Hong Kong : AmCham chief to Hong Kong: I think you are crap
By Phil on November 04, 2003 at 09:37 AM
The South China Morning Post this morning appears to be full of pundit fodder and not surprising the juiciest nuggets still taste of Harbour Fest.
A claim by AmCham's chairman, James Thompson, that Hong Kong has neither the people nor the technology to produce a quality film on Harbour Fest has drawn the wrath of the television production community.
I disagree. A reasonable chunk of my income comes from working with television and film crews and I would say we have some very talented people in this part of the world.
The chief executive of Siren Films, Ed Bean, who has extensive experience in producing videos for the music industry, including work for Ricky Martin and Mariah Carey, said the comments were absurd.
"It's absurd to say we can't attain a level of quality and professionalism here that is of an American standard," Mr Bean said, adding that he was unaware of any approach by concert organisers to local production houses.
"I think the fact this wasn't offered to a local company is quite amazing."
Siren films had offered to help produce a film about the event before learning that a documentary had already been commissioned. They didn't receive a response.
Robert Chua, founder of CETV and a veteran of Hong Kong's broadcasting industry, was scathing. "It's BS," Mr Chua said. "There are good people here and good production companies.
"[Harbour Fest's organisers] are just nuts; they don't know what they are doing."
Craig Leeson, of Ocean Vista Films, which makes documentaries for the likes of National Geographic, said the comments were harmful to the local industry. "He has publicly besmirched the industry in front of the world," Mr Leeson said. "What does that say to anyone who wants to come do a project in Asia?
Absolutely. Someone please investigate and see whether there is a personal connection between Mr. I want to help Hong Kong Thompson and this US company, In Motion Films. Not that I am suggesting the East Arts deal is a precedent for suspecting such a thing.
Is this incredibly dumb public slap in the face revenge for our lack of gratitude over Harbour Fest?