Noah J Nelson on Monday, Dec. 30th
It’s the end of the year, so we’re revisiting a few of our favorite stories. Here’s one of Ike Sriskandarajah’s picks.
In August we ran this piece about the surprising ways that the six-second video app Vine was being used.
Vine’s amateur filmmakers aren’t just creating narrative stories; they’re using it to document their lives. Michael Cameron is an American soldier stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He served in Bosnia and has done four tours in Afghanistan. He recently began making vines that give snapshots of military history around his base. “You get a lot of disconnect between civilians and soldiers,” Cameron says, “when you can get a little insight into what they do on a daily basis, it adds a little humanity.”
Six seconds may not seem like a lot but as Genna Terranova, the director of programming at the Tribeca Film Festival, puts it: “you can be incredibly creative in six seconds.”