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HIGHRISE: One Millionth Tower
A digital recording of the residents of a Toronto high-rise as they work with an architect to improve their home.
This is the third chapter in the interactive documentary HIGHRISE, in which Katerina Cizek investigates what it means to live in a city in the 21st century.
The 1000th Tower featured the residents of a slightly run down skyscraper on the outskirts of Toronto. Out My Window, winner of the first IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling in 2010, applied the same concept to 13 city dwellers from around the world, including São Paolo, Amsterdam and Bangalore. One Millionth Tower interweaves the local and global approaches of the first two projects. “Hyperglocal” is the word the developers use for their approach. We meet the Torontonians from The 1000th Tower again, brainstorming with their architect on how they can breathe new life into their tower block. Their ideas come to life thanks to computer programmers and animators, and both the process and the result are shown online in a virtual 3D-environment.
Even though the project is limited to this one apartment building in just one city, the story resonates on a global scale: a large proportion of the high-rises that are home to over a billion people worldwide could use a new coat of paint. Cizek wants to be a driving force behind social change, instead of simply capturing it as most traditional documentary filmmakers do. On the road to a “more human-friendly urban planet.”
Project detailsYear of development :2011
Created by:Katerina Cizek
Full project credits
CreditsDIRECTOR Katerina Cizek, SENIOR PRODUCER Gerry Flahive, 3D CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIST Mike Robbins (for Helios Design), ANIMATORS Lillian Chan Howie Shia Kelly Sommerfeld COMMUNITY MEDIA PROJECT LEAD AND CREATIVE ASSOCIATE Heather Frise POST PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Branden Bratuhin ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Sarah Arruda HIGHRISE RESIDENTS Ob Priti Faith Jamal Irene ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Graeme Stewart Brendan Stewart Alana E. Young William Macivor Lara Herald Michael Mclelland (for E.R.A. Architects) www.era.on.ca Jason Thorne Centre of Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) and planningAlliance www.cugr.ca www.planningalliance.ca COMMUNITY MEDIA PRODUCTION SUPPORT Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam Kristyna Balaban ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY Jim Guthrie © National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN) 2011 WITH A SONATA BY Owen Pallett “WORLD OF HIGHRISES” RESEARCH Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam Krystina Balaban PHOTOGRAPHY Jaime Hogge Lillian Chan ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY Julio Bittencourt Angela Catlin Brent Foster Paramita Nath Graeme Nicol Lazaro Saavedra David Schalliol Graeme Stewart LIVING PROOF VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHY Graeme Stewart Sandy Kemsley Brendan Martin Brendan Stewart EDITORS Heather Frise Branden Bratuhin Katerina Cizek WEB DESIGN Helios Design Labs Art Direction: Alex Wittholz and Joanna Durkalec Producer: Mike Robbins HTML/JS Coding: Salpy Kelian and Daniel Sundy 3d Modelling: Matt Brushett SOUND DESIGN Tim Muirhead DANCERS Donna Fenanov Lucienne Faith Jamal DANCE VIDEOGRAPHER Michael Hagedorn SOUND RECORDIST Igal Petal DIALOGUE MIX Chris Miller ADDITIONAL MUSIC “Five Offerings” composed by Owen Pallett, reproduced with permission from Open Wallett & For Great Justice Records. “Away to Me”, “And We got Older” and “The Ballad of the Space Babies”, “Habitat” composed by Jim Guthrie, reproduced with the permission of Jim Guthrie. COLLABORATIONS AND CONSULTANTS Brett Gaylor, Ben Moscowitz, Robert Richter, and Mark Surman (for Mozilla's Popcorn Project, Mozilla Foundation) Charles J. Cliffe and Matthew Deir (for Dragonfly Information Technology Inc.) Tom George, Graham Losee and Cherie Oldenburg (for Design Axiom) Boaz Sender (for Bocoup) Dean Jansen (for Universal Subtitles ) Russell Mitchell (for ANC United Way, Microskills) Jaime Robinson (for United Way Toronto) Kay Blair (for Microskills) Elise Hug and Eleanor McAteer (for Tower Renewal, City of Toronto) VISUAL RESEARCHER Elizabeth Klinck VISUAL ARCHIVES Satellite images courtesy of Pictometry Canada Corp. & Digital Globe Inc. COPY EDIT Gillian Burnett SPECIAL THANKS Stéphane Bousquet Rosalyn Brown Jiri Cizek Daniel-Konrad Cooper Noah Cowan Loc Dao Sean Dixon Olivier Dyason Arlene Gould Jesse Friedman, Google Benoit Jacob Michael Fukushima Christine Kleckner Allan G. Ladouceur, Pictometry Canada Corp. Christopher Logan Renee MacCarthy Rob McLaughlin David Miller Paramita Nath David Oliver Joël Pomerleau Sylvie Prieur Helen Spitzer Sergiu Raul Suciu Kate Vollum OPEN SOURCE TECHNOLOGIES HTML5 WebGL Popcorn Jquery Three.js Blender WebM Ogg Vorbis TECHNICAL CO-ORDINATOR Marcus Matyas PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Mark Wilson HIGHRISE PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR Rachel Punwassie CENTRE ADMINISTRATOR Josiah Rothenberg MARKETING MANAGER Moira Keigher EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Silva Basmajian
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