Team Hotpot is currently only two people – Nathan Rich 火锅大王, and SerenaHottie, who does the translation, subtitles, thumbnails and general assistance. In addition to paying for everything out of my own pocket, I do the following things myself:
- Ideas/Intense Research – believe it or not these videos take a lot of thinking and research! The New York Times video took weeks to make. The documentary I’m making has already taken months.
- Filming/Lighting. Dealing with cameras and batteries, cables, SD cards and all that stuff is not what I’m good at. I have purchased lights and LED grids and all kinds of other things like that.
- Editing/Sound Editing. I do all the editing myself, at my home. I taught myself Premiere just to make videos. I suck at sound, which I’m sure you can tell. I try to fix it myself. I’ve purchased multiple microphones, soundproofing gear, etc.
- Writing/Posting. The documentary I’m making is so far around 25 individual documents, with timelines and details. It is a massive effort that I am taking on myself. Believe it or not, changing thumbnails to be the right sizes for various platforms, posting videos, writing descriptions and hashtags, following up on comments and all that is work.
As I am a Chief Technology Officer here in China, I don’t have much free time to do anything else. Indeed, I work all day and night nearly every day and night. Have you noticed my eyes are always black? I rarely sleep. I have been relatively successful in my life, but that’s no reason to continue to lose money by making these videos. So, if you’d like to support the effort, please do.
Many people write me asking how they can help. There are many things needed, so there is a way to help no matter who you are. If you have money, you can support financially. If you have time, you can help that way too. If you have not much of anything, you can still support the cause!
Support with Money
- Contribute monthly on SubscribeStar
- Contribute monthly on Patreon
- Buy my book, “Scythe Tleppo“
- Buy ExpressVPN using this affiliate link
- Purchase t-shirts and other merchandise from my teespring store
- Send money directly via PayPal
- Send money directly via Wechat:
Support without Money
- Share my videos on all social media platforms
- Share my videos with your friends and family
- Get people talking about the videos
- Make your own videos discussing similar topics
- If you have my book, give it to someone else
- If you have read my book, leave a review on Amazon
- If you have my t-shirts, post some photos of you wearing them!
- Go out and tell someone it’s OK to love China
Participate Directly (Documentary)
- I am looking for help finding high resolution videos and images from China, surrounding major events from 1513 to 1978. As I am already losing money and time to make this documentary, I will strongly prefer not to pay for footage.
- I am looking for authentic music from anywhere in China, from the same time period.
Participate Directly (Videos)
- I am looking for After Effects artist for logo, intro, other graphics work
- I am looking for cameramen in Beijing
Participate in Other Ways
- I am looking for a WordPress person to make this website look pretty
- I am looking for a T-shirt designer to help make better products
- I am looking for a logo designer/brand designer to make a cohesive visual experience
Have Another Way to Help?
- If you have another way to help, please let me know!