NYC: 2050 update


NYC: 2050 – a short film outlining a day in the life of a family in Manhattan.

That’s been our start point for the film, and we’ve been working through the process quickly…probably more quickly than ideal, due to deliverables for our Non-linear storytelling class.

David and I are working together, and are both part of the non-linear storytelling group. Two other classmates (Brett and Maya) are joining us from that side of things, and will be largely working with the production of the project, while David and I focus on research, interviews, and story. I’m directing the final production, so I guess I’ll be heavily involved throughout.

I need to get on the daily routine, our time has just been consumed with story writing. We are imagining a scenario of a family of three living in Manhattan (and in some scenarios, without a child). We follow them as they wake up, go to work, and spend their evening together. We see what types of jobs they’re doing, what their diet consists of, what areas of Manhattan are┬áno longer inhabitable, how transit will function, etc. A large point we’re stuck on is what the action is that will drive this mini-plot forward, which needs to largely center on this world in 2050. Is it about the child? Is it a conflict between the parents? Do they need to adapt to a new change in the landscape in 2050, and are struggling to do so? Are they saying goodbye to their Avenue B apartment because it’s about to be permanently flooded?

Ideally we’d be conducting our interviews and then formulating all these things, but we need to do it in conjunction to get everything done on time. We’ve begun working through our list of professionals, who include:

- Naomi Klein

- Stefani Bardin

- Plan NYC (who have done great research to figure out how the infrastructure in the city will hold up)

- Smudge Studios

- Dale Jamieson at NYU (I have gotten through the first part of his book, Reason in a Dark Time)

- The IPCC @ the United Nations

- Goddard Institute at Columbia



I’ve also been reading the book “The World in 2050″ by Laurence Smith from UCLA. It’s enlightening in terms of global forces that will shape the future world, and it ties back with how all of these forces will influence the Environmental issues we currently face.

As a little fun thing, I have made spreadsheets for our theoretical different scenarios. I put something in the subject, and hypothesize about best/average/worse scenario for 2050. Here’s one:

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 2.05.57 AMOtherwise, we have to have a script drafted for our other class, and we should start hearing back from professionals end of this week or the start of next, so we’ll start talking to people next week and really have a better idea of our route.


  • Marina Zurkow says:

    I think you need to spend more time inside of the details and speculations. Until you reach your experts (how is that going? have you sent the letter out?) I’d be building the spreadsheet and casting and even rehearsing with wild abandon.

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