Mark Lee Ping-Bing Masterclass at the East Asia Film Festival Ireland

Screen Training Ireland are excited to partner with East Asia Film Festival Ireland on a masterclass with renowned Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing.  The masterclass will be moderated by Irish cinematographer Tim Fleming, ISC and will look at the work and career of Mark Lee Ping-Bing in particular his innovations in filming in natural and low-light conditions, and the central, collaborative role of the cinematographer with the director.

The masterclass takes place on the 7th of April at the Irish Film Institute. For further information and to book tickets please click here.

In a career that spans over three decades, Mark Lee Ping-Bing (b.1954, Taiwan) has distinguished himself as one of the world’s most gifted cinematographers. He contributed to the New Taiwanese Cinema of the 1980s at which time he began a prolific and long-time collaboration with master director Hou Hsiao-Hsien (an esteemed festival guest in 2017). Mark Lee has also collaborated with renowned directors Wong Kar-Wai, Tran Anh Hung, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Ann Hui and Sylvia Chang, and his work has won him numerous international honours. He has over 70 films and 21 international awards to his credit. He was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2016 Berlinale for CROSSCURRENT (Yang Chao, 2016); the APSA Award for Achievement in Cinematography at the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards for THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015); the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 for IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000), as well as the Golden Horse Film Award (Taiwan) and 2000 Asia Pacific Film Festival Award (China) for Best Cinematography.

Described by Daniel Eagan of Film Comment, Mark Lee is a ‘defining force in Asian cinema’ with ‘an uncanny grasp of artificial and natural lighting’ developed through his training at Taiwan’s Central Motion Pictures Company.  (https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interview-mark-lee-ping-bing/ Daniel Eagan, June 20, 2016).

The subject of a MOMA retrospective of his work in 2016, Mark Lee’s ‘exquisite presentation of light, shadow, and color; graceful camera movement; and arresting compositions bring cinematography’s central role in the creation of motion pictures to the forefront.’ (https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/1644?locale=en ‘Luminosity: The Art of Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing’).

As part of the festivals Extreme Light strand rare screenings of five films spanning Mark Lee’s career will include, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) the festivals Gala Opening Film; Tian Zhuangzhuang’s remake of Fei Mu’s classic 1948 film SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN (2002); Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s astounding THREE TIMES (2005); LET THE WIND CARRY ME (2010) a documentary portrait of Mark Lee; and the Irish première of Mark Lee’s latest work SEVENTY-SEVEN DAYS by Zhao Hantan (2017); as well as four post-screening Q&As with Mark Lee.

Masterclass: Mark Lee Ping-Bing in conversation with Tim Fleming, ISC.

Date: Saturday 7 April, 12.00 noon.

Tickets €20; €15 conc.; €10 students

Tickets: on sale at http://ifi.ie/film/eaffi-2018-masterclass