NYC Tenants Project, 2015

During my first semester at Studio 20 I became the project producer of this collective interactive site. At the time, I was attending a mandatory video class with professor Jason Maloney but, since I already had experience producing video Jason allowed me to work on my own project. I decided I wanted to experiement more with interactive-documentary. While writing about interactive documentary festivals in Europe, I discovered a tool called Klynt. Klynt is a software that allows storytellers to create interactive videos without needing to code. It’s a great tool to focus on the story and the video-department at NYU allowed us to  buy a license.

Since October I began gathering contacts and cases of landlord harassment in NYC. I had covered similiar cases in Barcelona, my hometown, and I was very impressed to see that NY housing situation was even more complex. I gathered contacts and possible interviews with lawyers and experts, then I helped my classmates shoot their video-pieces, that were planned to be part of the whole interactive site.

Once I had all the material – and during the holidays –  I created all the interactive design using Klynt and I asked Jordi Nus, a student at Stern Film Score to compose the music for us. This was the first interactive built by a group of students at Studio 20 NYU 🙂

UPDATE* Only new versions of Google Chrome can support the site + only for dektop.

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This is the mind map of the story, seen by Klynt

Screen ShotThe students of Studio 20 met with tenants, community organizers, lawyers and academics to try to understand the state of New York housing and its potential future. With the use of video, audio, photography and interactive storytelling, the piece spotlights the loss of approximately 300,000 rent regulated apartments in New York City and prompts us to ask: what kind of city do we want?n September 2014, three students from NYU’s Studio 20 program were assigned to cover a story about alleged tenant harassment in the Lower East Side. Compelled by their story, student Clàudia Prat set out to find similar stories and get to the bottom of this incredibly complex issue, becoming the project producer of this interactive and collective documentary.

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