Category Archives: Narrated Short Films

“Hikari”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger (2017)

“Hikari” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Natsuko Kure Directed By Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:   Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger

Hikari Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger 2017

“We came to this earth without words. And in our thoughts we dreamt of the cosmos; looking towards the sky. It was only until we defined it, that we knew what it was. We thought it was unreachable. But we looked back and could see our own footsteps, tracing the path from long ago; where we came from all along. They both meet together at this single point: the end and the beginning. We are born without knowing who we are and we grow our lives to seek the answer to ‘I am’. This video is an epitaph for Hikari-san who’s life was cut short from that struggle.”

Narrated by: NATSUKO KURE

Hikari Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger 2017

“Nothing Stays Forever” by Shuntaro Tanikawa

When I was born, I was nameless
Like a water molecule
But right away I was fed
Vowels mouth to mouth
Consonants tickled my ears
I was called
And pulled away from the cosmos.
Oscillating the atmosphere
Carved into clay tablets.
Inscribed on bamboo
Recorded on sand
I would have loved to lose words
To be a tree singing in the wind
I would have loved to be a cloud
From a hundred thousand years ago
Now I go back to being nameless
With dirt over my eyes,
My ears and my mouth
With stars leading me by the fingers.

Hikari Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Casey Warren And Danielle Krieger 2017

Website: http://www.mindcastle.tv/films-1/

 

 

 

 

“Face Your Own Beast”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Camille Marotte (2017)

“Face Your Own Beast” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Charles Bukowski Poem Directed By Camille Marotte.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Camille Marotte

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Camera/Lenses: Arri Alexa
Light: Jean-Marie Delorme
Boxer: Christopher Whitlow

Narrated by: Patrick Sweeney

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“Roll the Dice”  by Charles Bukowski

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

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Website:  http://www.camillemarotte.com/

“GONE”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Roman Rütten And Facundo Ruiz (2017)

“GONE” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Mexico Directed By Roman Rütten And Facundo Ruiz.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Roman Rütten and Facundo Ruiz

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Original Music by: Ben Lukas Boysen
Actress: Paulina Pozzetti

Inspired by Original Poem by: Cheylee Miller (“Get Lost”)
Rewritten and Reinterpreted by: Roman Rütten and Facundo Ruiz

Narrated by: Rebeca Badia

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People say “Get Lost”
So you decide to try.
But when you go into the woods,
Foreign sounds they make you shy.

People say “Get Lost”
So you try again;
This time in the ocean
But the tides don’t let you in.

“An homage on all the people wandering and following their own path towards their dream.

Not Afraid of the unknown and willing to get lost. To be free. And only live in the moment.
This film is has been shot in Tulum Mexico. A magical place for known for its special energy and similar minded people it attracts from all over the world. This piece has been created as attempt to inspire, dream and being naive.”

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Website: http://www.ruetten.tv/

“The Laughing Heart”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Michael Rupp (2017)

“The Laughing Heart” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Charles Bukowski Directed By Michael Rupp.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Michael Rupp

Starring: Olivia O’Prey and Matt Esof
Music by:  Bellabeth (“Lonley Piano”)

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Narrated by:  Tom O’Bedlam

“The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

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Website: http://www.rupp-media.com/

 

“Speak To Us Of Love”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Joyce N. Ho (2017)

“Speak To Us Of Love” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Excerpts of Kahlil Gibran Poem “The Prophet” Directed By Joyce N. Ho.

Animated, Designed and Creative Direction by: Joyce N. Ho

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Producer: Candace Marshall
Co-Design by: Ryan McShane
Animation by: Chris Morris & Ryan McShane
Edited by: Alex Gee
Music & Sound Mixing by: Zubin Hensler

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“Each year we endeavor to do an internal project that’s just for us, and this time around it all began when we read ‘The Prophet’ – a book of poems by Kahlil Gibran. In it, Gibran devotes each chapter to an important life event or theme, and his chapter on love was so moving we decided to put his beautiful words into motion. In the poem, Gibran writes about the many different types of love that exist, so we created a visual parallel between love and water. Just as we can’t live without love, we can’t survive without water – both are essential, eternal and all-consuming.

We knew we wanted to bring this story to life in 2D, and so we started storyboarding and designing directly in After Effects – a twist on our usual process. This meant we ended up animating in tandem with designing instead of designing and creating assets in Illustrator. As a result, our short film developed organically. It’s a testament to how well the Breeder team works together, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.”

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Excerpts from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires,
let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings
its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks
for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in
your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Website:  http://www.studiobreeder.com/work/of-love

“Young Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Dominic DiMaria And Geno DiMaria (2016)

“Young Sea” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Carl Sandburg Directed By Dominic DiMaria And Geno DiMaria.

Produced and Directed by: Dominic DiMaria and Geno DiMaria

Cinematography: Geno DiMaria and Chad Stembridge
Editing and Sound Design: Geno DiMaria
Co-Produced by: Chad Stembridge

Production Company: Block One Studios

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“Seahorse” Crew: Captain Joel Wayne

Narrated by: Dave Pettitt

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“Young Sea” by Carl Sandburg

The sea is never still.
It pounds on the shore
Restless as a young heart,
Hunting.

The sea speaks
And only the stormy hearts
Know what it says:
It is the face
of a rough mother speaking.

The sea is young.
One storm cleans all the hoar
And loosens the age of it.
I hear it laughing, reckless.

They love the sea,
Men who ride on it
And know they will die
Under the salt of it

Let only the young come,
Says the sea.

Let them kiss my face
And hear me.
I am the last word
And I tell
Where storms and stars come from.

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Website: http://blockonestudios.com/

“Never To Forget”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Anh Vu (2016)

“Never To Forget” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In India Featuring Poem by Arundhati Roy Directed by Anh Vu.

Directed by: Anh Vu

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Director of Photography: Kenji Katori
Editor: Alvaro Del Val
Colorist: Maria Carretero
Sound Mix: Matthew Guido
Sound Recording facility: Blast NYC
Voice Over Talent: Meagan Lee Farrell

Music by: Max Richter  (“Vladimir’s Blues”)

“This short film portrays the lives of women and children from Rajasthan, India whom we’ve met along our journey. We found beauty in their kindness, in their perseverance for life, and most importantly in their relentless fight for equality, respect towards oneself and others.

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Poem from “Cost of Living” by Arundhati Roy

“To Love. To Be Loved. To Never Forget”

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”

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Website: http://www.anh-vu.com/

“Lost In You”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Helen Takkin (2016)

“Lost In You”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Helen Takkin.

Directed by:  Helen Takkin

Starring:  Andero Ermel and  Karin Rask

Cinematographer: Meelis Veeremets
Gaffer: Tõnis Tuuga
Set Designer: Eva-Maria Gramakovski
Costume: Jörgen Terepson
Mövi and Drone Operator: Jaan Kronberg
Makeup an Hair: Hella Marats, Karolina Veetamm

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Sound recording: Martin Vinkel
Sound design: Romet Pott
Music: Chad Lawson

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Producer: Peeter Järvelaid
Production Manager: Liina Tiido
Location Manager: Toomas Külaots

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Editor: Johannes Arro
Color Grade: Evar Anvelt
Online Editor: Marion Koppel
Postproduction: Tallinn Postworks
1AC: Mihkel Soe
2AC: Erik Õunapuu
Electricians: Silver Soe, Markus Orav, Volmer Kliimand
Set Design Assistant: Jaan Kontkar

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Website: http://shp.tv/talent/helen-takkin/

“Time Enough”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Eric Schneider (2016)

“Time Enough” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem by Dennis O’Driscoll Directed by Eric Schneider.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Eric Schneider

Music by:  Haunted Disco (” Thoughts Under The Snow”)

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Concept: Joe Plummer & Eric Schneider
Produced by: Joe Plummer
Assistant Camera: Christian Cruz
Narration: Chris Kipiniak
Additional Sound Distortion & Mixing: Eric Schneider
Music Copyright: Haunted Disco
Actor: Henry Oelkers
Extras: Meo Ly, Nate Ly, Emma Ly
Puppy: Scarlet

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“Time Enough” by Dennis O’Driscoll

The tally of years
added up so rapidly
it appeared I had
been short-changed,
tricked by sleight
of hand, fallen victim
to false bookkeeping.

Yet when I checked
my records, each
and every year had
been accounted for,
down to the last day,
and could be audited
against old diary entries
(client briefings,
dental check-ups,
parent-teacher meetings,
wedding anniversaries),
verified with credit
card statements
(multi-trip insurance,
antibiotics, concert bookings,
mobile top-ups).

And, although
nagging doubts
remained—an
inkling that I had
been ripped off
in some way,
given short shrift,
made to live at an
accelerated pace,
rushed through
my routines with
unseemly haste—
nothing could be proved,
no hard and fast
statistics adduced.

I had, it seems,
unknown to me,
been living my
life to the full.

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Website:  http://mutablefilms.com/

“The Call”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Luc Braquet (2016)

“The Call” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” Directed by Luc Braquet.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Luc Braquet

Actress:  Sofia Fanego

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From French Vogue:

“A romantic New York in which the model, Sofia Fanego, dances, moves and wanders through the city, set to an expressive rendition of the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.”

http://en.vogue.fr/fashion-videos/fashion-story/videos/the-call-short-film-by-luc-braquet/25894

The Call Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed in 2016 by Luc Braquet

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.        

The Call Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Luc Braquet

http://www.lucbraquet.com/