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The “National Treasure in Focus” Produced by the National Palace Museum and the Public Television Service Wins the 48th Annual Golden Bell Awards
Release date:2013/10/29
The “National Treasure in Focus” documentary produced by the National Palace Museum (NPM) and the Public Television Service (PTS) received the Best Educational and Cultural Program Award at the 48th Annual Golden Bell Awards this month. The documentary film featured four famous masterpieces from the NPM’s collection including the “Jadeite Cabbage” and “Travelers Among Mountains and Streams.” The world-class documentary, dubbed by writer Zhang Dachun and produced by Director Liu Song and his Taiwanese production crew, took three years to complete. It uses aesthetics-oriented, high-quality audiovisuals to guide the viewers into the world of national artifacts, studying its detailed and beautiful designs. The documentary has garnered the attention and accolades from the education and cultural sectors. Director Liu opened his speech by expressing his special thanks to the NPM for showing its full support by providing the authentic, priceless national treasures for the shooting. He remarked experience as a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” In addition, to coordinate with the exhibition of the “Jadeite Cabbage” and the “Bowl in the Shape of a Lotus with Light Bluish-Green Glaze,” which will lent to the Tokyo National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum, the PTS has produced the “National Treasure in Focus” documentary DVD in Japanese and English, allowing the foreign audience to also view and appreciate this refined documentary film.

The NPM explained that the PTS proposed shooting a documentary to introduce the national treasures for NPM’s 2011 exhibition Splendid Treasures: A Hundred Masterpieces of the NPM on Parade. The NPM accepted the proposal and selected four of its top artifacts out of the 100 masterpieces comprising the “Jadeite Cabbage” (one of NPM’s most popular carvings), the “Travelers Among Mountains and Streams” (a Northern Song Dynasty classic), the “Bowl in the Shape of a Lotus with Light Bluish-Green Glaze” (a classic Northern Song Dynasty Ru Kiln porcelain), and “Timely Clearing After Snowfall” (a calligraphy masterpiece produced by the Sage of Calligraphy, Wang Xizhi). To achieve the best image quality, the NPM notably opened its exhibition space to the production crew who stationed inside the NPM’s professional indoor photo studio with the assistance of the NPM staff. The crewmembers used high-definition cameras and high magnification lens to focus in on these national treasures to provide the viewers a “detailed” and “aesthetic” look from these arts.

Director Liu commented that only genuine, authentic artifacts possessed enough “depth” to withstand the test of camera shots used to provide the viewers a detailed look into the essence and meaning of these artifacts. Because the filming of the national treasures demanded zero room for errors, prior to the actual filming, Director Liu had spent a year for intensive planning and preparation in order to formulate the perfect filming plan. A fully covered tent was made to enable the jade ware and porcelains to show off their flawless and uniform colors. In addition, replicas were repeatedly used for testing to develop thorough filming procedures. Liu specifically emphasized careful operation during the filming process: For example, when filming “Timely Clearing After Snowfall,” he demanded that the filming stand be customized so that the 5.5-meter long, fourteenmo wide calligraphy writing could be fully extended. When filming the “Jadeite Cabbage,” he raced against time, managing to effectively film the artifact in two nights, each lasting merely three hours long during the NPM’s closing hours. Liu reproduced the “Jadeite Cabbage” found in the Yong Ho Gung of the Forbidden City of Beijing and placed it upright on the ganoderma lucidum in an enamel pot, the way it had originally been made eighty years ago. When filming the “Travelers Among Mountains and Streams,” high-definition, high magnification lens were used to allow the viewers to embrace the thousand-year-old painting by carefully browsing through the detailed brushwork, the methods by which the landscape was portrayed, and the little human figures hidden in the natural images. In addition, viewers were able to examine Fan Kuan’s inscription on the painting, which was recently discovered by the NPM staff after more than a thousand years. The filming of “Bowl in the Shape of a Lotus with Light Bluish-Green Glaze” allowed the viewers to closely observe the decorative patterns of the Ru Kiln porcelain from kilning, and the pinkish glow around the edge of the bowl to witness the legend of “agate into the gaze.”

The annual Golden Bell Awards is an annual Taiwanese television production award and is now entering into its 48th year. For the “National Treasure in Focus,” the winning of the Educational and Cultural Program Award among the field of competitors comprising outstanding television programs from various sectors is a testament to its quality and importance to education. The film guides its audience and travel through time, entering the magnificent realm of national treasures. For more information, please visit the PTS official website at http://www.pts.org.tw/4Treasures.

For press-related issues please contact:
Lee Tung-Lin (Parliament Liaison & Public Affairs Office, National Palace Museum)
Phone: +886-2-28812021 x 68867 E-mail: tunglin@npm.gov.tw
Lin,Cheng-Yi (Parliament Liaison & Public Affairs Office, National Palace Museum)
Phone: +886-2-28812021 x 68991 E-mail: aldophlin@npm.gov.tw

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