Project Agriculture: Production Plan

**For proposal with images, please view on Google Docs:

  1. Storyboard

2. Shot list

3. Audio list

Sounds recorded will be edited in Reaper and Audicity. Sounds will be recorded by the following eqiupment: shotgun mic attached to Tascam with Auray windshield. In case we will use an English translation it will be recorded by the Blue Yeti in the podcasting room.  

4. Equipment

Microphones: we want to record sound at the farm, and IMA mics will allow us to capture high quality sound (Tascam + Shotgun Mic +Auray Windshield + Extra Batteries)(IMA borrow)

Handheld camera and batteries: Dylan has a camera that can shoot in 4K, but in the event he isn’t able to make it (and just for backup), we want to borrow the IT’s Panasonic VX980(ATS borrow) for 4K video recording to help us capture footage that doesn’t need the drone, ex. Interviews with farm workers/owners

Tripods(ATS borrow): stabilize interview video footage (2 items)

Laptop, ex. Macbook Pro 15 inch: this will allow us verify we have captured the necessary footage for our video

Multiple SD cards: we will be very far from Pudong, and we need to make sure we have enough memory for video and audio storage for all the devices

Hard Drive

USB-C to SD card Adapter

Drone: most of our footage of the farm will be shot with the drone

Power bank: drone needs to be in power when we need it. We’ll be using the drone for most of the morning, so we need multiple batteries so we won’t run out of power in the middle of shooting.

Umbrellas: just in case


5.  Risk assessment

Since we are filming on a farm, we will have to be aware of the farm animals because they may react erratically to the drone. In addition, finding a cleared area for take-off and landing may be difficult. We are working with a farmer which will make it easier to find this space. Overall, the landscape will not provide many obstacles for farming because there are not many buildings, power lines, etc. Still, while it is very flat, farmland has its own challenges as we will want to avoid crushing plants or crash landing in a canal.

Currently, one of our concerns is weather, as this weekend (when we want to shoot) is supposed to be cloudy with a chance of rain. This could greatly interfere with our plans for filming aerial shots.

Animals on the farm; we will have to be aware of these animals while we are flying to make sure we don’t hit them or scare them too much,.

Houses and power lines near the farm we will visit. As you can see, overall, it is very easy to avoid hitting these structures (and also avoid trees) because we can easily fly over them and there are no obstacles over the fields themselves. Filming inside their greenhouse farms will be done with a handheld camera, so there are no flying risks. However, finding a flat area to land may be more difficult because we won’t want to land in the fields where plants are growing or in the nearby canals where water is running. Roads are perhaps the easiest place to takeoff, but we would have to be very aware


6. Detailed production milestones through Dec 11 final cut


11/28-11/30 background research on wechat stores and the farm we are working with.

Dylan is currently in contact with the farm via wechat

Questions we will ask the farmer (asking some through wechat, and we may end up filming responses later)

  1. How long have you been farming? / 你是什么时候开始学农业的?你已经耕种了多久?
  2. How did you start farming?/你是怎么开始种田?
  3. When did you start using wechat to sell your products?/你是什么时候开始用微信卖你们重的东西?
  4. Why do you use wechat?/你们为什么用微信?
  5. How has wechat changed the way you sell food?/微信如何改变你销售食物的方式?
  6. Has wechat helped your business develop? Why or why not?/微信有没有帮你多发展你的田地和公司?为什么?
  7. Do you mainly use wechat to sell products or do you sell in person? / 你主要使用微信推销你的产品还是你亲自出售?
  8. Who are your main customers?/你们通常是卖给谁(别的公司,
  9. How often do you come to Shanghai?/你是平时来上海的吗?
  10. What’s your favorite part of your job?/关于种田和卖你们中的东西,你最喜欢什么方面?




  1. 你们那边的农田是哪一年开门的?
  2. 然后,你们农田是你跟你家人一起的吗?还是你跟另外一个商人什么的


Research on wechat stores:


12/1 filming on the farm

We want to film all of the shots on our shot list. Since the farm is very far away (2+hrs), we really don’t want to have to go back, so we will also try to get more shots than we need and shoot from a variety of angles. We also want to capture sounds on the farm, whether from animals, farm machinery, or the people. We will be shooting in the morning, which is very good since they are busy in the mornings. In the afternoon, when the workers are less busy, we will have more time to capture interviews using the handheld video camera.

12/2-12/3 editing video

After filming on Friday, the weekend will be dedicated to piecing together the film we captured from both the drone and the video camera and making sure our story comes through. We will also add voiceovers and music to make it more cinematic.

12/4 rough cut due

We should be done with editing by this point, so we will submit what we have.

12/5-9 improving our video

Since our main editor, Kacper will be out of town on 12/2 and 12/3. We will use the weekdays to improve our rough cut and make it more smooth and cinematic. Once we have a better film, we will also improve the corresponding audio.

12/10 filming pt. 2, if needed

Many of our members don’t have time to film a second time, so we really want to get all the film done by 12/1. However, if absolutely necessary, we may be able to get one or two people out to the farm to capture additional footage. In addition, we may just want to capture footage on related to the wechat store which would not require going out to the farm.

12/12 final cut due!

Chongming Island: Where the Grass is Greener

Chongming Island: Where the Grass is Greener
Once upon a time…there was an island called Chongming Island. As the third largest island in China, it was home to a large population of farmers. But they were not the only residents on the island. The large wetlands at the southern portion of the island were a perfect landing spot for migratory birds.
And every day…the farmers and birds lived in harmony with one another. While occasional skirmishes were unavoidable, for the most part, the two species coexisted without any difficulties.
Until one day…the country started large-scale developments in Shanghai, only an hour away from the island. In only a few years, Pudong went from farmland to bustling metropolis.
And because of this…people in real estate and construction began scouring nearby areas ripe for development.
And then…Chongming Island caught their eye. To developers, Chongming Island was the ideal location for rich Shanghainese people to buy vacation homes. Serious plans were made to pitch housing developments.
Until finally…the government declared parts of the island as protected land. Furthermore, they declared Changing Island would only be developed if it could be done in a sustainable way.
And ever since then…Chongming Island has become an area where locals can continue farming, birds can safely land, and tourists can enjoy natural wetlands.
The most important source of research will come from the interviews with people in Chongming Island. Early location scouting is required for us to understand what story is really going on the island, because it is unlikely there will be many other sources besides oral history about the aspect of Chongming Island’s naturalness and why it’s still there. Perspectives of farmers, tourists, and other people involved with the island are essential, and we will see how they tie together. Preliminary research will be helpful before interviewing the people and potentially finding someone who can help us translate Mandarin. Background research, either on the internet or in the NYU library, includes gaining better knowledge of the island and the wetland park. Research topics include:
How long have people farmed in Chongming?
Why did the government choose to develop this island sustainably?
When was the wetland park created? When did it become a national wetland park? Why did the government choose to do this? Are there other wetland parks? If so, where? If not, why not?
Were there any environmental groups involved in the creation of the park or in encouraging sustainable development, if so who?
Which birds have been found on Chongming?
Why is it important to provide birds with this specific migratory area?
Why are birds important to the local ecosystem?
How long has Chongming Island been a tourist area?
Why did the island develop as a tourist area?
Before urban development, how did farmers and birds coexist?

Proposed Dates:
11/24-11/25/17: Scouting out Chongming Island, figure out where is a nice, safe to film
11/29/17: Interviews (without drone)
12/1/17: Flying!

Dylan: planning and logistics, interview coordination, sound design, flying
Persis: research, interviews, flying
Valerie: research, flying, editing

Proposal #2: The Contradicting Construction Project: Expo Culture Park

I would like to propose an expository story on the current and future situation of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 site. Shanghai’s desire to attract visitors with grandiose structures can easily be seen with the World Expo 2010 pavilions and remodeling the Oriental Crown (China pavilion) into one of the largest art museums in Asia. Now, Shanghai is in progress to make one of its largest downtown parks in Pudong at the former China Expo site.

As of now, the park’s opening date has not been released yet. Different construction projects can be seen all around Pudong, and this new one has a plan to add a green highlight to Shanghai’s Huangpu riverside. Though not as constant and heavy as Beijing, Shanghai has had its own troubles with pollution levels. According to the Shanghai Daily, the new park, set to be called the Expo Culture Park, will largely consist of the planned Shanghai Opera House and conservatory garden, and “outdoor forest and grassland theaters will be built around the opera house to create an iconic cultural site along the river.” In addition, there will be large recycling theme to the park like “twin hills” made of recycled waste and a water recycling system to accumulate and purify rains and flood water. A large volunteering team is setting up 18,000 trees to span an area of 76,000 square meters, a project designed to “become the best sightseeing spot during spring and autumn,” says Shanghai Daily. A large team means more access to thoughts and opinions about the park construction.

If only given these news, Pudong residents would probably support this construction project. Though in addition to this changes of the World Expo site, the construction team is also planning to redesign and remodel the pavilions of Italy, France, Russia, and Luxembourg to preserve their culture legacy. China has a streak of creating grand structures with high hopes to attract people to the sites but quickly losing the interest of people after the opening of such sites. Shanghai’s efforts to preserve the pavilions is unsure to become another example of such.

I want to interview the people on the construction team or resident volunteers to hear their thoughts on helping build a quite pricey recycling land. I hope to also find residents not involved in the building process and hear their opinion about the park and the remodeling of the pavilions. How attached were they to the discontinued pavilions? Do they appreciate having such an extravagant park built for green purposes?

The park will extend 1.88 kilometers by the riverside, and I can use the unmanned drone to capture just how long the length will stretch. The park is quite near a no-fly zone border, so technically, I will not put lives in danger, but there is no guarantee filming will not be interrupted. For research, I will look into the past of this particular piece of land. I will use the Internet as well as oral history from residents with memories about the riverside to show what multiple purposes the riverside had. There may also be past research about the land in any construction plans for the Shanghai Expo 2010, so I can add that information to the history of the area.


UAS: Proposal #1 People’s Park

My location of interest is People’s Park in Puxi, Shanghai, because I am interested in the story of retired Chinese people. I lived by the park for a week while battling jet lag, so I have seen that, without fail, a groups of elderlies in the park when the park opens at 5 A.M., sometimes even 4 A.M. when the park management decides to open the gates earlier.


A potential problem for the elder early-risers is with the retired population soon to double in China. Parks all over Shanghai will see an increase in entry of elder residents, changing from murmuring morning gatherings to bustling and noisy hangouts at dawn of every day. A noticeable change in park population will not happen at least for another decade. In Shanghai, people over 60 years old make up 21.6% of the population, and the estimate for 2035 is that one in five Chinese will 65 or older. I think documenting the current activity and population of People’s Park will make a nice record of the point before the elder population grows drastically. An aerial perspective can show how much of the park has activity from the opening each day.


I believe the satellite image shows that using drones in the park area largely legal and feasible. I say largely because the amount of trees will make keeping line of sight on the drone a harder task. Also, I cannot predict where people will be in the park, and flying over groups of people is not allowed.