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 Related Images:We cannot display this gallery […]

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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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Back from Hunan!

So I spend the last four days in Hunan (湖南) province, shooting some tea mountains near a city called Shimen. We flew from Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport to Changsha (长沙), the capital of Hunan province. Mao Zedong is from that province and he’s pretty much everywhere around there – on posters, paintings and even statues. From Changsha we drove 5 hours or so to Shimen to spend another night there. Then we drove to the tea mountains of the Hunan Tea Company and shot some footage with the workers and manager there. Was a fun trip, a bit hectic and quite hot, but totally worth the time. Got some good footage for the customer and was invited to the most incredible lunches and dinners all the time. Hunanese food is ultra spicy, like Sichuan food, and very natural. They don’t use thick sauces like in other provinces but the flavor is extremely strong, anyway. Will put some more pics online during the next days. […]

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John Rabe: Some photos from the shoot.

In October 2007, I had the chance to join the JOHN RABE movie team in Shanghai and took it immediately. What followed were almost 4 months full of excitement, pain and so much learning and experience. It was the best time of my life. And now, the movie finally started running in german cinemas. It will probably also start running in China on April 29th. I can’t wait to see it. I started working in the VFX department under the command of Joachim Grüninger. He taught me an insane amount of things and gave me many chances to learn how shooting a movie works, what the rules on a set are, and, and, and… Thank you so much, Jo! The rest of the crew were super nice people, too… The director Florian Gallenberger was very nice and calm, the assistant directors were very nice, too, and the rest of the international crew also. We had germans, french, chinese and japanese working in the team. And our 2nd unit director was from India, how cool is that. I love it when so many cultures work together. Now that the movie has opened and many people will hopefully go and see it, […]

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