Rough Cut Post

Rough cut video:


The shots shooted by drone doesn’t strictly follow the shot list because of the footage is much more intersting than we thought. The time for the interviews and documentary footages are still the same.

Narrative of Reflections / Adjustments:

During this week, we’ve finished our first flight as well the first interview. We have come up with a rough cut. Since our researches (documentary films and museums) will be based on our interviews and act as a supplement, we are now reflecting on how our research will play a role in the project. During our interview, Mr Sun talked a lot of his detailed memories in SanWanYiNong area. He introduced specific people of the place: where they are original from; what kind of work they do; how their houses look like; how they lived their life… based on all these detailed information, we’ll find out corresponding pictures and videos from our documentary film, and edit them into our project. Also, we are starting our second interview (will happen on Wednesday night).

List of reshoots / Additional shots for next flight: 

For our storyboard, we can now add more details to it since the interviews and documentary sources are done. We will decide the pace and portions of the interview, as well how the sources will support the interview. The storyboard will be revised in these days.

The additional shots include the beginning of the shot1 – shot3 and the shot that the drone flying through the buildings. We also need to get more footages from the researches we’ve done as well.

We need some instructions on flying because the tall buildings are blocking the GPS signals.

Shanghai’s Xujiahui

Since its establishment in 1847 by French Jesuits, the Xujiahui Library (also known as Bibliotheca Zi-ka-wei) has stayed intact despite the fall of the last dynasty, wars both world and civil, and political and economic reforms and upheavals (King). It stood as the first public library in Shanghai – and the first public library in modern Chinese history – as well as a historical location for many important events that influenced the flourish of Catholicism in China. Following its founding in 1847, it became a repository of scholarly knowledge and at its peak housed over 200,000 different volumes. It was also known for its writings in Chinese and European languages of missions in China and abroad. Standing across from the library sit the both St. Ignatius Cathedral and the Xujiahui Observatory. Founded in 1872, the Xujiahui Observatory was one of the world’s foremost observatories for the continuous long-term evaluation and collection of climatological data. It also produced the first weather chart of East Asia in 1895, and became a hub for meteorological, astronomical, geomagnetic and marine research. The St. Ignatius Cathedral was originally constructed in 1851, and then reconstructed and enlarged between 1906 and 1910 by English architect William Doyle. It was known as the great cathedral of the far East, and could house almost three thousand worshipers at once.

I propose an expository documentary that takes on the role of decoding the lasting survival of these monuments, and that investigates their historical significance – as well as the role of other landmarks and relics of Xujiahui – as a part of a diasporic settlement that was mediated by the Jesuits and that served the role of a “cultural and geographical crossroads between the East and West” in Shanghai (King). This documentary could thus take on many different scopes. One of those would be the architectural history of these sites, as well as the specific events, people, and stories that are tied to their founding. Some of those people might include Xuguangqi (1562-1633), one of the most important early Chinese Catholics closely associated with Matteo Ricci (1552–1610), the founder of the Jesuit China mission. This documentary could also investigate their role as a hub for mediation of culture and knowledge by the Jesuits themselves. What role did they play and what role do these institutions still play? Because of the complexities of this story, the scope of the documentary will largely depend on the interests and willingness to participate of our subjects. Possible subjects for the documentary include:

Joanna Waley-Cohen, the Provost for NYU Shanghai. Her research interests include early modern Chinese history; China and the West; and Chinese imperial culture, especially in the Qianlong era.

Francesca Tarocco, visiting Associate Professor of Buddhist Cultures at NYU Shanghai. Tarocco’s research interests are in the cultural history of China, Chinese Buddhism, visual culture and urban Asia.

Davide Cucino, Chairman of Italy Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Fincantieri China since January 2017, who graduated from Venice Ca’Foscari University in Oriental Studies, and studied Chinese History at Beijing University.

Lena Scheen, Assistant Professor of Global China Studies at NYU Shanghai. Scheen is a member of the Urban Knowledge Network of Asia (UKNA). Scheen’s research explores the social and cultural impact of China’s fast urbanization, focusing on Shanghai.

King, Gail. “The Xujiahui (Zikawei) Library of Shanghai.” Libraries & Culture, vol. 32, no. 4, 1997, pp. 456–469. JSTOR

Hanbury-Tenison, William, and Anthony E. Clark. “Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1932–35).” The Memoirs of Jin Luxian: Volume One: Learning and Relearning, 1916-1982, Hong Kong University Press, 2012, pp. 37–42. JSTOR,

Golvers, N. “Old Provenances of the Western Books in the Former (And Current) Xujiahui (Zikawei)-Library, Shanghai.” Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal, vol. 36, Sept. 2014, pp. 25-42. EBSCOhost

Liu, Yu. “The Complexities of a New Faith: Xu Guangqi’s Acceptance of Christianity.” Journal of Religious History, vol. 37, no. 2, June 2013, pp. 228-244.

Titangos, Hui-Lan H.1, “Xujiahui Library: A Cultural Crossroads between East and West.” Chinese Librarianship, no. 41, June 2016, pp. 1-19. EBSCOhost

Xujiahui Cathedral

Xujiahui Observatory

Xujiahui Library

Map of Xujiahui — just southwest of the Library lies the cathedral, and just East of the cathedral is the hall of XuGuangQi. Possible flying concerns are the willingness of the people who run/own/operate these buildings to participate. The neighborhood sits just outside of the airport regulated no-fly-zone.

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!

Production Plan – From Shanty Town to Modern Block

This is the production plan for our documentary project.

Group Members:

Emma Tao, Bruce Luo, Jerry Wang

The storyboard:


The Time Table and Division of Labour:

The Shot List:

Risk Assessment:

  • The blocks are rather tall. We visited the neighborhood last Friday and found out that that there are approximately 30 floors in each block, so that each block may be over 100 meters, meanwhile, the blocks are super dense, so we are afraid that the signals of the drones might be blocked. Also, we don’t want to go over the 120-meter limit, so it might be possible that we cannot fly drones to get a whole view of the blocks.
  • When it comes to interviews, some of our shootings are low and the drone will keep tracing people. However, we notice that there are many cats in this neighborhood, we don’t want cats to destroy our drone (very serious disaster!), so we might have to ask one member to watch over these cats.
  • There are quite a few trees in the neighborhood. The tall trees might block our sights to the drones and lose it. Also, the Suzhou River goes straight across the neighborhood. The river is wide, so we don’t want our drones to be out of battery, and fall into the river… (oh my god!) To prevent these potential risk, we’ll have to choose the right place for flying carefully.


We had our first visit to the neighborhood, and have decided which places we are going to shoot.(both drone and camera).

We choose the scenes on the rule that they show the unique qualities of the neighborhood —— “huge” and “long historical standing”.


The bushes puzzle:

(the center of the first community, which would look great if we use drones to have a bird-eye view)

The round pond:

(the center of the second community, also looks in good order and would be great if we use drones)

The leisure center:

(the very important place where many residents gather to relax)

An ait:

(the place we love most, the Suzhou river goes right across it, which means some kind of historical significance)

The buildings that surround the ait:

and of course, buildings:

Team Charter for From Shanty Town to Modern Block

Working Title

From Shanty Town to Modern Block


Group Member

Bruce Luo, Emma Tao,  Jerry Wang


Research Plan



“我的潭子湾小学” (My Tanzi Bay Primary School)

Produced in 1999, the documentary focused on more than one thousand primary school students of the Tanzi Bay primary school. Along with the Tanzi Bay being removed and ten thousand families of the Bay looking for their new homes, these primary school students changed to other schools. While getting apart with friends and teachers, they were also looking forward to new life.

The documentary is very well produced, full of historical videos and audios. We will refer basically two things from it: First, the narrative way of telling a story, following timeline order. Second, many historical pictures of the Tanzi Bay in 1980s and 1990s, which we will choose and use part of them in our documentary as historical source.

Online Course:


We decide to do the interview during the Thanksgiving vacation, and we will interview two people.(We’ve got in touch with them already, and they are very willing to help us! )

The first interviewee is Mr. Sun(Emma’s relative), aged 86, who is a former resident of the shanty towns in “Three Bay and One Lane”(from 1950s till 1980s). He was one of the generation who suffered the world war, culture revolution, and witnessed the huge development after open up.We want to talk with him and recall some old memories of the life living in this shanty town. If possible, we would do the interview in the new neighborhood, so as to create the atmosphere of comparison.

The second interviewee is Mrs.Sun, daughter of Mr.Sun, aged 44. She lived her childhood in the Shanty Town from birth to age 13, and moved to a newer neighborhood in 1982 with her family. She is one of the generation, who studied and worked hard, dreaming of getting out of the shanty town and living in modern houses. We want to talk with her about the removal process happened in the neighborhood during 1980s to 2000s. If possible, we also want to do the interview in the new neighborhood.

Dates to Completion

Week10. Research done, Field trip, Shooting plan, Interview plan, Agenda and storyboard

Week11. Shooting footage of the scene and interview, Rough cut, Audio editing

Week12. Editing of the video

Week13. Editing of the video & preview


Proposed Flight Dates

Dec. 1 (Friday)

Dec. 8 (Friday)




All three

Storyboard & narration

Emma & Jerry



Video Editing


Audio Recording & Editing





Emma – Interview


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

Sihang Warehouse


Team Charter–Sihang Warehouse(四行仓库)


Group member: Sofia, Kate, Franklin, Bill


Title: Discovering How The Shanghainese Remember their Postcolonial Past




  • Overall Sequence: Landscape of Shanghai with images of some historical buildings built in the colonial period(historical images of the warehouse in the movie will also be included). Then, a montage switches the scene to the present image of the warehouse. After we introduce the warehouse, we go into the site and start our interview with flashbacks of the scenes we shot of the warehouse. We will end this film in a dramatic way, but the brainstorming is still in process, because it will essentially wrap up the whole film.
  • Background Story: During World War II, Sihang warehouse in Shanghai was used as a fortress by the Chinese Army to defend Japanese intrusion. 400 Chinese soldiers were garrisoned in this building, which was the last troop to retreat in the battle of Shanghai Defence. The remains of the bullet holes and the old view of it can still be seen. We will discuss the story about how a heroic girl passed the national flag to the commander of the troop. This is where we will discuss the female role in this epic defense as a key component of the battle and the site.
  • Introduction of the site: It has six storage rooms, and is made out of steel reinforced concrete. It covers the area of 0.3 hectares and it was established in 1931, recruited by Continental bank, Kincheng bank, China South Sea bank and The Yieh Yien(salt industry) Commercial Bank. Si means four, and hang means banks, so Sihang warehouse literally means the warehouse for these four banks.
  • Shooting Difficulties: We might not reach the top of the building and we are planning to shoot a scene about the river nearby, but for the most part those would be the difficulties faced.
  • Scenes Involved: a scene of the river, a scene of M50, a scene of some other buildings nearby(haven’t decided), a panning shot inside the warehouse, and inside approaching the shots from different angles i.e corners of the museum. Also, a shot of the Jinyuan Road and probably the Jinyuan Middle school, where the two independent interviews will be held.


Length: 8-10 minutes in total, documentary style with archived films and our original footage that we film. Interviews of the historical background will take up about 5 mins, archived films will be less than one minute and will overlap with the interview in some instances. We are planning to film about 20-30 minutes of drone footage and then pick the most powerful shots.




Site Date Content
NYU Shanghai Friday, Nov. 24 Shoot the interview in school
Sihang Warehouse Saturday, Nov. 25 Shoot outside
Sihang Warehouse Thursday, Nov. 30 Shoot outside
NYU Shanghai Friday, December 1 Another interview if needed


Detailed Research Plan:


  1. Warm up: Watch the film Eight Hundred Heroes and discuss together.
  2. Detailed plan: books, academic journals, articles on the internet related to the warehouse, on-site observations, and a visit to the museum to learn about its history.
  3. Interview: some professors at NYU Shanghai focused on urban change and Sino-Japanese War history, some staff at the museum – they will provide us with a wide range of different perspectives.
  4. Wrap-up: a group discussion will be conducted to select materials which can fit in the general synopsis of our documentary.


Distribution of Tasks:


  1. shooting(drone), watchman: Bill , Kate
  2. shooting inside the building: Sofia
  3. interview (in the scene): Franklin
  4. editing the film: Bill, Kate
  5. contacting professors and the museum: Bill
  6. sound engineer(recording, mixing or editing): Sofia
  7. Research: Franklin, Bill


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

Pitch3: From Shanty Town to Modern Block | Bruce,Emma,Jerry

Working Title:

From Shanty Town to Modern Block


Group Member:

Bruce Luo, Emma Tao, Jerry Wang


Research Plan:

1. Source:

  •  Documentary:

我的潭子湾小学” (My Tanzi Bay Primary School)


Produced in 1999, this documentary focused on more than one thousand primary school students of the Tanzi Bay primary school. Along with the Tanzi Bay being removed and ten thousand families of the Bay looking for their new homes, these primary school students changed to other schools. While getting apart with friends and teachers, they were also looking forward to new life.

The documentary is very well produced, full of historical videos and audios. We will refer basically two things from it: First, the narrative way of telling a story, following timeline order. Second, historical pictures of the Tanzi Bay in 1980s and 1990s will be referenced, and we will choose part of them, combine creatively in our documentary as historical source.


  • Online library:


We found this online library constructed by Shanghai Educational Audio Press. This website introduces the shanty towns of Shanghai systematically. It covers the formation of shanty towns; social structure of Shanghai at that time; the expansion of the area; inside structure and life of residents. This online library will help us with the voiceover, especially introduction part.

2. Interview

We decide to do the interview during the Thanksgiving vacation, and we will interview two people.(We’ve got in touch with them already, and they are very willing to help us! )

The first interviewee is Mr. Sun(Emma’s relative), aged 86, who is a former resident of the shanty towns in “Three Bay and One Lane”(from 1950s till 1980s). He was one of the generation who suffered the world war, culture revolution, and witnessed the huge development after open up.We want to talk with him and recall some old memories of the life living in this shanty town. If possible, we would do the interview in the new neighborhood, so as to create the atmosphere of comparison.

The second interviewee is Mrs.Sun, daughter of Mr.Sun, aged 44. She lived her childhood in the Shanty Town from birth to age 13, and moved to a newer neighborhood in 1982 with her family. She is one of the generation, who studied and worked hard, dreaming of getting out of the shanty town and living in modern houses. We want to talk with her about the removal process happened in the neighborhood during 1980s to 2000s. If possible, we also want to do the interview in the new neighborhood.


Specific dates to completion:

  • November 20-22:

1.We three will visit the neighborhood together(maybe with drone), and do the first filming(broad).

2.We will come up the risk assessment, detailed production plan, and make clear the shot list we want. After that, Emma will come up with a rough but complete storyboard.

  • November 23-24(Thanksgiving):

After we get back, we will furnish the shot list, and add details to the storyboard.

  • November 25-27:

Emma will finish the complete storyboard

  • November 28-30:

Bruce and Jerry will start the rough cut.

  • December 1 or 2(maybe both):

We three will visit the neighborhood again(with drone), and finish all the detailed shootings.

Also, Emma will lead the interview with two interviewees in the neighborhood.

  • December 2-4:

Bruce and Jerry will finish the rough cut.

  • December 5-12:

Final cut 


Proposed Flight Dates

Nov.23 (Friday)  Dec. 1(Friday) (and/or Nov.30)



(The name after the role are the chief executors, however, others will also help. We want to discuss and solve problems together, keep in contact! )

Storyboard: Emma

Photographing(drone): Bruce

Video Editing: Bruce&Jerry

Voiceover: Jerry

Interview:  Emma 

Week 2:Proposal 2 The Price of Looking Good

 The story will be of the Shanghai Expo and how it went from the 2010 exhibition center, stage for the future. Each building was carefully designed by each country to represent their identity and position in the world. After the exhibition was over the largely became deserted. The Mercedez Benz Center is still used for concerts and there is a large decadent shopping mall, but it’s deserted. The China pavillion is now a museum and there is a pretty big art modern art museum nearby, but being in Southern Pudong few people bother to venture out that far. I am interested in telling the story of how the Shanghai Exhibition Area went from the main destination in China to a deserted area with monstrous buildings. The difference in atmosphere between now and then and how people interacted with the space. I think these places are interesting because of the scale of the event it was covered on all sorts of media, like the Olympics countries spend a fortune on these theme park like areas just to host millions of visitors for a few days. It is also interesting for its historical significance as this was a time when many people were still getting to know China. The slogan for the event was Better City Better Life and the construction and desertion of this area surrounded by residential areas begs the question what did it bring to the people?

I think the significance in this lies in that it was one of the major events of the 21st century after the re-opening of China in the late 20th century. Much of Shanghai had yet to be developed yet they had built the bund and these giant arenas for the event. It really set the stage for how the world saw China coming in to the century of technology.

I think one of the interesting things is few people know that a lot of people still don’t know that Shanghai held this in 2010. I was here right before the event and I remember people in Shanghai and Beijing talking about how they were taking all these measures to clean up the two cities for these big events. I am also onterested because this big area was probably built with the sacrifice of living space, and it was used well before, but is no longer attracting millions of people. I would like to know more about how the locals and possibly displaced people feel about this. Since I know from other classes many of the people who were told to leave their residences to build the metroplitan area amd skyline have yet to see any benefits for them in this development.

I think this story will be more documentary style since I know a lottle about the history and want to talk about how the use of the space has changed, and what happened to the people there. My resources for this will be books and articles mainly, but I also hope to find photos or photage of the event and pre event of the area. If I can I would also like to find someone to interview that was at the exhibition to talk about how everything was set up and how it felt. And then someone who was there even before that was there. I think it’s important because it says a lot about how much countries are willing to pay to keep up their image. Although the Shanghai Expo center and Beijing Olympic arenas aren’t nearly as deserted as most.