Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship recipient Aynne Kokas discusses the value of conducting pilot research during her DPDF fellowship and how her participation in the Visual Culture research field has informed her career choices thus far. She is currently adapting her dissertation on Sino-U.S. media co-production into a book manuscript titled “Shot in Shanghai: Blockbusters, Social Networks and Sino-U.S. Media Convergence.” Her other current research focuses on the circulation of U.S. environmental media on Chinese social networks. Aynne received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Baker Institute Fellow in Chinese media and a sustainability postdoctoral fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. She will be Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Media Policy at the University of Virginia beginning in the fall of 2014.