Monday, January 17, 2011

Spectacular Snow Cinema: Art Meets Blizzard

Amid all the amateur weather video engulfing social media and infiltrating The Weather Channel and other broadcast outlets, one product of the New York post-Christmas blizzard stands way above the rest. Veteran film critic Roger Ebert has this to say in his blog regarding "Man in a Blizzard," by Jamie Stuart:
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.
YouTube hits for the video are now over half a million.

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