“I always do much more homework than other filmmakers do. So for this film, I lived in that region for about four months before we shot. My producer is from that town, so I felt like I would just eat with real people all day, just hang out with them all day long, so that I could at least know what it would be like actually to live in that town as an individual.”
Ma on the approach to the story in INDIE CHINA.
“The opening scene of the accident, we shot in traffic hours. We basically planted an accident that looks like a real accident, and we had five, six people standing around. And in China, once you have six people standing around, 20, 30 people come. We made sure that our actors were yelling out the key things, to try to get the crowd going.”
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