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[ v e r a x ] : Edward Snowden / 斯諾登 - Short Film

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Published on Jun 25, 2013

Now showing with English subtitles, 中文字幕 and 日本語字幕

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Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verax_%2...

This is a short film based on the events of Edward Joseph Snowden/斯諾登, a former CIA and NSA employee who leaked a top secret mass surveillance programme from the US and UK.

We have never met or been in contact with Edward Joseph Snowden.

We are a band of independent and amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong who were both excited and puzzled as to why Snowden chose to come to Hong Kong. While nearly every media outlet wanted to get their hands on him, we decided to produce a short fictional video to depict his experience in HK, and how it would have affected certain parties: Namely, the CIA contingent based in HK who would be tasked to find Snowden. The Hong Kong Police who would be stuck in between the US and China. And the journalists who want to get the scoop. It was also important for us not to 'twist' Snowden's character. We really knew little about him. Although he is a central character, he is not the most prominent. It is more about the maelstrom of events surrounding him.

The idea was hatched two days after he revealed his identity, and principal filming began on June 20th. We were also filming on the same day (23rd) when we learned Snowden had left the city. Therefore we ramped up production efforts and published our short film 'Verax' on the 25th. 'Verax' was the alias Snowden used when contacting journalists via encrypted chat services. We loved the idea of having Snowden here and the media frenzy it created. We really wanted to make a film based on such real-life news events, especially as it continued to develop. This project really tested our mettle especially when most of us had day jobs.

To reiterate, we made this for fun and for the love of filmmaking. We had no commercial or political motives.

While we will strive to answer your relevant questions, feel free to browse our media coverage links below to get to know us more.

Directed and produced by
Jeff Floro 謝夫發露 (Junk Shot: www.junkshot.org)
Edwin Lee 李健恩 (Fallout Media: www.falloutmediahk.com)
Shawn Tse 謝兆龍 (Junk Shot)
Marcus Tsui 崔正傑 (Immortal Peach: www.immortalpeach.com)

Associate producer
Cassandra Chan (Slate Takes: www.slatetakes.com)

Written by
Edwin Lee
Marcus Tsui

Directors of Photography
Edwin Lee
Jeff Floro

Edited by
Edwin Lee

Starring
Andrew Cromeek as Edward Snowden
Guo Aibing 郭愛兵 as Wu Xingwei 胡星尉
Edwin Chin 錢尚文 as Security Wing officer Tsang Tak-long 曾德龍
Thomas Easterling as HK CIA Station Chief Carl Hamilton
Justin Lau 劉彥德 as Security Wing officer Vincent Lee 李達志
Shi Yi Ng 黃詩藝 as Lecia Lau 劉麗斯
Gabe Ostley as CIA Analyst Owen Fielding
Robert Hinson as HK CIA Operations Manager
Cindy Wong as Security Wing officer Vanessa Wu 胡麗莎
Simon Zeng Hao 曾昊 as Ministry of State Security attaché Han Wei 漢衞

Music composed by
Gareth Coker (audiojungle)
Thomas Vo (audiojungle)

Subtitles by
Maggie Lin
Chris C.
Takashi Ota

Special thanks
Christine Jagolino
Diane To
XKAREKROW

Geek talk:
Canon 5D Mark II and III
Zeiss 18mm, 28mm, 50mm, 85mm
Edelkrone rigs

Notable media coverage:
CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/wor...
Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video...
Al Jazeera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj2rk...
SCMP: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/ar...
Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/ho...
Apple Daily: http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/ar...
WSJ: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/0...
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/...
Entertainment Weekly: http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/06/30/edw...
Variety: http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/...
Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/edward-snowden-...
The Diplomat: http://thediplomat.com/asia-life/2013...
The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/...
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07...
CCTV: http://english.cntv.cn/program/cultur...
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainme...
The Toronto Star: http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/...

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