The designers of "Dragon in the Sky" spent nearly three months in research and development, and after three rounds of screening, they determined the traditional and modern design.
Although the filmmakers are showing modern ice and snow sports, their images are very traditional, with traditional colors such as plum dyeing, crow green, and grass as the background color, incorporating auspicious elements such as phoenix, peony, flame, etc. With delicate buttons and cuffs.
In addition to ice and snow sports shadow figures, they also designed snowflake-shaped shadow puppet earrings and car accessories.
In 2020, this set of works was awarded the "Best Winter Olympics Praise Award" by the Beijing Disabled Persons' Federation, affirming that they have skillfully integrated the millennium intangible cultural heritage with the ice and snow sports, and used the form of folk art to express the spirit of the Winter Olympics from a folk perspective.
Wang Xi said that these works are very popular, and the Beijing Women's Federation ordered 200 of them, which will be placed in the athletes' rooms in the Winter Olympic Village and given to them as gifts from Beijing.
"One swallow-wing step, turning around, spinning, throwing and jumping, and landing smoothly..." The two shadow puppet players are performing figure skating. Sometimes they hug each other, sometimes they spin, and they can even perform the difficult movements of throwing and jumping. Become a sports commentator.
During the performance of ice hockey, the ice hockey moved with the fierce competition between the two shadow puppet players.
In addition to static filmmakers, "Dragon Zaitian" also produced shadow puppets "Snow Games" and "Looking for Snow Maiden", which are performed in theaters every weekend, and sometimes go to campus to teach children to make and perform.
Wang Xi said that the production of shadow puppet images for ice and snow sports is not difficult, but the performance is much more difficult than traditional performances. "The shadow puppet image is flat, and some sports can be performed, but it is difficult to perform sports such as figure skating. It’s hard to perform slalom, lift and throw.” In order to perform more vividly, lifts, throws, and rotations were all run-in for two or three hundred times before finding the most suitable method. After 3 months of rehearsal , the play was finished.
In a traditional shadow puppet show, the role is mainly controlled by three poles, and one actor can operate all of them. However, to show the image of an athlete, at least five poles are required, and three actors can cooperate to complete it.
As a result, the backstage is always very crowded.
However, it was very satisfying to hear the cheerful laughter of the children in the background.Keywords: