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China through my eyes

China through my eyes

I made this video during summer 2012, while enjoying a 2 weeks trip to Shanghai. I let my feelings rested for a few months and I just finished editing.

I went there with my 5D MKIII and some lenses in my backpack 😉
My goal was to get the max of this trip & enjoy my friends over there, but also to bring enough rushes to make a shortfilm. Showing exactly what I felt during this trip, the different stages through which I passed. The very touristic side of China, then immersed in a new culture and finally the “expatriate” side with all my friends living there. That’s why I called this video “China through my eyes”.

I would, again, to thank everyone who helped me make this video!

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J’ai réalisé cette vidéo, fin de l’été 2012, lors d’un voyage de 2 semaines à Shanghaï.
J’ai laissé reposer mes rushs pendant presqu’un an, me laissant le temps de penser à ce que je voulais réellement montrer dans cette vidéo.

Je suis parti avec mon 5D MKIII et quelques objectifs sur le dos 😉
J’avais l’intention de profiter un maximum, mais aussi de rapporter assez de rushs pour réaliser un shortfilm montrant exactement ce que j’avais ressenti durant ce séjour, les différentes étapes par lesquelles je suis passé. Le côté très touristique de la chine, puis l’immersion dans une nouvelle culture et enfin le côté “expatrié” avec tous mes amis vivant là bas. C’est pourquoi j’ai intitulé cette vidéo “China through my eyes”.

Je tiens encore une fois à remercier toutes les personnes m’ayant permis de réaliser cette vidéo!

Matériel utilisé :

– Canon 5D MKIII
– Tokina 11-16 f2.8
– Canon 24-70 LUSM f2.8
– Canon 50 USM f1.4
– Canon 70-200 L USM f2.8
– Monopod Manfrotto 562B-1

Cast: J_say

This is Shanghai

This is Shanghai

In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.

Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.

Wherever you travel in Shanghai the cities skyline is always present. The looming silhouette of the almost constructed Shanghai Tower now dominates and perfectly encapsulates the new heights this city is yet to reach. Once completed, in 2014, it will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai.

Rob Whitworth (robwhitworth.co.uk/) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, ‘Traffic in Frenetic HCMC’ and ‘Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT’ have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.

JT Singh (jtsingh.com/) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China. He explains:

“The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”

A ThrillingCities Production – thrillingcities.com
Engineering cutting-edge Identities for Cities on the Rise

JT Singh
Website: jtsingh.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/jtssingh
Twitter; twitter.com/jtssingh

Rob Whitworth
Website: robwhitworth.co.uk/
Facebook: facebook.com/RobWhitworthPhotography
Twitter: twitter.com/kwhi02

Copyright all images Rob Whitworth 2013 – robwhitworth.co.uk | Soundtrack used under license Artist ‘Subscape’ Track ‘Shanghai’ © submergedmusic

Cast: Rob Whitworth and JT Singh

Here and Away

Here and Away

A short poetic narrative about urban vs rural living, identity and belonging. Two people—an old man living on a small island and a young woman living in one of the world’s biggest cities—discuss why no other place on earth could ever be home.

Shot in and around Shanghai, China and Prince Edward Island, Canada. Shot entirely on a Canon 5D, 7D and with equipment I could carry on my back.

Director & Cinematographer: Andrew MacCormack
Writers : David Weale & Josh Stenberg
Featuring: Tommy Gallant & Seres Lu
Narrators: Liang Ningjian & Hank Hickox
Producers: Andrew MacCormack & Julie Houde
Editor: Andrew MacCormack
Location Sound: Julie Houde
Sound Design: Andrew MacCroamck & Tim Davidson
Sound Mix: Tim Davidson
Music: “Within Dreams” by The Album Leaf – used with permission
“Villa del Refugio” by This Will Destroy You – used with permission

Winner “Best Sound Design” at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival

Radio Interview about the film: cbc.ca/mainstreetpei/videofilmmaker/2012/10/11/here-and-away—andrew-maccormack/

Contact: andrew@hemmingshousepictures.com

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Cast: Hemmings House