• Short Summary

    Chinese craftsman makes amazing figurines out of dough - do not try it unless you have nerves of steel!

  • Description

    Olympia, London.

    C/U shot of a hand unveiling a 'dough modelling kit'. It consists of several, different in colour, dough sausages and several modelling 'knives'. It all sits in wooden box, ready to use. C/U shot of man's hands pinching pieces of different dough sausages and attaching them to approximately 4 to 5 inches long wooden stick. C/U of the face of the man as he works.

    Craftsman is Lang Shao An, a dough modelling artist from China. He started when he was 14 years old and has been doing it for over 30 years. Figurines he makes are similar size and look as porcelain ones but can unfortunately last for only 10 years (still, impressive knowing that it's only a bit of water and flour).

    C/U shot of hands shaping a little head on top of the stick. Several shots of Mr Lang Shao An "by the way, in Chinese the surname comes first" creating the figure of a child. No detail has been omitted, not even shoelaces. It is fascinating how simple it looks to make it, knowing how difficult it really is. Great mastery!

    Several C/U shots of the figures made of dough with an emphasis on Mr Lang Shao An's attention to detail. He specialises in studies of the Opera and legendary Chinese figures. Most of the figures are wearing traditional costumes. Mr Lang Shao An's work represents "the history and traditions of the East."

    Note: According to the paperwork, this was part of the 4th International Handicrafts, Homecrafts and Hobbies Exhibition held in London's Olympia.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    55.19
    Media URN:
    2054
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:59:00 / 01:29:27:00
    Canister:
    CP 096

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