Richard Bowen developed Cinderella Moon in China for almost two years before shooting began. It helped that he lived in China: he could travel widely, take countless pictures, and visit out-of-the-way museums and bookstores for his visual research.
In order to create an authentic look, and not just a visual fantasy of what an ancient world might look like, the film needed real objects that could be touched and real places that could be inhabited. Bowen knew that a detailed visual scrapbook of his ideas would be essential when the time came to communicate with his all-Chinese production team.
The following slideshow is a collage of images used in creating the look and feel of the film. It’s only a fraction of the material collected, but we thought you might enjoy a little look at one of the ways Cinderella Moon took shape.