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“A Mind Sang”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Animated Short Film By Vier Nev

“A Mind Sang” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Vier Nev.

Directed and animated by Vier Nev

ORIGINAL MUSIC | Yanis El-Masri
SOUND EFFECTS | Francisca Dores, Henrik Ferrara
SOUND TEAM MANAGER | Francisca Dores
RECORDING / SOUND PRODUCTION | Guilherme Correia
MUSIC ASSISTANT/RECORDING ASSISTANT | Miguel Serrão

A short film about perception, rebirth and transformation.

“A Mind Sang” is the winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

A Mind Sang - Vier Nev Director and Animator 2020

Read more about it on the Vimeo blog: vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-award-a-mind-sang-vier-nev/

MUSICIANS
PICCOLO | Simão Pinto
FLUTES | Melanie Gil, Ana Teixeira
OBOE | Gabriela Pereira
CLARINET | Joana Lima
BASS CLARINET | António Lopes
BASSOON | Adriana Gonçalves
CONTRABASSOON | José Miguel Oliveira
FRENCH HORNS | Cristiana Azoia, Luis Oliveira
TRUMPET | Pedro Jerónimo
TUBA | José Santos
VIOLINS | Alice Abreu, Daví Rabog, Tiago Rodrigues, Yuri Gomes
VIOLAS | Catarina Gonçalves, Luís Silva
CELLOS | João Geraldo, Dinis Lecomte
DOUBLE BASS | Amã Oliveira

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“Dismantling The Largest Oil Tanker In The World”: A Cinematic Poem Film By Dominic Davis (2020)

“Dismantling The Largest Oil Tanker In The World” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem Written and Read by Mark Pajak Directed By Dominic Davis.

Directed and Animated by: Dominic Davis

Written and Read by: Mark Pajak
Executive Production: Poetry Cinema
Produced By: Helmie Stil
Soundscape by: Lennert Busch

Dismantling The Largest Oil Tanker In The World - Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film By Dominic Davis - June 17 2020

Mark Pajak was the 2019 mentee for the Peggy Poole Award, a mentorship scheme for poets based in the North West of England, in memory of the poet and broadcaster Peggy Poole. Mark Pajak’s mentor was Michael Symmons Roberts.

Mark’s poem, ‘Dismantling the largest oil tanker in the world’, was part of a series of ten commissions by The Poetry Society asking past National Poetry Competition winners to respond to both the most and least commonly used words across the prize’s 40 year history of winners.

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“Singularity”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film By SALT Project (2020)

“Singularity” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poem By Marie Howe Directed by Elizabeth and Matthew Boulton.

Directed by: Elizabeth and Matthew Boulton

Poem by Marie Howe.

Text and context: brainpickings.org/2020/04/23/singularity-marie-howe-animated

Created for The Universe in Verse: brainpickings.org/the-universe-in-verse

Produced by SALT Project (saltproject.org) with Maria Popova (brainpickings.org). Original music by Zoë Keating (zoekeating.com).

This has been a multi-woman labor of love, with everyone involved donating their time and talent.

“Duality”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Written & Directed By Joe Sill (2020)

Written & Directed by: Joe Sill

Starring: Matteo Aluisi, Dante Spencer, Shahanna Jaffer, Naiya Singh Padilla, Mona Sishodia, Iyad Hajjaj, Zoya Yaseka, Meghan Alexander, Jon Komp Shim, Darren Kendrick
Client: HITACHI

Duality Cinematic Poem Short Film For Hitachi Directed by Joe Sill 2020

Original music was done by electronic music duo Gramatik & Luxas.

 

“We are wanderers
Exploring our world
As travelers without a map.

And our artificial intelligences
Have long gazed deep into our world.”

 

Two A.I.’s — one older generation and one newer — wander through a looking-glass of a limbo world, gazing at humanity’s past and present in search of humans who might carry the torch into humanity’s future — and give what knowledge they can, in hopes that we may one day solve the problems we’ll face in the future.

This is a branded short film for the Japanese technologies company, HITACHI, where the company was seeking to find a way to tell an emotional story about the many crises we face as a human race, and our relationship to artificial intelligence. It was a unique situation where a technologies company sought to craft an abstract, art-driven and hypothetical film as a vessel to spread an important message to anybody developing artificial intelligence: that we must do so quickly and with a moral compass, in hopes that one day AI will be advanced enough and driven by empathy to help human beings solve potential crises together… as AI, being one of our greatest creations, may be the essential factor in ensuring the survival of the human race.

Duality Cinematic Poem Short Film For Hitachi Directed by Joe Sill 2020

Production Company: SIOUXX
Executive Producers: Andreas Neumann, Khadija Donatelli
Creative Directors: Ken Hanada, Andreas Neumann
Producer: Michael Rodriguez Dueñas
Copywriter: Benjamin McAllister
Futurist: Julian Scaff
Production Supervisor: Jake Brown
Production Coordinator: Pure Brisbon
First Assistant Director: Adam Zimmer
Second Assistant Director: Luther Sartor

Director of Photography: Nico Aguilar
First Assistant Camera: Connor Lambert
Second Assistant Camera: Nick Vannatta
DIT: John Goodner

Duality Cinematic Poem Short Film For Hitachi Directed by Joe Sill 2020

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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/