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“The Mushroom Hunters”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Written By Neil Gaiman, Directed By Caroline Rudge (2019)

“The Mushroom Hunters” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film With Original Poem Written By Neil Gaiman, Directed By Caroline Rudge.

Artwork, Animation, Direction and Storyboard by: Caroline Rudge

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

Production, Storyboard and Additional Mushrooms: Alexandra Casswell Becker
Editing and Special Effects: Dann Casswell

The Mushroom Hunters Original Poem by: Neil Gaiman

Read by: Amanda Palmer

Bass, Percussion, Vibraphone, Piano and Original Score by: Jherek Bischoff
Cello: Aniela Marie Perry
Violin: Paris Hurley
Viola: Marta Sofia Honer
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jherek Bischoff at Sweethaven

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS
by Neil Gaiman

Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.

In the old times, they say, the men came already fitted with brains
designed to follow flesh-beasts at a run,
to hurdle blindly into the unknown,
and then to find their way back home when lost
with a slain antelope to carry between them.
Or, on bad hunting days, nothing.

The women, who did not need to run down prey,
had brains that spotted landmarks and made paths between them
left at the thorn bush and across the scree
and look down in the bole of the half-fallen tree,
because sometimes there are mushrooms.

Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers.
Then a flint pestle to smash, to crush, to grind or break.

And sometimes men chased the beasts
into the deep woods,
and never came back.

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.
Others will kill us if we eat them raw,
and kill us again if we cook them once,
but if we boil them up in spring water, and pour the water away,
and then boil them once more, and pour the water away,
only then can we eat them safely. Observe.

Observe childbirth, measure the swell of bellies and the shape of breasts,
and through experience discover how to bring babies safely into the world.

Observe everything.

And the mushroom hunters walk the ways they walk
and watch the world, and see what they observe.
And some of them would thrive and lick their lips,
While others clutched their stomachs and expired.
So laws are made and handed down on what is safe. Formulate.

The tools we make to build our lives:
our clothes, our food, our path home…
all these things we base on observation,
on experiment, on measurement, on truth.

And science, you remember, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe,
based on observation, experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe these facts.

The race continues. An early scientist
drew beasts upon the walls of caves
to show her children, now all fat on mushrooms
and on berries, what would be safe to hunt.

The men go running on after beasts.

The scientists walk more slowly, over to the brow of the hill
and down to the water’s edge and past the place where the red clay runs.
They are carrying their babies in the slings they made,
freeing their hands to pick the mushrooms.

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

This poem was written by Neil Gaiman and read by Amanda Palmer for Maria Popova’s “The Universe In Verse” event in 2017 (you can read about that here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04…).

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

The brilliant team at creative connection in the UK hand-drew this animated video to accompany the poem, and the music was composed and recorded by jherek bischoff. read about the making of this whole film on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31517040

“Leonard Cohen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joe Donaldson (2019)

“The New Yorker – Leonard Cohen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joe Donaldson.

Direction, Design & Animation: Joe Donaldson

The New Yorker - Leonard Cohen Animated Visual Essay Directed by Joe Donaldson 2019

Original Music and Sound Design: Ambrose Yu
Executive Producer: Soo-Jeong Kang
Senior Producer: Yara Bishara
Senior Editor: Brian Redondo
Producer: Sara Joe Wolansky
Audio Engineer: Jill Du Boff

The New Yorker - Leonard Cohen Animated Visual Essay Directed by Joe Donaldson 2019

I was recently commissioned by The New Yorker to direct, design, and animate a pilot series of three animated visual essays.

The first film features the great Leonard Cohen as he reflects on death and preparing for the end. The initial interview, by David Remnick, was recorded at Cohen’s home in Los Angeles a month before he passed away.

The New Yorker - Leonard Cohen Animated Visual Essay Directed by Joe Donaldson 2019

You can view the full article on The New Yorker here: newyorker.com/culture/video-dept/leonard-cohen-and-the-divine-voice

“Violin Tsunami”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Julia & Mike McCoy (2019)

“Violin Tsunami” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Music Short Film for Songwriter Kishi Bashi Directed By Julia & Mike McCoy.

Created, Animated and Directed by: Julia and Mike McCoy

Violin Tsunami Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Julia and Mike McCoy (2019)

Produced by: Tandem Media
Co-Directed by: Benjamin J. Strickland
Music by: Kishi Bashi (“Violin Tsunami”) from album ‘Omoiyari’

Violin Tsunami Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Julia and Mike McCoy (2019)

“Animated music video for ‘Violin Tsunami’ by Kishi Bashi comprised of hand painted watercolor elements.”

Violin Tsunami Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Julia and Mike McCoy (2019)

 

“Violin Tsunami” by Kishi Bashi

When our faith was on the edge of the wind
The summer days on end
Memories of the setting sunlight
Would tell a different way to be
To be, to be

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Violin Tsunami Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Julia and Mike McCoy (2019)

When in song we are blessed to be
Mending the rift of our apathy
I have the answer
You will remain
Days on end after the end of the cancer
One day you will follow with the sound of laughter
One day we’ll fall in love

Violin Tsunami Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Julia and Mike McCoy (2019)

Website: https://tandemmedia.net/

https://jnr.lnk.to/Omoiyari

“The Food Chain”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film By NŌBL (2019)

“The Food Chain” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poet Rishi Dastidar Directed By NŌBL.

Directed by: NŌBL

The Food Chain Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By NŌBL (2019)

Creative Directors: Julien Nantiec & Cyril Izarn
Creature & VFX: Hocus Pocus Studio
Live Video: Capsus
Dragon Animation: Buda

The Food Chain Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By NŌBL (2019)

Music & Sound Design: Simone ‘AEPH’ Vallecorsa

The Food Chain Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By NŌBL (2019)

Based on the poem by: Rishi Dastidar

Behold I am the creature
That will replace you.
And you, and you too.
Because I am perfectly adapted
To the biosphere you’ve created.
And oh, the irony that
You could adjust in time.

The Food Chain Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By NŌBL (2019)

Website: http://www.nobl.tv/

 

“The Light At The Start Of Everything”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

“The Light At The Start Of Everything”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Iain Thomas Directed By Kim Geldenhuys.

Directed by: Kim Geldenhuys

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

Executive Producer: Jo Barber
Agency : Tbwa Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg
ECD : Pete Khoury
Creative Group Head / Art Director : Coenie Grebe
CD / Writer : Steph van Niekerk
Agency Producer : Sandra Gomes
Client Service : Bridget Langley
DOP : Fabian Vettiger
AD : Annelize Frost
Editor : Xander van der Westhuizen
Post Production : Wicked Pixels
Creative Director: Gavin Coetzee
Post producer: Gabriella Harris
Colourist : Kyle Stroebel
Audio Engineer : Lorens Person
Composer : Nic van Reenan | Field Audio

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

“I hope you travel well,
 I hope you ride the wave
 From the center.
 And the light says:
 You know the start
 But not the end.
 All our ends are different.”

“Kim Geldenhuys was approached to shoot with TBWA Hunt Lascaris for The Okavango Diamond Company. The script: ‘The Light at the Start of Everything’ is a visual poem written by Iain Thomas for The Okavango Blue, the remarkably rare and largest Deep Blue diamond that has ever gone to market. Kim was tasked with a brief to explore the stone’s origin and the magical, unspoilt land of Botswana to which it belongs.

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

To reflect on the transient nature of our human lives and remind us that the light inside the diamond is the same light that resides in us. Kim and a small team headed to Botswana to find ways to film its natural beauty in a way not seen before. The shoot saw a travel to the Makgadigadi Pans and the inaccessible but unique Khubu Island and beyond. A partnership with Wicked Pixels seamlessly integrated the post production elements. An accompanying sound track is scored by Nic van Reenen of Field Audio.”

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

Website: https://www.0307.co/

“The Mystical Journey Of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes (2019)

“The Mystical Journey Of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Telecaster. Produced for Fender.

Directed by:  Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes

Story and Narration by: Jimmy Page

The Mystical Journey Of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes (2019)

Produced by: Nexus Studios
Producer: Tracey Cooper
Executive Producers: Chris O’Reilly & Charlotte Bavasso
Production Manager: Rebecca Archer
Previs and Project Supervisor:  Michal Firkowski
Art Director: Melanie Climent
Lead Animator: Bishoy Gendi
2D Animators: Marlène Beaube, Giacomo Autili, Hozen Britto, Peter Lowey, Arina Shabanova

Lead Compositor: Jesse Richards
Compositing: Chris Gavin, Victoria Jardine, Dave Hunt
3D Generalist: Sébastien De Oliveira Bispo and Pierre Clenet
Editor: Dave Slade

Audio Post Production: Factory, London.

Sound Design and Mix by: Josh Campbell, Anthony Moore
Produced by: Lou Allen

The Mystical Journey Of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes (2019)

Client:
Executive Producer Jeremy Taylor
Producers Neil Whitcher, Matt Watts, Keith Legro

Special Thanks Mike Bayer, Evan Jones, Justin Norvell, Michael Thomas, Ashley Stagg, Danielle Koehler, Jill Burgeson, Natalie Wright

Music “DAZED AND CONFUSED”
By Jimmy Page
(Inspired by Jake Holmes)

Performed by: The Yardbirds
Taken from the album ‘Yardbirds ‘68’ recorded live New York City

The Mystical Journey Of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes (2019)

“I had the privilage of being Lead Animator on this film, at Nexus Studios. Was great to work with the whole team once again!

I animated the car section at the beginning until the guitar handover, and the final dragon sequence, and a bunch other stuff in between, and generally oversee the 2D animation. I also did the storyboard/animatic/layout process and worked out the 2d camera moves. Its always great to work with Smith and Foulkes because they like to see what the animators and designers come up with, so they give us a lot of freedom to put our own creativity into their projects.”  Bishoy Gendi

The Mystical Journey Of Jimmy Page's '59 Telecaster A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes (2019)

Article on the short film: https://www.stashmedia.tv/mystical-journey-jimmy-pages-59-telecaster/

Website: https://nexusstudios.com/work/fender/

 

“Beyond Us – After The Collapse”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

“Beyond Us – After The Collapse” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien.

Directed by: Maxime Tiberghien

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

Produced, Animated and Edited by: Sylvain Favre, Maxime Hacquard and Maxime Tiberghien
Original Music by: Vitaliy Zavadskyy

Narrated by: Juliette de Prigny

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

“Embark on the last journey of a giant machine, wandering trough our masterpiece of desolation.. after the collapse.

BEYOND US is an independant short film, trying to spread a simple message about our civilisation and what we will leave behind after the collapse.”

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

After thousands of years of evolution,
Our civilization finally understood
That everything was coming to an end.
Our society had frozen,
Blinded by the gods of consumerism
Who did not see that a
Huge threat was coming to us.

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/maxtiberghien/

“Dream”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Sofie Lee (2019)

“Dream” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Sofie Lee.

Designed, Edited and Directed by: Sofie Lee

Animation Directed by: Omid Seraj
Music by: Wesley Slover and Joe Basile
Sound by: Joe Basile
Mix by: Trevor Richardson
Narrated by: Stella Stocker

“One day, I saw this dazzling darkness, and it devoured me. Then, I no longer existed.

We often tend to dream, expect, and imagine the things we wished we had. Dreaming is a catalyst for a better future. However, I see dreams in two different ways. One being that dreams give off a sense of motivation and the other that dreams create a sense of delusion within. As humans, our dreams block us from seeing the things that are right in front of us. Although dreams are meant to keep us alive, they also make us forget our existence and our purpose. In the end, our lack of awareness of our surroundings can drive us to forget who we really are.

The project, Dream, is a short film that is created based on a visual poem, “Lonely Wintry Moon,” which I wrote portraying myself losing my existence to follow this invisible dream.”

Dream.

Life is like a warm breeze that carries the redolent of spring, the colors that transmute the sky from dusk till dawn. Like a little chaste sprout that just pushed out the ground dauntlessly. A small water drop that just landed on a wild flower to tell its story from a long itinerary

But I’m an indigent goldfish that is floundering helplessly in this tiny bowl enveloped by hollow plastic plants and just gazing at this beautiful world; a xanadu I can’t be a part of it.

I am a puddle on the street that reflects the blue sky and makes graceful ebb and flow of waves coalesced with the spring breeze.

but I’m merely a deserted puddle wandering aimlessly. Then a bleak, lonely wintry moon devoured my life. The life of warmth, beauty, love, and passion departed. Then, time stopped, everything lost its colors. It froze my heart and only the whiteness lingered in silence with me.

Website: https://sofieleeya.com/dream

“CONTACT”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Written And Directed By Alessandro Novelli (2017)

“CONTACT” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Written And Directed By Alessandro Novelli.

Written, Animated and Directed by: Alessandro Novelli

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

For every yes,
There were a thousand no’s.
And, so while we were even asleep,
We sent our dreams to other planets,
And on to other stars.
We were looking for a god, all the
While incapable of finding our way.

 

Art and Creative Director: Alessandro Novelli
Original Music and Sound Design: Simon Smith
Animation: Alessandro Novelli 2D/3D, Laura Sofia Gonçalves 2D, Pamela Poltronieri 2D Hair fx, Christian Müller 2D, Victor Pérez 3D, Ambra Malanca 3D.
Painting & Tracing: Christian Müller, Alessandro Novelli, Inês Teixeira
Design: Alessandro Novelli, Christian Müller.

Produced by: Uniko
Coproduced by: AltContent
Executive Producer: Iván Miñambres
Associate Producer: Arturo Olea

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

3D Modeling: Joao Lucas, Ambra Malanca, Alessandro Novelli, Victor Pérez.
Camera Operator: Giulia Arantxa Novelli.
Lighting: Joao Lucas 3D, Alessandro Novelli 2D/3D.

Production: Diana Cano.
Music Recording and Mixing: BCNsound bcnsound.com/
Post-production, Editing and Compositing: Alessandro Novelli.

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

Post-production Assistants: Carlos Alonso, Elbire Rico.
Intern: Susana Vieira.
Script Consulting: Simon Smith.

Voices: Sara Montgomery Campbell.
Voice Recording Studio: Imagine Sounds & Visions / Juan Cook.

Mastering DCP: Iñigo Gómez

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

“Somewhere between reality and fantasy, a woman’s consciousness is awoken through her inner journey that reflects the world around her.”

CONTACT Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Alessandro Novelli (2017)

“Contact” is the second chapter of an animated trilogy about Human consciousness. The first chapter “The Guardian” is available online at:

Website: http://www.contactshortfilm.com/

“Aftermath”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Layla Atkinson (2017)

“Aftermath” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poet Siegfried Sassoon Directed By Layla Atkinson.

Directed by: Layla Atkinson

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

Produced by: Richard Barnett
Animation by: Marie-Margaux, Tsakiri-Scanatovits, John Harmer, Rok Predin, Jocie Juritz, Jacob Read, Clelia Leroux
Music- Dom James
Sound- Fonic
Mix- Barnaby Templera

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

“Aftermath” by Siegfried Sassoon

Have you forgotten yet?…
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same–and War’s a bloody game…
Have you forgotten yet?…
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz–
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench–
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, ‘Is it all going to happen again?’

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack–
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads–those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?…
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget. 

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

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