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:
SMALL SEGMENTS OF SCENES IN THE FILM – INTRO
(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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.)
As your journey ends, don’t forget to look out of the plane window at Hong Kong’s stunning landscape.