Man At The Center With A Movie Camera


I've had this image of Dziga Vertov's filmmaking process/org chart on my desktop for a couple of weeks now, ever since it was image of the day at

It's specifically for his "Kino Korrespondent" films, which he produced in 1922-25. There's crew in concentric circles, expanding out from the director. And the four quadrants of the wheel are apparently "fronts": documentary, literary, recording, and editing. It seems like a cycle, or an iterative process.

MoMA just completed a major retrospective of Vertov's films, including, for the first time, all his Kino-Pravda works. The working diagram immediately reminded me of the poster that was the icon for the series, from the 1930 film, Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass. Enthusiasm is an experimental film symphony of synched documentary image and concrete sound.


image of the day: how Dziga Vertov organizes filmmaking []
Image, obviously, from the Austrian Film Museum's Dziga Vertov Collection []
Dziga Vertov, 15 Apr - 4 June, 2011 []

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting that time.

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