Category Archives: Creative Short Film

“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.”

“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.
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“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.

“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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“New York, still”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Bram VanderMark (2020)

“New York, still” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Bram VanderMark.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Bram VanderMark

Sound Design/Mix: Christian Stropko
Grade: Jacob McKee
Voice Over: Phyllis Lampkin
Script: Elizabeth Moore
Special Thanks: Austin Prahl

A meditation on the beauty that has emerged and remained in New York, when many thought the city’s spirit had all but disappeared.

New York, still
listening to the
hushed softness
of the morning

Not quite noiseless, but
echoing with the elements
of what used to be

Still moving,
and a little unsure
how to breathe
without stopping
to catch our breaths

Still nothing
without the beating hearts
that call this
motley metropolis
molded into neighborhoods
of concrete and iron
home

Still healing,
and becoming gentle
Embracing that we are soft
and made of skin
with velvet
in every breath

Still singing,
the collective shout of
“We’re still here!”
Calling
to the listeners,
the lingerers,
the laborers,
the lonely lovers
who have no choice
but to stay
and to witness
how loneliness keeps us
alive

After the listening,
and the moving,
and the nothing,
and the healing,
and the singing,

New York, still

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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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“I Know My Soul”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Douglas Ratzlaff Bernardt (2020)

“I Know My Soul” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem by Claude McKay  Directed By Douglas Ratzlaff Bernardt.

Director: Douglas Bernardt

Director of Photography: Adolpho Veloso
Editor: Victor Cohen
Colorist: Bleach Films / Sergio Pasqualino

Produced by Stink Films Shanghai
Shot in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I Know My Soul” by Claude McKay (1889 – 1948)

I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
And held it to the mirror of my eye,
To see it like a star against the sky,
A twitching body quivering in space,
A spark of passion shining on my face.
And I explored it to determine why
This awful key to my infinity
Conspires to rob me of sweet joy and grace.
And if the sign may not be fully read,
If I can comprehend but not control,
I need not gloom my days with futile dread,
Because I see a part and not the whole.
Contemplating the strange, I’m comforted
By this narcotic thought: I know my soul.

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“NIÑO – Corse Roadtrip”: A Cinematic Poem Travel Short Film Directed By Sebastian Linda (2020)

“NIÑO – Corse Roadtrip” is Cinematic Poems Travel Short Film In Italy Featuring Poem by Kahlil Gibran Directed by Sebastian Linda.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sebastian Linda

Original Music by: Sebastian Linda (Spotify)

Here is the new music and film from our Roadtrip to the beautiful island of corse.

On the way we listened together as a family to the poetry from Kali Gibran and the Poem “On Children” really stuck with us, while watching the beauty of Corse unfolding in front of our eyes.

I wrote the song about a year ago and recorded it, but I needed more time to understand my inner thoughts to create the combination of reality and fantasy children have.

Maybe some childhood dreams awake from your side. It’s important to create a great life for your children, but don’t forget. Your children, are not your children.

“On Children” by Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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