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Peter Ho-Sun Chan's He's a Woman, She's a Man$
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Lisa Odham Stokes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099708

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099708.001.0001

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Camera, Sound, and Music

Camera, Sound, and Music

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Peter Ho-Sun Chan's He's a Woman, She's a Man

Lisa Odham Stokes

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter attempts to look into the film's artistry, as this is usually concealed by comedy. As observed through Chan's partnership in the United Filmmakers Organization (UFO), Chan had always recognized that collaborations play no small part in the filmmaking industry. The story, which was visualized by Chan and two of his UFO partners, was rooted in the paparazzi, the entertainment industry, and fandom. Mise en scène and editing generally determine the outcome of the film's visual language, and these prove to be important, since film is fundamentally a visual medium. Important elements include not only photography and camerawork lighting—depth of field, type of shot, angle, and perspective—but costumes, set dressing, time of day, and blocking and movement, as all these set the film's mood.

Keywords:   UFO, Mise en scène, collaborations, visual language, visual medium, photography, camera work, editing

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