Film/Sequence Assignment

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Amidst a state of chaos, we often fail to appreciate the beautiful aspects of our cityscape. The use of a single static long shot helps retract our attention from the chaotic environment of the city, instead focusing our attention on elements of the cityscape that we might have overlooked due to our busy surrounding environment.

The movie ‘Empire’ directed by Andy Warhol in 1964, makes good use of the single static long shot to highlight the impact of atmospheric changes on the Empire State Building, the tallest building in New York.

Still from the movie ‘Empire’ 1964 Andy Warhol

The movie stretches over a period of 8 hours in which we witness the passage of time from daylight to darkness, with the building being the centre and the main subject of the shot.

Using similar ideology, I have created a single static long shot of the city to capture the atmospheric changes that occur through the flow of time. However, instead of capturing the highest point in the city, I have chosen to shoot the video from the highest point in Sydney, The Sydney Tower Eye.

The choice of location helps to reflect my intentions of exploring the change from daytime to nighttime but also creates a unique experience for the viewer as they witness the city from a different point of view.

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