J. Scott Smith

29 Palms Series
29 Palms



This unique model train layout is a three dimensional storyboard created by a scriptwriter, Edward Kutner, with help from a Hollywood set designer as an exercise for imagining characters and plot. Scenarios were fashioned within the layout from which a narrative could be drawn. The resulting script was optioned by 20th Century Fox which suppressed its development because of similarities to the film ‘Speed’ which was currently in production.

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Scott was intrigued by the ironic nature of the train layout and wanted to visually exploit the intricacies within scenarios such as the drug bust, suicide attempt, toxic waste clean-up as well as normal scenes of commuters, shoppers and town workers. Through the photography of Clarksville, all facets of a town’s life, the daily routine of commerce and industry contrasting with nightlife scenes corruption and vice, encourage different narratives to emerge.