“The Mushroom Hunters”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Written By Neil Gaiman, Directed By Caroline Rudge (2019)

“The Mushroom Hunters” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film With Original Poem Written By Neil Gaiman, Directed By Caroline Rudge.

Artwork, Animation, Direction and Storyboard by: Caroline Rudge

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

Production, Storyboard and Additional Mushrooms: Alexandra Casswell Becker
Editing and Special Effects: Dann Casswell

The Mushroom Hunters Original Poem by: Neil Gaiman

Read by: Amanda Palmer

Bass, Percussion, Vibraphone, Piano and Original Score by: Jherek Bischoff
Cello: Aniela Marie Perry
Violin: Paris Hurley
Viola: Marta Sofia Honer
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jherek Bischoff at Sweethaven

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS
by Neil Gaiman

Science, as you know, my little one, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe.
It’s based on observation, on experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe the facts revealed.

In the old times, they say, the men came already fitted with brains
designed to follow flesh-beasts at a run,
to hurdle blindly into the unknown,
and then to find their way back home when lost
with a slain antelope to carry between them.
Or, on bad hunting days, nothing.

The women, who did not need to run down prey,
had brains that spotted landmarks and made paths between them
left at the thorn bush and across the scree
and look down in the bole of the half-fallen tree,
because sometimes there are mushrooms.

Before the flint club, or flint butcher’s tools,
The first tool of all was a sling for the baby
to keep our hands free
and something to put the berries and the mushrooms in,
the roots and the good leaves, the seeds and the crawlers.
Then a flint pestle to smash, to crush, to grind or break.

And sometimes men chased the beasts
into the deep woods,
and never came back.

Some mushrooms will kill you,
while some will show you gods
and some will feed the hunger in our bellies. Identify.
Others will kill us if we eat them raw,
and kill us again if we cook them once,
but if we boil them up in spring water, and pour the water away,
and then boil them once more, and pour the water away,
only then can we eat them safely. Observe.

Observe childbirth, measure the swell of bellies and the shape of breasts,
and through experience discover how to bring babies safely into the world.

Observe everything.

And the mushroom hunters walk the ways they walk
and watch the world, and see what they observe.
And some of them would thrive and lick their lips,
While others clutched their stomachs and expired.
So laws are made and handed down on what is safe. Formulate.

The tools we make to build our lives:
our clothes, our food, our path home…
all these things we base on observation,
on experiment, on measurement, on truth.

And science, you remember, is the study
of the nature and behaviour of the universe,
based on observation, experiment, and measurement,
and the formulation of laws to describe these facts.

The race continues. An early scientist
drew beasts upon the walls of caves
to show her children, now all fat on mushrooms
and on berries, what would be safe to hunt.

The men go running on after beasts.

The scientists walk more slowly, over to the brow of the hill
and down to the water’s edge and past the place where the red clay runs.
They are carrying their babies in the slings they made,
freeing their hands to pick the mushrooms.

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

This poem was written by Neil Gaiman and read by Amanda Palmer for Maria Popova’s “The Universe In Verse” event in 2017 (you can read about that here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04…).

The Mushroom Hunters Cinematic Poem Short Film Written by Neil Gaiman Directed by Caroline Rudge 2019

The brilliant team at creative connection in the UK hand-drew this animated video to accompany the poem, and the music was composed and recorded by jherek bischoff. read about the making of this whole film on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31517040

“Dark Woods Justice”: A Cinematic Poem Show Opener Short Film For Discovery Channel (2019)

“Dark Woods Justice” is a Cinematic Poem Show Opener Short Film For Discovery Channel Featuring Joseph Conrad’s “Heart Of Darkness” Edited by Maria Adams.

Dark Woods Justice Cinematic Poem Show Opening Short Film By Discovery Channel 2019

Editor: Maria Adams
Compositor: Jack Strain
Production Company: PSG Films
Post Studio: Lustre Studios

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Excerpt from “Heart Of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad

“Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances. On silvery sandbanks hippos and alligators sunned themselves side by side. The broadening waters flowed through a mob of wooded islands; you lost your way on that river as you would in a desert, and butted all day long against shoals, trying to find the channel, till you thought yourself bewitched and cut off forever from everything you had known once -somewhere- far away in another existence perhaps. There were moments when one’s past came back to one, as it will sometimes when you have not a moment to spare to yourself; but it came in the shape of an unrestful and noisy dream, remembered with wonder amongst the overwhelming realities of this strange world of plants, and water, and silence. And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect.”

Dark Woods Justice Cinematic Poem Show Opening Short Film By Discovery Channel 2019

Website: https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/dark-woods-justice

“Daughter Of The Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Maceo Frost (2019)

“Daughter Of The Sea”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Maceo Frost.

Directed by Maceo Frost

Daughter Of The Sea Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed bt Maceo Frost (2019)

Director of Photography – Christophe Collette
Underwater DoP – Vincent Kardasik

Executive producer – Blaise Izard
Line Producer – Manu Henoque
Editor Andreas – Arvidsson
Composer – Gustav Karlström
Sound design – Anton Ahlberg
Colorist – Nicke Jacobsson
Production co – badassfilms.tv

Daughter Of The Sea Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed bt Maceo Frost (2019)

“Daughter of the Sea” is a short film exploring a fishermans relationship with his daughter and the sea. Shot in the French town St Jean de Luz.

Daughter Of The Sea Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed bt Maceo Frost (2019)

Website: http://www.maceofrost.com/

“You Will Not Have My Hatred”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Lightelm (2019)

“The Letter – You Will Not Have My Hatred”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Lightelm.

Edited and Directed by: Salomon Lightelm

The Letter - You Will Not Have My Hatred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Leightelm 2019

Words by: Antoine Leiris
Cinematographer: Zack Spiger
Production Co.: Gang Films
Music Score: AWVFTS

Filmed at: Chateaux Fontainebleau

The Letter - You Will Not Have My Hatred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Leightelm 2019

“I vividly remember the morning I read these powerful words for the first time. It was a cold November afternoon and a friend of mine had shared it on Instagram. As I was reading, I glanced over at my son playing in the living room – he was 17 months old, and I started coming undone. My wife looked over at me and I couldn’t speak, I just handed her the phone, and she also just came undone. These words had stuck with me for 4 years and they haven’t let go of me. How can a man, who had suffered so much, have a such a spirit of resilience and grace? Thank you Antoine Leiris for seeing the world unlike how most people see it – for showing a way that flows in the opposite direction of hate, and retaliation. Its words like yours that change the world. This film is a contemplative meditation on those words, be patient with it.”

The Letter - You Will Not Have My Hatred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Salomon Leightelm 2019

Website: http://www.ligthelm.work/

“Leonard Cohen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joe Donaldson (2019)

“The New Yorker – Leonard Cohen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joe Donaldson.

Direction, Design & Animation: Joe Donaldson

The New Yorker - Leonard Cohen Animated Visual Essay Directed by Joe Donaldson 2019

Original Music and Sound Design: Ambrose Yu
Executive Producer: Soo-Jeong Kang
Senior Producer: Yara Bishara
Senior Editor: Brian Redondo
Producer: Sara Joe Wolansky
Audio Engineer: Jill Du Boff

The New Yorker - Leonard Cohen Animated Visual Essay Directed by Joe Donaldson 2019

I was recently commissioned by The New Yorker to direct, design, and animate a pilot series of three animated visual essays.

The first film features the great Leonard Cohen as he reflects on death and preparing for the end. The initial interview, by David Remnick, was recorded at Cohen’s home in Los Angeles a month before he passed away.

The New Yorker - Leonard Cohen Animated Visual Essay Directed by Joe Donaldson 2019

You can view the full article on The New Yorker here: newyorker.com/culture/video-dept/leonard-cohen-and-the-divine-voice

“The Prophecy – Iceland”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Henry Behel (2019)

“The Prophecy – Iceland” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Henry Behel.

Filmed, Edited and Directed By: Henry Behel

The Prophecy Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Henry Behel 2019

Voiceover: Júlía Hannam
Music: Sam Plotkin
Percussionists: Amin Malekpour, Sam Archer, Kris Wismer

I filmed this in four days while traveling around Iceland alone. The sun set at midnight and rose at 3am, but it never really got dark. I shot as much of the day as I could, stopping everywhere that caught my eye. I found places off the road and slept on a pad under the stars. I got rained on and blasted with wind, but I felt alive.

The Prophecy Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Henry Behel 2019

I have made a habit of traveling alone in wild places. I feel magic in the howling wind, the ice on my face, the sand in my shoes. My mind can drift back to the beginning of time or out to the stars where the earth is just a dot. I finally feel the connection and peace I so long for, and yet is so elusive in my daily life.

No place has inspired me like this more than Iceland. This film is how it feels to me. Beautiful and serene, but dark and violent as well. Time moves differently here. The land still exists in some ancient forgotten epoch, when earth was still lava rock soup.

The Prophecy Iceland Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Henry Behel 2019

Website: http://henrybehel.com/

“Never Stop Exploring”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Michael Cherkashin (2019)

“Never Stop Exploring” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Michael Cherkashin.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Michael Cherkashin

Narrated by: Hollye Sangster

Never Stop Exploring Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Michael Cherkashin 2019

A visual ode to curiosity, to explorers and to the magnificent beauty of our world. Location is the Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy.

Never Stop Exploring Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Michael Cherkashin 2019

Website: https://inhalefilms.com/films.html

 

 

“The Heartbeats Of Memory”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Nono Ayuso (2019)

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: NONO AYUSO

The Memory: Roberta Coppa
VO Artist: Chloe Dunn

“It starts with a journey.
Imagine a film that captures every instant
And for each frame, a memory.”

The Heartbeats Of Memory Cinematic Poem Short Film By NONO AYUSO 2019

Music and Sound Design: Paulo Gallo

Grading: Fran Cóndor
Compositing and VFX: Damian Todd
Graphic Design: Nico Ordozgoiti

Shot in Super 8 in Japan. April-June 2019.

The Heartbeats Of Memory Cinematic Poem Short Film By NONO AYUSO 2019

Website: https://nono.film/

“Where The Sun Is Born – Japan”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Charles Baudelaire By L’oeil d’Eos (2019)

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: L’oeil d’Eos

Against tide and on the sidelines of the crowd, it’s a confidential Japan that we present to you in this video. Condensed from our two recent trips to the Land of the Rising Sun, this film is an ode to the connection to nature and urban harmony that characterize Japan so well.

Where The Sun Is Born - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film by L'oeil d'Eos 2019

The words of Charles Baudelaire respond to the images, or rather is it the opposite ?
There are atmospheres that you imagine more than others, and if someone had asked us the question earlier, it’s exactly with these images, these moments that we would have described Japan.

Where the sun is born, where effervescence becomes a sense of appeasement, where meditation and lifestyle become one.

Where The Sun Is Born - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film by L'oeil d'Eos 2019

“GET DRUNK” by Charles Baudelaire

ONE SHOULD always be drunk. That’s the great thing; the only question.
Not to feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and bowing you to the earth, you should be drunk without respite.

Drunk with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please. But get drunk.

And if sometimes you should happen to awake, on the stairs of a palace, on the green grass of a ditch, in the dreary solitude of your own room, and find that your drunkenness is ebbing or has vanished, ask the wind and the wave, ask star, bird, or clock, ask everything that flies, everything that moans, everything that flows, everything that sings, everything that speaks, ask them the time; and the wind, the wave, the star, the bird and the clock will all reply: “It is Time to get drunk! If you are not to be the martyred slaves of Time, be perpetually drunk! With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please.”

Where The Sun Is Born - Japan Cinematic Poem Short Film by L'oeil d'Eos 2019

Website: https://loeildeos.com/videos-de-voyage/

“Song Of Amergin”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Ireland Directed By Arnie Hensman (2019)

“Song Of Amergin” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Ireland Directed By Arnie Hensman.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Arnie Hensman

Song Of Amergin A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Ireland Directed By Arnie Hensman (2019)

Music by: Tea Time (“Walking On Clouds”)
Narrated by: Daniella Hensman

The Brú na Bóinne megalithic sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth take on a mystical aura at most times of the year. The scorched summer landscape of 2018 proved no exception as the monuments appeared more reminiscent of their distant past, when the climate of Ireland was warmer and drier.

Song Of Amergin A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Ireland Directed By Arnie Hensman (2019)

Midsummer night at Newgrange sees the setting sun in almost the exact opposite position to the famous winter solstice that lights up the chamber.

The Song of Amergin is considered to be the earliest spoken Irish poem. It is attributed to the Milesian druid and bard, Amergin Glúingel, who is said to have incanted the words over the Boyne Valley hundreds of years before Christianity during the Milesian arrival in Ireland.

This ‘Mystery’ chant, perhaps sums up the area’s mystique most appropriately. He concludes by asking, “Who shows the place where the sun sleeps?”. Recounted in the Leabhar Gabhála or Book of Invasions, it has a philosophical essence paralleling spiritual traditions most certainly unknown to the author. Amergin’s incantation has been interpreted by artists, presidents and world renowned musicians. While many mysteries of the Boyne Valley remain unknown, the words shed light on an ancient people’s quest to make sense of the ambiguities of nature.

The translation used is in keeping with the cadence of the original old irish, and the succinctness of the spoken verse.

Song Of Amergin A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Ireland Directed By Arnie Hensman (2019)

Am gáeth i m-muir,
Am tond trethan,
Am fuaim mara,
Am dam secht ndirend,
Am séig i n-aill,
Am dér gréne,
Am cain lubai,
Am torc ar gail,
Am he i l-lind,
Am loch i m-maig,
Am brí a ndai,
Am bri danae,
Am bri i fodb fras feochtu,
Am dé delbas do chind codnu,
Coiche nod gleith clochur slébe?
Cia on co tagair aesa éscai?
Cia du i l-laig fuiniud gréne?
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I am wind on sea
I am ocean wave
I am roar of sea
I am the stag of seven battles
I am an eagle on the cliff
I am a tear of the sun
I am the fairest of plants
I am a wild boar in valour
I am a salmon in the pool
I am a lake in the plain
I am a hill of poetry
I am a word of knowledge
I am the head of the spear in battle
I am the God that puts fire in the head
Who shed light on uncut dolmen?
Who announces the ages of the moon?
Who shows the place where the sun sleeps?
If Not I

Song Of Amergin A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Ireland Directed By Arnie Hensman (2019)

Website: https://vimeo.com/arniehensman/about

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