showcase china issue 339 May 2012Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest edition of Showcase China, brought to you by Production Paradise.
In this Showcase we present the leading companies and top professionals currently working in China: Alexander Manton Photography, Beijing Photospace, Central Studios, Contra Service Productions China, Daniel Zheng, Dean Lee, Jasper James, Jonathan Leijonhufvud Architectural Photography, Justin Chan Represents, Matthieu Belin, Meili Style, Paul Jung, Red Cactus, Red Plus, Sharpenstudio, and Yocky Zhang.
Our cover image was shot by G. T. Gan for Harper's Bazaar Singapore.
- film production companies
CONTRA Service Productions China Beijing commercial production
CONTRA was established in 1985 and has since serviced countless film, video and print productions worldwide.
In its Beijing office a team of European and Chinese production professionals ensures that every production, no matter what scope or budget, gets the ideal service and support needed to achieve the best results.
Recent projects include film and photo shoots for BMW China, Audi A6, Jeep, Phaeton, Golf and the People’s Car Project for Volkswagen China and InStyle New York with famous actress Li BingBing.
The Hong Kong office handled TVC shoots for Credit Suisse, Ukrainian Non Stop Energy Drink and a fashion shoot for Ellesse. CONTRA International also serviced projects in Vietnam and Singapore.
- photo agents
justin chan represents Shanghai photo agents
Justin Chan Represents specialises in representing and producing for the foremost international photographers, TVC directors, creative directors, CGI artists, illustrators, stylists, hair and make-up artists, re-touchers, and other leading image-makers from the high-end commercial media in China and Asia Pacific regions.
The company's services include art directing, production, art-buying, hair and make-up sourcing, stylists, assistants, shoot management, concepts, research, mood-boards, model casting, location scouting, photographer sourcing, TVC director sourcing, CGI, illustration, permits and permissions, props, set-building, wardrobe, travel and transport, accommodation, catering, budgeting, fee negotiation, scheduling, editing, and more.
Red Plus Shanghai photo agents
Red Plus incorporates a wide network of local and international resources including fashion photographers, designers, artists, talents and production crews.
Acting as a photographers' agent for local and overseas assignments, the company specialises in advertising, fashion and beauty, still life, architecture, interiors and vehicles. Red Plus also provides production services including location scouting, model casting, make-up artists, hair stylists, image stylists, fashion consultants, creative concepts, design, art direction, retouching and final artwork.
Red Plus offers a fully equipped, centrally located 800m² photo studio. The company's experienced project management team has enjoyed long-term partnerships with major magazines, advertising and model agencies and direct clients, offering flexible and effective project management solutions that are highly cost-efficient.
Red Cactus Ltd Hong Kong photo agents
Red Cactus Productions has offices in both Singapore and Hong Kong, representing a broad range of photographers with over a decade of production experience on projects worldwide.
Red Cactus offers a complete range of production service tailored to clients' needs, from budgeting and locations to crews, props, logistic, and more.
Keep up to date with the company's latest news by liking the Facebook page.
- photo production
Beijing Photospace Beijing photo production
Beijing Photospace (BPS) is a full service photo production company supporting small to large-scale editorial and advertising shoots, working business-to-business or in collaboration with local and international clients.
Services include client consultation, budget management, model and street casting, location scouting, prop sourcing, crew booking, on-site coordination, post production and the supply of creative talent. BPS operates out of a central Beijing office and also owns a 250m² car-ready studio, featuring international quality lighting and production equipment.
Clients range from Vogue China, Vanity Fair, GQ China and National Geographic through to Bestseller Group, Getty Images, Mercedes, Sony China and many more.
- rental studios
Central Studios Shanghai rental studios photo
Central Studios is a professional photography production services company based in Shanghai, centered on its spaciously appointed rental studios and comprehensive equipment rental service.
The company prides itself on fully bilingual international standards of service that cater for the most demanding of productions, whether in-studio or on location throughout Shanghai or greater China.
CS can scale up or down as the production demands, offering full service production for local or incoming crews or agencies. It can also manage individual services such as crew, location services, set building and any type of equipment request.
The studios cover 1000m² and include a well-appointed VIP guest room that ensures celebrities can be handled with security and discretion. Central Studios' equipment rental can send gear all over China and cater to any travelling photographer's needs.
SHARPENSTUDIO BEIJING CHINA Beijing rental studios
Sharpen Studio is an international full service production studio and equipment rental house, highly specialised in production for the fashion and advertising markets. Its international team provides a whole package of creativity along with 360-degree service.
Sharpen Studio is the perfect space for photo and film shoots. The studio is a modern, multi-functional location created to meet the needs of the most vital operators and creative people working in the overlapping fields of fashion, art, design, communication and events.
The air conditioned space covers a total area of 300m², with an electrical supply of over 600 Kw, storage area, props room, parking area, truck access and loading and unloading zones.
On demand, Sharpen Studio can provide customised services including production communication strategies, design, video, lighting, casting, security, catering, and much more.
Daniel Zheng Shanghai advertising photographers
DZ Photography Studio has been in Shanghai since 2008. Started by photographer Daniel Zheng, a Singaporean with over 25 years of international experience, the company has earned a trusted reputation with international agencies and direct clients in China.
Bringing international standards to the local scene, Daniel and his small team of experienced crew focus on every project to ensure consistently high quality production standards, bringing out the essence of the subject or story via photography.
DZ Photography Studio was nominated for 'Best Photography Studio' in the China Shooting Awards 2009.
jasper james Beijing advertising photographers
Over the past decade, Jasper James has lived and worked in New York, London and Beijing, covering assignments around the globe for some of the world's leading magazines, design and advertising clients.
Client include Ferrari, British Airways, Wrigley's, Volvo, Bosch, China Mobile, Marks and Spencer, Bank of China, QQ.Com, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Dockers, Wallpaper, Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Departures, Men's Journal, Telegraph Magazine, Dwell, Vanity Fair and Monocle.
Visit his website for more information.
Dean Lee Shanghai fashion photographers
Dean Lee is currently one of the most sought-after high-fashion photographers in China. He was 18 when he began his career as a retoucher, moving into fashion photography and abandoning his retouching tricks to produce high-impact, natural images.
As a young photographer his work shows great fashion sense and perfect lighting techniques. Based in Shanghai, his images have been featured in numerous fashion magazines.
Visit his website for more information. Dean is represented by Red Plus.
Jonathan Leijonhufvud Architectural Photography Beijing architecture photographers
Jonathan Leijonhufvud photographs architecture, interiors, hospitality and landscapes. Born in Sweden and raised in China, Jonathan works throughout Asia with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Seeking his sharp and dynamic style, Jonathan's recent clients include Chanel, Converse, FutureBrand, Maison Martin Margiela, Marriott International, Meta Design, Ogilvy & Mather, RTKL, Swire Hotels and Zaha Hadid Architects.
Editorially, Jonathan contributes to Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Blueprint, Case De Abitare, Discovery, Frame, GQ China, Muse New York and Wallpaper.
His images are made with two eyes, large format film cameras and medium format digital capture. He is a 2012 Hasselblad Masters finalist and when not freezing time, Jonathan plays drums in Chinese rock band P.K.14.
Visit the website, email him or call +86 1360 101 6031 for more information.
Matthieu Belin Shanghai fashion photographers
Matthieu Belin's website features women and men's fashion, celebrities and portraiture, documentary and art photography. He has worked with magazines including Vogue, GQ, Elle, Surface, Life, Bazaar, Wallpaper and All Sports as well as brands such as Yue Sai (L'Oréal), Li-Ning, Ebel (LVMH), Cartier and Natura Cosmetic.
With 10 years experience in art direction, including a spell as Art Director with the luxury brand advertising agency Air Paris, in 2010 Matthieu created Ubiquity Photography to devote himself entirely to photography. His work has been presented in 'Visa pour l’image' and 'Aux rencontres d’Arles', in FNAC France over a three-year period, and Island 6 in China, Switzerland and Italy. He has also published a book of images of recovering drug addicts.
"Working with images echoes my desire to understand the world around me," says Matthieu. "Each element is essential in the process of capturing photos as an art form, playing with the interdependence of light, time and contemplation. Exploring consciousness through the eye of possibility, I am fascinated by the mysteries of form and the surprising secrets it can unveil."
Yocky Zhang Shanghai advertising photographers
Yocky Zhang is a Shanghai-based photographer who has been shooting since 2008. His first job was as an advertising copywriter, but after six years he discovered his true means of expression with a real passion for photography.
Yocky's latest photo exhibition appeared at Shanghai's Villa Gallery in March 2012. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest China, GQ China, China's Vision Magazine and Marie Claire China. Recent new clients include Volkswagen, Absolut, Uniqlo, Nike and Adidas, working with W+K, McCann Erickson and TBWA.
Yocky is currently seeking representation in China and overseas. More information can be found on his website.
Alexander Manton Photography Beijing people & lifestyle photographers
Alexander Manton understands the needs of both Western and Asian clients. He is an American photographer and currently commutes between China, India and Singapore. Alexander has been shooting in China for the past 20 years and has vast experience and numerous production contacts throughout the country.
Specialising in corporate annual reports, travel, lifestyle, and hotel/resort photography Alexander has added video/motion to the mix, allowing him to create a unified body of work for clients incorporating both still and motion images. Motion work is his new passion and now accounts for nearly 50% of his shooting time.
Clients include AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Citibank, Andersen Consulting, General Motors, Bechtel, Boeing, United Technologies, American Standard, Baxter Healthcare, Nortel, Owens-Corning, Westin Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Monsanto, Allergan, Agilent.
- styling, hair, makeup
MeiLi Style Beijing hair and make up artists
MeiLi Style is a boutique style agency representing some of the finest multilingual make-up artists, hair stylists and wardrobe stylists in China. The creative talents represented by MeiLi Style are unique in that they understand Western and Eastern beauty aesthetics. Using only high-end beauty products, they have been trained in international institutions all over the world to offer their clients top-rate styling.
From ‘at-home’ styling services for private clients to commercial shoots, magazine editorials and large-scale productions such as fashion shows and big-themed events, MeiLi Style crew is the perfect answer to achieving styling on any level.
Recent clients include Volvo, ONLY, G-Vill, LuLiu 12.28, Peugeot, City Weekend, Asia Images, Sports Illustrated, Art + Design Magazine, and many more.