Watch The YouTube Video That Ebert Deemed Oscar-Worthy

It's a deceptively simple concept: man takes camera and tripod out into the NYC blizzard and shoots what he sees. But there's enough beauty and craftsmanship in this three-and-a-half minutes that Roger Ebert thinks it should win an Oscar.

As Ebert points out, there's more to Jamie Stuart's "Idiot with a Tripod" than a single viewing might suggest:

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.

It's incredible to think that not only did Stuart turn this project around so quickly, he did it all shooting with a Canon 7D (and a variety of Nikon manual lenses) and editing in Final Cut Pro. All in just a little over a day.

So what say you, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? "Idiot With a Tripod" may not have shown up in art houses. But I'm betting it can stand tall against most of the live-action short films that did. [Roger Ebert's Journal via Good]


Comments

    Half the reason its so good is because of the soundtrack,
    The songs called Painted Sun in Abstract by Trent Reznor (nine inch nails) and Atticus ross. It's off the sound track to 'The Social Network', and the music is half the reason that films so brilliant too.

    Don't believe me?
    Watch the video with the sound muted and see how long it takes you til you get impatient and start skipping through it.

      Try watching any great piece of cinematography with no sound... There is a legitimate reason for appealing to our sense of sound.

      To treat the images and music as separate items is rediculous.

      Even with the music on I skipped through most of it. It's ok clip but nothing special. Even think the song is annoying...

    I was just about to say the same thing!

    "this is random 'artsy' BS, but the soundtrack rocks! sounds like Trent Reznor!"

    the only thing that is stand out is the soundtrack (I'd say it did a fair amount of propping 'the social network' up too...)

    and I've only listened to one NIN album, yet his stuff is instantly recognizable.

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