MINI REVIEW: It’s amazing to think that this short film was filmed back in 1985, there is no doubt that incredible skills and artistic flair went into making this fascinating and visually stunning ShortFilm!
Chronos was one of the first ShortFilms to not only be filmed using IMAX cameras, but to be shown at IMAX theatres. Additionally it also represents significant engineering advancement in the process of time-lapse cinematography. The director, Ron Fricke went to great lengths to engineer specific purpose built machinery to achieve the look and grandeur that he had envisioned. The time-lapse is unique in that it flows from one point to the next allowing this short film to tell you a story without any characters or even a plot. As compelling as the visual story is, the audio story is fascinating too. The composer also built and designed an instrument for the purpose of expressing grand and unique sounds for this timely continuous piece.
Short films are celebrated here at FilmMunch.com because they represent the little man, or woman, the person trying to make a name for himself/herself. Everybody needs to start somewhere, and this was Ron Fricke’s beginning, this was his genesis. Ron Fricke’s Samsara and Baraka are testament to his iconicity.
Not only is this a must see short film for any cinematographer lover, but it also permeates thought analysis. Civilisation, from its origin, down to the modern day, makes you think about the future and time. Will our modern civilisation one day, lay in ruins? We pray that does not happen but for the progression of anything, the old must be done away with. Is this what the director is trying to express with this visual piece? Or is there another subliminal message? Have you seen this short? What are your thoughts?
Because of the brilliance of this short film, FilmMunch is proud to present to you seven stunning frames from Chronos, enjoy!
1 Civilisation Gone By
2 A Constant
3 Pillars Of Praise
4 The Test Of Time
6 Damed Night
7 Space Time