Chapter 175: The soul of a movie
Translated by me, edited by drpetro.
Ye Qing had also seen how Hollywood filmed their films, hence this idea.
Ding Yin who was the closest was completely flabbergasted. The cameramen were also dumbstruck. Even the cast and crew who rushed over were dumbfounded.
Far away, Xue Ninggong, who was in the of middle filming, was also dumbstruck.
With the tarp removed, an unimaginably small spaceship, with a somewhat aged surface, and that complex engine structure, had them all speechless.
The not long ago shock and awe, once again descended upon everyone of the cast and crew.
Normally speaking, these people were all from the upper echelon of society, so they should be used to seeing shocking thing.
Which was why they shouldn’t be this easy to shock and stun.
Yet who let Ye Qing give them such a huge and massive surprise?
Many people in the crew had already seen the 3D model created by the effects company before.
But now when they requested another company to help with the 3D model, they made that model real.
Every member of the crew dropped whatever they were doing and rushed over like a hive of bees.
As a result the truck was completely surrounded, while they all pulled out their phones to take pictures of this spaceship.
“President, I… I don’t know what to say anymore.” Ding Yin grabbed onto Ye Qing’s hands, and was clearly trembling: “The appearance of this ship clearly looks like something from outer space.”
“I… I… I…”
“Director, director, don’t be too excited ok?”
“How can I not be? Just look at the damn ship, there aren’t even any welding marks at all!”
“No that’s not it ~” Ye Qing’s hands were still firmly held and unable to escapable: “What I meant was there’s no need for you to be so excited about this scaled down ship.”
Ding Yin let loose of both of his hands immediately, while behind him many of the film’s important figures, including Xue Ninggong, had gathered.
“Wait, there’s still ……. more?”
“Are you saying that this ship can do all those effect things like automatically closing cargo doors and what not?” Ding Yin immediately delved into the nitty gritty of things and so did everyone behind him.
“These are all the basics. Things like opening doors, any company with any mechanical proficiency would be able to make.
That was a question that everyone harbored, but didn’t dare to ask.
“What I meant was this is a 1 : 5 ratio scaled down ship, and was built for the purpose of filming its flight.” Ye Qing then pointed to the giant gaping hole far away: “There’s still six trucks on the road, which is each carrying parts of the real 1 : 1 ship.”
“Which is why there’s no need to be so shocked about this scaled down ship.”
“What did you just say?” Ding Yin was seriously using all the shock that was left in him today.
A real 1 : 1 spaceship?
Ye Qing clearly spoke those words, so there was no way they heard it wrong.
But a real 1 : 1 ship build was completely impossible!
Before the filming had even started, they already had this train of thought. It was just that all the movie prop makers they asked nearly had them give up on filming the movie.
Don’t mention 60 meters, even 20 meters wasn’t possible. This wasn’t a question about how much was being put in, rather it was just simply a humiliation if they couldn’t make it.
Yet now Ye Qing was telling him that a 1 : 1 ratio ship was actually possible and was being shipped here.
“Ye Qing, you really made a 1 : 1 spaceship?” Xue Ninggong was seriously shocked as everyone here knew what level of skill the domestic model makers had.
Originally that 1 : 5 ratio ship was shocking enough, but who knew the real shock was at the back.
The 1 : 1 ratio ship meant that no longer would they need to film everything against nothing.
To film against nothing was a real testament to the acting abilities of the actors. It was also easy for the movements of the actors, when matched with the effects, to not match.
There was no more need to set up the heavy and cumbersome green screen, or to waste a ton of money for those late stage effects.
There was no need for Ye Qing to explain more as those six heavy trailers finally arrived single file.
The same tarp coverage, but completely different sizes and shapes.
Ding Yin already felt his knees wobbling, as this sudden surprise made him feel like this was all a dream.
When all six trucks stopped and removed the tarp, everyone from Ding Yin at the top to all the labourers at the bottom, were utterly shocked speechless.
This wasn’t because they were too excited.!
It was quite hard for someone who wasn’t in this line of business to understand their pursuit and perseverance.
When Ding Yin was filming [Secrets of Kunlun], for a single perfect flying scene, he had it re-shot 34 times, to the point where the film crew nearly went on strike.
And it was also this spirit and perseverance that let Ding Yin break through the heavy encirclement that were the 5 cent effects movies.
To film a Hollywood level film could be said to be the dream of all but Hollywood directors. This was also what Ding Yin and his crew dreamed of.
Before now, this dream of theirs was way beyond their reach.
But now with the 1 : 5 and 1 : 1 spaceship in front of them, this dream was no long out of reach.
Effects ~ Special effects!
We, without any effects, have the confidence to film a Hollywood level fantasy movie.
Because we have real spaceships, and real spacesuits.
And the collapsible arm!
When the heavy cranes placed the spaceship parts in the circle that was the landing spot, every one of the film crew found that their film now finally had a soul.
When the two peons that Ye Qing brought with him screwed together the six sections and even welded together the entire keel of the ship, what appeared in front everyone was a true intergalactic spaceship.
The 60 meter long length, standing before it, simply reminds you of just how small you are.
The dark grey surface. The subtle crystal spider webbing. The dents from the uncommon collisions with asteroids.
The warp engines at the tail, the burn traces of its use could be clearly seen on its blades.
The openable side door.
Yet when closed was actually untraceable.
Ding Yin was already crying from happiness. This kind of feeling was just like a writer winning the Nobel Prize for Arts and Literature, just like Columbus first discovering the new world, and just like an astronaut first arriving in space.
“This…… This…… This is simply beyond counting money!” Ding Yin happily cried out some saddening tears.
Xue Ninggong was also one of the major shareholders of the movie, and just like any soccer player who couldn’t reject an offer from Real Madrid C.F., she also wouldn’t allow herself to let go of these two ships just because of their price.
“Brother Ye Qing ~” Xue Ninggong also had an expression of ‘My wallet, it hurts!’
This was a chokehold, the perfect stage for the seller.
“Wait a minute ~” Xue Ninggong suddenly thought of something as she looked at Ye Qing in complete delight.
Because she thought of the perfect solution.