A short documentary on the experience of using public transportation to get around in the city of Tianjin, China — a sprawling port town on the Hai River home to some 14.7 million people.

The film looks at what kind of public transportation systems are in place to quickly and efficiently transport millions of people across the city every day, what these systems look like, and how they move through Tianjin. Using only images and music, the film takes a non-dialogue approach to conveying the experience of riding through Tianjin on the subway, bus, and on bikes.

Made for the 2014 Looking China program, sponsored by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture at Beijing Normal University in partnership with Boston University.

Shot on a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera with Meteor 5-1 17-69mm zoom, MIR-11M 12mm, VEGA7-1 20mm, and TAIR-41M 50mm lenses with Kiev 16U to Micro 4/3 lens adapter (goo.gl/MLgn9E)

Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and graded with DaVinci Resolve Lite using Hooks LUTs (goo.gl/rijnjn)

July 2014

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