topbanner





The centruy old Barn Mill was commemorating a 100 year anniversay in 2008.

Location: Taiwan Taoyuan City, Xinwu District.

Project Scope: The design and production of the multi-media display for the entire museum which includes:

1) A 5 minute HD Video: Xinwu District's Century Old Rice Trade and it's history.
2) A 10 Minute HD Video: Monuments Reconstruction: Century old Rice Mill(Reconstruction of the gigantic old rice mill and its function).
3) A 8 minute HD Video: A Barn Story (A day in the life of the Rice Ancestor – Re-emerging Splendor of the Rice Barn).
4) A 10 minute HD Video: A Logistic Trend of Urbanization and Farm Pond Loss in Taoyuan.
5) eBook Interactive: Hakka Worship Foods.

A special highlight: A unique and specially designed mascot to introduce the segments named “Ai Mi”, will attract the children's attention. Ai Mi may not have Mickey Mouse's adorable big ears, but she will sport a cute chubby tummy, stumpy legs with cricket like shoes woven with straw. She is like a kiddy artist and fun chameleon who changes her appearance as different stories unfold. Ai Mi is an adorable and cheerful shape shifter who will no doubt entertain and delight her viewers.

 
 
 









After two hundred years of industry, the District of Xinwu has become Taiwan's largest agricultural town. It is also Taiwan's largest supplier of rice with the population a little over 42,000. It occupies 85 square miles, east to west approximately 13 miles, north to south 8 miles. It is equivalent to the size of 385 Disney Worlds.

This expansive and beautiful landscape is anointed with four seasons of glorious flora: oceans of sunflowers, lavender, grape seed, Sulphur Cosmos and more.The sea of flowers year-round attracts species of beautiful butterflies which are better enjoyed at these Xin Wu famous scenic sites: Fan Jiang Historical Estate, Sea View Pavilion, Snow Forest, The Five Grains Emperor Temple and the world's tallest Sky Goddess Statue. Xin Wu also has the northern region's largest Lotus Garden. Other than it's famous rice, it also produces quality herbs, fruits and koi. The rich variety in cuisines include Min Nan, Japanese, Hakka and more.

Xinwu HD Production Highlight: Via animation, a simple string will morph into Ai Mi, the mascot, who flies excitedly into the picturesque Fan Jiang Historical Estate. As she has special powers and abilities, Ai Mi bounces effortlessly onto the rooftops and then dives into the gorgeous sea of blooming flowers. She leads the audience along with her fun and colorful animated exploration of the Historical Estate.

  The five minutes multimedia segment will be underscored by meaningful Hakka children's songs that enhance our understanding and appreciation of its unique history and culture.

Within the famous Rice Barn, sits the three-story-high old mill that has lovingly hulled more than trillion stacks of rice grains through the decades. It is undoubtedly, an integral part of the rich Hakka tradition and history. This segment not only introduces the traditional rice harvest and process by an anthropologist, it will also provide significant insight and connection to the wonderful Hakka culture and tradition.


 


Monuments Reconstruction HD Production Highlight: On a white screen, an animated 2B pencil sketches out the contours of the old mill; it's cogs, wheels and plateau. Ai Mi enters from the right screen, admiring the magic pencil at work. As the magic pencil draws its way swiftly down the screen, the old mill rapidly takes shape. At its final stroke, the old mill animates to life and begins it's laborious journey. As the Barn workers work on the mill, we see pearly white grains of rice being churned out to Ai Mi's delight. She started dancing with an animated grain.

The sequence is underscored with an iconic traditional Hakka song and a short excerpt by the anthropologist who highlights the importance of the mill.
Note: the Sequence will be shot using tracks and crane to better showcase the majestic mill and it's wonderful details.



 

Project Description: Rice Agriculture formed the basis of the Hakkas' survival and growth. Rice was and remains today, the main staple of livelihood and consequently an indelible part of their rich food culture. The Hakkas love their rice not only as the grains of their hard labour, but they have also cultivated a profound respect and regard for the soil and the seasons.

“Rice Cuisine DIY” will be presented in the form of multimedia e-books for the children to learn and explore. The process of acquiring knowledge will be a fun and engaging interactive platform.


The E-Book's content will be divided into these eight chapters: “The Art of Cooking Rice”, “Tossing The Rice Cake”, “Kneading The Rice Ball”, “Rice Drawings”, “Creating The Red Rice”, “Weaving The Straw Cricket”, “Understanding Hakka Rice Culture” and “The Great Guessing Game”.

Production Method: By using a projector, the “Menu” page of the E-Book will be cast onto a screen dressed to look like an open book. To encourage even greater interest and interaction, infrared/motion detectors will activate the program

The E-Book's Content Design consists of text, pictures, photographs, video and animation. For example, the chapter, “Understanding Hakka Rice Culture” will feature experts and video clips of cultural events and ceremonies for greater understanding and enjoyment.

In the chapter, “The Great Guessing Game”, will consist of interesting questions related to the information found in the earlier chapters. The participants with perfect scores will be awarded and presented with a free rice voucher.



 



Project Description: The Rice barn in Xin Wu was built more than sixty years ago, one summer in June. As we attempt to turn back the clock to that beautiful golden summer evening, we see the ancestor of the Barn smoking his pipe contentedly in the sunset, resting under his favorite tree. As the tired but cheerful barn workers leave to return home after a hard day's work, we share their quiet satisfaction and contentment.
A Production Highlight: A re-enactment of the past at the Barn during the beautiful golden hour before sunset evokes nostalgia.