Plan of the City: Destroying Old Foundations and Breaking New Ground

Plan of the City: Destroying Old Foundations and Breaking New Ground

Plan of the City is an amazing new short film, a 13-minute animated collage combining animation with live action, conceived and directed by the brilliant young filmmaker and animator Joshua Frankel. The film is about the architecture of New York City, in which New York’s buildings blast off rocket-like into outer space and resettle on Mars. Plan of the City was created in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein and the NOW Ensemble, an acclaimed “indie classical” chamber ensemble. Members of the ensemble, including Greenstein, feature prominently in the film as live actors set within the animated framework.

NOW Ensemble is a composer/performer collective that has quickly established itself as one of the most prominent and promising sounds in 21st century chamber music. NOW’s “alt-classical” performance of Greenstein’s new composition Change genuinely conveys the mood of new classical music with its indie-rock sensibility, combined with amplification and a synthesizer or guitar. The film proves to be one of the best matches of visuals to music that you’re likely to experience. Just as old buildings are transformed into new homes in Frankel’s film, this project seems to forge new ground in the old and well-loved territory of music video production.

Plan of the City: Destroying Old Foundations and Breaking New Ground

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