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two°C – New-York City

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An experiment video about the what if New-York City was underwater by Claire&Max.

What would New-York City look like by rising waters? We wanted to represent this simulation in this short film. The realization was a technical exercise, but also gives a warning message in relation to global warming.

The place of Man in our society is one of the main themes of our work, with the theme of emptiness and abandonment, convinced of the anthropic impact on the environment. The global warming that we point out here by the rising waters is only one element of all the environmental degradations like the air and water pollution, impoverishment Soil depletion and resources depletion.

Is this scenario possible?

Yes. And for several reasons.

For the first, rising waters is only one manifestation of global warming. At the UN Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2016, 195 nations signed an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would limit to 2 ° C (3.6 degrees Farenheit ) global warming. You now undarstand that « two » means these two degrees.

The IPCC, an intergovernmental panel of experts on climate change, predicted an average ocean increase of 1 meter by 2100: their model underestimated the melting of the ice. For James Hansen, these 2 ° would still remain dangerous because it integrates in its recent models the melting of the ice: it estimates an increase of 5 to 9m by 2080. It is tomorrow.
This rise associated with storm surges (such as Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012) would easily allow for the same flooding condition presented in the film. You can find here the entire James Hansen’s case study.

The second reason would be also dramatic.
The mountain of the volcano Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma in the Canaries threatens to collapse. The collapse could create a mega-tsunami with a 650m (2130 feet) wave . But this geological phenomenon could happen in several thousand years. Or tomorrow. Let’s keep it in mind.

Water is result of a 3D simulation (with 3DSMax) after removing all the people in the streets (with Photoshop). We used a GH4 with the 12-35mm lens. For speed additionnal footages, we used archive.org, and we licensed the music via audionetwork.com (Luke Richards, « It’s happening »). Doing this film required several months of work.

Claire&Max:

We are here: menilmonde.com

We travel every month around the world.
We also like to make experimental short films.

In 2013, we started a World Tour of the most beautiful abandoned places on Earth.

http://menilmonde.com/

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