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Short doc about Zero Carbon

We had an assignment to produce a film on behalf of BBC Storyworks, to narrate the Zero Carbon Park story. The main protagonist of the film is Bryant Lu from Ronald Lu and Partners. The story explains how the Zero Carbon Park has been developed, based on the air studies made after the SARS, in 2003.

WHAT IS AT STAKE

Storytelling in Parallel Action

We structured the film on a parallel action arrangement, including a series of interviews made in various places. While we see the main protagonists speaking about their involvement, we also learn about their projects and visions. It is about parallel stories between the past and present, parallel actions between the pandemics and city’s regulations, a parallel between studies about airflow and the zero-carbon building.

#01
Shooting of Zero Carbon

Story

Based on the BBC StoryWorks direction, we transcribed all the interviews and built the film’s narrative. Before the first cut, we had to make the first draft of the script. The main principle was simple: we wanted our main characters in the film to tell the story. All the way, the film production was about having a character-driven story.

#02
People at Work

On Location

We had extensive filming at people’s workplaces during their operations, with a minimal crew. We wanted to have a visual narration about architectural design and sustainability elements. The film director’s approach is along the lines of having people collaborating on sustainability design at RLP’s offices, while behind every shot, we wanted to have authenticity on screen.
#03
Shooting of Zero Carbon

Aerials

With the automation now playing an increasing role in this warehouse operation, we had to carefully pass the message of better efficiency and security, making the AGV, the robot, supporting the people. The challenge was to embrace the operators and the robots at a balanced level, working in synergy.It was essential for this production to have a grand general perspective allowing the film’s viewers to see the fully covered solar panel roof. As the park and building are located in a high-density part of the city, the aerial filming had to be performed with precision – all complying with Hong Kong and Civil Aviation Department regulations. This filming has been shot in 5K RAW resolution from the technical part, which allows us to alter the grey overcast that we had during the shooting.
Building the Story

Documentary Values

Based on the BBC StoryWorks direction, we transcribed all the interviews and built the film’s narrative. Before the first cut, we had to make the first draft of the script. The main principle was simple: we wanted our main characters in the film to tell the story. All the way, the film production was about having a character-driven story.

FILMING THE FUTURE

All the way video production

FILM DIRECTION
AND TECHNIQUES

Copy, Filming, and the overall production design made to support the story of places.

Story Driven

PROTAGONIST AND
ZERO CARBON BUILDING

It was essential for this production to have a grand general perspective allowing the film’s viewers to see the fully covered solar panel roof. As the park and building are located in a high-density part of the city, the aerial filming had to be performed with precision – all complying with Hong Kong and Civil Aviation Department regulations. This filming has been shot in 5K RAW resolution from the technical part, which allows us to alter the grey overcast that we had during the shooting.

Unscripted Interviews

LONG-FORM

Based on authentic interviews of people speaking about their part in making the Hong Kong Zero Carbon building. The protagonists of this film are from a wide range of disciplines. We see on-camera people caring and speaking about the story, placing first the common interest.

Sustainability on Screen

GREEN

One of the film’s crucial elements was to screen the green features of this building as much as possible. We made aerial filming about the fully covered solar panel roof, allocated locations for the students walking through the park, and directed the different people featuring the sustainable and environmental elements of this architecture.

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