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World Premiere of Dazu Rock Carvings Micro-Videos


According to the Academy of Dazu Rock, after nearly two years of planning and production, the Dazu Rock Carvings series of micro-videos is soon to be released globally. As the first part to be released of the "Hundred Episodes of Micro-Videos" of Dazu Rock Carvings, nine episodes of micro-videos will be released this time, and a total of 20 episodes will be released this year.

To develop Dazu into a world-renowned cultural center and continuously enhance the international influence of Dazu Rock Carvings, the Academy of Dazu Rock Carvings, together with Chongqing International Communication Center and Chongqing Broadcasting Group, takes full account of the creativity and communication channels of mass media in both Chinese and English.

Thousand-handed Kwan-yin in Baoding Mountain, Dazu Rock Carvings. (Photo/ Luo Guojia)

As the only world cultural heritage in Chongqing and one of the important cultural symbols of Chongqing, the Dazu Rock Carvings are hailed as the last masterpiece in the history of human grotto art. They are famed for their grand scale, exquisite carvings, diverse themes, rich connotations, and well-preserved cultural relics. The Dazu Rock Carvings embody the pinnacle of the statue art of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. With distinctive folklore and life characteristics, and a wealth of material object images and written historical materials, they reveal the unique Chinese grotto art from the 9th to the 13th century and demonstrate their irreplaceable role in historical, artistic, and scientific research.

"The Academy of Dazu Rock Carvings is responsible for the protection, management, research, and rational use of the Dazu Rock Carvings." Li Fangyin, Director of the Academy of Dazu Rock Carvings, introduced that the Academy is devoted to publicizing and displaying the artistic appeal and humanistic spirit of the Dazu Rock Carvings to the world. The Academy is speeding up its progress towards becoming a world-renowned research institute. Aiming to become "a model for cultural relics protection, an example of inheritance and utilization, and a benchmark setter for culture and tourism integration," the Academy keeps intensifying its efforts to protect, research, and utilize Dazu Rock Carvings. 

Baoding Mountain of Dazu Rock Carvings. (Photo/ Luo Guojia)

Baoding Mountain of Dazu Rock Carvings. (Photo/ Luo Guojia)

In terms of creativity, these micro-videos aim to reveal the promotional and entertaining value of Dazu Rock Carvings culture and the uniqueness and viewing value of Dazu Rock Carvings art. As for picture expression, considering the particularity of grotto art, all kinds of shooting techniques of angle, composition, light, and color are applied to strive for accurate and unique picture expression and improve visual aesthetics and cultural impression.

This micro-video series starts with "If the Dazu Rock Carvings Were a Stage Play," which gives an all-around interpretation of Dazu Rock Carvings from a new perspective. The video "Sharing Dazu Rock Carvings with the World" brings together the compilers of the book Complete Works of the Dazu Rock Carvings to share the aspirations and stories of those who have been caring for and supporting the research of Dazu Rock Carvings.

The first videos to be released involve multiple works representing the pinnacle of Dazu Rock Carvings art, including the Thousand-handed and Thousand-eyed Kwan-yin statue in Baoding Mountain, which is billed as the "Treasure of National Treasure," the Revolving Sutra Repository in Beishan Mountain, which is known as "the Pearl on the Crown of Chinese Grotto Art," and the rock carving Illustration of the Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra in Beishan Mountain, which is hailed as a "priceless epitome of buildings in the Tang Dynasty," as well as secularization statues like the Temperance of the Scenes of the Hells in Baoding Mountain.

A micro-video producer said, "It took us more than a year to prepare for filming the micro-video. We tried to observe the time-honored Dazu Rock Carvings from the perspective of an expert, a tourist, a video producer, and even a stranger to introduce these statues to the audience with our shots and words." In the video, scholars, and experts who compiled the Complete Works of the Dazu Rock Carvings said, "Grottoes are weathering. The information they carry is disappearing with time. That makes me distressed... We, the archaeologists, are responsible for protecting and promoting Dazu Rock Carvings.... We want to share Dazu Rock Carvings with the world and make more people aware of them."


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