At Home with Roz Chast is a multimedia piece by The New Yorker that follows New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast to her home in Connecticut to show viewers her workspace, her inspirations, and her pets.
This piece is a beautiful look into someone’s life. Chast is a charming character, and seeing her life on screen is an entertaining look into the life of a cartoonist. The B-roll used in this piece is an artful representation of Chast’s life. The piece shows her two pet birds, her collection of colorful canned-food, her egg art, and a blanket she is making in remembrance of her father. The A-roll shows Chast speaking to the camera and answering various questions about her work and her life. At times, she has one of her birds on her shoulder as she speaks. Sky Dylan-Robbins produced this piece and used a lot of attention to detail. He got close-ups of many of Chast’s cartoons, giving viewers a look into her various pieces as well as her intricate egg paintings.
Instrumental music is used in the background of the piece, even sometimes when Chast is speaking. However, the music is not distracting and the audience is still able to hear Chast’s voice above the music. The music adds creativity to the piece and doesn’t take anything away from it.
The technique of panning, or moving the camera during a shot, is used several times in this piece. The use of panning is smooth and not choppy. At one point, the camera pans from left to right as Chast flips through files in a drawer. The panning used in this shot adds creativity and interest to the clip, which would have been boring if the camera was just pointed toward Chast as she flipped through files.
The only negative about this piece that I found was how quickly the shots move when focused on Chast’s cartoons. They are shown so quickly that it is impossible to read the cartoons. However, maybe this was a stylistic choice by Dylan-Robbins. If so, the piece would have been improved if he had dedicated a few more seconds to the cartoons that were shown so that the audience could quickly read them.