New doco on China offers insights
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Hutchens brothers of 'From Somewhere in China' in RP
Posted in: National Geographic Channel, Documentaries
By Marjorie Gorospe
MAKATI City, Philippines - Siblings Peter and Jeff Hutchens visited the Philippines to share their six-part documentary "Somewhere in China," which is airing on National Geographic channel.
"Somewhere is China" is a documentary of the Hutchens brothers' trips in remarkable places in China like Xinjiang province, Kashgar and its muslim population, among others.
This documentary reveals the diverse culture of Chinese community different to the monolithic notion about them.
The brothers said it was a big challenge for them to be in front of the camera since they mainly work behind the scene - Jeff as a photographer and Peter a filmmaker.
"It felt different because we were used to be off-cam," the brothers say. They have to adjust and be vocal, giving them a chance to learn about impromptu dialogues and projecting themselves on camera.
Peter Hutchens has produced numerous programs for National Geographic Channel.
He was the youngest and only filmmaker who produced a program for the acclaimed Wide Angle series. While his brother, Jeff Hutchens, is a multi-awarded photographer of National Press Photographers Association, Pictures Of The Year and the White House News Photographers.
The brothers revealed their interest on filming jeepneys in the Philippines because they find it unique. However, they still have to work it out with the National Geographic Channel.
Would-be filmmakers would only dream of doing documentaries such as what the they have done. The Hutchens brothers offered this advice: "Persistence is very important. Just continue and enjoy what you are doing."