real and fake ... are they just constructs?

Uncle Foreigner gets really existential

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There’s a lot of worry about knock-offs and fakes in China … which was kind of our point of departure for this episode. Yes, when you search for Swiffers on Taobao you can find “Steves.” But, we wanted to push the concept further and consider the nature of reality as a whole.

Also, someone told us to “go back to your own country.” So that was special.

May 7, 2019

“Watch it!” (Official music video)

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

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“Watch it” was a short segment conceived for the video “Why do I live in China? What are you doing?” and is basically footage of traffic with the word “watch it” standing in for car horn noises. We thought it was funny. I like the driving beat of this composition and how it gives intensity to some imagery that’s pretty quotidian. We’ve all seen traffic.

May 6, 2019

Doing the best with what you've got

How we get all this vlogging done

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We make our China vlog, Hello Foreigner, on a fairly low budget, so the equipment we use is a mish-mash of old phones and crappy lights. To be honest, the phones to a great job, but we should have spent more on the lights. And their stands — lessons learned!

Watch the video above for our discussion of equipment and no-budget filmmaking. Or, download our podcast at any of the links in the caption.

Apr 29, 2019

When the water goes out

A farcical shower in China

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In February, Peter and I tried a couple of experiments in fictionalized scenarios on film. In this one, we dramatize what happens when the water goes out, but you’ve got soap in your eyes. I hope you enjoy it!

Apr 18, 2019

“About time” (official music video)

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

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Music from the video “What time is it in China?” on YouTube. This piece features extended city clips of Luzhou life, as seen featured in our “And then now” segments. It’s just like you’re here!

Apr 17, 2019

The right lights

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What makes expensive lighting better than cheap lighting? The speed of light is the same no matter what. But we discuss our experience with bad lights, and how this is an equipment area where we could have stood to spend a little more.

Also, we talk about the making of seven different videos. It’s a behind-the-scenes feast!