Here's a New Year's treat for you — a gorgeous YouTube film made by Jamie Stuart, the day after NYC's big blizzard. How good is it? Ask Roger Ebert, who wrote:
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.
It really is quite lovely — and what's even more extraordinary is the progression. Make a movie, send it to a major movie critic, get Oscar buzz. I think I will send my novel to Janet Maslin tomorrow. Happy New Year, everybody!