In 2017 Blank Space featured the Driverless Future Challenge. I was invited to participate with an international team and submit Why Drive NYC, a concept developed in collaboration with Mitchell Reardon, Daly Brown and Sebastien Goethals. Working remotely with these talented urban planners resulted in a three-minute video proposal. The challenge in this project was limiting the very extensive plan for this new model of strategic urban design. The concept encouraged the public to participate in the design of public space, green space and autonomous mobility networks in neighbourhoods throughout New York City using gamification. Developing the materials from offices scattered across three different continents meant finding creative ways to depict the information. Google Street view and Google Earth provided an interesting medium to explore the streets and traffic of NYC and depict the need for a healthier balance between autonomous vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in the future of the city.
Arne Gielen and Gertjan Hulster from the production company, Nieuw en Verbeterd, contacted me to animate an opening title for their documentary about the cycling culture in the Netherlands. Working with the talented designer, Riccardo Russomanno, an art direction was developed and a series of font styles were made into an hierarchy. From here, I rotoscoped footage of a group of cyclists as they crossed a red bike path and then added the logo along with texture elements to make it appear weathered and as if it had been painted in place. I also animated maps to show patterns of cyclist movement throughout cities.
IBI Group contacted me from their offices in Vancouver in order to produce a video for their new programme, TH!NK Pocket R&D. Using footage from planners, senior managers and executives shot in offices across Canada, I animated, narrated and edited the footage to explain the purpose of the programme and encourage new participation. A lot of rotoscoping mixed with a hand drawn style made the video a fun and approachable.
Sustainable Amsterdam is a consultancy firm based in Amsterdam that showcases the city’s many innovative approaches to urban planning, resiliency and sustainable mobility. Part of the research formed the basis of “Are Streets for Cars” a short video demonstrating the changes to Amsterdam over the past few decades, changing into the liveable city that it is today. I worked extensively with Sustainable Amsterdam to showcase the positive message in their research and encourage people to learn more about the city and its transformation. My work on this video included scripting, recording, video editing and animation. The results have been published in many international media outlets and have appeared in conferences around the world.
The University of Colorado, Boulder, has been the site of an intensive environmental planning programme, called ENVD, for many decades. The dean contacted me in order to make a 3-minute video to encourage prospective students to learn more about the programme and what skills the students could expect to learn in studies. For this project I helped with storyboarding, scripting, animation and editing.