Production | Early Man Film (Mumbai) Executive Producer | Manfred Bräunl DOP | Gianpaolo Lupori Executive Producer | Anand Menon Editor | Lluis Murua & Marcos Mijan Color | Fran Condor Original Composition | Monster Music Sound Design | Roy Shen Zoor & Quincy Vlijtig Poem by Jorge Luis Borges and Walt Whitman
“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.”
“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.
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 #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” 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.
“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,
“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
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.
“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.