You're familiar with found-footage movies, but how about a found-Instagram film? That's one way to label Thomas Julien's new video simply titled "An Instagram short film." The French art director has taken 852 images from the photo-sharing service, each from a different user, and cut them together for a 90-second travelogue around the world, from Paris to New York City, Berlin, Sydney, Barcelona and other locations from which he could find multiple angles on the same subject.
The result is a special kind of crowd-sourced cinema, and hopefully none of the photographers mind being included (Julien is happy to credit you if you see your pic among the bunch). It's also one of the most perfect uses of match cutting since Kubrick famously transitioned from prehistoric animal bone to spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's one thing to find similar tourist snapshots of the Arc de Triomphe (and the similar Washington Square Arch), Brandenburg Gate and Statue of Liberty, and it's another to imaginatively chain together shots of traffic lights to popsicles to a space shuttle launch.
After watching the short play out, go back and slowly look at some of the individual shots. You'll be surprised at how many distinct pictures you didn't quite see becuase of how they're quickly linked to other near-identical images. Also, you may question the fact that all the individual surfing shots are of the same guy. That must be a well-attended competition or something?
"An Instagram short film" is the kind of thing we might have gotten from the early experimental filmmakers (this reminded me particulary of Dsiga Vertov and Maya Deren) if social media existed then. Or from the heyday of music video under the same circumstance. In a way, this actually feels like a music video for the Black Keys, whose song "Gold on the Ceiling" is employed on the soundtrack. I kinda wish there was some less distinguishable score used for this reason. Otherwise, I think it's a pretty brilliant little work of art.
[via Design Taxi]
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