Ingredients

A film study on Vertov, Dziga’s The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) The original.

In film, a series of fragmented shots pieced together show the viewer, in great detail, a sequence of events and the space in which the event takes place. This can be seen in Vertov, Dziga’s The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) The original, particularly the opening scene that showcases an orchestral band playing to an audience. In each frame, or fragment, the viewer can experience a detailed perspective of all the components that make up the space in the event. These perspectives ranged from extreme close ups of a musicians hand on an instrument, to an overview of the entire concert hall. As the sequence is played out, each fragment builds upon another, relaying as much information as possible to the viewer. The orchestral band itself relates to this concept, as each individual instrument is a fragment in itself being played together to make a unified sound. Likewise, I implemented Vertov’s technique into my video “Ingredients” with the analogy of each fragment being an ingredient to a pasta dish. By using this technique I was able to capture the essence of the space I was cooking in and the process of cooking.

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