“One of the best matches of visuals to music I’ve seen.”
– Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“Gorgeous.”
– Alex Ross, New Yorker critic, in his blog The Rest Is Noise

more info on the director:
joshuafrankel.net/Plan_Of_The_City.html
twitter.com/#!/frankelfrankel

more info on the music:
nowensemble.com

making-of photos on facebook:
facebook.com/pages/Plan-Of-The-City/170279963031275

A new film combing animation with live action conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars. The film’s visuals are an animated collage combining live action footage, animated elements, illustrations and treated photographs, including photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity made available to the public domain by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Plan of the City was created in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein and NOW Ensemble, an acclaimed “indie classical” chamber ensemble; the ensemble, including Greenstein, feature prominently in the film as live actors set inside the animated framework.

The audio of the film consists solely of Greenstein’s Change, performed by NOW Ensemble; Change and Plan of the City were created in parallel, each expressing its own artistic intention while simultaneously serving its “sibling”.

The film was presented with the music performed live, timed to the film, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in May, 2011. It also exists as its own stand-alone entity, utilizing NOW Ensemble’s recent studio recording of Change(out on New Amsterdam Records).

Director: Joshua Frankel

Music: “Change”, composed by Judd Greenstein and performed by NOW Ensemble

Cast: Sara Budde, Patrick Burke, Logan Coale, Mark Dancigers, Judd Greenstein, Michael Mizrahi, Alexandra Sopp, Susie Simpson, Celia Au, Jonthan Chang, Dan Chen, William Lex Ham, Ting Hu, Tammi Lee, Doua Moua, Rachel Shapira

Producer: Elissa Federoff
DP: Clayton Combe
Choreographer: Will Rawls
AD: Rachel Horlick
Key Grip: Christopher Fisher
Gaffer: Justyn Davis
Props: Eve Biddle
Script Supervisor: George Westberg
Stylist: Jenni Shaw
Asst Stylist: Julianne Laney
Casting Lauren Charkow
PAs: Clark Frankel, Daisuke Kasagawa, John Kitsis

Edited by: Joshua Frankel and George Westberg

Greenscreen Keying and Rotoscoping: Spline VFX
VFX Supervisor: Leslie Chung

Tools Development: Clay Budin, Dan Fast

Digital Artists: Dave C Frankel, Carolyn Frisch, Rio Harrington, Minwoo Lee, Suzanne Porush, Hyun Jung Ra, David Sarma, Adam Yost

Studio and Invaluable Support provided by My Active Driveway

Images of Mars Courtesy of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Caltech

Made possible with a generous grant from New York State Council On The Arts

  • Empire State of Mind | Life + Times
  • Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
  • Pearl and the Beard – Will Smith Medley
  • The Peach Kings – Lonely
  • Drop the Lime — Sex Sax
  • Joey Ramone – New York City
  • they come to get us
  • Duck Sauce “Barbra Streisand”
  • HAPPY IN NEW YORK CITY (The February SuperCut)
  • Humans of New York
  • Snowboarding New York City
  • Last Photo - New York

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