First sail with Ang Lee on board
Ang Lee was a special guest for the inaugural launch of the reconstructed Junk. Ang Lee is from Tainan, Taiwan
On location filming reenactment scene
My cousin, John Pingry, a DOP from Los Angeles is manning the jib as we shoot our modern day version of Koxinga
Marc shooting the model
Before the junk was built, one of the top model makers in Tainan was commissioned to create a scale model of the original.
The first voyage
Marc and John prepare for a shot
The Dutch commander was to be executed by the Dutch but at the last moment was spared.
Sigal and Marc on their own in Fujian
Our on camera historian
The bamboo forest
Building the junk
Marc and Johnson
The Junk takes shape
It took over a year to construct the junk from the laying of the keel to the launch.
The Master Boat Builder
He was in his eighties when we shot this film
Sigal nailing it to her partner
This nail was one of the main reasons the historians quit, wooden nails were used in the 17th century junk building process.
The junk building crew
Johnson was our in-country Producer and was crucial throughout the filming from translating, to negotiations, to running audio. We could not have done this film without him.
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