The third in a series of city symphonies. First in the series, New York: Second, San Francisco:

Inspired by the avant-garde city symphony films of the early 20th century, such as Paul Strand's "Manhatta" and Dziga Vertov's "The Man With the Movie Camera," CITY SERIES: SEATTLE paints a masterful portrait of the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. Utilizing experimental editing techniques, time-lapse, and beautiful cinematography, the film explores the poetic mode of documentary film to convey the experience of this iconic, Pacific Northwestern metropolis.

"In the the 1920s the movies were still relatively young, and an evolving modernist aesthetic embraced all things new, sleek, fast, and urban. Not surprisingly, a common focus of the cinematic avant-garde during this era was on the power, and excitement of cities. In both Europe and the US, a small genre of films that became know as 'city symphonies' attempted to capture the spirit, uniqueness, and poetry of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city. These early films and their offsprings often utilized what film historian Bill Nichols has termed the 'poetic mode' of documentary film production--an attempt to move away from the 'objective' reality of a given situation or people in order to grasp at an inner 'truth' that can only be conveyed by poetical manipulations of mood, tone, time, and space."
-University of California Berkeley Media Resources Center

WINNER National Young Arts Foundation Merit Award 2014
WINNER Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Film/Animation Silver Key 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION Seattle International Film Festival FutureWave Shorts 2014

Music: Alone in Kyoto by Air.

Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in ProRes 422HQ 1080p with a Rokinon Cine Lens 14mm T3.1, 35mm T1.5, and a Contineo Cage and Switronix battery pack. Graded in DaVinci Resolve.
Last shot graded in Lightroom and recorded in Raw 2.5K.

Filmed in three days, all handheld, during NFFTY 2013 (
May 21, 2013
© 2013 Miles Crist. All Rights Reserved.


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