Final Drone Video Project—-Backside of Shanghai Disney

for the final project, we went to Shanghai Disneyland for three times to shoot footage. For the first time, The park was not even open yet and we just wandered around the park and found a village near the park, so we decided to interview some residents, asking about their lives and opinions towards Disneyland.

The second time we got the chance to enter the park. However, we were not allowed to fly the drone above the inside of the park. Thus we only interviewed some visitors and some disney workers. People were basically very excited about the opening of the park and curious about this famous wonderland.

The third time we finally got the chance to fly the drone, even just around the village, but we could still got some senses of the environment in the neighbourhood. The residents were very sincere and gave their objective opinion about the influence of the  construction of Disney. Most people don’t complain that much about it and some even happy about it for the better transportation and roads. The only complain we got is the noise and the dust of the construction.

In this whole project, I was in charge of editing of the latter part, as well as adding subtitle. Also I got the chance to fly the drone for the third time we went to Disneyland.

Here is the outcome:

Final Cut

The file size is too huge, so I cannot upload it on IMA website. Here is the link on Youtube to show you our final project.

First of all, thanks to Professor Ben’s help and patience, we were able to get many drone footages from JinYang Road. At the very beginning, our project was named as “business and night life”, and there are four people in our group. But because of  unfortunate lost of the drone, only Kyle and I are still working as a group. We didn’t have any footages, also, for two people, it is hard to finish all the things we have planned before. Our process was behind all the groups. Then we began to think about a totally new idea which is to make a video about street food, and the camera will follow the interviewer to see how tasty is the food and the daily life of those people.

Because there are only two people in the group, both of us needed to do a lot of work, play different roles. Because I am native speaker, I also am in charge of talking/ interviewing those  street food people. I have to say, it is very interesting and very good memory to go out doing interview. Some people are pretty shy during the process, some people do not like us because of the camera and the devices because they are afraid that we are from CCTV or other television, which will call urban management people to clean their things. We got more than 10GB footages, and so many voice materials, the biggest challenge is that how to mix them in a very short video. Also, we tried to get a balance between Humor and Meaningful. At the end of editing, we played our video many times to check if we have any “bugs”, the interesting thing is that every time, we would find NEW bugs like the sound is not matching to people’s mouth… to make it more perfect, we have revised it several times until we think it is cool enough.

drone dance

a little code for a little drone dance:

var arDrone = require(‘ar-drone’);
var client = arDrone.createClient();


.after(5000, function() {
.after(3000, function() {
this.animate(‘flipLeft’, 15);
.after(3000, function() {
this.animate(‘vzDance’, 15);
.after(3000, function() {
this.animate(‘wave’, 15);
.after(5000, function() {
.after(3000, function() {
this.animate(‘phiDance’, 15);
.after(3000, function() {
this.animate(‘flipBehind’, 15);
.after(5000, function() {
.after(1000, function() {

UAS Makeup Project


For this makeup project I documented one morning in Shanghai through my eyes. I filmed around the bund area and tried to capture as much of the vibe as possible.

The plan of my project

Here is my plan:

-working title of the project

Welcome to ECNU Library

-team members

Joan and LiuLu

-synopsis (you can draw from your seven line stories for this)

There are two regional of ECNU Library in ZhongBei campus. One is old, another is new. We can enter the campus through the north gate. We could come across the old one. It was built in early 60 ‘s. Now it is used to storage the incipient published books and journals. If the drone flies toward the south, we could see the new one. It has ten floors. The opening floors are from the first floor to the fifth floor. If it is allowed to shoot in the library by ipad, we could film the different area in the library. In the first floor, we could film the information desk which offers help to teachers and students, the Apple computer zone which help students to learn MAC system. In the second floor, it has an exhibition Hall to broad students’ vision and a training room to teach students information searching skill. In the third floor, it has research rooms for teachers to book. Meanwhile, it has stacks of foreign books, Chinese books and magazine. It also has study room and Chinese books in the fourth floor. And science and engineering books are in the fifth floor.

-estimated length & format

About 1-2 minutes

-intended audience

ECNU’S teachers and students

-sources of research

The website of ECNU library

-assets to be collected / created (be as specific as possible)

A iPad and a Drone

-rough production timeline (please include dates and milestones)

May 7 record the view of ECNU Library

May 8 edit the film

Risks during production


In order to avoid property damage I should practice my aerial skills.


When we film, we should get the officials or students permission to avoid the controversy.


In my mind, If the speed of drone is low, we could avoid causing physical harm and injury to ourselves.

Risks as a result of publication

It is propaganda about ECNU Library of ZhongBei campus. I think it could be used to introduce the library to new comers. It is not involved in Economic, Political and apprehension problem.

Rough Cut- Martin and Kyle

As we planed in advance, we went to Jinyang Road for those mysterious street venders.
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We interviewed a lot of people, including chuan vendors, fried rice/noodles vendors and dumplings vendors. My job is mainly like talking to them and ask them some questions we need: Where are they from, how do they make these food, when did they come to this rod for business… and at the same time Kyle was carrying the camera and recording the footages which we could edit later. Kyle is good at shooting and has lots of cool ideas, that makes our work more interesting. By the way, the same work we did is to try those food and made some comments.

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Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 1.56.31 PM We got lots of footages which can make the video cool: zoom out/in, blur effects, closed shoot, long scence…

Also, we visit Yunnan South Road which is a famous street in Shanghai. There are lots of street food vendors, some of them even have developed very well and gradually have became a restaurant then a company. We went to a restaurant which is called ” long long ago we were just street vendors”.

Our goad on this video is to try those street foods and explore new things we have never seen, also to compare the traditional street food and modern street food which is more like the updated version. Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.17.51 PM

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After we showed the rough cut, our Mac which saved all our files are disappeared..image
Then we went to another Street food space with our professor Ben together to get more interview shots and drone footages. Thank you for Ben’s help, without him, we cannot make this video successfully.

Here is the video about our rough cut. the video is too big so I have to upload it on youtube.

Happier Valley Rough Cut

We edited the video in two parts: the first part is here and the second part is here

The first part is about the history of Disneyland, from the first sound animation Mickey Mouse and Steamboat to the first Disneyland in Los Angeles, from that to Shanghai. There should be a transition between two parts, an overview of current Disneyland with drone but we haven’t got satisfied footage yet. The second part is our interviews. We first interviewed people around Disneyland to show their excitement and then, citizens living nearby.