Is man’s destiny destined?
Ask the 39-year-old Guo Fan, a man from Shandong who once studied at the Law School of Hainan University, you may get a different answer. When he received a bachelor's degree in law in 2003, almost all his friends and family believed that he would become a lawyer or a prosecutor in the future.
When the time comesAt the Spring Festival of 2019, when Guo Fan appeared in the public eye as the director of "The Wandering Earth", he proved at least three things:
- A person with a legal education background, Can make movies.
- A young director who has only two theatrical movies ("The Adventures of Li Xianji", "You at the same table") shooting experience can make blockbuster films.
- Human destiny can be changed.
"The Wandering Earth" changed the industrialization process of Chinese films and also changed the life of director Guo Fan. A teacher in the kindergarten where he was a child sent a WeChat message to Guo's mother, saying that Guo Fan is the pride of the kindergarten and a well-known alumnus. This makes Guo Fan particularly happy, because he was often punished by the teacher to stand in the kindergarten when he was young. Once a person is famous, it is easy to float, let alone a young director like Guo Fan. Fortunately, there are close friends like Wu Jing and Gong Geer beside him. When Guo Fan's heart starts to swell, they always remind him in Guo Fan's ear: "Hey! Guo Fan, he is a little bit cocked, a little fluttering, a little swelling. What about your "Wandering Earth 2"?"
So, "Wandering Earth 2" was officially put on the agenda.
Of course, today’s film industry is not limited to script writing and shooting.Before the creation of "Earth 2", Guo Fan said that he has more important things to do.
He began to travel the world, not to travel, but to search for special effects companies around the world to establish a new special effects league for the "Wandering Earth" sequel.
The special effects production of "Wandering Earth" is dominated by the Chinese team. In order for the sequel to reach the Hollywood level, Guo Fan felt it necessary to go global and seek global special effects team cooperation.
Guo Fan’s original options were Industrial Light and Magic and Weta Studios in the United States. These two are the world’s top special effects studios, and of course the cost is also top-notch. So high that Guo Fan had to give up. After all, in the current movie environment in China, a single film still cannot meet the investment budget of Hollywood, so save it.
Russia is an unexpected discovery.
The volume of the Russian film market is not large, and the annual box office champion is only 300 million yuan, which has led to the small scale of Russian special effects companies. However, the level of Russian special effects companies Very high, the local movies they produced, such as "He Is a Dragon", "Rising Clouds", "Space Rescue", etc., have a level of special effects that are quite close to Hollywood. In addition, their price advantage is great, in other words, the price is very high.
In addition to Russia, Guo Fan also went to South Korea, New Zealand, Europe, the United States and other places to establish about 10 special effects companies with long-term cooperation, laying the foundation for the production of "Wandering Earth 2."p>
In addition to looking for an international special effects team, in July and August, Guo Fan plans to start investigating the success and failure of the "Wandering Earth" movie again. It is estimated that tens of thousands of people will participate.
Many people are very strange, why notTo conduct market research on "Wandering Earth 2", instead, we have to investigate this movie 5 months ago. In this regard, Guo Fan said: "After so long, the audience's mood in watching the movie has dropped. What is the problem with watching the movie itself? Use this dimension to investigate, the story, the scene, the characters, including aesthetics, such as the appearance of the clothes, If the audience feels uncomfortable or feels good when looking at it, please circle it for us so that when we do the next step, we will adjust the aesthetic direction."
The scale of this survey will be very large. Qualitative research, divided into first, second and third tier cities, each city has three rounds, a total of nine rounds. Based on the conclusions of this survey, we will do a second survey report questionnaire, and a survey will reach tens of thousands of people online nationwide.
After the survey is over, in September, it will officially enter the script creation stage. Guo Fan decided to shut himself and the screenwriter team in the deep mountains and old forests.After you come in, no one should go out, everyone is thinking about the script.
Of course, Guo Fan now has his own thoughts on the script. For example, the character of Wu Jing, although this character has been sacrificed in "The Wandering Earth", Guo Fan said he has a way to resurrect this character.
"If you don't write forward, you will be "resurrected", hahaha."
So sayCome, "Wandering Earth 2" will be a prequel? And will Wu Jing have a chance to continue to play?
All the answers will probably only be revealed when "Wandering Earth 2" is released. Although these answers have been hidden in Guo Fan's mind, he is currently concerned about more than these.
He claimed to have taken 4 years to shoot "The Wandering Earth", raising the technical level of Chinese movies to the level of Hollywood movies 20 years ago, which is to reach the top level of Hollywood around 2000. The level of Empire.
So for "Wandering Earth 2," he has a bigger " "Ambition". Will the goal be "Avatar"? I am afraid Guo Fan is not so crazy, but considering that "Avatar" is already a movie ten years ago, it should not be too much to reach the level of "Avatar" in the same period of Hollywood science fiction movies. High goals.
Recently, at the "Another Planet" sci-fi conference held in Beijing, the original author Liu Cixin expressed that he hopes to see "Wandering Earth 2" come out, and is optimistic that "Wandering Earth 2" can Once again shocked the Chinese film industry and Chinese science fiction.
I believe Director Guo Fan will not let him down.