Our First Film

Our First Film

As our final project for Video and Sound, Yang Zhao, Sergio Mora, and I filmed and edited our first film. We decided to do a short documentary on the Highline. It is an unique New York City attraction because it is beloved by tourists and locals alike. It is also an unique public space that takes advantage of area above the city and shows that not all abandoned spaces should be torn down. Planners looked at an abandoned set of rail road tracks and saw beauty and innovation over destruction and room for more over-priced condos.

We wanted to cover many aspects of the Highline, but given our limited time we decided to focus on four areas:

  • History
  • Design
  • The new third section
  • Future of the Highline and other public space projects

The cornerstone of this film was our interview was Louise Eddelston Lewis, Director of Capital Projects, who provided fantastic insight into all four of these areas. However, we wanted a more rounded perspective of the park so we also did over a dozen interviews with various visitors. We also shot lots of video of the park itself from different vantage points. Hope you enjoy!