In the past year, the network movie and TV market, which is dominated by network dramas, network movies and network variety shows, has seen explosive growth. 283 network dramas, 162 network variety shows and 1,523 online big movie have achieved a leap in the number of viewers, theme innovation and production standard. Which of these contents is the masterpiece that users cannot forget but is enough to become the benchmark of the industry?
On the evening of June 11, the Internet Summit Gala Night, which is the "highlight" of the Internet Summit of the 2019 Shanghai International Film and Television Festival, was grandly held at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing.
Eventually, 10 online dramas including CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME, SUDDENLY THIS SUMMER, WOMEN IN BEIJING, THE TRADING FLOOR, and MYSTERY OF ANTIQUES won the honor of "Excellent Online Drama of the Year", while 10 online variety shows including THE WONDERFUL READ, PRODUCE 101, ME AND MY AGENT, DUNK OF CHINA, U CAN U BIBI (SEASON 5), WHO IS THE MURDERER (SEASON 4) won the honor of "Excellent Online Variety Show of the Year". The title of "Top Quality Online Movie of the Year" was awarded to five works, including SNAKES, SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW (THREE EXTRA STORY) and THE GUILT Series (1-3).
At the same time, the individuals and teams who showed "highlights" in the content of internet last year have also become the most eye-catching scenery on the Internet Summit Gala Night: in addition to Pan Yueming, who won the "Internet Drama Actor of the Year" for the second time; Qi Wei, who perfectly demonstrated the perplexity and growth of contemporary women in WOMEN IN BEIJING; Yang Chaoyue, who vividly demonstrated the "out from under" and " miracle of motivation"; Zhang Chao, who broke the 10-year "cold reception" situation with SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW, Ma Xiaogang and Hai Fenxing, who won the Network Film Director and Screenwriter of the Year with THE GUILT SERIES (1-3) all have won honors.
More realistic, more youthful, more diversified
Ten network dramas won "Top Quality of the Year"
Last year, the Internet Summit made its debut during the Shanghai International Film and Television Festival. It awarded 10 network quality TV series such as DAY AND NIGHT, BURNING ICE, GROWLING TIGER, ROARING DRAGON, A LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL and SHALL I COMPARE YOU TO A SPRING DAY, blowing the "assembly" for industry quality TV series.
Compared with last year, the network dramas on the "2019 Top Quality List of Internet Movies and TV Shows" are more "realistic", more "youthful" and more "diversified": WOMEN IN BEIJING, which successfully touch the hearts of contemporary women with the career and love, perplexity and growth of girls of drifters in Beijing; COUNTRY LOVE 11, which portrays the lives of small people and common people in a subtle way; they are both excellent representative work of the network drama; SUDDENLY THIS SUMMER, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG and SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW, got high marks from Douban, carried forward the youth theme that network dramas are best at, and recorded the precious beauty of youth besides "young girl's heart"; As for the selection of CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME, EAGLES AND YONGSTER, MYSTERY OF ANTIQUES, THE GOLDEN EYES and THE TRADING FLOOR, they showed the lively variety and splendor of the themes of the online drama.
That night, director Fei Zhenxiang, who filmed many amazing scenes of adventure in CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME, won the title of "Network Drama Director of the Year" without any doubt. The characteristics of "attaching importance to characters, details and quality" have set a benchmark for "the refinement of online drama" together with CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME. On the spot, Fei Zhenxiang especially thanked his teacher, a famous director Guan Hu. "I have studied with you for ten years and learned what persistence is and how to persist." He mentioned that he would continue to make good movies to reward the audience in the future.
The scene that can compare with the picture quality of the film has created the texture of CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME, while THE TRADING FLOOR, which tells the story of the financial battlefield and human joys and sorrows with high density and concentration, embodies another direction of "the refinement of online drama"-- the quality of the script. That night, screenwriters Du Ruirong and Zhen Bairong won the title of "Network Scriptwriter of the Year" for their 5-episode drama. As "the best storytellers", they mentioned on the stage that the screenwriters were people who "like to compete with themselves." "If no one writes, then we do it. If no one wants to walks along this road, why don't we have a try and see if it can take us to see the scenery we haven't seen before."
Cheer for variety artists who dare to innovate
Ten top quality online variety shows content creation potential
Honor belongs to innovators. Under the witness of actor Chen Yihan and Leng Song, secretary-general of the World Media Research Center of the Press Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: Ten high-quality online varieties won the Award of "High-quality Online Variety of the Year", including THE WONDERFUL READ, which solved the "hard problem" of the reading program and skillfully incorporated 12 classic books into theatrical interpretation; PRODUCE 101, a online variety show with the theme of "out from under", which eventually became a hot topic in 2018 and selected the most popular idol group; ME AND MY AGENT gives a full account of the ups and downs of the "mysterious profession" of agents; ADVENTURE LIFE, which uses documentary technique to depict the personality and heart of stars in detail; THIS IS FIGHTING ROBOTS, DUNK OF CHINA, and SPACE CHALLENGE, which continues to exert its power in the vertical fields of sports, electronic competition, science and technology, etc.; U CAN U BIBI (SEASON 5) and WHO IS THE MUDERER (SEASON 4) , which breaking the fatigue of "Variety N Generation" and completing updating and renewal.
It should be said that these ten variety shows not only cover the excellent works with high reputation and influence in the field of online variety shows last year, but also encourage and affirm the "mode innovation" of Chinese variety shows.
How do Chinese variety artists interpret "mode innovation"? Shine Entertainment, which produced Annual Top Quality Network Variety Show: DUNK OF CHINA and ME AND MY AGENET, has become the "Creative Team of Network Variety of the Year". Yi Ye, the founder who received the honor from the award presenter, said: "Maybe the audience only saw 12 weeks of programs, but the team spent two to three years from creativity to research and development." This is the result of a group of people created with their talents, youth and blood."
From the unknown "20 generations of girls" to "miracle of motivation", Yang Chaoyue can be said to be a representative figure that marks the trend of online variety toward S+. That night, witnessed by Wang Peiyu, Wu Minxia and Yu Di, three predecessors in different fields, Yang Chao won the honor of "Network Variety Individual Performance of the Year". On stage, in addition to giving special thanks to PRODUCE 101 for the opportunity given to her, Yang Chaoyue also "said hello" to herself five years later, and said that as a newcomer in the industry, she hoped to work harder in the future and bring more and better works to share with the audience.
Pan Yueming was very happy to won the award second time
"I will try my best to release energy when I meet a good script."
With innovative themes and improved production standards, the star-making ability of network dramas and network variety shows in 2018 should not be overlooked either: Not only Yang Chaoyue, who won the "Network Variety Individual Performance of the Year", but more and more actors have become participants and beneficiaries of the "high-quality" of internet content. For instance, Zhang Chao, who managed to justify himself in SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW after 11 years of working, won the title of "Actor of the Year" in the online movie that night with the SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW (THREE EXTRA STORY); The new generation actor Li Tingting, who formed "A Tongmu" CP with him in the play, won the title of "Actress of the Year" in the online movie together with Zhu Yanmanzi, the heroine of the THE GUILT series.
Pan Yueming, who won the prize twice, also triggered the topic- At last year's Internet Summit, he successfully won "Actor of the Year" with his extreme brilliant performance of DAY AND NIGHT in which he played two roles. However, this year, he performed Chen Yulou, the leader of the Xieling, in CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME with kindness, ambition and elegance, and won this honor again.
On the scene of the Gala Night, when guests Xue Kaiqi and Zhang Jizhong pronounced the name of Pan Yueming, fans on the scene burst out screaming with surprise. Interestingly, Pan Yueming still has many roles in CANDLE IN THE TOMB: THE WRATH OF TIME - as the leading actor, the singer of the end song, the photographer, and the write of the inscription for the beginning of the play and official blog copy.
If Pan Yueming's Chen Yulou conquered the audience and the juries with a "sense of legend", Qi Wei's Chen Ke, a drifter in Beijing, stung thousands of netizens who were also seeking transformation in their wanderings with a "sense of reality". Qi Wei won the title of "Actress of the Year" for her excellent performance in WOMEN IN BEIJING. In a backstage interview, Qi Wei mentioned that acting is a profession of "uncovering scars" and "showing more of the wounds of the characters to the audience." She said that she was grateful to meet such a good script and good team as WOMEN IN BEIJING and "will continue to create high-quality dramas in the future to persist in my seriousness in acting."