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Doctors, Daoists and Deviants in Early Medieval China

By Mike Stanley-Baker, on 15 May 2009

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5 Responses to “Doctors, Daoists and Deviants in Early Medieval China”

  • 1
    Erin.Sullivan wrote on 16 May 2009:

    Hi Michael, great job with this video! It’s very beautifully composed and is very thoughtful about the way it fuses image, word, and sound. I love the way you animated the ‘qi’ character in the opening minute–the effect really brought the character to life and gave a non-Chinese speaker some idea about how the semiotics written language might work. A suggestion if you ever wanted to show the video but in a shorter format–I think the first 3 minutes (until ‘Transcendent Medicine’) would be a great way to spark the imaginations of audience members and lead to a good discussion.

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    bboepplem wrote on 17 May 2009:

    Mr. Stanley-Baker, I was so pleased to come across your video. Very informative and, as mentioned by the post above, the way you animated the Chinese characters was very effective. Lovely editing and wonderful use of images. The narrators voice was very clear and gentle. A truly marvelous presentation on every level. Bravo and thank you for your work!

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    Carole.Reeves wrote on 19 May 2009:

    This is a truly excellent movie – well constructed, well visualised and extremely competently edited. The style and pace of narration is absolutely spot on, allowing the viewer to soak up the atmosphere and well as the information. Use of animated characters and caption effects help carry the story to a non-Chinese reader.

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    Kim.Price wrote on 21 May 2009:

    This film is perfect in every way. From the opening sequence to the end I was engaged, but with minimum personal exertion – effortlessly imbibing the knowledge rather than my normal furrowed brow. It is a subject I knew nothing about, but was left with a feeling I had been both taught and entertained. The film’s flow and balance is perfectly measured and serves as both instrument and analogy for the subject, which strikes me as being very much about balance too. The use of Chinese writing was brilliant – especially the ‘steam’, which conveyed a complex notion with simplicity. And Obi-Wan Kenobi: what more could we want?

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    R.MacFarlane wrote on 25 May 2009:

    Hard to add more, as the other commenters have rightly praised the content and construction of this video.

    The viewer’s attention is held from start to finish by the combination of subject matter and film making – almost as effective as one of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Mind Tricks…

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