Breaking Through is showing the speed and passion, and he shot it!

Special feature of 1905 film network "We have the confidence and strength to strive for higher honor for the motherland!"Sports movies focusing on the first gold story of China Winter OlympicsBreaking ThroughIt’s showing.


The film tells the touching story of China’s short track speed skating national team, which finally stood on the highest podium with arduous training and unyielding will, in order to achieve the breakthrough of gold medal zero in the Winter Olympics.

 As the first short-track speed skating film shot by modern film means, Breaking Through team has developed a shooting system that combines real shooting with special effects almost from scratch. How to show the speed and passion of athletes and how to grasp the balance between art and sports? In this issue of Behind the Scene, let’s follow Breaking Through’s photography director Liu Yizeng to explore the world on ice.  

Professional athletes palm the mirror 

"Crossing the river by feeling the stones" is an apt saying to describe Breaking Through’s creative process. For the short track speed skating theme, there is no relevant case for reference. Liu Yizeng’s first thought was to let the photographer learn to skate, and he had to give up after practicing for a while. "I really can’t skate, my legs are no longer on myself." On the contrary, Liu Yizeng thought that it would be better to train professional skaters into photographers.

In this way, after two or three months of training, three "foreign photographers" made their debut. "Short track speed skating is extremely competitive. We want to really bring the audience to the arena. Let the athletes operate the camera to shoot, and the sense of immersion and presence is definitely the best, "Liu Yizeng said.

The training of this group of special photographers is mainly carried out from two aspects. First, the equipment guarantee, the team tailored a set of wearable photographic equipment for them to adapt to the special angle of skating. "In filming in Steadicam, moving lenses are very common, that is, hanging the camera with a vest. We also use a vest that fits well and a modified bracket to support the camera. We specially choose the resolution and comprehensive indicators, and it is also the lightest equipment."

On the other hand, these athletes should cultivate certain photographic thinking on the basis of mastering equipment skillfully. "At first, they did some actions in a mandatory way. Later, the camera sense became better and better. I already understood what you said was a little looser and tighter. What is this sense of rhythm? We have become more and more tacit."

When it comes to short track speed skating competition, the first thing that comes to mind is the scene of athletes competing for gold and silver in TV broadcast pictures. What’s the difference between TV language and movie language? This is also the core issue that Liu Yizeng and director Fangfang Wang first thought of. "We can’t let the audience into the cinema like watching TV, so we have different designs for each game. The overall logic is’ go high and go high’. " The so-called "walking on a high level" means that a large number of macro perspectives similar to TV broadcasts were adopted in the small competition at the beginning. Later, when the competition became more and more fierce and the athletes collided more and more, they began to focus on subjective perspectives, and magnified the dramatic key moments in the competition, giving the audience a sense of being there, breathing with the protagonist and fighting together. 

"black technology" helps out

In addition to the "vest" mentioned above, the Breaking Through crew also used and even invented a lot of "black technology" equipment. For example, in the real shooting on the ice, in order to shoot the zoom lens, a simple flat sliding device will be set up on the ice to simulate the sliding state and complete the close-up shooting of the face.

In order to capture the details of the feet and skates, the team skillfully used a rehabilitation device attached to the legs to link the back with the camera and record the moments full of impact.

The picture of john young winning the first gold medal in the Olympic Games and gliding with the national flag held high moved the audience, and a photographic system called "Spider" was indispensable behind it. "The machine is pulled by four Weiya ropes. We shoot a 360-degree panoramic view around the actor according to the speed, height and back of the actor, and then follow her to raise the national flag and become a panoramic view to show this exciting moment."

For some close-ups that are too difficult to shoot, the crew specially designed and built a huge and complex cage rotating device, which can move horizontally and vertically, simulate the state of athletes turning and overtaking in the stadium, and cooperate with the green screen to shoot special effects. Liu Yizeng explained that the significance of this device is not only to help the actors complete their professional movements, but also to provide real physical feedback to the actors through the inclination and movement of the crawler, so that their performances are more "fake". "This sense of reality has always been our goal."

The balance between truth and art

Breaking Through’s touching place lies not only in the exciting competition scene, but also in the delicate description of family, teacher-student relationship and love for the country. Liu Yizeng said frankly that there is no drama or action drama, and all shooting techniques should serve the overall audio-visual style of the film, which he and the director first determined.

 "This movie started with the story of the 1980s. The director and I referred to many old films with similar themes and decided to use modern audio-visual language to make a nostalgic story. The audio-visual language is new, but the light and color have a nostalgic atmosphere." Proceeding from this idea, Liu Yizeng chose a lot of scheduling of small and long shots to immerse the audience in stories and emotions when shooting literary dramas.

In the design of action scenes, the photography team did not deliberately show off their skills, but found a presentation that was both authentic and artistic through repeated rehearsals, bringing an immersive experience to the audience. "Some games have more long shots, strong sense of coherence, some are broken and strong sense of editing. This is the result of repeated watching, rehearsal and self-overthrow by us and the director, which also saves a lot of time for on-site scheduling."

Talking about the balance between sports and art, Liu Yizeng gave a very detailed example — — Ice flakes splashed by the collision between skates and ice. "It’s true that the ice flowers splashed by athletes at the moment of starting off are higher than people, but from the perspective of TV broadcast, few people notice this detail, so we want to capture it with high-speed close-ups. This sense of power brings the audience a very strong visual freshness and impact."

Flying dreams are implied by the splash of ice flowers, and the creative process of the film Breaking Through is also a process of continuous breakthrough and joint efforts of the creative team to dream. Liu Yizeng is particularly sympathetic to the sportsmanship of perseverance and courage to climb the peak. "What you challenge is also what you love, and it is precisely because this love supports you to move forward." This is what sports people and filmmakers have in common.

Shanghai International Beauty Festival opens, bringing together new trends of global beauty products.

On May 11th, the launching ceremony of "2023 4th Shanghai International Beauty Festival" was held in moho Outdoor Plaza in Jing ‘an District. As one of the important activities of the "May 5th Shopping Festival" in Shanghai, the "Shanghai International Beauty Festival" is one of the important engines to promote consumption and steady growth, bringing together new global beauty products, new trends, new scenes and new models, which will help shape high-quality brands and stimulate a symbolic activity platform for rich consumption supply.

This year, the theme of "Shanghai International Beauty Festival" is "Beautiful New Order, Foreseeing the Future". During a one-month period, well-known beauty brands, head e-commerce platforms and high-quality commercial carriers will be invited to gather together and resonate on the same frequency. By adhering to "government+market", we will gather "international+domestic", link "brand+industry" and integrate "online+industry"

Focusing on the first economic "innovation", "Shanghai International Beauty Festival" actively builds a global beauty brand gathering place and a consumption innovation place. Major well-known brands at home and abroad will launch concentrated new products with high frequency and high energy level. At the launching ceremony, 11 international and domestic brands jointly brought a variety of new products launched in the world or the whole country, including ud meteorite powder, Lan Zhi Golden Three-tube essence and Dorset skin care gift box set. From May to June, L ‘Oré al Group will bring with it more than 20 characteristic brands, including the world’s first store, two new consumption scenes, three major beauty technologies, four high-end services and the first five-color product environmental impact disc in North Asia, including the world’s first flagship salon of L ‘Oré al pro, which will be opened in Tongren 88, Jing ‘an in mid-May. The first virtual human Tik Tok shop and virtual idol meta-cosmic tide makeup created by professional makeup brands in reverse color. Fresh Frestech, a high-end skin care brand under lvmh Group, and Tmall Black Box are working together to create a new product debut show for young consumers through big data empowerment. The first overseas laboratory of Clarins brand in Jing ‘an, together with the French headquarters, made renewed efforts to jointly develop and launch the world’s first new product, a brand-new lightweight version of Essence Dew. The new domestic skin care brand Youshiyan launched the new anti-aging product "Black Gravity Essence 2.0" which is more suitable for Chinese skin.

"Shanghai International Beauty Festival" will empower the innovation of consumption patterns, mobilize key business districts, carriers, brands and platforms to the greatest extent, and actively carry out business district linkage, live broadcast, community marketing and experience sharing. Online, Weibo, spokesman of Tmall, and Li Jiaqi, the anchor of Super Head Talent, were invited as "the recommender of good things in the 2023 Shanghai International Beauty Festival" to carry out live broadcast, and mk- Liangliang, the anchor of Xiaohongshu’s head, was invited to release a special live broadcast. Off-line, the trend art installation "Nature in Wonderland" was placed in moho outdoor square and new products were exhibited to attract young people from "punching cards in online celebrity" to "draining consumption"; At the same time, the major shopping malls in Jing ‘an District were linked to launch a number of theme festivals and special consumption promotion activities during the Beauty Festival.

The relevant person in charge of Jing ‘an District said that "Shanghai International Beauty Festival" will actively create a new scene of international consumption gathering area on Nanjing West Road, accelerate the construction of Jing ‘an "global new product launch demonstration area", and help Shanghai build a global beauty consumption highland.

The reporter learned from the ceremony that Jing ‘an District has attracted a large number of well-known domestic and foreign beauty companies to settle in for many years, with many well-known brands and strong strength. The concentrated development of beauty industry has become a major feature and highlight of Jing ‘an District’s business. The beauty companies that have settled in Jing ‘an cover makeup, skin care, nursing, beauty, functional beauty and other fields, with complete series and rich categories. In 2022, despite the epidemic, 11 major cosmetics enterprises in the region completed a total retail sales of 34.109 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 2.84%; The 14 major cosmetics enterprises in the region have achieved a total sales volume of 81.282 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 1.59%; Nanjing West Road Business Circle attracted seven first beauty shops, including one in Asia and two in China.

Author: Tang Ye