Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dude Films Some Shit in a Snowstorm

Found via Neatorama, this video was filmed Saturday, edited at (seemingly) the speed of light, and uploaded Sunday.  

The subject is New York City during the recent blizzard.  This piece is eerie, moving, and strangely inspirational by the end.  Roger Ebert had this to say:

"This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject.
(1) Because of its wonderful quality. (2) Because of its role as homage. It is directly inspired by Dziga Vertov's 1929 silent classic 'Man With a Movie Camera.' (3) Because it represents an almost unbelievable technical proficiency. It was filmed during the New York blizzard of Dec. 26, and Jamie Stuart e-mailed it to me with this time stamp: December 27, 2010 4:18:18 PM CST.
"You can tell from the cinematography he knew exactly what he was doing and how to do it. He held the Vertov film in memory. Stuart must already been thinking of how he would do the edit and sound. Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary."

I watched this twice, and I'm glad to have stumbled across it.  I normally have a particularly hard time, emotionally, during the holidays.  This video gave me some things to think about in reference to human spirit, the inevitability of our environment, and hope at the dying of the year.  Hmmm.  

"Man in a Blizzard," also known as "Idiot With A Tripod":

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