The fantasy epic Ice Fantasy <幻城>, starring mainland Chinese artistes William Feng (馮紹峰) and Victoria Song (宋茜), wrapped up filming this week. The drama is slated to be broadcast during the summer season.
Because filming for Ice Fantasy lasted 187 days, the cast and crew were overjoyed to officially reach the end of filming, which happened to coincide with the Lantern Festival. The crew specially prepared a cake for William, who had been on set for the longest amount of time.
With expenditures reaching up to 3.3 million RMB and almost 300 actors invited to participate, Ice Fantasy is poised to become one of this year’s biggest television dramas. Lü Chao (吕超), founder of the drama’s production company Youhug Media, recently shared that he and his team reached a consensus early on regarding their vision for the drama.
“Our number one priority was to pursue the very best,” said Lü, who was an early reader of City of Fantasy <幻城>, the Guo Jingming (郭敬明) novel from which Ice Fantasy is adapted.
“I believe in the best team in the world,” he continued. “I believe in communication and collaboration in art that breaks apart national boundaries. We used a globalized view to try to achieve the magical world in Ice Fantasy.”
Lü went on to discuss how Ice Fantasy was impacted by increasingly younger viewers, many of whom were born after 1990 and grew up playing online RPG games like World of Warcraft. “Their preferences and demands are very different from former audiences,” he explained. “Their aesthetic tastes will influence the production of dramas.”
Ice Fantasy tells the story of Ka Suo (William Feng), the reluctant heir to the throne of the ice kingdom, and Yong Kongshi (Ma Tianyu 馬天宇), his younger brother who becomes the prince of the rival fire kingdom. The drama will begin airing this summer on Hunan TV, as well as online on Tencent Video, iQiyi, Youku, Sohu TV, and PPTV.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.