Everything from:China

I lived from 2005 to 2011 in Shanghai, China, and blogged every now and then about this fascinating country.

Getting disconnected…

Since a certain government decided that websites such as Facebook or Twitter could harm the harmony, they were unavailable here in Shanghai. When that happened in 2005, I actually asked my wife to call the internet company and to tell them that I am a foreigner, hoping that they’d ‘unblock’ my line completely. Well, that didn’t happen. And they tell you always the same thing, anyway: The website is offline. Facebook is offline for weeks now? Yeah, sure. So, to access the websites – that’s one of the ways I’m staying in touch with friends and family – I used to use a certain software which would open me a gateway to the country of the free, from where on I could access anything: Facebook, Twitter, YouPorn YouTube. But yesterday, something weird happened. After the little icon turned green and I surfed around for about three minutes, my internet got disconnected. It simply stopped delivering data, the modem said it is connected. After an hour, the connection was back. I thought it was an error in the line, probably someone somewhere was fixing a cable or something. Wrong. It happened again, as soon as I turned on the proxy software. […]

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Shanghai, Summer 2009.

Nanpu bridge, old houses, and in the distance: modern Expo 2010 buildings. That’s Shanghai! Look at it in large, that’s much better. I cropped the image in a aspect ration of 2.35:1, due to the movie look. I think that matches. Order a print. Shanghai, Summer 2009., originally uploaded by MK Media Productions. […]

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My Cinematography Showreel 2009.

I finally finished editing my showreel, now that I’m back from New York. I shot some stuff from the exhibition there for the reel. Actually, there’s no need to talk about what’s in it, just watch it! Jakob Montrasio :: Cinematography Showreel 2009 My works from the last couple of months :: Enjoy. Contact me :: montrasio@gmail.com Skype :: jakob.montrasio LinkedIn :: Facebook Links to the individual videos seen in the showreel: Jewelz & Charlie – Spacer Woman 2009 (Video Edit) :: http://vimeo.com/5198175 SHANGHAI. For the New York Skyscraper Museum :: http://vimeo.com/4591644 Shanghai Sideways: On a Changjiang Motor Bike! :: http://vimeo.com/3569937 Wedding in Shanghai, China – MK Media Sample :: http://vimeo.com/2686409 Father John: Zhapu Road Test :: http://vimeo.com/4308283 Eunice Martins in Shanghai :: http://vimeo.com/4845555 […]

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Pictures from the opening of the China Prophecy: Shanghai exhibition in the New York Skyscraper Museum.

On June 24 2009, The Skyscraper Museum in New York City opened China Prophecy: Shanghai, a multi-media exhibition that examines Shanghai’s evolving identity as a skyscraper metropolis. Featuring models of the major iconic structures, including Jin Mao, Tomorrow Square, Shanghai World Financial Center, and the new super-tall Shanghai Tower, as well as computer animations, film, drawings, and historic and contemporary photography of the city, the exhibition combines an in-depth look at the new generation of towers with an overview of the sweeping transformation of the city’s traditional low-rise landscape into a city of towers. China Prophecy: Shanghai, which runs through March 2010, concludes the Museum’s three-show series FUTURE CITY: 20 | 21 that has examined parallels in the rapid urbanization of New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Shanghai today is a vast metropolis of 18 million residents–the largest city in the world’s most populous nation. In just three decades, its population has nearly doubled, and the city has been physically transformed by the twin emblems of modernity–high-rises and highways. Formerly a horizontal expanse of dense and sprawling lilong neighborhoods, Shanghai has grown vertically. Nearly 400 high-rises of twenty stories or more were built in […]

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Just the two of us?

I tried for 45 minutes or so to come with some cool headline and text for this post but I just can’t, so there you go, in your face: We’re having a baby! Should be due February 2010, but we’ll consult a doctor about a exact date soon. We’re very excited! […]

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