Category Archives: Animation

“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.”

“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/

“Lost Places”: A Cinematic Poem CGI Short Film By Fabian Aerts (2020)

“Lost Places” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Created and Directed by Fabian Aerts.

Created, Produced and Directed by: Fabian Aerts

Words and Narration by: Alan Watts

Lost Places is a little series i worked on the last couple of weeks. The initial idea was to challenge myself in the creation of full CG environments. I wanted to create large scale scenes and elaborated landscapes. But next to that, the mysterious beauty of abandoned places always fascinated me. I’m addicted to travel but unfortunately the current pandemic and the lock down forced us to stay safe at home for long months so i guess it was for me the only way to explore some far away lands and imaginary countries. Alan Watts wise words resonated and helped me put all this research together and make sense of it. 

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“Most People Are Pretty Nice”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Stephen McNally (2020)

“Most People Are Pretty Nice” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Author and Historian Rutger Bregman Directed by Stephen McNally.

Directed by: Stephen McNally

Produced by: Abi Stephenson
Animation: Jac Clinch & Diana Gradinaru

Narrated by: Rutger Bregman

‘We have taken huge steps towards tackling some of the biggest threats on humanity throughout history, and in many ways our lives have never been better! So where do we go from here? Author and historian Rutger Bregman argues that in order to continue towards a better world, we need big ideas and a robust vision of the future. Revolutionary ideas, that were once dismissed as a utopian fantasy, became reality through people believing there was a better way – but what if our progress is hindered by our own dim view of human nature?’

Audio from “Utopia for Realists | Rutger Bregman” (2017). youtu.be/U6vozRIo6bA

“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