Group Charter for “I Choose to Drive – Traffic-jammed in Shanghai” Sara and Kacper (Moskowitz)

Group members:

Kacper Krasowiak and Sara Bruszt


I Choose to Drive – Traffic-jammed in Shanghai


There is a big traffic problem in Shanghai. It leads to a range of problems, including long travel times and worsening air pollution. The city’s government is actively trying to tackle the problem: 1) more, multi-level highways are being built, 2) metro network is being constantly developed or 3) recently Mobike and Ofo were introduced. These are all reasonable solutions and they were bringing short-term relieves to the transportation system. However, in long-term the traffic is becoming heavier and heavier. Hence, we pose a question what is the reason making people choose to drive. Is it economy, culture or just personal preferences? Are any of those reasons typical for the Chinese nation?


Part of our documentary will be stories of a local mother and a taxi driver. From our preliminary research, we suspect that in their stories they will primarily focus on demographical, economic and cultural arguments explaining why traffic keeps on getting heavier despite the numerous solutions. As soon as we narrow those three categories to specific topics we plan to do one more interview with Dan Guttman who is a professor at New York University Shanghai. He has a strong expertise on China and its society and developed courses in public interest law, environmental science and management. The presented stories, facts and observations are going to be in the core of the documentary.


        The final product will be an about five-minutes long video. In terms of visuals we plan to include a series of aerial shots of the carefully selected spots in Shanghai along with ground shots of the city and the interviewees. In addition, we want to include the narrative which would talk the viewers through the video and present statistical data.

The documentary will be done in an expository style as we think it will be the most effective in terms of showing a full image of the situation.

Detailed research plan — sources & interviews:

Content of the documentary

We have done a preliminary research on why the governmental solutions to the traffic problem do not work. We suppose they have either demographical, economic or cultural origin. Hence, we will build up on that and formulate questions for our interviews. We believe that the talks to the local mother and a taxi driver will clarify what aspects out of those three selected areas are detrimental to the traffic problem. Later, we want to explore the discovered pinpoints with a professor from our school, Dan Guttman. We know his knowledge and expertise will add much merit value to our documentary. On the top of it, we will definitely use our library’s resources and sources from the Internet.

Video shooting

        For the aerial shooting we want to research the traffic in Shanghai and for it we will use the resources of National Bureau of Statistics of China. We hope it will help us locate the place and the time of most congested areas in Shanghai. It will help us increase our shooting efficiency and powerfulness of our shoots.

Specific dates to completion by Dec 4th:

Due Task
November 26th Interviews
December 1st Online data research, complete storyboarding and aerial shots
December 3rd Narration, translations and subtitles
December 4th Rough Cut Ready

Proposed flight dates (any of these, 1 or 2):

1 Nov.  28th, Tuesday, 8am-11am
2 Nov. 30th, Thursday- any time after 3:30pm
3 Dec 1st, Firday

Detailed roles of each person:

Sara Kacper Together External help
Planning the interviews and the shots by writing potential interview questions and storyboarding

Script writing for the movie Voice recording interviews and recording the voice actor’s narration

Online/library research, video recording the interviews, post-production video editing Aerial shots Chinese speaker to facilitate our interviews with taxi drivers

Ask a voice actor to narrate

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