Fragments That Build a Whole

Dziga Vertov’s silent film The Man with the Movie Camera uses the technique of arranging a series of fragmented shots to build a whole. This technique allows Vertov to represent the Soviet cities of the 1930’s as a rapidly developing, industrial space, as the constant shifts from scene to scene create an overly transient atmosphere. This effect is created through a range of cinematic techniques such as fast & slow motion, tracking shots, jump cuts etc. Thus, Vertov’s film cements the notion that the making of film has never been an innocent operation.

Therefore, my film sequence Moving Through the City applies the techniques used by Vertov, to show the city as a busy, and constantly moving space.

Moving Through the City:

Screenshot from ‘Moving Through the City’

Much like Vertov, I used fast motion, and jump cuts to show the city as a highly active space through filming the constant movement of both people and vehicles. The music I used was an instrumental of Post Malone’s song ‘Up There’, as it kept the video upbeat, and was easy to align with the several transitions. In addition, my choice to use the greyscale filter was initially to replicate Vertov’s aesthetic, but I found it also helped keep the film visually consistent as the shots of my raw footage extremely varied light and shadow.


Vertov, Dziga The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) The original

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