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Blizzard Short. Inspired by Vertov, Praised by Ebert.

Blizzard Short. Inspired by Vertov, Praised by Ebert.

The introduction to Dziga Vertov’s, “Man With a Movie Camera” (from 1929), includes the on screen advisory that the film is a cinematic experiment aimed at, “creating a truly international language of cinema based on its absolute separation from the language of theater and literature.”

Shot and edited during the recent East Coast blizzard, “Idiot With a Tripod” is Jamie Stuart’s latest short (embedded below or Quicktime version). It drew an immediate rave from Roger Ebert today via Twitter and on his blog. Writing that Stuart’s short was inspired by Vertov’s, “Man With a Movie Camera.” Ebert probed Stuart’s process in an email exchange, noting that Stuart shot with the Canon 7D and edited it on Final Cut Pro, converting the H.264 footage using ProRes 422. More tech details on Ebert’s blog. For the music, Stuart used a track by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from the soundtrack for “The Social Network.”

Praising “Idiot With a Tripod,” Ebert wrote today, “This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject.”

Watch it below (via YouTube). Higher resolution and more via Jamie Stuart’s website.

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The film’s rapid-fire shots remind one of Truffaut’s moves at the start of “Jules et Jim” bing bing bing, great fast shots telling a visual story. Jamie’s contrast and humor shine through in his shot of the golden warm heat of the Hong Kong sign shining against the fierce windy snows. While most New Yorkers were staying cozy indoors or worried about the blizzard’s ramifications, here was this young film maker out on scene making art. Bravo!

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