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The Calm Before the BIMStorm

A 2008 creative writing exploration about the value of the first BIMStorm using Disneyland and Woodstock as analogies. Starring Andy Fuhrman. Written by Mike Bordenaro about the efforts of Kimon Onuma, ONUMA, Inc. and an army of 130 teams working intensely over a period of 24 hours.

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The Calm Before the BIMStorm

  1. 1. The Calm before the BIMstorm™ - An O.S. Screenplay Posted by: mbordenaro (IP Logged) Date: January 29, 2008 06:47PM The Calm Before the BIMstorm™ An Open Source Screenplay for Kimon Onuma, ONUMA, Inc. and the entire LA BIMstorm™ Team. A movie camera slowly pans over the top of a beautiful orange tree bearing glistening fruit. Soon, we see more trees and know we are flying over a large orange grove. Suddenly, we are at the end of the orange grove and are surprisingly flying over a modern city with commercial, residential and institutional buildings all around. The camera speeds up and we are amazed at the amount of development. There are roads jammed with cars and a super highway with cars standing still. (Those silly Americans, it is so easy to identify them and their country.) In the distance we are surprised to see what appears to be a castle. Yes, we know it is a castle. Much of the world is familiar with the symbol of the Magic Kingdom. Not only are we in the U.S., we are in the Los Angeles area and the camera accelerates us to Disneyland. The camera slows and we see people in Disneyland, and by their clothes, we know it is the 1950s. Actually, it is opening day at Disneyland, and we see the people are sweating profusely in the record-setting heat. Is that a young Andy Fuhrman? It is extraordinarily hot. There are long lines for refreshments that were sold out hours ago. Bathrooms don’t work. Rides are broken. People’s shoes are sticking in hot asphalt that is like tar. Fade to a computer animation of a learned person who says: If you judge Disneyland only by its first day, you could call it a total failure. The LA BIMstorm™ will probably be just like Disneyland... The learned person’s eyes sharpen their focus on you.
  2. 2. The head tilts slightly. Then a knowing chuckle is heard as we fade out ... and fade in to... Another camera flying over another agricultural scene of rolling hills and bountiful crops. Suddenly we are over a road packed with cars that aren’t moving. The cars are overflowing the two-lane road. The result is a four- and sometimes five-lane parking lot. The camera tilts up to reveal this mess goes on a far as we can see. The camera speeds up over the parking mayhem to reveal people scrambling over a flattened cyclone fence. They are moving towards a larger mass of people in front of a huge stage. The people are dancing and we see specific faces of smiling people. Is that an older Andy Fuhrman with a big grin on his face? The camera moves away too fast to tell and we are over the stage where a man of beautiful color in African clothes bends over an acoustic guitar and exaltedly sings over and over, “Freedom, freeeedom, freeeedom, freedom.....” Fade to the learned computer animation person who says: If you judge Woodstock by the financial figures of its first three days, it was a total failure. If you judge it by the weather, it was a rainy, muddy disaster of Biblical proportions. But we don’t judge Disneyland by its first day, and we don’t judge Woodstock by the financial success of its concert receipts. We judge Disneyland by the fact that it is the cornerstone of a global entertainment park division of a hugely successful international business that aims to entertain and enrich families. You might think that Disney's single message of happiness and success corrupts the diverse dreams of children all over the world, or you might like "Finding Nemo" so much you forgive all the sins of an international conglomeration. However you judge Disney, I doubt that you judge it by the first day of Disneyland. And Woodstock has not become the symbol of poorly organized logistics.
  3. 3. To many, the Woodstock Arts and Music Festival has come to represent the potential of the human spirit. To many, Woodstock is a symbol of how art and music and human creativity can overcome any obstacle to true happiness when we allow our best selves to triumph over the gravity of life. To others, it was the representation of everything that is wrong and evil in the world. But if you are participating in the LA BIMstorm™, I doubt you are one of the people in the second category. If you are participating in the LA BIMstorm™, I suspect you are someone who realizes that Woodstock was a huge financial success because of the recorded audio and video content that was generated during those historic three days. The record sales were off the chart. The movie won an Academy Award and put the genre of rock movie on the map. Sales of 8-track tapes, cassettes, CDs and DVDs continue to generate value for the amazing data that was put forth on this earth in New York State in the summer of 1969. Slow fade to another camera flying over another city...only this time, the city is not real. Even though most of the buildings are flat, we can see a 3D Magic Castle in the distance and we know we are back at Disneyland, but in Google Earth. The camera speeds up and we see a somewhat gray and fuzzy downtown Los Angeles. But just beyond downtown, we see bright beautiful colors. We fly to them and immediately know that there is a plan in place. Suddenly, buildings start popping up all over. A fire station pops up in the middle of a road – it must be an American team. But then it disappears. And then reappears properly on a site. Oh, it is a good American team. The camera stays fixed, but the frames advance quickly like a time exposure camera over a construction site.
  4. 4. Buildings big and small appear, disappear, change shape, change size, add floors, remove wings, green roofs grow quickly and walls of vines spread over the side of structures. The sun moves quickly from one side of the movie screen to other. And as the sun light dims, the movie frames slow down. The camera angle remains the same, but we fade to the real Los Angeles of the near future. We slowly move in and see smiling people walking from work. Energy efficient trains are dropping people off and picking them up. A happy couple is riding bikes along an arbored path. Is that a smiling Andy Fuhrman grooving in a crowd of people at a small music festival in a park that was envisioned by the participants of the LA BIMstorm™? Yes, it is, Andy. Andy is the head of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE), and he is happy because he is hearing Carlos Santana ripping through Soul Sacrifice - the same music Andy heard almost 40 years ago in Upstate New York. Soul Sacrifice, indeed. We are all sacrificing just a little bit to participate in the LA BIMstorm™. But as all the great artists have taught us, if you sacrifice your soul to what you love, you can make beautiful music...art, architecture...a beautiful world. And as Woodstock taught us, if you love your art, you can create data that generates pleasure...and revenue...for many years to come. Rock on everyone...and don’t let a little rain or computer frustration stop you from doing what you love – proving that artful collaboration can make a beautiful world. No more rain! No more rain! No more rain! (It was pouring rain at Woodstock and the MC, Wavy Gravy, took the mic and started started chanting, "No more rain" and the entire crowd picked up the chant and raised their voice to the clouds. Suddenly the rain stopped and the concert continued.) ...To be continued ...
  5. 5. Thanks to everyone, especially, Kimon and the entire ONUMA, Inc. team. Mike Bordenaro BIM Education Co-op – A BIMStorm Agent www.BIMStorm.com Re: The Calm before the BIMstorm™ - An O.S. Screenplay Posted by: Kimon (IP Logged) Date: January 29, 2008 07:08PM The point is, is that it is happening... Thanks Mike Kimon Onuma Team E - "Jimi Hendrix Team" Please Break the Rules Posted by: Kimon (IP Logged) Date: January 29, 2008 07:35PM The rules are, that there are no rules. We want to encourage experimentation and being controversial. It is much better to make mistakes in the virtual world than to make them in the real world. Make a lot of mistakes, make them fast and move on. The truth will emerge. Kimon
  6. 6. Thanks to everyone, especially, Kimon and the entire ONUMA, Inc. team. Mike Bordenaro BIM Education Co-op – A BIMStorm Agent www.BIMStorm.com Re: The Calm before the BIMstorm™ - An O.S. Screenplay Posted by: Kimon (IP Logged) Date: January 29, 2008 07:08PM The point is, is that it is happening... Thanks Mike Kimon Onuma Team E - "Jimi Hendrix Team" Please Break the Rules Posted by: Kimon (IP Logged) Date: January 29, 2008 07:35PM The rules are, that there are no rules. We want to encourage experimentation and being controversial. It is much better to make mistakes in the virtual world than to make them in the real world. Make a lot of mistakes, make them fast and move on. The truth will emerge. Kimon

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