While most of the Northeast was complaining about the snowstorm that hit earlier this week, filmmaker Jamie Stuart used it as inspiration. The New York City resident shot a short film, mid-storm, called “Man in A Blizzard” (also known as “Idiot with a Tripod”). The short is so impressive, legendary film critic Roger Ebert is calling for the film to win an Oscar. For real.
]]>On his website, Ebert writes that Stuart’s film deserves to win the Academy Awards for best live-action short subject. Why does he think it deserves to win? “(1) Because of its wonderful quality. (2) Because of its role as homage,” he writes. “It is directly inspired by Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent classic, ‘Man With a Movie Camera.’ (3) Because it represents an almost unbelievable technical proficiency.” Stuart emailed the short to Ebert on Dec. 27, which he filmed on Dec. 26. Ebert went on to conduct a quick interview of sorts with Stuart over email, mainly asking how he made the film in such a short amount of time. “The simpler answer as to how it was done so quickly: practice,” he says. “The trick is to step into situations, often without a plan, and try to make it look like it was all planned.” Watch “Man in a Blizzard” below: