Behind the Scenes—February, 2015
Behind the Scenes—February, 2015 - Taipei Film Commission
To filmmakers, creative writing and filming often happen around the clock, which is why several productions have had their work schedules booked right through the New Year, and among them was Detective Lady, a joint production of Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwanese contributors led by Hong Kong director Oxide Pang Chun. Detective Lady began its shooting in Taipei City towards the end of December, and because the scenes involved car chase and car stunts, several closed-street filming requests were made at Ruiguang Road, Dunhua South Road and Songren Road. Given the rarity of this type of requests, they were somewhat more complicated to coordinate. As for the stunt scenes, the production team had tried to minimize disturbance to nearby residents by having the shots completed in the least number of takes, and in doing so, they had stunt coordinators and performers fly all the way from Hong Kong just to demonstrate, which gave their Taiwanese co-workers a precious lesson.
Ever since Giddens Ko's success in adapting his novels onto the silver screen, several renowned writers have also made their attempts to produce motion picture versions of their novels. Cafe Alley 6 (unofficial) by Hiyawu and Passed by by Higashi are two such productions currently in midst of preparations, and both directors are actively scouting for suitable locations at the moment. It was also a popular time for film students' graduation assignments during the New Year, and Taipei Film Commission had received more than a dozen requests in the last month alone.
It has been six years since Taipei Film Commission first began its production assistance services; over time, we have compiled a list of 160 public and private-locations in Taipei City that are suitable for filming. The top five locations on this list were Bopiliao Historic Block, Rooftop of Taipei City Hall, MRT Daan Park Station, Beitou Central Pictures Corporation, and Luoyang Car Park.
Each of the Top 5 locations are distinctive and favored in their own way. Bopiliao Historic Block, for example, has been the top choice for costume drama given its unique blend of Hokkien and Baroque-style architecture. Rooftop of Taipei City Hall, on the other hand, offers a 360-degree, unobstructed view of Taipei City including Taipei 101 Building, especially during sunrise and sunset; it is the favorite location for commercial and MV productions because it conveys much of the city's energy. Having been opened relatively recent on November 24, 2013, MRT Daan Park Station had quickly secured its third place on the list because it was the first MRT station in Taipei to feature a green courtyard. The courtyard, which features glass curtains, an outdoor dining area, fountains, falls and natural landscape, has become a new landmark in Taipei City.
Ranked in the fourth place, Beitou Central Pictures Corporation had emerged mostly due to the unavailability of Nankang Bottle Cap Plant since 2013, and it has been favored by commercial and MV producers for its derelict appearance. Lastly, Luoyang Car Park is characterized as a place where diverse sceneries can be easily captured on camera, especially its view over Tamsui River during sunset.
Taipei City's top 5 filming locations in 2014:
Top 1: Bopiliao Historic Block
Top 2: Rooftop of Taipei City Hall
Top 3: MRT Daan Park Station
Top 4: Beitou Central Pictures Corporation
Top 5: Luoyang Car Park