Short films

MARCH 2015      4 VIDEOS

production methods  script writing + audio recording + powtoon animation

Animated short films about the new South + Southeast LA Community Plan Implementation Overlays

As an Policy Planning intern at the City of LA’s Department of City Planning, I wrote the scripts (in English and Spanish) and envisioned the animation sequences for the “explainer” videos below. Along with a Senior Planner, I recorded the audio for the videos in both English and Spanish. Because I was unable to complete the project before the end of my internship, I taught another intern how to use the animation software and outlined the visual narrative to follow the script (and therefore can only claim partial credit for the animation work).

The Community Plan Implementation Overlays (CPIOs) are new, exciting policy tools designed to translate the policies created by community groups and the planning department into action. Community Plan policies (which make up the Land Use Element) act as guidelines for future urban development; yet, they lack teeth. The CPIOs will serve to actively implement the policies in key areas, such as around transit stations and major boulevards. The videos below were created mainly as educational tools for community meetings. Land Use regulation is a technical and jargon-ridden field; the videos explain, in an engaging and easy to follow way, the purpose and implications of the overlays to lay citizens. Also included are videos (in English and Spanish) explaining the particularly confusing but key land use regulation tool called Floor-Area-Ratio or FAR, which is central to how the CPIOs will enact the South and Southeast Community Plan Updates.

 

Now, watch the videos to learn more!  And make sure to open them full screen.

 

IN ENGLISH

ABOUT THE CPIO

 

EXPLANATION OF FLOOR-AREA-RATIO (FAR)

EN ESPAÑOL

SOBRE EL CPIO

 

UNA EXPLICACIÓN DE LA PROPORCIÓN PISO-ÁREA (FAR)