Communication and Media Arts – Hong Kong Says Hi

Hong Kong Says Hi:

For our Communication and Media Arts film project, Ella and I decided to create a documentary/introduction to Hong Kong video. Over the course of this elective class, both Ella and I have travelled around Hong Kong to capture images/footage of some of Hong Kong’s must see sights. This welcome video is targeted at visitors/tourists who are interested in discovering Hong Kong and understanding some of its history. This is why we made an attempt to include modern destinations like Pacific Place or IFC but made sure to include some of Hong Kong’s more ancient destinations which reveal much of its history like the Man Mo temple

Note: our footage is 100% ours

Adit Gorawara & Ella McCoy

In the project, Ella and I distributed the work. So, we would both get footage, edit them and add the voiceover’s. Finally, we would compile the pieces together. Saying that, a challenge was to stay connected with the work and what/how it was edited.. so, class time was key to discuss our ideas, look at each others progress etc. Some other challenges we faced was the treacherous weather, and the process of actually leaving the house – completing a 3-4 hr journey since it was extremely difficult to find a chunk of time where that was possible! Another challenge – which was a ‘good’ challenge – was the footage. In all honesty, we could’ve made three other videos, all on the same and different topics with completely different footage. Navigating through the hours of recording and selecting the most effective, and clear one was very hectic.

All in all, I would consider this project a success. There are two reasons why, one – I enjoyed the filming and editing and in result, my product was satisfying, and two – I learned a lot about a place that i seemed to know so well. it just proves that there is a lot to see in Hong Kong when you look closely!

Below is our film script:

FADE IN:

SMALL SEGMENTS OF SCENES IN THE FILM – INTRO

ADIT

    (Background music playing throughout act )

Hong Kong, one of China’s SARs is located in southeastern asia. HK is vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial centre famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea. It’s also known its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.

 

ELLA

Hong Kong is a unique marriage of cultures and lifestyles. One can take a break from its busy city life by heading for a hike or head off on a junk boat journey to one of Hong Kong’s many islands. You can also enjoy the world famous party scene in Lan Kwai Fong. Additionally, the crowded lanes through central are a sight not to forget! Small huts, many products, and loud bargaining await!

INSIDE IFC – IFC WALKWAY

ADIT

Start your day off exploring this unique city at the fashionable IFC mall which is one of Hong Kong’s most visually appealing shopping destinations. You can complement a relaxing afternoon of shopping with exquisite harbour views alongside a gourmet meal. The mall houses over 200 international brands. A network of walkways connect the IFC to several other malls, to the Central piers, and to places as far out as SoHo. You can mosey around central without touching the ground!

 

MTR TRAIN RIDE TO PACIFIC PLACE

 

ADIT

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the efficient, cheap, and rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong. Opened in 1979, the system now includes an astonishing 218.2km of rail.

 

PACIFIC PLACE

 

  ADIT

Pacific Place is home to over 130 shops and boutiques and one major department store, collectively offering an array of options. The complex is also home to multiple hotels, three Grade-A office towers and 270 serviced apartments.

 

CLIP OF QUEENSWAY AND HARBOR VIEW

FLOWER MARKET AND BIRD MARKET

ELLA

To see a different side of Hong Kong, head to the Mong Kok Flower Market which has an amazing array of flowers on display. Taking a camera is a must as there are so many beautiful colors. Next stop is the bird market where you see many locals meet and walk their birds.

 

BUS (To get to our next destination, hoppin’ on a bus is a great and cheap way)

MAN MO TEMPLE

 

ELLA

After shopping in some of hong kong’s malls, head to check out its more traditional and cultural side. The Man Mo temple in Central is for the worship of several chinese literature gods. It was Built in 1847 during the Qing dynasty by wealthy Chinese merchants. In its many rooms hang red lanterns with chinese inscriptions and long twisted smoke curls.

QUEENS ROAD CENTRAL

 

ADIT

Queens Road Central runs from Central all the way to Sheung Wan. This road was one of the first roads built by the British. Queens road central holds everything; from the upmarket stores like Lane Crawford to the small stalls clustered in the alleyways known as the lanes. It is renowned for its boisterous vibes, and whether you like the noisy crowds or not, you can never get away from them in a place like Hong Kong specially Queens Road Central.

 

SKYLINE SHOT AT NIGHT (From a viewing station in Kowloon, you can get a breathing taking view of Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines. Note the IFC, HSBC and Bank of China buildings which stand out of this stunning landscape.)

TAKEOFF/DEPARTURE

ELLA

As your journey ends, don’t forget to look out of the plane window at Hong Kong’s stunning landscape.

 

SML Progress Report

  1. What is your topic and why did you choose it?
    My topic is based on my cricket schedule and how I can change/edit my schedule to get the most out of my cricket but also allot enough tine for other activities/chores. I chose this because I have passion for cricket and I am determined to succeed at it
  2. Describe your experience so far: What challenges have you faced? Did you overcome those challenges?
    At first, I had a completely different topic (cricket based). After researching this and realising it is an unrealistic topic, I changed my topic. Still, I am finding it difficult to gather information on my topic.
  3. Has your project changed since the beginning? If so, how?
    Yes, as I mentioned above. It started out as, “How much more do I need to train in order to play at a professional level.” Now, it has changed a little to, “How should my schedule look like so that I get the most from my cricket but also give enough time for other activities (i.e school, homework…)
  4. What are you proud of so far?
    Nothing. Well, I am proud that I have completed all my exit slips.
  5. Do you feel creative when doing SML? If so, what are the conditions that help you to be creative?
    Not very creative. 
  6. Can you share any specific samples of your learning?
    My learning can be showed all through my research. Many of these concepts I am unaware of.
  7. What have you learned about yourself as a learner? How do you learn best? Does the structure of SML help? Or is the structure frustrating for you?
    As a learner, I realise that I do enjoy learning and researching my topic, but it takes me time to get into my work. So, it means that I need to be given some quiet time to get into my work. From there, I really enjoy my work.
    I do think that a long period every 8-10 days DOES NOT work. 1) it is difficult to work for one hour 2)it is tough to carry on from where you were a week or so ago. It wastes valuable time.

English – Reading Log Blog #16-19

Total Book Equivalent: 19     Words: 224 000 approx     Date: December2015

Title: Life of Pi.     Author: Yann Martel

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Adventure/Fantasy

  • Opening Sentence:

My suffering left me sad and gloomy.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Precisely by being so slow.

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

vestibule – n. – a lobby next to the outdoor of a building

throes – n. -violence pain and struggle

asphyxiation -v. – killing someone by depriving them of oxygen

acrid – adj. – too bitter/pungent

malaise – n. – unknown feeling of illness

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I found Life of Pi inspiring. It teaches you to never lose hope, even in the toughest situations. Even though the book takes a while to start, it included a good amount of action. At the end of the story there is a twist which made me wonder.

English – Reading Log Blog #14-15

Total Book Equivalent: 15     Words:  107 000 approx     Date: November 2015

Title: If Cricket is Religion, Then Sachin is God.     Author: Vijay Snathanam

Genre ~ Non Fiction Type: Biography

  • Opening Sentence:

A book on cricket can begin with the rules of the game.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Test cricket targets the fan, ODI’s the fanatic

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

bane – n. – cause of distress or annoyance

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

In this book, the author follow the career of the cricketing demigod – his advent, his peak, his fall, and his resurrection. With irrefutable statistical data, the authors seek to end all debate on Tendulkar’s status as the greatest cricketer of the modern era.

English – Reading Log Blog #12-13

Total Book Equivalent: 13     Words:  103 000 approx     Date: October 2015 Title: The Fox Inheritance     Author: Mary Pearson Genre ~ Fiction Type: Science

  • Opening Sentence:

My hands close around a heavy drape, twisting it into a thick cord.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

About the same thickness as a neck

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

vice – n. – wicked behavior

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I enjoyed the contrast between Locke/Kara. It is the way that Locke mostly manages to keep control of his sanity while Kara completely loses it.

English – Reading Log Blog #10-11

Total Book Equivalent: 11    Words:  131 000 approx     Date: October 2015

Title: MAHI     Author: Shantanu Guha Ray

Genre ~ Non Fiction Type: Biography

  • Opening Sentence:

The nondescript city of Ranchi is an unlikely choice for anyone looking to spot sporting talent in India.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Dhoni didn’t start playing cricket till he was a teenager.

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

nondescript – adj. – not having distinct/interesting characteristics

cacophonous – adj. – a harsh mixture of sounds

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

MS Dhoni’s crazy sporting life proves that anything is possible, and hard work can make the impossible possible. At 14, he was the goalkeeper and captain for his football team. At 23, he was playing cricket for India. On one ordinary day, the cricket coach walks by the football field and sees immense potential in Dhoni to become a wicket keeper. From that day on, there was no looking back.

English – Reading Log Blog #8-9

Total Book Equivalent: 9     Words:  112 000 approx     Date: October 2015

Title: SOBERS     Author: Brian Scovell

Genre ~ Non Fiction Type: Biography

  • Opening Sentence:

I would love to be still playing competitive cricket.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Who would have thought that a poor boy from a wooden house in Walcott Avenue would end up like this?

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

caress(in cricketing sense) – verb – a lovely stroke/shot

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Garfield Sobers changed cricket. He was flamboyant, swaggerish and a delight to watch. Unfortunately I wasn’t alive when he played cricket but from the many stories I have heard of his, I can understand the manner in which he went about his job and the weapon he was for the West Indians. Aside from his sheer importance, his life story is even more remarkable considering that he was born into a poor family and was born with an extra finger.

English – Reading Log Blog #6-7

Total Book Equivalent: 7     Words:  104 000 approx     Date: October 2015

Title: Rahul Dravid     Author: Devendra Prabhdesai

Genre ~ Non Fiction Type: Biography

  • Opening Sentence:

20th June 1996… The English and Indian cricket teams lined up on either side of the wooden gate that separates the playing area of the Lords Cricket Ground from the members enclosure.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

The nice guy who finished first.

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

hell-for-leather – noun – as fast as possible

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

As a cricket fanatic, reading a book on my idol has left a mark on me. Rahul Dravid’s biography displays the great commitment, resilience, temperament and hard-work of Dravid. Dravid was flawless. His demeanour was exceptional. He certainly had the cricketers perfect traits. And above all, he was good at heart. Of all the things that I learnt from this book, the meaning that I take away from this book is: hard-work always wins the race.

English – Reading Log Blog #4-5

Total Book Equivalent: 5     Words:  110 000 approx     Date: September 2015 Title: The Book Thief                  Author: Markus Zusak Genre ~  Fiction Type: Historical Fiction

  • Opening Sentence:

First the colours.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

You will die.

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Echelon – noun – a body of troops arranged in a line

Scythe – noun –  a tool used for cutting crops

Amiable – adj – displaying a friendly and/or respectful manner

Flippant – adj – not showing serious attitude/respect

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

The Book Thief was set in the 1940s during World War II. The story gave me an understanding of how difficult life was for the Jewish. I understood that life is scary and tough at times. Sometimes you cant so anything about an issue – in this case, the Nazi’s – you have to try your best and at the end of the day, that is what matters.

English – Reading Log Blog # 3

Total Book Equivalent: 3       Date: September 2015

Title: To Build a Fire                  Author: Jack London

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Adventure

  • Opening Sentence:

Day had broken cold and grey, exceedingly cold and grey when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth-bank, where a dim and little-traveled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

50 below zero

  •  Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Strove – v – tried hard, struggled

Willy-nilly – adj – haphazardly, in an unorganised or unplanned way

Sidled – v – moving side ways with small steps

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Jack London’s short story, ‘To Build a Fire’ is an impressive read. Probably a 15 minute sitting to get through this story, yet so much more meaning than just fifteen minutes of reading. So many aspects, each with different significant lessons.