• HONORABLE MENTION / F&M FILM SHOWCASE / SEPT '13
• FEATURE / STREAMLINES NEWSLETTER / OCTOBER '13
• BEST MIXED-MEDIA / F&M ART SHOW / APRIL '13
• EXHIBITED FILM / PHILLIPS MUSEUM OF ART / APRIL '13
• OFFICIAL SELECTION / SEFF: BINGHAMTON / DEC '14
By adopting structuralist filmmaking techniques and the trite conflict regarding “Man vs. Nature,” we yearned to visually develop a new impression pertaining to this eternal "fight." We strived to express the concept in which elements of nature can exist within a city, and that elements of cities can exist within nature. Furthermore, we wanted this piece to help exemplify the power of visual storytelling and more specifically, in this case, simple argument and explanation.
While attempting to support our hypothesis through various methods of manipulations and stripping away pre-conceived physiological associations, A Symphoniæ Metropolis presents jarring cuts and juxtapositions. Such contrasts cut of the eye and ear of the viewer and moreover put a kink in the norm by changing the way in which we perceive everyday life. By using color, texture, playback and sound as means to manipulate our footage, we aimed to distort associations. With these maneuvers, we suggest the viewer's perspective of "Man vs. Nature" is not what they see, but rather additionally, what they hear, feel and ultimately experience. Rather than thinking in terms of "Man vs. Nature" or "Nature vs. Man", A Symphoniæ Metropolis suggests a lack of explicit dispute while ultimately and confidently declaring "Nature = Man."
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