Category Archives: Creative Short Film

“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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“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/