Task 1, Part B: A Short Documentary Film Inspired by Dziga Vertov

A Journey from station to station, using Vertov’s technique ‘a series of fragments that build a whole’
Figure 1: It is a scene from Dziga Vertov’s well renowned documentaries known as “A Man with a Movie Camera”, displaying city life.
Figure 2 : It is a scene from Dziga Vertov’s well renowned documentaries known as “A Man with a Movie Camera”, displaying city life.

Good afternoon everyone, this documentary communicates a journey to your destination by travelling station to station. This was inspired by Dziga Vertov’s technique “A series of fragments that build a whole” used in his remembered work “A Man with a Movie Camera” in 1929. Vertov was a director, screenwriter and a theoretician of documentary film, becoming the inventor of its language (Monoskop, 2016). The “Man with a Movie Camera” illustrates the city life in Moscow, Odessa and Kiev, through the use of techniques like camera angles and shots as shown in Figure 1 and 2, slow motion, speed up action and so on (Bradshaw, 2015). Likewise I have utilised this technique into my short film. For instance, using my smart phone to record the footage, like how Vertov used a movie camera to capture city life. A portable device such a phone gives a different perspective and makes it easier follow Vertov’s technique. The skills used to perform this technique includes straight and high angles with mid and long camera shots, chronological order of the scenes, merging scenes together to form a short film, slow and fast motion and the like. This documentary allows the audience to view the interaction and experiences of people with the environment, public space, architecture and effects of sharing their personal space with the unknown and a public structure.

Figure 1 and 2: Scenes from the documentary “A Man with a Movie Camera”, displaying a straight angle with a long shot, and having a black and white saturation giving the film a more intense and real experience and effect towards the audience (The Celluloid Archive, 2016).

References
Bradshaw, P., 2015. Man With a Movie Camera review — visionary, transformative 1929 experimental film. [Online] 
Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/30/man-with-a-movie-camera-review
[Accessed 2 April 2017].
Monoskop, 2016. Dziga Vertov. [Online] 
Available at: https://monoskop.org/Dziga_Vertov
[Accessed 2 April 2017].
The Celluloid Archive, 2016. A Man with a Movie Camera. [Online] 
Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jI9zqV_sQ0&t=1903s
[Accessed 2 April 2017].

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.