The Last of the Film Billboard Painters 碩果僅存的手繪電影看板師傅 In Tainan, an artist is trying to maintain the tradition of painted movie billboards.
For many years, especially during the heyday of kung-fu movies, Taiwan had a tradition of hiring artists to paint billboards by hand. Today, painted posters have fallen by the wayside as most movie posters are now made with expensive computer printers. In Taiwan, 66-year-old Yan Jhen-Fa is the last movie billboard artist still working today.
Yan’s studio is outside of the Chin Men(Chuan Mei) Theater in Tainan. Although he’s never met a film star, he’s painted thousands of them. Yan uses his brush to bring out all of the details in the star actors’ faces. He often uses bright colors to catch people’s attention. It usually takes him two to three days to finish one billboard. When he’s finished, Yan pulls a rope to lift his painting into place above the movie theater.
Many people are afraid that technology will soon put an end to the hand-painted posters. To make sure this style of art lives on, Yan has started a school. In each class, he teaches students his painting techniques and skills. Hopefully, his students will become future masters and keep this beautiful tradition alive.
1. billboard n. 廣告看板，告示牌
The eye-catching billboard was taken down because it was causing traffic accidents.
2. maintain vt. 維持，保持
In order to maintain her figure, Beth goes to the gym three times a week.
3. fall by the wayside （某物）被擱置／停止使用；（某人）半途而廢
It was a good idea, but the project just fell by the wayside.
4. bring out sth / bring sth out 使某物變得明顯，帶出某物
The sauce really brings out the flavor of the meat.
5. detail n. 細微之處，細節
Michael knows every detail of his wife’s lovely face.
6. put an end to... 結束／完結……
The meeting was out of control, and the chairman had to put an end to it.
7. live on 繼續存在
The memories of our loved ones will live on even after they have passed away.
8. hopefully adv. 希望，但願
Now that you are moving out, hopefully you can become more independent.
字尾為 day 的相關字彙
本文中的 heyday 為名詞，表「全盛時期，鼎盛時期」，相關用法為 in sb’s / sth’s heyday，表「某人／某事物的全盛時期」。另外，還有一個以 day 結尾的名詞為 Mayday（也作 mayday），大家一聽到這個字可能會先想到搖滾天團五月天（MayDay），但它其實是「（船隻、飛機發出的）無線電求救訊號」。例： In their heyday, they sold as many records as all the other rock bands in the country put together.
Rose raced to pick up the life jackets while Jack sent out a Mayday call.