New Yorkers recently got winter dumped over their heads in a few swift hours, leaving families all over the tri-state area bundled together in their homes.
As the blizzard started to dump snow in Astoria, Queens on December 26, filmmaker Jamie Stuart broke out a camera and tripod and captured the beauty of the blizzard from his window in a short3-minute movie called Idiot With A Tripod as an homage to the 1929 movie “Man With a Movie Camera.”
Once he finished editing and scoring his work, he sent the short film to Roger Ebert, who writes on his blog why it should be an Academy Award contender in the Live-Action Short category: “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.”
Ebert also went on to say that the movie should win an Academy Award for best live-action short subject.
Idiot with a Tripod is the final product of tons of snow, stuck cars, and the massive storm that hit the Northeast recently. The short film is only three minutes long, and is just about snow. Snow in the sense that dogs can’t go outside, cars got stuck and it was all caught on film.
In my honest opinion, the movie is good. And I like the music too.