Its Time and Place

"Its Time And Place" (2016) is an abstract short video that explores how cranes loom over the city’s skyline as they become part of the fabric of Washington, D.C.

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Short, Architecture, Construction, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography

Ryan Burdick is an emerging filmmaker being pushed by his experiences of avant-garde and independent cinema. Getting his start with 2 student shorts at YDL Film Festival (2008-2009), a Slasher Sit-com pilot "Ready 4" (2012), and the avant-garde murder mystery web series "Green Vespers" (2014), he is continually drawn to challenging stories that push boundaries. Where most see small casts, small budgets, and small lengths as major limitations, Burdick sees them as creative constraints to refine his craft. He hopes that his discovery process through filmmaking will make each moment captured stronger.

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Director Statement

Through the DCArts council that supported "Green Vespers," I heard that the DC Arts Bank was looking for submissions. I wanted to get involved representing Washington, DC in a new and interesting way. I couldn't ignore the changing infrastructure of our Nation’s Capital. Scaffolding over the Capitol Building, cranes dominating the skyline, and interesting sight-lines spun my imagination like the spin-art paint machines from my childhood. Those ideas came together while testing wide lenses in low-light and 4K. From those tests, I decided to buy the best 28mm lens and add it to my equipment I had already invested in. Morning and evenings captured the richest colors in the sky, and I kept experimenting ways to portray this changing city. I realized the best way to do this was to spin the camera on site simulating the spin-art paint machine. Those images evoked a quote from Frank Gehry, an architect who said buildings that have a sense of time and place yearn for timelessness. I believe my piece compliments that same feeling.