DAWN ICON | The Chinese Connection


Kamran Jawaid  |  The post is the unedited copy of the feature published in DAWN’s ICON on 16th April 2017, which can be read here with jpegs of the print copy at the end.

Studio logos that appear in movie titles may feel rudimentary, but they tell a story of their own. Take, for example, The Great Wall – a monster-movie starring Matt Damon set in the past when the world had yet to discover gun-powder.

Before the first frame fades-in we see four logos: Le Vision, Legendary East, Atlas Entertainment and the China Film Group. Three out of these four film companies are Chinese – and their partnership makes The Great Wall one of the most evident, big budget Hollywood-China co-productions in the last few years.

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Animadversion: The 3-D Fad – by Kamran Jawaid

The following feature appeared in my column Animadversion, in iMAGES on Sunday on the 19th of September 2010. Below is the touched-up copy followed by the link to the published version.


The Bigger Picture Isn’t Always Better in 3-D

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Evolution comes at a price. And that price is sometimes in premiums that hike 3-5 dollars in ticket prices. To think that business is blooming during inflation is nothing short of an understatement.

What started out as an oh-so-wow experience has become a point of argument: to 3-D or not to 3-D, that is the question? For an audience riding the 3-D wave and the exhibitors willing to put as many as 5000 screens by this year’s end in North America, the argument is as small as a blink-and-miss blimp on worldwide radar.

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