The short film Idiot with a Tripod started out as…an Idiot with a Tripod. According to the Huffington Post, “as the blizzard started to dump snow in Astoria, Queens on December 26, filmmaker Jamie Stuart broke out a camera and tripod and captured the beauty of the storm from his window.”
After Jamie Stuart edited and scored his work, the filmmaker sent the short film, titled Idiot With A Tripod, to film critic Roger Ebert. The world famous film critic raves about the film on his blog and says it should be an Academy Award contender in the Live-Action Short category! Is this a filmmaker’s dream or what? Jamie Stuart isn’t an idiot—the man is a genius marketer!
Roger Ebert gives the reasons why Idiot With A Tripod deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject.
This film deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject. (1) Because of its wonderful quality. (2) Because of its role as homage. 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. It was filmed during the New York blizzard of Dec. 26, and Jamie Stuart e-mailed it to me with this time stamp: December 27, 2010 4:18:18 PM CST.
You can tell from the cinematography he knew exactly what he was doing and how to do it. He held the Vertov film in memory. Stuart must already been thinking of how he would do the edit and sound. Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary.
Make up your own mind by watching Idiot with a Tripod below.