Man With A Movie Camera

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Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record images interpreting the original script of Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera and upload them to this site. Software developed specifically for this project archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a film. Anyone can upload footage. When the work streams your contribution becomes part of a worldwide montage, in Vertov’s terms the “decoding of life as it is”.

This website contains every shot in Vertov’s 1929 film along with thumbnails representing the beginning middle and end of each shot.

You are invited to interpret Vertov and upload your footage to this site to become part of the database. You can contribute an entire scene or a shot or multiple shots from different scenes.

Goto the scenes, select one, then choose the shot or shots you want to upload to. Or goto shots by tag to see shots broken down by theme or content.

Only upload video or images which you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use.

Everyday a new version of the movie is built. On the left is Vertov’s original. On the right is a shot uploaded from a participant. The uploaded shots are rotated each day if there is more than one. So the built movie may never be quite the same. Black shots are still waiting for an upload; perhaps you can fill it in?

Vertov’s 1929 film Man With A Movie Camera records the progression of one full day synthesizing footage shot in Moscow, Riga, and Kiev. The film begins with titles that declare it “an experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events without the aid of intertitles, without the aid of a scenario, without the aid of theater.” It is often described as an urban documentary yet the subject of the film is also the film itself –from the role of the cameraman to that of the editor to its projection in a theatre and the response of the audience. It is a film within a film made with a range of inventive effects –dissolves, split screen, slow motion, freeze frame–all of which are now embedded in digital editing software.

Vertov’s rhythmic patterning unifies the film. The shots are listed as seconds and as frames as a guide.

Vertov’s footage was shot in the industrial landscape of the 20’s.What images translate the world today? e.g. instead of the mining scene if you’re living in Silicon Valley you might film inside Apple headquarters, etc.

All material on this site is public domain

Please email for questions about this project.

*we reserve the right to eliminate inappropriate material

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Jihyun Seo new york, United States
February 8, 2016
JI HOON KIM New York, United States
February 8, 2016
Lexa Aguas Troy, United States
February 4, 2016

Man With A Movie Camera:The Global Remake

Every day a new version of the film is compiled from shots uploaded to the site.

Soundtrack by Steve Baun. Software development by John Weir.

You can view the original film at

See a 2 minute video trailer and Bigger Picture Commission details.

Photos of Man With A Movie Camera public screenings in Manchester and Norwich UK.


  • Named by Google one of the 106 most creative uses of the Internet
  • Guggenheim Museum’s Top 25 in Youtube Play Biennial of Creative Video 2010
  • Share Festival Turin Italy 2010
  • City of Women Festival Ljubljana Slovenia 2010
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2010
  • Remixed Arts Festival, NYC 2010
  • Wikitopia VideoTage Hongkong 2010
  • Update III. Liedts-Meesen Foundation. Zebrastraat Gent 2010
  • FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuelles Biarritz 2010
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. 2009
  • [Im/Possible Community] Sheldhalle Zurich. 07.11.09 – 31.01.10
  • Double Vision. Herron Galleries. Indianapolis 10.28.09
  • Encuentro 2009 Hemispheric Institute Bogota Colombia
  • Pera Museum Istanbul in Octet
  • Passage ’09 Univeral Cube Leipzig
  • File ’09 Sao Paolo
  • Media Forum at Moscow International Film Festival 2009
  • Video Vortex Split
  • Montreal Biennial 2009
  • e4c Seattle
  • Transmediale 2009 Berlin
  • Shang Elements Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing ‘09
  • Video Vortex Ankara 08
  • galerie octObre & le quarante-huit. Time Is Love ’ 08
  • National Center for Contemporary Art Ekaterinburg & Moscow in In Transition: Russia ’08
  • Ueno Town Art Museum Tokyo. Sustainable Art Project ‘ 08
  • Zilkha Gallery,Wesleyan  University Connecticut in Framing and Being
  • Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography. 2008
  • Agnes B Theatre. Videotage Hong Kong. October Contemporary 2008
  • Prix Ars Electronica ‘08 Linz Austria Honorary Mention Digital Communities
  • Federation Square Melbourne Australia. Urban Screens ‘ 08
  • ISEA Singapore 2008
  • Threshold Artspace Perth Scotland in Primary Ingredients
  • Joyce Yahouda Gallery 2008
  • Sheffield Railway Station with Site Gallery ‘08
  • Digital Hub. Dublin Ireland
  • Zendai MOMA Shanghai in Intrude:366 ‘08
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2008
  • Leeds Film Festival, Millenium Square Leeds, with Lumen Gallery Nov ‘07
  • Aurora Festival Norwich with Enter Gallery ‘ 07
  • Saint’s Garden and Exchange Square Manchester with Cornerhouse Gallery in conjunction with Urban Screens Conference ‘ 07