Sha Qing wrote this article after he attended the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2003, where his documentary Wellspring won the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize. He provides a reflection on the process of making this film and his experience as an independent filmmaker. He also talks about his perceptions of the ethics of documentary filmmaking in relation to Wellspring.
Sha Qing was born in Beijing in 1965. He started filmmaking as a sound recordist and editor for various documentaries. His debut film Wellspring was completed in 2002. He finished Fading Reflections in 2010, which is redeveloped into his new feature film Lone Existence (2016).