27 Mar 014: Robert Cain – How China Can Avoid Getting in Its Own Way
Today I interview China specialist – Robert Cain of Pacific Bridge Pictures. He talks plainly about China’s lack of appreciation for good scripts, the challenges of co-productions and how the Chinese government gets in its own way.
He is candid in his opinion on China’s now life-long president (Xi JinPing) and the clampdown on working with foreigners. Luckily he reminds us that China needs westerners’ expertise to get Chinese films to cross borders.
He offers advice on how to make your script appeal to the Chinese market. And he explains why it’s easier to get meetings in China than in Hollywood.
3 KEY POINTS
3. Chinese vs American screenplays: Rob mentioned a problem he’d like to solve is getting the Chinese film execs to appreciate quality screenplays with empathetic characters, obstacles, and 3 act structures. I wrote a blog post about the difference in Chinese and American screenwriting (see the show notes). But Rob was very clear how he said he didn’t think China was making good movies at all unless occasionally by accident.
China Hollywood Greenlight Podcast – Episode 14
Host: Caryn McCann
A blog post that highlights the difference between the US and Chinese scripts: “How Chinese Films Can Attract an American Audience”
Guest: Robert Cain, Business Strategy & Finance, Media, China specialist