Hollywood it is not, but the city of Boston has played more than its share of starring roles. Think “Good Will Hunting,” “The Departed,” “The Social Network,” and “Fever Pitch.”
During the shutdown, cellist Aron Zelkowicz spent time sifting movies and television shows to create “Boston: The Movie,” a supercut that debuted online last week. The five-minute montage centers around iconic Boston-area scenes featuring such actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, and Ben Affleck. It also includes snippets from cartoons such as “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.”
Zelkowicz, a member of the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic, took inspiration from a similar viral video he created in Pittsburgh in 2013. “I moved to Boston six years ago and immediately had the idea to do it here,” he said. With opera productions and concerts canceled indefinitely, he finally found himself with enough time to make it so.
Zelkowicz set the video to the sweeping and string-heavy “Mystic River” theme and also to an instrumental version of the Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up to Boston.” He was looking for “contrasted moods to set the clips apart from one another,” he explained.
The classical musician spent months choosing the clips and three weeks editing them together. He even rated it “Ah” with “strong sox-uality and friggin’ language throughout.” Plus it’s only approved for “Wicked Smaht Audiences.”
The video touches on many Boston favorites, including Dunkin’ Donuts and the Esplanade Fourth of July concert and fireworks show. “The Boston Pops show is iconic here,” Zelkowicz said. “Even if we can’t be there in person, this should make up for it a little bit.”
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