Prepare to look at our future from a different perspective
In the war to save our planet's future, the battleground is China ... the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases…a country fighting a frightening number of environmental battles.
It’s up against toxic rivers, polluted air, extreme weather events, melting glaciers, encroaching deserts and a massive and growing urban population driving breakneck economic growth and runaway emissions.
Climate change isn’t a threat here, it has already struck. But China is striking back. With innovative solutions other countries can barely dream of.
Today, all across China, cutting-edge technologies are fighting back against the forces of environmental doom. Turbines harvest electricity from the wind, algae turns black coal green, grapes hold back the desert.
China’s ancient silk road is now lined with wind-turbines as far as the eye can see.
We meet the many new pioneers across China, who are stepping up with new innovations, new ideas that crash through conventional thinking, reach across borders, and break through boundaries.
It’s a mind-blowing, game-changing drive to push back the frontiers of energy science and green living… and it might just be deciding the fate of humanity.
This is the story of a green China rising.
“China’s genius is in it realizing that they don’t have to destroy their growth to curb emissions now, but they must prepare for the consequences.Because by the time the s*** hits the fan, they’ll be selling their solutions back to everybody else.” - - Julio Friedmann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Green China Rising will convey motion and awe as we move from
sweeping landscapes to intimate portraits
Within each episode, our narrative will unfold through three interweaving but distinct stories – each leading us into a different aspect of the science, but together building on the central theme of China’s emerging green technology laboratory. Each story centers on one key personality followed at critical moments to their story (the shooting period is 8 months). The life of a secondary character, connected to the first but sometimes working to very different ends, is shown in juxtaposition - heightening the sense of intrigue.
A narrator is used to connect the dots within and between our three stories. Speaking over cinematic b-roll and computer generated imagery where necessary, this voice will guide viewers to understand the science, see the big picture and address the deeper questions.
Interviewees (high level and familiar voices) enter at strategic points in the story to discuss how these bold new ideas are set to shape the 21st century, sometimes to verify their success, and sometimes to introduce a more skeptical tone.
Alongside cutting-edge science, all the elements of a great story are present - personalities fighting against insurmountable odds or attempting something entirely new in their field, vast scale, inevitable surprises and global relevance. Taken together we will build a picture of hope and the pushing back of a new frontier, tempered by the depiction of the sheer immensity of the task at hand. A story to feed the senses, coupling cinematic visuals with dramatic audio, aerials, time-lapses and CGI, the plot develops through a journey of awe. Episodes can be viewed separately or together.
We are aware of an intensely fascinating transformation taking place in China that most people simply do not know about. We expect some people to be excited about it and others to be down right scared. Both of these reactions are healthy – because on the one hand China needs help, and on the other - the world needs it to have motivated competitors.
Going into the making of this film, our driving question is genuine – can China make it in time? And what if it does? Until we undertake this journey, we cannot know the answer because nobody has answered it yet.
“Allow me to compliment you on a great idea – a race against time... well said. The environmental transformation of China is something the world doesn’t know about, but needs to. I also think you’re making the film at exactly the right time – as Copenhagen unfolds and as China rises to economic superpower status.”- - Oscar-nominated director Mark Kitchell(20+ years in the industry)
In China, relationship is everything.
Through our partnership with CICC in China we have unprecedented rights of access to government bodies, aerial filming and sensitive locations.
We have a studio in Beijing and permanent team members based there so we can respond quickly to filming opportunities.
One Concept Multiple Products
- 1 x 52min in HD
- 1 x 45min in HD
- DVD for educational release
- Concept for a 90-minute feature documentary
Green China Rising finished post production in Spring 2012. So far the program is due to appear in five languages in over 30 countries. Our distributor Off the Fence is marketing the show at major markets around the world, and in late 2012 and 2013 Green China Rising will appear in a host of film and documentary festivals both in China and overseas. In China we are also planning a major outreach campaign through schools, web, dvd and print to coincide for the China premiere, likely Winter 2012.
[updated Sept. 2012]