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Green earth 綠蕪

SHORT FILM, 2017

Set in a world of change, this is a story about healing and rebirth.

While we cannot always see immediate results to our actions, we will not know where the future may lead us or whether everything is lost for certain. 

 

In a future where expansion and development is valued above conservation and nature, Eva stubbornly struggles to protect her beloved tree from being destroyed in the face of progress and ends up in the middle of a standoff with the developers. Directed by Catqu and Angela Wong, Green Earth is the story of a girl's journey fighting to protect what she loves and what she learns in the process about life and strength during her time with the tree.

在一個只注重發展的未來城市,主角 Eva 為了讓一棵伴她成長的大樹不受破壞,和地產發展商展開了一場緊張的拔河戰⋯⋯ 《綠蕪》由Catqu和王瑞琪聯手執導,是關於一個女孩在抗爭過程中的成長故事,關於她如何從大樹身上學習在逆境中自強不息和抱緊希望。


Directed by: Catqu, Angela Wong
Story: Waverly Lee, Catqu, Angela Wong
Screenplay and Original Story: Waverly Lee
Associate Producers: Nadine Promes
Music: John M. Churchill

Special Thanks : 
Rachel Chan, Joycelyn Choi, Mathew Chow, Eddy Hui, Felix Ip, Norelle Lai, Anthony Lee, Eddie Leung, Neco Lo, Gabriel Pang, Viola Shum, Roxane Tsui, Wong Ying, Toe Yuen,
HKPC, HKDEA, CreateHK

Very Special Thanks :
Expresii 寫意 / Moxi 墨戲 & Nelson Chu


Green Earth is an animated short produced and created by Rooftop Animation with the funding and support of HKDEA's 4th Animation Support Program. It is animated with a mix of digital and traditional ink, with technical support from the Chinese ink software, Expresii. Music scored by the talented John M Churchill, who collaborated with us on Swarm before.

The initial story started out with a much sadder ending, beautifully written by our talented writer Waverly Lee, as an emotional and artistic response to the current climate and the feeling of helplessness.

However, the story evolved a lot since. We were inspired by the efforts of the many friends around us who seem to fight a losing battle, but keep persisting. In a way, this is us cheering them on.

During the production itself, we have spent a lot of time with the Buyan trees that root themselves in brick walls and the plants that grow through roadside cracks around Hong Kong (aka the concrete jungle). In the process, we have learned a lot about life and persistence from nature. Hopefully, this film reflects these musings.

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Perhaps the earth can teach us as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive.
— Pablo Neruda