1. "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

    This project is growing into an opera:

    More info on the director:

    More info on the music:

    Making-of photos on facebook:

    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

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  2. A 10-minute opera composed by Daniel Schlosberg ’15MMA, based on the Grimm fairy tale.

    Colin Brooks, Batmyagar Erdenebat, Daniel Stone, viola
    Bora Kim, Ji Eun Lee, cello
    Gregory Vartian-Foss, bass
    Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute/piccolo
    Bo Hee Kim, flute/alto flute/piccolo
    Eric Anderson, clarinet/E-flat clarinet
    Ashley William Smith, clarinet/bass clarinet/saxophone
    John Craig Hubbard, horn
    Mikio Alan Sasaki, trumpet
    Garret Arney, percussionist
    Antoine Malette-Chenier, harp
    Lee Dionne, piano/harpsichord

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