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Film Identifier: F.2004-02-0074
Run Time
0h 5m 33s
Date Produced
Digital renderings of various cityscapes, moving from the east to the west coast. The buildings are depicted in a yellow outline, with the buildings by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill appearing in blueish-white outline. The camera quickly zooms and tracks among the cityscapes, occasionally panning to highlight an individual building. The soundtrack consists of wind and string instruments playing a repetitive tune.
00:00 - A count up to the number 9, with a PAN away from the number and across the word “City” in a 3-D line rendering. 00:11 - The words “New York” appear and zoom at the viewer in a 3-D line rendering. All city names appear in the same fashion for every scenario. TILT DOWN and ZOOM to street level as camera tracks through the depiction of New York City. Camera rotates completely to ZOOM over the tops of buildings and into black. 00:44 - Boston. HA view of entire cityscape with a very quick ZOOM into the buildings to track along the coastline, ZOOM back up to a HA, briefly returning to street level before tracking into the black. 01:15 - Washington. ZOOM along mall to rendering of Capitol Hill. Camera rotates to track down Pennsylvania Ave before turning to the Washington Monument, ZOOM past it into black. 01:43 - Chicago. ELS of rendering. Camera ZOOM IN on Sears Tower. Camera circles the building while tracking down its length. Once at ground level ZOOM to museum and over lake to Navy Pier. Camera tracks along Michigan Ave to John Hancock building at ground level, circling and tracks up the length before a ZOOM through the spires back over the city towards the Sears Tower and into black. 02:37 - Denver. ZOOM in from ELS to track among buildings, never reaching ground level. Gives a brief overview of the city before turning to PAN into black. 03:08 - Houston. Three white buildings appear first. As camera ZOOMS into city more buildings become visible. Camera reaches the Wells Fargo building and tracks up its length before turning to view the city in HA. TILT DOWN then ZOOM over buildings into black. 03:39 - Portland. Camera tracks along city, viewing entire scope in LS. Reaches a blue building in the corner and TILTS to a HA before a ZOOM at ground level along the street and into black. 04:08 - San Francisco. Track along city in LS before ZOOM past city center skyscrapers, with brief TILT to view one in a HA, and off into black. 04:36 - Los Angeles. ZOOM IN at ground level before tracking along the buildings, rotating to capture significant skyscrapers. Camera tracks along the length of the city slowly in HA before a ZOOM into the black. Music ends. 05:08-05:31 - Credits appear in outline. Written and filmed by Skidmore, Owing and Merrill. Copyright 1984.
Main Credit
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (is director)
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (is production company)
Behrend, Jack (is producer)
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (corporate name)
Additional Credit
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (is writer)
Behrend, Jack (is cinematographer)
Related Place
Chicago (production location of)