All posts by cinematicpoems

An important emerging Short Film genre.

“Restless”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Marcos Mijan (2021)

“Restless” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film For Porsche Featuring Jorge Luis Borges and Walt Whitman Directed by Marcos Mijan.

Director | Marcos Mijan

“Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings

Client | Porsche
CEO Porsche | Manfred Bräunl:


Production | Early Man Film (Mumbai)
Executive Producer | Manfred Bräunl
DOP | Gianpaolo Lupori
Executive Producer | Anand Menon
Editor | Lluis Murua & Marcos Mijan
Color | Fran Condor
Original Composition | Monster Music
Sound Design | Roy Shen Zoor & Quincy Vlijtig
Poem by Jorge Luis Borges and Walt Whitman

“Home”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Aiman Ali (2021)

“Home” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Aiman Ali.

Concept & Directed By : Aiman Ali
Starring : Chum Darang
Executive Producers : Nupur Guha & Tushar Raut
Senior Producer : Mrudangi Jasani Baidya
Producer : Suraj Shetty
Director of Photography : Yash Khanna
Editor : Priyank Prem Kumar
Music By : Sameer Uddin & Tanuj Tiku

Going the distance is not about how far away will you get, But from what length you are willing to return.

Seldom, we get to do projects crafted with so much perseverance, honesty, and love. Shooting at one of the most humble places in the world – Ladakh and exploring a side we hadn’t seen before, be it the raw beauty of the place or the wholehearted emotions of its people – it was a process that got us close to the feeling of being a Himalayan. Their way of life made us think if we are missing a point when we say we need to go the distance in life. Maybe at times going the distance could mean going back, to your roots. This introspection is what fuelled our latest project ‘Home’ for the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

We would like to thank some really talented minds who got associated with the project because they felt what we felt. It was an ever-evolving collaboration where each crew member brought something special to the film. A project that started with a casual conversation about doing something meaningful to shaping a strong idea and concept, to multiple jamming sessions with some of the best writers in the industry, to finally shooting in the extreme winter conditions of Ladakh (-17°C at 17,000 Feet to be precise), to endless hours on the edit, grade, and music. Yes, it’s been a long journey and a beautiful one.

“Sussex By-The-Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Dan Parkes (2021)

‘Sussex By-The-Sea’ is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Rudyard Kipling Directed By Dan Parkes.

“Sussex by-the-Sea” is a 4K drone film is based on the words of the famous author and Sussex resident Rudyard Kipling’s 1902 poem “Sussex” and explores the East Sussex coastline between Roedean and Beachy Head.

Kipling, author of the “Jungle Book,” first lived in the village of Rottingdean and in 1902 bought 17th-century house “Batemans” in Burwash, East Sussex, where he lived until he died. His poem explored his love of the area, such as the wonders of the coastline and specific landmarks including the Longman of Wilmington and Beachy Head. Locations seen in the film include Roedean, Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Piddinghoe, Tide Mills, Seaford, Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, as well as landmarks such as the Meridian Monument, Litlington White Horse, The Long Man of Wilmington as well as the Newhaven Ferry.

“Sussex” (1902) Poem written by Rudyard Kipling
Narrated by Howard Ellison (howardellison.net/)
Filmed and edited by Dan Parkes (danthecameraman.co.uk/)
Music track: “Carried by the Wind” (licensed)
Music composed by Florian Seraul (tiny-music.com/)

“Ozymandias”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Alvaro Lamarche-Toloza (2021)

“Ozymandias” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film of Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 Poem Directed by Alvaro Lamarche-Toloza.

Directed and animated by Alvaro Lamarche-Toloza

“OZYMANDIAS” is the animated 3D adaptation of a poem written by English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in December 1817. It was created with a series of wash paintings animated with the Unreal Engine and EbSynth to test an experimental 3D animation pipeline.

Additional info:
Using EbSynth, a texture synthesis / transfer tool created by Secret Weapon, we applied wash paintings to 3D scenes created in real-time with the Unreal Engine. The result is a unique look and a promising experimental pipeline which dramatically speeds up the production of 3D animation stylized with traditional 2D art.

About the poem:
Written in 1817 by Percy Shelley, “Ozymandias” refers to pharaoh Ramesses II and was perhaps inspired by the acquisition of a large Ramesses statue by the British Museum the same year. References to this poem have often appeared in pop culture, though Shelley himself might not have considered it to be one of his major works.

It was first published in the 11 January 1818 issue of The Examiner of London. 

Credits:
Directed and animated by Alvaro Lamarche-Toloza
Wash paintings by Estelle Chauvard
Voice by Bryan Cranston, taken from the Breaking Bad Teaser Trailer
“Menkaure colossal statue base” model by Zhejiang University
“Ramses II” model by Taoetsia
“Horse Skeleton” model by Diego Luján García

‘OZYMANDIAS’ By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

NELLA MIA CITTÀ – IN MY CITY: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Milton Kam (2021)

“NELLA MIA CITTÀ” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Featuring Poem by Anna Toscano Directed by Milton Kam.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Milton Kam

Music by: Federico Toffano (cello), Liesl Odenweller (soprano), and Ivano Zanenghi (lute).

NELLA MIA CITTÀ (In my city) is my visual ode to Venice. The film observes the lagoon city and its residents during the relative scarcity of tourists in its streets. From the lustre of its famous spots to the anonymity of its quiet alleys, Venice feels as if ‘the future did not come,’ to borrow a line from the poem, which the film is based on.

Nella mia città is written by Anna Toscano and was taken from her book Doso la polvere, Milan, La Vita Felice, 2012

IN MY CITY (NELLA MIA CITTÀ) by Anna Toscano

The future does not exist
the future does not come
in my city:
however long my step is
however much you have the favor of the wind
the number 2 does not go more than 22 km per hour.
How to get beyond the past
how not to look back
(at this speed)
with your neck always at three quarters:
time stops in piazzale Roma
so we live entangled
in the stories of peoples.
We stand, happy,
in a rearview mirror.

“I Am The Spirit”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Krystian Artur Bielatowicz (2021)

“I Am The Spirit” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Krystian Artur Bielatowicz.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Krystian Artur Bielatowicz

The film “I am the spirit” is the second part of the “I am” trilogy.
Film by Krystian Artur Bielatowicz / Light Keeper.
lightkeeper.pl

“I am”, part I:

“Lady Of The Sea” – A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Emmett Sparling And Chelsea Yamase (2020)

“Lady of the Sea” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Emmett Sparling.

Filmed and Directed by: Emmett Sparling

This is the first short film I’ve made in quite a while and I’m super excited to share it. Chelsea and I spent 17 days in French Polynesia filming this video. The first half of the trip felt like an uphill battle. Everything we tried shooting didn’t feel “right” and we were feeling pretty uninspired, even in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

There once was a lady from the sea
Born from the corals and the currents,
The tides and the waves.
Her home was powerful, ever-changing
and expansive.

In a wave of creativity and energized focus, Chelsea and I came up with the concept for ‘Lady of the Sea’ and excitedly wrote the beginnings of the narrative down in my journal. The moment Chelsea got in the water wearing the dress, we knew this would be a pretty unique project.

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“Jisei – A Death Poem”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Julian Conner & Tom Teller (2020)

“Jisei – A Death Poem’ is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Mary Elizabeth Frye Directed by Julian Conner & Tom Teller.

Directed by: Julian Conner & Tom Teller

Executive Producer: Seth Josephson
Post Production: frame48.com
Production: summercamp.la

Color: Bryan Smaller
Sound: Gerry Vazquez
VO: Daz Crawford

JISEI is an experimental short film that follows the recollection of one’s memories as they experience death.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep‘ by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

“Je Viens”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Franck Pinel (2020)

“Je Viens” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Tignes, France Directed by Franck Pinel.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Franck Pinel (FKY)

Music by: Steven Gutheinz
Written by: Samuel Revol
Narrated by: Siméon Revol & Laure Revol
English Translation by: Madeleine Barter

“Between the desert peaks and the wild plains, Itinerary of the man alone; poisoned, in love, alive.”

I invite you on the trails of Tignes in Savoie, under the August sun, to breathe the fresh air! A little vastness, horizons blurred to forget for a few moments our confined lives.

A first FKY / Srevol collaboration, with a text written for the film, and read by a young Simeon with a rocky voice.

I Approach

tightrope walking earthling
lying heavily on rock
I look for your softness
Your suspended caresses

In my solitude, I approach

My bones follow your tracks
Along smoke-filled banks,
Burns under your sun
My masterful soul

In my solitude, I approach

My wings poisoned
by oily molecules
accept my sorrow
my ghostly pardon

In my solitude, I approach

Tightrope walking earthling
With smoky soul, I approach
I burn in your softness
Masterful earth

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Je viens

Funambule terrien,
Aimanté à la roche,
Je cherche tes douceurs,
Tes caresses suspendues.

Dans ma solitude, je viens

Mes os suivent ta piste,
Aux rivages enfumés
Je brûle sous ton soleil
Mon âme de capitaine

Dans ma solitude, je viens

mes ailes empoisonnées
de molécules pétroliennes
accepte mon désolé
mon pardon fumigène

Dans ma solitude, je viens

Funambule terrien,
A l’âme enfumée je viens
Je brûle dans ta douceur,
Terre capitaine

Tignes is a group of villages that form a high-altitude ski resort in the French Alps, near the Italian border. With nearby Val d’Isère, it’s part of the Espace Killy ski area, linked by a network of lifts. Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac villages are lively hubs, with restaurants and shops. In summer, the area offers trails, golf and a bike park, plus ski runs on the Grande Motte glacier.

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“On Being – Ars Poetica”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Jocie Juritz (2020)

“On Being – Ars Poetica #100” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Read by Elizabeth Alexander Directed by Jocie Juritz

Illustrated, Animated and Directed by: Jocie Juritz

Commissioned by: The On Being Project
Sound by: Galina Juritz

Written and Read by: Elizabeth Alexander

An animation for On Being as part of their new series sharing poetry with the world. Based on the poem “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe”, written and read by Elizabeth Alexander.

Each frame was hand painted in gouache onto the pages of the book ‘Crave Radiance’, which contained the original poem. For lots of behind the scenes details visit my website – jociejuritz.com/on-being/