Chinese TV Documentary - Himalaya: Ladder to Paradise
Articles Mar 21, 2017
The five-episode, Chinese television documentary, Himalaya: Ladder to Paradise, co-produced by Hylink’s film arm Authrule Digital Media, Qianying Media and Beijing Zizaifeixiang was recently released on Zhejiang TV and Youku.
The original, documentary film Himalaya: Ladder to Paradise, was the highest-performing Chinese non-commercial documentary at the box office. The film received multiple honors, including “Best Cinematography” at the China Academy Awards of Documentary Film and was rated by People’s Daily as one of the best films of 2015. The film was not only revered at the box office, but was also highly recommended by industry leaders, such as China’s Vanke founder Shi Wang, actor Kun Chen, film director Changwei Gu, musician Dun Tan, and real estate developer, Nubo Huang.
The television documentary extends the original film, with more visuals of magnificent Himalayan landscapes and more in-depth storytelling.
What’s “Himalaya: Ladder to Paradise”?
Named by Tibetan residents, “Ladder to Paradise” refers to little white ladders drawn onto rocks and cliffs on the Tibetan Plateau, believed to lead spirits to a Holy Land. Mountain guides on Mount Everest call them “Ladders to Paradise.” To reach the top of the “ladder” symbolizes a new starting point on the journey of life.
The finished product was the first 4K Ultra-HD documentary filmed on Mount Everest, with the filming lasting a total of five years. There were several “firsts” throughout production, including carrying camera stands to the top of Mount Everest; exclusive filming at an altitude of over 7,000 meters; and aerial filming at an altitude of 6,500 meters. In order to accomplish filming at high altitudes of over 6,800 meters, the production team spent three months training two Tibetan guides in professional photography.
The feat also comes from an award-winning production team, including a seasoned documentary producer, Lei Jianjun, and two experienced documentary co-directors, Junjian Liang and Han Xiao (Han Xiao directed Masters in the Forbidden City). The film is edited by Zhangke Jia ’s official editor Mathieu Laclau, the Golden Horse Award holder. The well-known Tibetan photographer Wangjia Zhaxi was the director of photography and the globally-renowned team from Mr. Fantastic, the official partner for musical production, who worked with multiple Grammy-awarded artists and international superstars.
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