Category Archives: Cinematic Poems

“Baraka”: The Digitally Remastered Theatrical Trailer Is A Cinematic Poem From Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson (2001)

Spectacular 8K restoration of original 1992 theatrical trailer of “Baraka” film.

Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on humanity.” It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera.

“The goal of the film,” says producer Mark Magidson, “was to reach past language. nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.”

Baraka was one of the most acclaimed international releases of its time. A 2001 DVD release featuring a new  transfer and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound became one of the most popular and acclaimed discs in the format‘s history. But as Fricke and Magidson began to explore the capabilities of new digital technology, they would soon seize the challenge to capture the film‘s 70mm theatrical impact in the ultimate high definition DVD, resulting in the widely acclaimed Blu-ray release of Baraka.

* YouTube video used here is a HD Matchframe Re-Edit from Jarrod Factor at http://www.factorfiles.com/home.shtml

“Samsara”: A Cinematic Poem Theatrical Trailer From Ron Fricke (2011)

SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.

Directed by:  Ron Fricke

Producer:  Mark Magidson

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

“Richard II”: Cinematic Poem Trailer From Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran (2013)

Richard II was broadcast live on 13 November 2013 from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role. David is joined in the Company by Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke.

Richard II Cinematic Trailer Royal Shakespeare Company

http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/richard-ii/default.aspx

 

“Brideshead Revisited” 30th Anniversary Collection Trailer: Cinematic Poem Features Geoffrey Burgon Score

Adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh and winner of 17 international awards.  Premiered in 1981.

Directed by:  Charles Sturridge,  Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Music Composed By:  Geoffrey Burgon

Produced by:  Granada Television.

BAFTA Award wins:

  • Best Drama Series/Serial
  • Best Actor – Anthony Andrews
  • Best Costume Design – Jane Robinson
  • Best Scenic Design – Peter Phillips
  • Best Film Editor – Anthony Ham
  • Best Film Sound – Phil Smith and John Whitworth
  • Best Make Up – Deborah Tinsey and Ruth Quinn
BAFTA Award nominations
  • Best Actor – Jeremy Irons; John Gielgud; Nickolas Grace
  • Best Actress – Claire Bloom; Diana Quick

 

“Dark Side Of The Lens”: Cinematic Poem Of The Irish Coastline, Directed By Mickey Smith (2010)

Filmed in Ireland, on some of the world’s most violent coastlines, Dark Side of the Lens profiles a surf photographer, an artist who takes to the waves looking for ‘little glimpses of magic” to record for posterity.

  • Director: Mickey Smith
  • Producer: Helen Hayden, Revie Verran
  • Editor: Allan Wilson
  • Cinematographer: Allan Wilson, Mickey Smith

Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011

Winner – Action Sports Category, Vimeo awards 2012

Winner – Best Cinematography, 5Point Film Festival 2011

Winner – Grand Prize – Chamonix Film Festival 2011

Winner – Best short – New York Surf Film Festival 2011

Winner – Digital short of the Year, Surfer Poll

Winner – Relentless Short Stories 2011

Winner – Driven Creativity award – Professional Category

Winner – Amstel Surf Film Festibal, Peoples Choice award

Winner – Best short, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Winner – Best International Short, Canadian Surf Film Festival

Mickey Smith Interview: http://megadeluxe.com/photography/interview-with-mickey-smith-surf-photographer-filmmaker

Winner – Best Short, Waimea Ocean Film Festival

“The World Beyond the World”: A Cinematic Poem Of The Alaskan Arctic Wilderness Directed By Paxson Woelber (2014)

“The World Beyond the World”: A Cinematic Poem Of The Alaskan Arctic Wilderness Directed By Paxson Woelber.

Filmed and Directed by:  Paxson Woelber

“Using text adapted from Robert Marshalls “Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range” (1929) and images from Expedition Arguk (2013), “The World Beyond the World” aims to celebrate that most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: moving through a mysterious, beautiful, and unknown landscape.

In 2013, Expedition Arguk walked and packrafted across 300 miles of wilderness in the Alaska Arctic in order to report on Arctic issues and create public-use media from this far-off but increasingly important region. “The World Beyond the World” was shot during the first third of our trip, which took place entirely in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Gates of the Arctic is the second-largest US National Park, but its extraordinary remoteness and challenging weather mean that the Park sees relatively few visitors. There are no guidebooks, trails, campgrounds, or roads. Most of the photos that make up this film are available for 100% free, unrestricted public use at expeditionarguk.com

We are immensely grateful to the American Alpine Club, the Sierra Club Alaska Chapter, the Alaska Wilderness League, Ground Truth Trekking and our many other sponsors and advisors.”

Website:  http://www.expeditionarguk.com/

Cinematic Poem “Wine, Poems & Life: Los Toneles Winery”; Directed By Adriano Besso (2014)

Los Toneles Winery in Mendoza, Argentina.

Director. Adriano Besso
Producer. Diego Serrano & Bodega Toneles
Agency. Diego Serrano – Photography & Cinematic Films
Client. Toneles Winery
ScreenPlay. Adriano Besso
DP. Adriano Besso
Glidecam. Adriano Besso
Slider. Adriano Besso
Editor. Adriano Besso
Colorist. Adriano Besso
Voiceover. Mariana Guzzante

“A Solitary World”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring H.G. Wells Directed By James W. Griffiths (2014)

“A Solitary World” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring excerpts from  H.G. Wells Directed by James W. Griffiths.

Director, Producer, VFX Artist & Colourist:  James W. Griffiths

Director of Photography: Christopher Moon

Editor:  Marianne Kuopanportti

PBS Digital Studios Original Shorts Series Producer:  Matt Vree

Sound Design & Mix:  Mauricio D’Orey

Composer:  Lennert Busch

Narrator:  Terry Burns

Excerpted from the following:

The Time Machine (1895)
The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)
The First Men in the Moon (1901)
In The Days of the Comet (1906)
The World Set Free (1914)

Thanks to A.P. Watt at United Agents on behalf of The Literary Executors of the Estate of H.G. Wells for permission.

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Excerpted text:

A horrible feeling of desolation pinched my heart. I listened rigid but heard nothing but the creep of blood in my ears. Great and shadowy and strange was the world and I drifted solitary through its vast mysteries.

A remote faint question, where I might be, drifted and vanished again in my mind. I found myself standing astonished, my emotions penetrated by something I could not understand.

I felt naked. I felt as perhaps a bird may feel in the clear air knowing the hawk wings above and will swoop.

I began to feel the need of fellowship. I wanted to question, wanted to speak, wanted to relate my experience. What is this spirit in man that urges him forever to depart from happiness, to toil and to place himself in danger?

It was this restlessness, this insecurity perhaps that drove me further and further afield in my exploring expedition. As the hush of the evening crept over the world, the sun touched the mountains and became very swiftly a blazing hemisphere of liquid flame, and sank.

Then, slow and soft and wrapping the world in fold after fold of deepening blue, came the night. And then, the splendor of the sight — in the sky, one bright planet shone kindly and steadily like the face of an old friend. The full temerity of my voyage suddenly came upon me. At last I began to feel the pull of the earth upon my being, drawing me back again to the life that is real, for men.

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