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Local filmmaker captures the global lockdown in 10-minute video

Jeroen Stultiens in his home studio.
Jeroen Stultiens in his home studio. / J. Stultiens
  • Jeroen Stultiens made the short film by using clips of videos that have gone viral across the globe since lockdowns have been enforced

La Herradura based Dutch filmmaker Jeroen Stultiens has made a 10-minute video bringing together some of the many thousands of clips that have gone viral since the lockdown began.

Lockdown: A Short Documentary Made Entirely From Home starts with some of the world’s leaders making statements about the coronavirus crisis before taking the viewer through the deserted streets of some of the world’s biggest cities.

The video brings together some of the videos that have gone viral, from Spanish police officers dancing to Resistiré to famous musicians performing music from their own houses, as well as Italian neighbours cheering with wine glasses extended on sticks and a dog being taken for a walk by a drone.

It also encapsulates the more private moments of families celebrating birthdays via platforms such as Zoom and Skype.

Jeroen, 44, explained that since the lockdown began work has “been cancelled” for him and that April and May would normally be his busiest months as many of his commissions are for the tourist industry here in Spain. “I would normally be really busy now in the run up to the summer season.”

He said that he “wasn’t consciously looking for something to do” and was even suffering from “social media fatigue” at the beginning of the state of alarm, when hundreds of videos and memes were being shared every day. Having returned from a family holiday five days before the state of alarm was announced and, with his wife Kassandra, ready to get back into the swing of work (and school for his two sons), after a couple of weeks of processing the situation Jeroen said he “reached a point of acceptance and just going with the flow” and that is when he “got his creative energy back”.

The filmmaker explained that it was easy to find the clips on Twitter and Facebook as “everybody is uploading things”. He added that from a legal point of view, as long as filmmakers just use a few seconds and not the full video, as well as crediting people, they can use them to reproduce their own videos.

He said that it took him about a week to put together and edit all of the footage and that there was “a lot” he didn’t use.

“The film is designed to make people smile in one moment and perhaps shed a tear in others. That’s the flow I tried to create,” he explained. “We are all in the same situation around the globe and I tried to include that sense in the video.”

Within a day of Jeroen posting the final cut on his own Facebook page he had got around 5,000 likes. “It’s the first time I think one of my videos has really gone viral,” he laughed.

The video can be viewed by clicking here.