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Micro films fragment time

--微电影时代来临

难度: 高三  |  词数: 367  |  更新日期: 2013-12-18  |  文章来源: 网络
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We are living in a "micro" era. After the great popularity of micro blogs and micro novels, online micro films are growing bigger now.

A competition between micro films and normal length films has begun.

The latest micro film to make it big is the 10-episode short series @Love. The finale received more than 12 million clicks since its February 6 release.

Micro films are the product of the combination of traditional films and online videos. As the term suggests, "micro" is the main characteristic, and the length of a micro film can be anywhere between three minutes to half an hour.

Usually, micro films have small budgets and are completed in a few weeks. The making of a micro film doesn't require much: a digital video camera, a tripod and a script, plus a director, a photographer, and a few actors.

"Because of the easy procedure, many grassroots artists are given the opportunity to make micro films," said Yin Hong, professor at Tsinghua University's School of Journalism and Communication, in an interview with China Daily.

Yin says the starting point for micro films' popularity was 2010's Old Boy, an uplifting story about two ordinary people struggling to become musicians. The film received millions of views on the video site Youku within a month after it was posted on October 28.

"The preference for watching TV programs online offers exceptional opportunities for micro films," Yin said.

Celebrities and professional filmmakers have also joined in the new trend. In the past few months, Fan Bingbing, Jiang Wen, Guo Jingming, Kevin Tsai, Cecelia Cheung and so on, have all had their micro films made, either directing, producing or playing a character.

"We're in an era of 'fragmentation'. In the fast-paced society, our time spent on relaxation is fragmented and limited, "Jiang Wen, who directed his first micro film Football Game last year, told Xinhua News Agency. Football Game tells the story of a divorced middle-aged man who takes his estranged son to watch a soccer game. The five-minute short gained four millions views in just three days.

"Micro films have come to our rescue. It has the twists and turns of a feature film but is way shorter, which is the amount of time we can afford for entertainment."

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词组意思:

  • micro blog 微博
  • micro film 微电影
  • between...and... 在...和...之间
  • make it big 获得成功
  • more than 超过, 不只
  • half a 半; 一半
  • a few 几(个)
  • video camera 摄影机
  • because of 由于;因为
  • Tsinghua University 清华大学
  • millions of 数百万,千百万, 无数
  • join in... 参加..., 加入...
  • and so on 等等, 以及诸如此类
  • have + sth + 过去分词 1) 让(或请)某人做某事 2) 某物被(或遭受)...
  • either...or... (或)...或...; 要么...要么...
  • last year 去年
  • Xinhua News Agency 新华通讯社
  • come to sb's rescue 救援,营救某人
  • twists and turns 曲折,弯弯曲曲,一波三折
  • feature film 故事片

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