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Watch: The Short Film About the 2010 Blizzard Roger Ebert Said Should Win an Academy Award


Writes Ebert of Jamie Stuart's Man in a Blizzard:

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.

Watch the short film, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on Ebert's journal including an email exchange with the filmmaker asking him how he did it.

(via daily dish)

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  1. Wow! I totally love it!

    Posted by: apernettt | Dec 30, 2010 12:01:21 PM

  2. it's beautiful.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 30, 2010 12:08:51 PM

  3. Gorg.

    Posted by: tooboot | Dec 30, 2010 12:19:21 PM

  4. awe-some.

    Posted by: rob | Dec 30, 2010 12:42:31 PM

  5. Boring - impressive for a 24 hour turn-around, but let's calm it down in regards to an Academy Award.

    Posted by: Jono | Dec 30, 2010 12:44:57 PM

  6. beyond.

    Posted by: shane | Dec 30, 2010 12:45:18 PM

  7. Academy Award???? You've got to be kidding. Kind of pretty but hardly extraordinary.

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 30, 2010 1:07:08 PM

  8. I agree, being versed in film history does not an Oscar make. I stopped watching after a minute because my expectations were not being met. I've seen better on Vimeo.

    Posted by: Rimming Martin | Dec 30, 2010 1:52:10 PM

  9. Yeah, there are much better Youtube videos I'd be touting for Oscars before this. This is certainly no "Kitten and His Box."

    Posted by: Adam | Dec 30, 2010 1:54:18 PM

  10. So is it "extraordinary" because Roger Ebert says it is? I don't get it.

    Posted by: RW | Dec 30, 2010 1:54:59 PM

  11. I was recently in snowy Utah and at some point I kept wondering how to be creative in the snow (I was thinking warm weather is more photogenic)...well, this short answers that. I agree, Academy Award?
    Not so fast.

    Posted by: Monty | Dec 30, 2010 2:17:37 PM

  12. Very nicely done. The filmmaker is certainly talented but Ebert might be getting a bit carried away with the superlatives.

    Posted by: matt | Dec 30, 2010 2:24:16 PM

  13. needs more pug.

    Posted by: wtf | Dec 30, 2010 2:24:28 PM

  14. Absolutely beautiful- what a celebration!

    Posted by: GothProf | Dec 30, 2010 2:47:28 PM

  15. It's hard to admire technical expertise when the resolution is low and blotchy. :-/

    Posted by: jexer | Dec 30, 2010 3:45:15 PM

  16. That poor dog's wiener and nutsage musta been hurting.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Dec 30, 2010 4:15:40 PM

  17. It might make a decent commercial. I was expecting the hear "you're in good hands with Allstate" at the end.

    Posted by: Natira | Dec 30, 2010 4:21:01 PM

  18. Brrrr I want some hot chocolate now.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 30, 2010 4:51:57 PM

  19. Very nice- he has a true filmmaker eye- I wonder what camera he shot it with?

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 30, 2010 5:35:39 PM

  20. This was very pretty. Amazing editing and photography in such a short amount of time, and wonderful cinematic images. I don't know if it's Oscar worthy, but anyway it's better than I could do any day.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Dec 30, 2010 6:03:41 PM

  21. Screw Roger, Eddie thought it was done very well.

    Posted by: Eddie | Dec 30, 2010 6:29:15 PM

  22. oooooooh snow! pretty!

    Posted by: Toto | Dec 30, 2010 7:05:11 PM

  23. It's OK, but I don't think it's Oscar material. There are some wonderful still shots in there, and maybe one of those can win an award.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 30, 2010 11:48:47 PM

  24. You could not PAY me to be in that environment! SoCal Forever!!!

    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Dec 31, 2010 12:42:10 AM

  25. Lovely little poem!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 31, 2010 1:41:52 PM

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