A routine workday in a granite quarry turns surreptitiously into a captivating industrial symphony. While men work in the background, different equipment and machines perform for the camera as if they are individual dancers in a contemporary ballet.
An industrial blower propels rocks violently toward the camera. The frame is quickly shrouded in a black and white cloud of dust that resembles a kind of impressionist painting. From the very first shots in his film, Jean-Marc E. Roy offers a perspective that is truly unique.
Documentary cinema has always been interested in blue-collar work. Yet in Stone Makers the focus isn’t so much on men on the job. The workers in fact step aside to reveal equipment and machines that seem to come to life under Roy’s gaze. Accompanied by a subtle but very musical soundscape, this industrial show evokes the glorious urban symphonies from the turn of the century.
The trucks, belts, pulleys and drills within this anonymous quarry gradually become a kind of contemporary dance troupe whose movements and sounds combine to create a collective work that is both captivating and unpredictable. As the pace picks up, the film unleashes a powerful maelstrom of images and noises that ends as mysteriously as it began. The true star of this film, the quarry reminds us that film can transform the most ordinary of settings.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
JEAN-MARC E. ROY
BANDE SONIMAGE PRODUCER
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
LIVE SOUND RECORDING
WILD SOUND RECORDING
ADVISER AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
ASSISTANT SOUND EDITOR
BANDE SONIMAGE TEAM
TECHNICAL COORDINATOR – SHOOTING EQUIPMENT
TECHNICAL SUPPORT – EDITING
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