Here’s a video that’s been making the rounds the past few days. A filmmaker named Jamie Stuart put together a short film that he shot during last weekend’s blizzard. It’s called “Idiot With a Tripod” in homage to Dziga Vertov’s “Man With a Movie Camera”, a city symphony from 1929.
The film was shot on (surprise!) a Canon 7D. It’s pretty remarkable how Stuart was able to get such great images and turn around a quality video so quickly. Yet another testament to DSLR filmmaking.
One of the big stories around the clip is how Roger Ebert said it deserves an Oscar for best live-action short subject. I don’t know about that, but it’s definitely worth a view. Anyone else find it interesting that Stuart chose to score it with a piece of music Trent Reznor wrote for the Social Network?
Here it is! The second video for December, Breuckelen.
If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to read my last post about the ideas behind it.
My second video of the month is called Breuckelen. It’s an ode to the early genre of films known as city symphonies. It uses a short film called Manhatta (1921) as its inspiration, but moves the setting to modern day Brooklyn. Here’s the original:
Here is the final version of my first film for December, Drift:
As I mentioned in my last post, this video is based on the Situationist idea of the derive, drifting through the city, and a psychogeographic mapping of Manhattan. Enjoy!
As I mentioned before Thanksgiving, I’ll be making two videos for December. In this post, I’ll give you an early look at the first of those videos, “Drift.” I shot most of the film on Saturday and will spend the next week editing it together. Above is a short clip to give you a taste of what it will look like. “Drift” follows a young woman (in this case, my girlfriend Leslie) as she wanders through Manhattan. It is based on the ideas of the Situationist International movement (more on that below). If you can’t tell by the clip, the film takes her through the Lower East Side, Times Square and Central Park.