Dogme95 Shanghai19



Dogme 95 Shanghai 19


Five vignettes portray characters struggling to resolve the conflict between Chinese and Western cultures in contemporary Shanghai. Filmed according to the Dogme 95 manifesto.


Writer’s Statement
Coming from a fiction background, I always loved how certain short story collections captured the feel and people of a city. Joyce’s Dubliners or Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, for example. I fell in love with Shanghai when I moved here five years ago, and I’ve always wanted to create a short film collection that captured the unique essence of the city. My filmmaking partner and I decided to focus our collection on Shanghai’s incredible blend of international cultures. Walk down any street in the city and you’ll hear French, English, Russian, Japanese, and over a dozen Chinese dialects. But this blend of cultures also causes conflict. How to woo a Chinese business partner? How to teach Western culture to a roomful of homogeneous Chinese students? How to tell jokes at a multicultural comedy club? These are just some of the challenges that make living in Shanghai a frustrating, yet exhilarating experience.


Between 2013 and 2016, my filmmaking partner and I created one short film per year. At the beginning of 2017, we sat down and tried to figure out how we could make more films in less time. We’d need to reduce our crew, we’d need to work with actors and locations already available, and we’d need to give ourselves limitations so the projects didn’t spiral out of control (like they have a habit doing). Already familiar with Dogme films such as The Idiots and Julien Donkey-Boy, we decided to shoot our collection according to the Dogme 95 manifesto. It was difficult being stripped of normal filmmaking tools such as lights, art direction, music, etc., but the limitations helped create a leaner, more natural aesthetic. The end result is a film collection we hope is more grounded, more intimate, and, ultimately, more authentic.


Filmmaker Bios
Nicholas Z. Scott, Writer, Producer
Nicholas Z. Scott teaches screenwriting at the Shanghai Vancouver Film School. He previously taught film, screenwriting, and television writing at the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. His short films have won awards in local competitions such as the Shanghai 48 Hour Film Project and the Shanghai International Short Film Competition.

Jud Willmont, Director of Photography, Producer
Fluent in Mandarin with a strong working knowledge of Chinese culture, Jud Willmont has over 20 years of experience in the Chinese film industry. Initially working as a producer/director for international production companies, he later founded Willmountain Films to be the umbrella company for both his commercial and independent work. Willmont has produced and directed numerous TVCs, two feature-length documentaries, a 20-episode TV drama for CCTV, a variety show for Star TV, as well as numerous independent short films.


Technical Details
FILM CATEGORY: Narrative Fiction, Short
MAIN DIALOGUE LANGUAGE: English, Mandarin Chinese
RUNTIME: 29:50
ASPECT RATION: 1.78 (16×9)

Cast and Credits
Arran Hawkins
in The Closer


Erin McGinley
in Teaching America


Victoria Gao
Grant Zhong
in Zuji


Trista Gorringe
Rui Miao
Will Potter
in After Hours


Yumi Chu
Phillipe Witana
in Staying


Produced by
Nicholas Z. Scott
Jud Willmont


Written By
Nicholas Z. Scott


Cinematography By
Jud Willmont


Associate Producer
Erin McGinley


Additional Cinematography By
Gianpaulo Lupori


Editing By
Nicholas Z. Scott
Dylan Skye
Jud Willmont


Sound Recording By
Michael Hough


Sound Design BY
Ronald Qiu
GUM Shanghai


Color by
Robin Liu
Lorna Yan


Boom Operator
Delmwin Baeka
Ray Kenderdine
Dylan Skye


Technical Advisor
Richard Kendall


Production Assistant
Venus Wu


Special Thanks to

Black + Cameron
Cages Bar and Sports
Co. Cheese Melt Bar
Early Data
GUM Shanghai
Shanghai Comedy Club
Thomas Faucheur
Benjamin Fox
Paul Gray
Greg Jurksztowicz
Glenn McCarthy
Peter Ye