Microcosmos and Manufactured Landscapes
I am always fascinated by the French film makers and how they manage to make amazing documentaries portraying normal events in nature in a way that most of us tend not to appreciate. Microcosmos, a documentary about bugs and insect life in meadows and ponds, it stars nature in its very best using incredible close-up shots, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It made me realize how incredible nature is and if I were to be shrunken to that miniature size then the universe would have been something completely different to what I know it now. I cannot even begin to comprehend how my footsteps as I walk through any meadow and grasslands alter the life of this creatures that have formed that niche as part of their home.
The heightened sound effects and the music in the background transform this film into something other than a passive view and I was able to actually relate and to some extent kind of emotionally connect with this insects. It brought a sense of everyday struggle to survive because we are part of nature and we go through similar circumstances. We feed, give rise to a new generations, live and die all in all experiencing the good and the harshness of Mother Nature. Manufactured Landscapes is a documentary on the world and the effects of human actions, altering with the natural landscapes and forming entirely new landscapes through their increased activity on the environment. It is a work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. He is a photographer famous for his photographs of “manufactured landscapes”. This landscapes include quarries, factories, recycling yards, neighbourhoods, mines and even the biggest dam project in the world i.e the 7 gorges dam in China. The film shows him in China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With mind-blowing sequences, one of my favourites being the opening scenes when he was photographing and shooting through an almost...
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