Saturday, May 21, 2022

MacGillivray Freeman Films continues giant screen engineering education with Cities of the Future

MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) announced production of a new giant screen film and live interactive experience, Cities of the Future: Reimagining Our World (working title), slated for release in October 2023. Produced by the same team that created the award-winning film Dream Big: Engineering Our World in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Cities of the Future explores the visionary ideas and innovative solutions engineers are employing right now as they design the smart cities of tomorrow.

Images of today’s cities. Photos courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Available in 2D, 3D and all digital formats, Cities of the Future invites audiences to step 50 years into the future where they’ll find smart cities designed to be totally sustainable. The 40-minute experience consists of a 20-minute giant screen film and a 20-minute live presentation inside the theater, where an educator will take audiences on an interactive tour of future cities using ASCE’s Future World Vision digital platform, a comprehensive project to reimagine and prepare for the future and explore infrastructure ideas based on real engineering data and principles. An interactive museum exhibit will also be available, where visitors can see, touch and explore this new high-tech world.

“Cities of the Future will take audiences into the imagination of the world’s most innovative engineers who are working right now to design the cities we will live in 50 years from now,” said producer Shaun MacGillivray. “From electric flying vehicles to space-based solar power to the most cutting-edge green technologies, the creative innovations being designed to solve society’s greatest challenges are downright mind-boggling and totally awe-inspiring, and the immense scope of this kind of creativity matches perfectly with the power of the giant screen. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this.”

“Just like we did with Dream Big, we are creating a fully immersive, interactive experience that science centers and museums can use to fulfill their mission of bringing leading-edge educational experiences to their members and the public,” said Jane Howell, ASCE’s Chief Communications Officer. “We want Cities of the Future to inspire the next generation of engineers and help them recognize the power they have to shape our world and make it a better place.”

Concept of a future city skyline. Illustration courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films

Cities of the Future is also designed to engage the public in a series of public forums. MFF and ASCE will help museums coordinate high-profile forums with film screenings, panel sessions and other activities with a focus on building a shared vision of the future. Engineers, community leaders, city officials and the public will come together to share ideas of what they see for cities of the future. The ideas and opinions gathered from these forums will go to ASCE and other engineering organizations for use in the real-time plans that engineers are designing now.

“Like Dream Big, the film will be the centerpiece of a more extensive educational outreach program that will allow museums to build museum-wide programming around this important and timely subject,” said Mary Jane Dodge, Executive Producer at MacGillivray Freeman Films. “The film will be what inspires the audience, and then we want to harness that enthusiasm into real engagement that can benefit engineers working on these innovative solutions.”

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