Type: Action | Biography | Drama
Language: Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese
Release Date: 8 January 2013 (China)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Won the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award- BEST SOUND EDITNG IN FESTURE FILM : FOREIGN LANGUAGE
"The Grand Master" is a kung fu film directed by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai and starred by Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, etc. The film gives an account of many masters of different schools in "North and South Kung Fu Circles" during the Republic of China and chronicles the legendary life of the grand kung fu master, Ip Man. It was released on January 8th, 2013 in mainland China and has been awarded Best Film in the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Film in the 8th Asian Film Awards and Best Sound Editing in the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award.
I was in charge of the sync dialog editing and ADR recording in this film, and I also made the crowd editing. There were 12 reels and my colleague, Zhang Geng and I assigned tasks between us based on the odd number and oven number of the reels. Because the picture editing and audio editing of the film were done synchronously, that we could not get the final frame version all along become the biggest challenge in our work. There were altogether 15 frame versions till the release of the film and sometimes there were even new clipped "final version" coming out every day. This made our work besieged by anxiety again and again. In the daytime, our work was to keep perfecting the 4-hour-version "materials". While at night, we attached the materials to the latest version of pictures. Then the next day, we made dialog premix in the daytime, converged sync dialog with ADR pre-mixing and then sent it to the director still editing in Thailand via FTP. The workload of sync dialog editing was really hard to imagine. The shooting cycle stretched for four years with more than 1T audio materials, and it was extremely difficult to substitute scenes. I specially made an Excel script supervision list so as to make it convenient for colleagues in cooperative work. Moreover, I expanded the number of sync dialog editors from 2 to 5. Because the director attached great importance to the filming quality, many scenes were constructed with real things and live actions. Therefore the sync dialog mixer Chen Guang recorded many materials of sync dialog effects on the shooting sites. During the process of sync dialog editing, we attached a lot of these recorded sync dialog effects. Take the scene in Gold Building as an example. We restored a lot of footsteps of the bound-feet whores walking on the wood floor. Although the work is grueling, we are proud of our work.