Metropolis II

Here's a screenshot of the Metropolis short film.

Here’s a very interesting little mini-doc about this model of a city that the artist Chris Burden has created. Not only is his idea fantastic, but how this journo-film goes about explaining what it is, what it seeks to communicate, and most  interestingly, the way in which the little film delves into the psyche of this article—these aspects are completed almost perfectly and beautifully, I might add. I’ve always been interested in little trinkets and miniatures mock-worlds, but a piece like this seems to make it applicable to anyone. The moments where you experience the silence of the “city” are surprisingly eerie and unsettling. It’s a great little voyeuristic adventure into this artist’s idea and creation. Now, to give the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism credit, I did see this originally on one of their blogs (here). The short intro on the CUNY blog does the video much good and explains why it’s such a good little film, such as:

  • ” It’s brilliantly photographed.”
  • “It tells you less and shows you more.”
  • “The use of sound and music is really smart in the way it echoes the story & visuals.”
It’s just very fascinating how this little micro-story can pull you in so intimately. I’ve only had most of my experience in photography, but I’m excited to see the prospect of video and audio. It’s definitely a skill that’s worth having and honestly, I think a combination of these multimedia sources is what brings a story to its ultimate potential. I undoubtedly do and will continue to love writing, because I feel like I have a knack for it, but getting to know other sources of telling a story is so valuable. We watched a video today in another one of my J classes, and within it we analyzed a multimedia piece about a young boy with a physically debilitating disease. The combination of ambient noise, voiceover, audio interview, video and music was fantastic and well put together. I hope to delve into this aspect more throughout my career. I will definitely be partaking in convergence courses to hone these skills.
Here’s the link to the YouTube link to the video.
Video credits:
“A short doc about a kinetic sculpture that took four years to build. We had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden’s studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.
The installation opens fall 2011.
Chris Burden is one of our favorite artists of all time. For more about him and his work by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
Edited by Max Joseph
Cinemtography by Schulman, Joost & Van Neistat
Music by Tortoise (Ten-Day interval) & Mahogany (Windmill International A)Special Thanks to Zak Cook and everyone at the Burden studio…Tortoise, Mahogany, Jaclyn Slimm & Andrew Prinz.”

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