Zeitgeist the Movie


Richard Moore

    Zeitgeist the Movie:


I recommend taking a look at 'Zeitgeist'. It's like a video version 
of my chapter1 in ETM, seeking to expose the Matrix mythology. It's 
presented in three segments...three layers of the Matrix onion. The 
first segment is about religion-as-myth, and it presents some very 
interesting historical material. The second is about false-flag 
incidents, and it gives a concise but comprehensive overview. The 
third is about the international banking elite, and is very well done.

I also found Zeitgeist very interesting from a production point of 
view. It borrowed lots of its material from previous videos, such as 
'911 Mysteries' and 'Terror Storm', picking the best sequences to 
build a comprehensive story line. The visuals were therefore rather 
easy to collect, and the main work was the editing and the audio 
track. They did a good job with the those, and the result is a 
seamless and effective film, covering the  topics in the source 
videos, but more concisely.

I like the idea of the three segments, like three chapters of a book 
or three acts of a play, each delving into a deeper level of the 
dramatic situation. That gives the viewer a greater sense of context, 
and control over the experience. And the shorter segments are 
convenient if you have limited time.

In Zeitgeist, we have three large video frames on the page, one above 
the other, unimaginatively called "Part 1" through "Part 3". What I 
have in mind is making more imaginative use of space on the page, 
using thumbnails instead of full-size frames. When you click on a 
thumbnail, a new window opens for watching that segment. With the 
smaller thumbnails, it becomes possible to give the viewer finer 
control over what they might want to view, and what they might want 
to skip or leave for later. Using cookies, we can even keep track of 
what the viewer has seen, and highlight the thumbnails to reflect 

THe credibility of the interviewees is always an important element of 
documentaries. What most documentaries do is flash the credentials of 
the person on the screen when they first appear (eg, "Economics 
Professor at Cambridge University"). What I want to do is have a 
background interview with each interviewee available at the top of 
the page, each with a thumbnail photo. Some people  will want to see 
these 'full credentials' first, while others may just want 'get on 
with the show', and possibly check out the experts later.

What I'm after is finding the most effective synergy between the page 
layout world and the video world, as regards user interface. Instead 
of being a linear experience, a documentary becomes a place you 
visit, a place that is clearly mapped out so you can explore it in 
your own way.

all the best,


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