Category Archives: Creative Short Film

“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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“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.

“A Search For Home”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Willem van den Heever (2019)

“A Search For Home” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Willem van den Heever.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Willem van den Heever

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

Original Music by: Franco Prinsloo
Performed by: Vox Chamber Choir
Featuring: Palmer & Kieran Bridgland
Voices by: Amber and Albert Retief
Final sound mix by Dawid De Villiers

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

Poetry by: NP Van Wyk Louw

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

“In recent years my restless wanderings around the globe started bringing up a lot of questions within. I started noticing a like-minded generation who left “home” in exchange for the world and perhaps in search of something yet to be found.

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

A Search For Home is a visual poetic piece exploring these questions of what “home” really is. Filmed over the course of my travels through South-East Asia in 2019.”

A Search For Home Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Willem van den Heever (2019)

Website: https://www.willemfilms.com/

 

“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/

 

“Beyond Us – After The Collapse”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

“Beyond Us – After The Collapse” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien.

Directed by: Maxime Tiberghien

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

Produced, Animated and Edited by: Sylvain Favre, Maxime Hacquard and Maxime Tiberghien
Music by: Vitaliy Zavadskyy

Narrated by: Juliette de Prigny

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

“Embark on the last journey of a giant machine, wandering trough our masterpiece of desolation.. after the collapse.

BEYOND US is an independant short film, trying to spread a simple message about our civilisation and what we will leave behind after the collapse.”

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

After thousands of years of evolution,
Our civilization finally understood
That everything was coming to an end.
Our society had frozen,
Blinded by the gods of consumerism
Who did not see that a
Huge threat was coming to us.

Beyond Us Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Maxime Tiberghien (2019)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/maxtiberghien/

“Dream”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Sofie Lee (2019)

“Dream” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Sofie Lee.

Designed, Edited and Directed by: Sofie Lee

Animation Directed by: Omid Seraj
Music by: Wesley Slover and Joe Basile
Sound by: Joe Basile
Mix by: Trevor Richardson
Narrated by: Stella Stocker

“One day, I saw this dazzling darkness, and it devoured me. Then, I no longer existed.

We often tend to dream, expect, and imagine the things we wished we had. Dreaming is a catalyst for a better future. However, I see dreams in two different ways. One being that dreams give off a sense of motivation and the other that dreams create a sense of delusion within. As humans, our dreams block us from seeing the things that are right in front of us. Although dreams are meant to keep us alive, they also make us forget our existence and our purpose. In the end, our lack of awareness of our surroundings can drive us to forget who we really are.

The project, Dream, is a short film that is created based on a visual poem, “Lonely Wintry Moon,” which I wrote portraying myself losing my existence to follow this invisible dream.”

Dream.

Life is like a warm breeze that carries the redolent of spring, the colors that transmute the sky from dusk till dawn. Like a little chaste sprout that just pushed out the ground dauntlessly. A small water drop that just landed on a wild flower to tell its story from a long itinerary

But I’m an indigent goldfish that is floundering helplessly in this tiny bowl enveloped by hollow plastic plants and just gazing at this beautiful world; a xanadu I can’t be a part of it.

I am a puddle on the street that reflects the blue sky and makes graceful ebb and flow of waves coalesced with the spring breeze.

but I’m merely a deserted puddle wandering aimlessly. Then a bleak, lonely wintry moon devoured my life. The life of warmth, beauty, love, and passion departed. Then, time stopped, everything lost its colors. It froze my heart and only the whiteness lingered in silence with me.

Website: https://sofieleeya.com/dream