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Stan Lee’s Lucky Man in Hong Kong

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Stan Lee's Lucky Man returned to screens with an epic season opener shot in Hong Kong. Hear more from the Director and Executive Producer about filming on location in Asia's World City.

Hong Kong is a film-maker’s dream, with dazzling neon towers glaring out over the harbour and fishermen in ancient skiffs who dodge the supercharged speedboats of the mega-rich.

Shooting in Hong Kong was something else. Our heads of department staffed their teams with local crews, who were brilliant – their experience on a range of shows was enormously helpful.

Stan Lee's Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Shooting on location in one of the world’s busiest cities was demanding, to say the least. We didn’t have the budget to close all the locations we were in – and why would we want to anyway? We would have lost all the texture and authenticity if we had.

It’s filled with steamy, sweaty, bustling night markets, where Chinese chefs conjure extraordinary flavours in flaming woks, and forests of domestic high-rise flats, which look like a giant set of dominoes ready to tumble onto the busy streets below.

Richard Fell, Executive Producer

Stan Lee's Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

I had never been to Hong Kong before. Whatever visual or verbal reference you may have for this city, nothing quite prepares you for the experience of actually being there. It’s a teaming, humming, jostling, visceral world.

The daylight in Hong Kong in November and December is perfect – contrast and colour tones are peachy. It seemed almost anywhere we pointed a camera, it looked stunning.

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Shooting at night had its own idiosyncrasies and rewards. Filming after sundown in Temple Street market, the myriad of coloured back lighting and front and side fills offered by the neon forest was enough to allow almost any lens the latitude on the mighty Alexa Mini to do what we wanted, even at 50fps.

Andy Hay, Director

Stan Lee's Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Stan Lee’s Lucky Man © Carnival Films / Sky One

Interview extracts from original article on Broadcastnow.co.uk 

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