“Speak To Us Of Love” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Excerpts of Kahlil Gibran Poem “The Prophet” Directed By Joyce N. Ho.
Animated, Designed and Creative Direction by: Joyce N. Ho
Producer: Candace Marshall
Co-Design by: Ryan McShane
Animation by: Chris Morris & Ryan McShane
Edited by: Alex Gee
Music & Sound Mixing by: Zubin Hensler
“Each year we endeavor to do an internal project that’s just for us, and this time around it all began when we read ‘The Prophet’ – a book of poems by Kahlil Gibran. In it, Gibran devotes each chapter to an important life event or theme, and his chapter on love was so moving we decided to put his beautiful words into motion. In the poem, Gibran writes about the many different types of love that exist, so we created a visual parallel between love and water. Just as we can’t live without love, we can’t survive without water – both are essential, eternal and all-consuming.
We knew we wanted to bring this story to life in 2D, and so we started storyboarding and designing directly in After Effects – a twist on our usual process. This meant we ended up animating in tandem with designing instead of designing and creating assets in Illustrator. As a result, our short film developed organically. It’s a testament to how well the Breeder team works together, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.”
Excerpts from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires,
let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings
its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks
for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in
your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.