8 – The shot of the twin towers of Time Warner building begins the movie.
Columbus Circle is a circle of power. It is the perfect setting for the next imaginary movie, named after the location it is set in.
This one’s about a man who is at the very pinnacle of his career in media and communications. He was once a young everyman who, filled with ambition, worked his way up to near the very top of the ladder. Having arrived there, he found it lonely and alienating, but he craved and reveled in the POWER.
He begins to destroy everyone around him – his competitors, his rivals, those who didn’t agree with him, even members of his own family. Once incorruptible, he resorts to unscrupulous practices to secure his position. His marriage falls apart and he loses the trust of his closest friends and associates.
Then the inconceivable happens. He is exposed for fraud and he loses everything. He returns to the streets, lost and disoriented, staring up at what was once his. He is humbled but funnily enough, also relieved. Now he can start again.
9 – We zoom in onto our anti-hero, who, just for kicks commutes the old-fashioned way everyday, by horse-drawn carriage.
10 – He alights at the building, where he walks in purposefully and is greeted by members of his staff, who all recognise him.
11 – It’s a beautiful office. All towering glass and steel. And ambition. And POWER.
12 – In his office, he looks across to his competitor, the Hearst Corporation, housed in the iconic Hearst Tower, designed by Sir Norman Foster. One day that will be his too, he tells himself.
13 – Scene switches to now, where he has lost everything, and he looks up at the skyline that was once all his.
14 – It his humbling. He grabs himself a simple sandwich, sits himself down by the public art along Broadway, and starts to reevaluate his life.
B – Columbus Circle
About Kennie Ting
I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.