"Stepping Back - 60 shots simplifying Iceland" by Jonny Ashworth
So often filmmakers get caught up trying to add too much to a shot. With technology improving, dynamic shots and aerials have become more accessible than ever before. However, these techniques can so easily distract us from the subject. And I am one who often falls into this trap.
Prior to visiting Iceland, I noticed that most of the films displaying its landscape were overcomplicated. Doesn’t the landscape impress enough without the distracting camera techniques?
I challenged myself to make a film consisting purely of fixed frames, allowing the landscape to impress. The result is Stepping Back - a collection of sixty static shots, each just one second long, exploring the impact simplistic cinematography can have.”