December 30, 2010

A Storm Story Without Words

Filmmaker Jamie Stuart is receiving national attention for a short film he made about the recent East Coast blizzard. Stuart shot “Idiot with a Tripod” on December 26th in New York. In a three minute film, Stuart is able to beautifully capture the post-Christmas snowstorm.

By December 27th, links to the film were being passed around on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Film critic Roger Ebert was one of the first to see “Idiot with a Tripod.” Ebert thinks the film should win an Academy Award for best live-action short subject.

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To me the most impressive thing about this film is the way Stuart is able to tell a story without any words. No spoken words, no graphics, not even any natural sound. Yet the viewer sees a story through the images on the screen. We are able to follow the progression as the storm impacts life in New York.

I don’t know if “Idiot with a Tripod” will be nominated for Oscar, but it is a nice piece of visual storytelling.

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