Category Archives: Promotional Short Film

“The Raven”: A 1967 NFL Short Film “Parody Poem” Narrated By Charlie Jones Directed By Simon Gribben

In 1967, Simon Gribben was a film writer/editor for Tel Ra Productions in Philadelphia making syndicated American Football League highlights. He produced “The Raven” as an audition piece for NFL Films, where he was hired.

One of the earliest examples of the origins of Cinematic Poems.

Written, Edited and Produced by:  Simon Gribben

Narrated by:  Charlie Jones

“The KC Chiefs destroyed the Denver Broncos in KC; it reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and so I wrote a parody of the poem as a description of this game. Ed Keane was the Supervising Editor and supported this deviation from the norm and even found some harpsichord music for mood. Announcer Charlie Jones got into the silliness and did a superb read. I cut a minute out of the original to speed up this version but someday would like to return it to its original nuttiness. This is the audition piece I sent to NFL Films and got hired talking about making a Football Ballet, my 1st film for NFL Films.

Website:  https://vimeo.com/user1277282

 

“Here”: A Cinematic Poem Film Tribute To Poet Philip Larkin Narrated By Sir Tom Courtenay And Directed By Dave Lee (2010)

‘Here’ is a visual adaptation the Philip Larkin poem of the same name. The poem portrays a journey through a rural landscape, a large town and out to the coast. While the region and town are unnamed in the poem, Larkin himself stated that the poem in a celebration of East Yorkshire and the city of Hull.

Directed by:  Dave Lee

Produced by:  Classlane Media

Music Scored by: Louise Bennet

Narrated by:   Sir Tom Courtenay

Featuring a contemplative read from Hull-born, multi BAFTA winning, twice Oscar nominated actor Sir Tom Courtenay, the film revisits the landscape and characters that inspired Larkin almost half a century before.

Here by Philip Larkin

“Swerving east, from rich industrial shadows
And traffic all night north; swerving through fields
Too thin and thistled to be called meadows,
And now and then a harsh-named halt, that shields
Workmen at dawn; swerving to solitude
Of skies and scarecrows, haystacks, hares and pheasants,
And the widening river’s slow presence,
The piled gold clouds, the shining gull-marked mud,

Gathers to the surprise of a large town:
Here domes and statues, spires and cranes cluster
Beside grain-scattered streets, barge-crowded water,
And residents from raw estates, brought down
The dead straight miles by stealing flat-faced trolleys,
Push through plate-glass swing doors to their desires –
Cheap suits, red kitchen-ware, sharp shoes, iced lollies,
Electric mixers, toasters, washers, driers –

A cut-price crowd, urban yet simple, dwelling
Where only salesmen and relations come
Within a terminate and fishy-smelling
Pastoral of ships up streets, the slave museum,
Tattoo-shops, consulates, grim head-scarfed wives;
And out beyond its mortgaged half-built edges
Fast-shadowed wheat-fields, running high as hedges,
Isolate villages, where removed lives

Loneliness clarifies. Here silence stands
Like heat. Here leaves unnoticed thicken,
Hidden weeds flower, neglected waters quicken,
Luminously-peopled air ascends;
And past the poppies bluish neutral distance
Ends the land suddenly beyond a beach
Of shapes and shingle. Here is unfenced existence:
Facing the sun, untalkative, out of reach.”

Article on the film:  http://www.larkin25.co.uk/larkin25-projects.php?project=8

“Audax Alpine Classic”: Cinematic Time-Lapse Cycling Film Directed By Nathan Kaso (2014)

Bright 2,200 cyclists tackled several different courses of up to 250km which included ascents of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Tawonga Gap.

Filmed, Edited and Directed By:  Nathan Kaso

In my four days of shooting I covered nearly 2,000km through the Victorian High Country capturing cyclists, landscapes and the local towns.

The film is shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with 17-40mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 as well as the Emotimo TB3 Black motion control head. Some aerial footage was captured using a DJI Phantom with H3-2D gimbal and GoPro Hero3+ Black shooting 2.7K Protunes. Images were processed in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and LRTimelapse, while the film was edited in Premiere Pro and After Effects.

The soundtrack and audio mix was produced by Tom Day soundcloud.com/tomday

Website:  http://www.nathankasophotography.com/

“Angels Over Berlin”: A Cinematic Promotional Short Film For Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Directed By Daniel Michaelis (2012)

“Angels over Berlin” is a Test Commercial Short Film made for MEC Design in 2011. It shows the Mercedes SLS Amg with it’s violent massive lines combined with the colors of piano nodes. Is it a conflict? Maybe..

Directed by:  Daniel Michaelis

Produced by Format67.net

Camera: Daniel Michaelis, Willi Fast
Narrator: Claudia Black

“Onmyou Prayer”

“Supreme gods, bless us so that calamities do not befall us. May there be peace and happiness, and long life, and may our descendants prosper and become notable, not through fortune or fame, but through love and deed.

May our rice field flourish and our silkworm cultures thrive, may our works be blessed in your eyes. May evil spirits be banished, and ghostly auras be destroyed. Divine talismans hold something unfathomable, they settle eternally in the courtyard. Their tally miraculous. Numerous in the past, blessings impossible to put into words. May the gods protect us all our days.

May Heaven, Earth, and Water guard all living things. May all constellations sustain and protect me. May all the seasons of the year, all hours of our day be free of disaster, innocent of harm. May the stars of good come, and the stars of evil disperse. . .”

“An Ode To Football”: A Cinematic Poem Promotional Film For English Soccer Written By Musa Okwonga (2013)

Entitled ‘This is Football’, Ode to Football was commissioned by The FA and written by poet, author and sportswriter Musa Okwonga. A host of famous faces have shown their support by appearing in a video of the ode.

Produced By:  The Football Association (FA)

Led by England captain Steven Gerrard, the video also features other notable football names including Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Jim White. Celebrity football fans Ant and Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Amanda Holden, Nick Grimshaw and John Bishop have also delivered lines of the poem.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99

Written By:  Musa Okwonga

Joining Musa in the poem are the likes of Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott, Dizzee Rascal, and Steven Gerrard.

“An Ode to Football”

This is football:

Yes, jumpers for goalposts in your local park

With the lamp-posts as your floodlights,

And no-one watching but the stars:

This is football –

Where the groundstaff cut grass with a barber’s care

Where the terraces forever sing hymns to their favourite players:

This is football –

Hot coffee in the stands on midweek nights

This is players squaring up

But never actually starting fights

This is football

Each battle lasts an hour-and-a-half

It’s that war of rival scarves

You can fight fair, or plunge to grass –

This is football

Imitating that voice that reads Final Score

This is transfer-window shopping,

It’s Deadline Day on Sky Sports

This is football

Last in that half-time queue for the loo then food:

This is Sir Geoff Hurst on Wembley’s turf in destiny’s pursuit

This is football

Humming Match of the Day’s theme tune as it starts:

Keeping your head down from thirty yards, and shivering crossbars:

This is football

This is panic,

Your defenders scrambling back

When they realised the other team sitting deep

Was just a trap

This is football, this is football

Cracked shinpads and all

It’s the innocent protest –

It’s the “I barely touched him, ref!”

This is football

This is not just 4-4-2 or 4-3-3

This is what you do when you go one player down, and then concede

This is football

This is that banter you get at away grounds

Which when you score that last-minute winning goal

Is not so loud

This is football

Cup tie:

You’ve gone to penalties to sever the knot

But your guts are all you’ve got

And sudden death now marks the spot:

This is football

Not prawn sandwiches

You can find it in all languages

It’s your spilled pint in the pub

When your team goes one-nil up:

This is football

This is that fanzine which calls it harsh but fair

This is catching coaches, planes and trains since your club needs you there

This is football

Practised against the wall, and in the hall

It’s those concrete playground moves

That have ruined all your shoes:

This is football

Lugging your team’s laundry home from Sunday league

This is playing online tournaments until sleep intervenes

This is football:

It’s a very big deal,

You can ask Bill Shankly

It’s that click-clack of the turnstile,

It’s that Gazza-needs-a-hanky

This is football

Brought to you by the Football Association

Formed in the Tavern of Freemasons

One-fifty years in the making

This is football:

Of all the sports, this is our nation’s favourite

And we speak to celebrate it

So if you have a drink, please raise it

Website:  http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum

Ode to Football

This is football:
Yes, jumpers for goalposts in your local park,
With the lamp-posts as your floodlights,
And no-one watching but the stars.

This is football:
Where the groundstaff cut grass with a barber’s care,
Where the terraces forever sing hymns to their favourite players.

This is football:
Hot coffee in the stands on midweek nights,
This is players squaring up,
But never actually starting fights.

This is football:
Each battle lasts an hour-and-a-half,
It’s that war of rival scarves,
You can fight fair, or plunge to grass.

This is football:
Imitating that voice that reads Final Score,
This is transfer-window shopping,
It’s Deadline Day on Sky Sports.

This is football:
Last in that half-time queue for the loo then food,
This is Sir Geoff Hurst on Wembley’s turf in destiny’s pursuit.

This is football:
Humming Match of the Day’s theme tune as it starts,
Keeping your head down from thirty yards, and shivering crossbars.

This is football
This is panic,
Your defenders scrambling back,
When they realised the other team sitting deep,
Was just a trap.

This is football, this is football:
Cracked shin pads and all,
It’s the innocent protest,
It’s the “I barely touched him, ref!”

This is football:
This is not just 4-4-2 or 4-3-3,
This is what you do when you go one player down, and then concede.

This is football:
This is that banter you get at away grounds,
Which when you score that last-minute winning goal,
Is not so loud.

This is football:
Cup tie,
You’ve gone to penalties to sever the knot,
But your guts are all you’ve got,
And sudden death now marks the spot.

This is football:
Not prawn sandwiches,
You can find it in all languages,
It’s your spilled pint in the pub,
When your team goes one-nil up.

This is football:
This is that fanzine which calls it harsh but fair,
This is catching coaches, planes and trains since your club needs you there.

This is football:
Practised against the wall, and in the hall,
It’s those concrete playground moves,
That have ruined all your shoes.

This is football:
Lugging your team’s laundry home from Sunday league,
This is playing online tournaments until sleep intervenes.

This is football:
It’s a very big deal,
You can ask Bill Shankly,
It’s that click-clack of the turnstile,
It’s that Gazza-needs-a-hanky.

This is football:
Brought to you by The Football Association,
Formed in the Tavern of Freemasons,
One-fifty years in the making.

This is football:
Of all the sports, this is our nation’s favourite,
And we speak to celebrate it,
So if you have a drink, please raise it.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99

Led by England captain Steven Gerrard, the video also features other notable football names including Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Jim White. Celebrity football fans Ant and Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Amanda Holden, Nick Grimshaw and John Bishop have also delivered lines of the poem.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99
Led by England captain Steven Gerrard, the video also features other notable football names including Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Jim White. Celebrity football fans Ant and Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Amanda Holden, Nick Grimshaw and John Bishop have also delivered lines of the poem.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99

“Winter in Trondheim 2014”: Cinematic Time-Lapse Promotional Short Film Directed By Grim Berge (Natural Light)

Natural Light presentation of Trondheim, Norway.
All footage from December 2013 and January 2014.

Directed by:   Grim Berge

Produced by:   Fram Film | Natural Light

Music by:   Tom Bergersen, Extreme Music Ltd. (“Breathe”)

Founded in the year 997 by the Viking king Olav Tryggvason, the city of Trondheim is more than one thousand years old. The majestic Nidarosdomen Cathedral, makes Trondheim Norway’s foremost pilgrimage site.

Trondheim has the longest continuous wooden houses in Scandinavia.

Website:  http://www.naturallight.tv | http://www.framfilm.com

 

“We Were Never Born”: Promotional Short Film Featuring Jack Kerouac For Dosnoventa Bikes By Sergi Castella (2013)

“We Were Never Born” by Dosnoventa Bikes.
With the support of Lacoste Live.

Directed By:   SERGI CASTELLÀ

Filmmaker:  HECTOR FERREÑO
Production:   BLACK MILK STUDIO
Cinematographer:   ALBERT SALAS
1st assistant camera:   EDUARD VILA
Editor:   XAVI TRILLA

Excerpts from Writings By:  Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969)

Narrated By:   JAMES PHILLIPS

“I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree on a cold winter day. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.

Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity.

We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea.
I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space, but the emptiness of space will never crumble away because it was never born.”

Website:  http://www.dosnoventabikes.com/

 

“Finished”: Cinematic Promotional Short Film Featuring C.S. Lewis By Dan DiFelice (2012)

Cinematic Promotional Short Film for A/G NYM, based around theme “Finish(ed)” – the idea of overcoming the immediate while pressing on in the greater journey.

Written and Directed By:   Dan DiFelice

1st Unit Director & DP Andy Catarisano
Score Salomon Ligthelm
Sound Design Salomon Ligthelm
Colorist Matt Fezz
Visual Effects Dan DiFelice & Renato Marques
Lead Talent Jon Prensner
Boy Evan Slavens
Grandfather Nelson Padgett
Climbing Double Nate Grimm & Jon Caughlin

Narration By:  Peter Batchelor

Excerpts from C.S. Lewis (“Mere Christianity”):

“The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self.

Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life.

Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.

Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else thrown in.”

About the film:

“It was filmed on site for 10 days in Colorado with Andy Catarisano leading the shoot and Jon Prensner feeling the cold burn of antiquated hiking gear. This project was conceptualized around a year ago, and the cast/crew did an exceptional job in bearing both sub-zero temperatures as well as the burden of time that a project can take. After an initial delivery 3 months into the project, the team charged through and pulled off sets of revisions to bring this piece to the place it deserved to be, so massive thanks to everyone.”

Website:  http://campagn.com/

 

“The Glint”: Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo For Comete Motorcycles By Mathieu Maury (2014)

“The Glint” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo for Guillaume Drapier, Founder of Comete Motorcycles Directed by Mathieu Maury.

Edited and Directed By:   Mathieu Maury

Cinematographers : Romain Decomble, Eudes Quittelier
Color Grading : Eudes Quittelier
Text : Lise Beuve
Narrator : Paul Bandey
Music : A.Taylor – Nostalgia
Mixing: Jesse James Rosquin – Studio Apollon XIII
Actor : Guillaume Drapier

the-glint-cinematic-poem-short-film-promo-for-comete-motorcycles-directed-by-mathieu-maury

Narration :

“There is a light that never goes out.   It dwells deep inside us, giving us motivation and shaping our path.
That light is the flicker of creation.
The spark of an idea.
The outline of a design.
It is the desire that stokes our passions and makes us strive to go further.
This internal fire feeds our dreams and puts a glint in our eye.
It is the energy that ignites our creativity.
It tills the land.
It shapes and gives life to the medium being crafted.
Every creation is imbued with the being that created it, as if the medium is breathing in the spirit of the craftsman.
Isn’t that the most beautiful way of leaving a trace of our existence, of our time on this earth?
To create is the only way to traverse time, to wander through the ages.
It is the only way to become immortal, to be infinite.
If this light goes out, we die.”

the-glint-cinematic-poem-short-film-promo-for-comete-motorcycles-directed-by-mathieu-maury-2013

Website:  http://maisoncarnot.com/

“Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 – Curling”: Cinematic Poem Promotional Film For BBC Sport Directed By Jason Devine (2014)

The Olympic sport of curling was born in Scotland. The stones forged from granite found on Ailsa Craig.

‘Curling, the sport of a silence broken beautifully’.

Directed By :  Jason Devine
Post Production :  Intro in-house team
3D Animation :  Chris White

To launch curling during the Winter Olympics Intro created a film which brings the viewer to the Scottish wilderness. Beginning on the waters of a summer loch, the beauty is transformed by an engulfing harsh Winter.

The ‘soundtrack of silence’ is broken by the rumble of granite as a curling stone glides across the ice.

Unique camera angles and super slow motion effects created by the intro team help connect the viewer to a sport that dates back to the 16th century.

http://www.intro-uk.com/work/sochi-14-curling/