“Luscious”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Animation Short Film Directed By Amber Xu (2016)

“Luscious” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Animation Short Film Directed By Amber Xu.

Animation, Motion Graphics Design and Directed by: Amber Xu

Original Music by:  WenguHu

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“ ‘Luscious’ is a 2D motion graphics video looks at human nature, human instinct and the power of imagination. Minimally styled illustrations tell the story of a beautiful woman who achieves satisfaction by having a psychedelic, metaphoric, sensual journey during dinner. The film’s goal is “not only deliver pleasure images but raise the spectre of unlimited pleasure.”

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Article on short film:

http://directorsnotes.com/2016/08/10/amber-xu-luscious/

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Website:  http://www.amberxu.com/

“None”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Ash Thorp (2016)

“None”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Ash Thorp.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Ash Thorp

CO-DIRECTOR / DESIGNER / CG ARTIST – Christopher Bjerre
CHARACTER DESIGNER – Alex Figini
COMPOSER – Ben Lukas Boysen

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“NONE is a short film that explores the balance of light and darkness.  It has a personal narrative which plays with the notion of finding yourself amidst the noise around you.”

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Article on Production of “NONE”:

http://motionographer.com/2016/09/29/ash-thorp-shares-process-behind-none-his-latest-personal-project/

Website:  http://www.ashthorp.com/

“The Aleph”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Story By Jorge Luis Borges By Cenk Güzeliş (2016)

“The Aleph” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Short Story By Jorge Luis Borges Directed By Cenk Güzeliş.

Production Design and Directed by: Cenk Güzeliş

Animation Supervisor:  Nic Clear
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Typewriter Documentation: Clara Fickl
Music by:   AlienHand (“Circle of Life”)
                     The Great Schizm (“The Cloud Hunter”)
                     Aphex Twin (“Stone in Focus:)
Site:  Gallitzinberg, Austria
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Narrated by:  Will Stafford
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“Aleph, found in the woods of Vienna, is a point in a space which contains all the points of universe, where all the universe can be observed without distortion or confusion. Animated film based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.”
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Excerpts from “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges
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“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost jorge-luis-borges-the-alephunbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realized that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded. The Aleph’s diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror’s face, let us say) was infinite things, since I distinctly saw it from every angle of the universe. I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid; I saw a splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw, close up, unending eyes watching themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me;
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I saw the rotted dust and bones that had once deliciously been Beatriz Viterbo; I saw the circulation of my own dark blood; I saw the coupling of love and the modification of death; I saw the Aleph from every point and angle, and in the Aleph I saw the earth and in the earth the Aleph and in the Aleph the earth; I saw my own face and my own bowels; I saw your face; and I felt dizzy and wept, for my eyes had seen that secret and conjectured object whose name is common to all men but which no man has looked upon — the unimaginable universe.”
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“Aeris Acuti”: A Cinematic Aerial Short Film In The Dolomites Directed By Martin Heck (2016)

“Aeris Acuti” is a  Cinematic Aerial Short Film In The Italian Dolomites Directed By Martin Heck.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Martin Heck

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Music by:  Tony Anderson (“All Is Not Lost”)

“The title translates into something like “air-angle” or “air-peaks” referring to the Dolomites grand rock towers reaching into the sky.”

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Website:  http://timestormfilms.net/

“The Big Push”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Xin Li And Laurie Harris (2015)

“The Big Push” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poetry Of John Glenday Directed By Xin Li and Laurie Harris.

Directed by: Xin Li and Laurie Harris 

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Animation by:  Xin Li
Music and Sound by: Nick Norton-Smith
Executive Producer:  Andy Glynne
Produced by:  Mosaic Films

“The film is based on John Glenday’s poem of the same name, inspired by James Herbert Gunn’s evocative 1916 painting, ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’.

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The film-poem was animated using a painstaking paint-on-glass technique by Chinese-Australian artist Xin Li. Each frame was hand-painted, using no computer effects to create an animation that mirrors the powerful effect of Gunn’s painting.

The Poem was originally commissioned by The Poetry Society and The Fleming Collection.”

Written and Narrated by:  John Glenday

“The Big Push” by John Glenday

Would you believe it, there’s a bloke out there singing
‘When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day’.
His audience, a sixty-pounder crew, stand round bleeding
from the ears. The Boche are all but finished, apparently –

I heard they’re packing old clock parts into trench mortars
now, for want of iron scrap. Some wag quips that next time he’s
sentry and hears the plop of a minnenwerfer tumbling over,
he’ll not blow the alarm, he’ll shout: ‘Time, gentlemen, please…’

We laugh and for one heartbeat forget to be afraid. Bravery
and cowardice are just two workings of the same fear
moving us in different ways. The 8th East Surreys
have been given footballs to kick and follow at Zero Hour;

it’s to persuade them from the trenches lest their nerve fail
as they advance on Montaubon. I’ve watched men
hitch up their collars and trudge forward as if shrapnel
and lead were no worse than a shower of winter rain.

This afternoon a few of us went swimming in the mill dam
behind Camp. Just for a while to have no weight, to go drifting
clear of thought and world, was utter bliss. A skylark climbed
high over the torn fields on its impossible thread of song:

“like an unbodied joy.” I don’t know why, but it reminded
me of the day we took over from the French along the Somme;
it was so tranquil, so picturesque, the German trenchworks crowded
with swathes of tiny, brilliant flowers none of us could name.

I believe if the dead come back at all they’ll come back green
to grow from the broken earth and drink the gathered water
and all the things they suffered will mean no more to them
than the setting-in of the ordinary dark, or a change of weather.

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Websites:  http://mosaicfilms.com/home/

http://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/the-big-push/

“Serenissima”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Venice By Liam Nugent (2016)

“Serenissima” is  Cinematic Poem Short Film In Venice Featuring Langston Hughes’ “The City” Directed By Liam Nugent.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Liam Nugent

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Music by: Ólafur Arnalds
Narrated by: Caroline Wilkinson

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“The City” by Langston Hughes

In the morning the city
Spreads its wings
Making a song
In stone that sings.

In the evening the city
Goes to bed
Hanging lights
Above its head.   

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Website:  http://www.thekeepproductions.com/

“The Continual March To Solitude”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film On Mt. Kilimanjaro By Andrew David Watson (2016)

“The Continual March To Solitude” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Recorded Excerpts from “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway Directed By Andrew David Watson.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:   Andrew David Watson

Music by: Blake Ewing (“Cave of Swimmers”)
Sound Mix: Julienne Guffain

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Featuring: Emanual Motta of Origin Trails Tanzania

“The Continual March to Solitude is an experimental short film created out of recent footage shot while trekking Kilimanjaro and an archival recording of “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway.  The audio was repurposed and re-edited (like you would do with an interview) to create a new story about the continual quest for exploration and adventure.

This film was shot during the low season (Early April), when Kilimanjaro sees its least amount of visitors. Footage was collected over the 6 day trek, and shot at altitudes ranging from 6,000ft to 19,341 ft.”

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Excerpts from “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway 

It was morning and had been morning for some time and he heard the plane. It showed very tiny and then made a wide circle and the boys ran out and lit the fires, using kerosene, and piled on grass so there were two big smudges at each end of the level place and the morning breeze blew them toward the camp and the plane circled twice more, low this time, and then glided down and levelled off and landed smoothly and, coming walking toward him, was old Compton in slacks, a tweed jacket and a brown felt hat.

Then they began to climb and they were going to the East it seemed, and then it darkened and they were in a storm, the rain so thick it seemed like flying through a waterfall, and then they were out and Compie turned his head and grinned and pointed and there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.

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Website:  http://www.andrewdavidwatson.com/

“Elwood’s Ark”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Dan Evans And Merass Sadek (2015)

“Elwood’s Ark”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Dan Evans And Merass Sadek.

Directed by: Dan Evans and Merass Sadek

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Cinematography by:  Tobias J. Brebner
Music by:  Jon Hopkins
Written by: Dan Evans
Produced by:  Bill MacKenzie
3D Design by: Ian Harrison
Sound Design:  Dan Evans
Edited by:  Dan Evans and Tobias J. Brebner

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“A young boy releases a cloud into a church and it builds to a storm. Elwood’s Ark traces the journey of the water we drink, back 13.8 billion years through time and space to the beginnings of the Universe, challenging our perceptions of religion and redemption.

Water is something that everyone can relate to. Yet we rarely think about where it comes from, and how far its ancient molecular cocktail has travelled, to be here with us in this small moment – or how it will exist long after we’re gone. For Elwood’s Ark, we wanted to create a short film that would approach the subject of water’s journey, and our fragile relationship with it, putting into perspective human existence in the vastness of time and space.”

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Website:  https://wearetilt.com/

 

 

“Himalayan”: A Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For Royal Enfield By Carole Denis (2016)

“Himalayan” is a  Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For Royal Enfield Motorcycles Directed By Carole Denis.

Directed by:  Carole Denis

Director of Photography:  Tassaduq Hussain
Music by: Bilal Nasir Khan

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Executive Creative Directors:  Kim Papworth and V. Sunil
Creative Director:  Shuchi Thakur
Copywriter: Annika Taneja
Art Director:  Nidhin Kundathil

Created by: Wieden+Kennedy Delhi
Production Company:  Gang Films Paris

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“For over 60 years, Royal Enfield has traveled the Himalayas. Out of these decades of experience, in 2016 Royal Enfield has released its first purpose-built adventure tourer, the Himalayan.

Shot in the very difficult climatic conditions of the highest reaches of Ladakh, the film traces the journey of the iconic motorcycle within the historical and mythical landscape that inspired and shaped it – the Himalayas.”

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Article on filming:  http://www.bestadsontv.com/ad/79387/Royal-Enfield-Motorcycles-Himalayan

Website:  http://www.gangfilms.com/#!/directors/carole-denis

 

 

 

“Memories Of Italy”: A Cinematic Short Film By Gunther Machu (2016)

“Memories Of Italy” is a Cinematic Travel Short Film Directed By Gunther Machu.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Gunther Machu

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“Italy – I have to come back again and again. It has this unique combination of friendly people, ancient cities, fantastic landscapes and the Mediterranean Sea. Here is a collection of my recent visits to Venice, Ventimiglia and Florence.”

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Music:  “Duettino Sull’aria” (“Little Tune On The Breeze”)

         “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sull’aria . . .                                                On the breeze
Che soave zeffiretto . . .                      What a gentle zephyr . . .
Zeffiretto . . .                                           Zephyr . . .
Questa sera spirera!                            Will sigh this evening!
Questa sera spirera                              Will sigh this evening . . .
Sotto i pini del boschetto.                 Beneath the pine grove.
Sotto i pini?                                            Beneath the pines?
Sotto i pini del boschetto . . .            Beneath the pine grove . . .
Ei gia il resto capira.                            He will understand the rest.
Certo, certo il capira.                           Certainly, he’ll understand.
Ei gia il resto capira.                            He will understand the rest.
Canzonetta sull’aria . . .                     Little tune on the breeze
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