An informational film about the economic landscape of Fuzhou city.
While Shanghai and Beijing are still the most recognized and visited Chinese cities, numerous others are bound to become household names in the decades ahead. Lesser known urban centres like: Fuzhou, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Chengdu, Shenyang, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Foshan and Dalian are just some of the many Chinese cities that are becoming key global economic centers. Fuzhou, a mega city of over 7 million is expected to generate US$106.6 billion of total GDP growth by 2025 - greater than cities such as Seattle, Philadelphia or San Diego. Yet the chances are that most people around the world have not even heard of Fuzhou or many of the other major Chinese cities just mentioned.
Links to related articles by JT Singh:
-Quartz: Links to articles written by JT Singh: http://qz.com/271118/chinas-investment-in-infrastructure-is-exactly-what-made-alibabas-ipo-possible/
-China Daily: http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2013-06/14/content_16619531.htm
About Invest Fuzhou Project
JT Singh LABS was appointed by the Fuzhou Municipal Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation to develop a city-brand strategy, visual identity, a short investment promotion film and more. The short film's specific purpose is to give an introductory tour of the city's economic landscape for potential global investors.
About JT Singh LABS
JT Singh is a uniquely specialized design and strategy firm pioneering new ways for cities, regions and countries to become culturally and economically engaged with the rest of the world.
Each morning the dawn calm of Hoi An, Vietnam, disappears in a frenzy of activity. Whether it's conical hatted ladies conducting million-dong-deals or school girls in their perfect white Ao Dai uniforms commuting four-to-a-bicycle, Hoi An is a place full of life... That is, until about 9pm each day when the bustling streets empty and calm returns.
Hoi An has effectively been preserved in time from it's days as one of South East Asia's busiest trading ports. I was privileged to call Hoi An my home for just over a year. As a visitor I will only ever understood a fraction of the activity that keeps the streets and waterways alive. I wanted to capture and share some of the sights that inspired me during my time in this historic town.
Hyperlapse commissioned by On Board Experimental Marketing/ Nike showing the new route for the 11th Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco. Video received 6,000 likes, 4,000 shares and 300,000 plays on Facebook within its first week of launch. #werunSF
“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-diplomacy pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds.
North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic zones have been launched in cooperation with China, Russia, and South Korea, with railways planned linking all countries in the region. “Enter Pyongyang” captures not just the city, but this dynamism and sense of potential.
This video is the single most significant multi-media contribution to transcending clichés about North Korea as a society defined by reclusiveness and destitution. To travel there is to witness a proud civilization, though one caught in a Cold War time-warp. Korean cultural traditions are meticulously preserved and displayed in authentic richness. Anyone who has witnessed the awe-inspiring Mass Games knows that, with great sacrifice, North Koreans can pull off a performance unparalleled in its precision.
“Enter Pyongyang” captures the reality of North Korean citizens as earnest and humane, not automatons. The infamous traffic ladies and subway guards stand stiff and sentinel—but today they share a smile too. The more North Koreans one meets, the more one sees an organic society that wants to be a normal country. If you travel there not to judge but to appreciate, you will come away with a better understanding of how challenging national transformation can be.
"Enter Pyongyang" is above all an invitation to explore. Few places in the world have been as hermetically sealed as North Korea, but Koryo Tours has made it possible not just to see North Korea but to engage with it in ways that were impossible until very recently. This is a window of opportunity not to be missed. If Pyongyang is no longer off limits, no place is.
--Foreword by Dr. Parag Khanna, Director, Hybrid Reality
Koryo Group: The Koryo team brought a wealth of valuable knowledge and expertise to this project. Thanks to their extensive experience in running tourism and cultural engagement projects in North Korea since 1993, we were able to get unprecedented access in Pyongyang. We are thankful to the Koryo team and their Korean partners for an unforgettable experience.
-How were you guys allowed to film in Pyongyang?
This project was produced in conjunction with Koryo Tours, the leading North Korea travel specialist. Co-producer Vicky Mohieddeen of Koryo Tours was with us throughout the shoot.
-Were there restrictions on what was allowed to be filmed?
We were closely assisted by two guides from the National Tourism Administration, who helped us gain special access to locations and made sure that we followed all the rules. As is standard for all foreign visitors to the country, we were not allowed to shoot any construction sites, undeveloped locations or military personnel. Other than that we were given relatively free reign.
-Isn’t this all fake? You don’t see the real North Korea.
The average visitor to Pyongyang is likely to be surprised by the scenes they encounter and are especially surprised about how clean and orderly the city actually is. Indeed, people living in Pyongyang and other major cities enjoy a higher quality of life than those in other parts of the country.
-Are people allowed to travel to North Korea?
Yes, despite what the majority of people think, it is possible to visit North Korea as a tourist. North Korea does not release official data on the number of Western tourists it receives, but estimates range from 4,000 to 6,000 per year. Most of the foreign tourists are from Mainland China, estimated in the tens of thousands annually.
-Were you paid to make this film?
We volunteered for this project with no pay at all. All other travel expenses for the 6 day trip were covered by Koryo Tours.
-Does this film support the DPRK government?
"Enter Pyongyang" is an observational film. At no point did Koryo Tours or we have to pretend to be supporters of the DPRK Government or their philosophy in order to be granted permission to shoot this film. Amazingly, we were given complete editorial control in the making of this piece.
Kuala Lumpur: super-modern buildings juxtaposed with various cultural enclaves and with a little of Asia’s chaos thrown in. My time lapse explores how the city changes from day to night highlighting how spaces dramatically alter during the course of a few hours.