Tag Archives: Alan Watts

“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. 


“Salam Pakistan”: A Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland (2020)

“Salam Pakistan – From the Arabian Sea to the Northern Highlands” is a Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland.

Filmed, Edited, Grading & Sound Design: Neal Howland

Salam Pakistan - From the Arabian Sea to the Northern Highlands Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland 2020.

Co-Directed by: Mukhtar Zaidi
Assistant Directors: Salman Yousaf and Syed Faizan
DOP and Aerial: Zain Ul Abdeen and Amad Somi
Music by: MaxLL

When we told our friends and family about our decision to travel to Pakistan for work, some of them asked us if we were crazy, while others asked: “Is it safe to go there?”.

Salam Pakistan - From the Arabian Sea to the Northern Highlands Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film Directed By Neal Howland 2020.

Let me show you what we witnessed. A place that, in my experience, eluded completely the distorted Western media depictions. Explore the real faces and real stories of Pakistan.

Traveling in Pakistan is an experience that is truly unique, enlightening, life-changing and, more often than not, beautifully surprising. We’re grateful for the wonderful experience, genuine hospitality, new friends, and beautiful memories.

Voice and excerpts from writings by Alan Watts

Go back to your childhood. What were the fascinating things?
What’s out there? What’s beyond the stars?
How long does it go on?
And mama said, “It goes on always and always and always.”
The child wonders it’s exciting that this is something that
never ends…Then the child asks about time…
How long ago was long ago?.


“Deep Blue”: A Cinematic Poem Promo Short Film By Nathan Copan (2019)

“Deep Blue” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For Ralph Lauren Directed by Nathan Copan.

Director: Nathan Copan

DP: Max Goldman
Editor: Biff Butler
Color: Tom Poole

Written and Narrated by Alan Watts

“It’s described poetically, you have the feeling of yugen when you see out in the distant water some ships hidden behind a far-off island. You have the feeling of yugen when you watch wild geese suddenly seen and then lost in the clouds. You have the feeling of yugen when you look across Mt Tamalpais, and you’ve never been to the other side, and you see the sky beyond. You don’t go over there to look and see what’s on the other side, that wouldn’t be yugen. You let the other side be the other side, and it invokes something in your imagination, but you don’t attempt to define it to pin it down. Yugen.”


“The Crown Of The Robey Chicago”: A Cinematic Poem Time-Lapse Short Film By Max Wilson (2016)

“The Crown Of The Robey Chicago” is a Cinematic Poem Time-Lapse Promotional Short Film Featuring Alan Watts Directed By Max Wilson.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Max Wilson


“The Robey Hotel in Chicago sits high above the famous six corners in Wicker Park/Buck Town neighborhoods. The Robey Hotel was recently renovated for the past few years and transformed from the old Northwest Tower into an amazing place to visit and stay. This was a focused piece upon the top of The Robey and the spectacular views.”


Excerpt from “What Is Reality?” by Alan Watts:

“It is that our attention is captured by the figure rather then the background and by the relatively enclosed area rather than the diffuse area and by something that’s moving rather than something that is still. To all the phenomena that attract our attention in this way, we attribute a higher degree of reality than we do the things we don’t notice.”  


Website:  http://www.chicagotimelapse.org/

“Man In Nature”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film For The Brothers M Studio By Silviu And Bogdan Mustatea (2015)

“Man In Nature – Being One With Europe’s Last Wild Places” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Showreel For The Brothers M Studio Directed By Silviu And Bogdan Mustatea.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Silviu and Bogdan Mustatea

Music by:  Audionetwork (“Solar Gaze”)

Man In Nature Cinematic Poem Short Film Showreel For The Brothers M By Silviu And Bogdan Mustatea

Narrated by:  Alan Watts

“Man in nature” is at its basis, a collection of images from different projects The Brothers M had over the year 2015 and it Introduces some of Romania’s most iconic images in some of Europe’s last wild places: the Danube Delta & the Carpathian Mountains. Shot mostly with the DJI Phantom 3 & Sony A7s, the film brings the idea that when in nature, one doesn’t need to confront it’s environment, instead it needs to be one with it. This applies perfectly when testing its limits. Featuring Olympic winner Ivan Patzaichin (who grew up and trained in the Danube Delta), Andrei Rosu (first Romanian to swim the English Channel) and Petru Ariciuc, head of the Vatra Dornei mountain rescue agency.”

Excerpts from “The Real You” by Alan Watts

“If you’re ready to wake up, you’re going to wake up and if you’re not ready, you’re going to stay pretending that you’re just “poor little me”.

And since you’re all here and engaged in this sort of inquiry and listening to this sort of lecture, I
assume that you’re all on the process of waking up or else you’re teasing yourself with some kind of flirtation with waking up which you’re not serious about.

But I assume maybe you are not serious, but sincere that you are ready to wake up. So then, when you’re in the way of waking up and finding out who you really are, what you do is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call here and now.

You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.

The real you is not a puppet which life pushes around.

The real, deep down you is the whole universe.

So then, when you die, you’re not going to have to put up with everlasting non-existing. Because that’s not an experience. A lot of people are afraid that when they die they’re going to be locked up in a dark room forever and sort of undergo that. But one of the most interesting things in the world – this is yoga, this is a way of realization.

Try and imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up.

Think about that.

Children think about that.

It’s one of the great wonders of life.

What will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up?

And if you think long enough about that, something will happen. You will find out, among other things. That it will pose the next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep?

That was when you were born.

You see? You cant have an experience of nothing; Nature abhors a vacuum. So after you’re dead, the only thing that can happen is the same experience, or the same sort of experience of before you were born. In other words, we all know very well that after people die. Other people are born.
And they’re all you, only you can only experience one at a time.

Everybody is I, you all you’re you.

And wheresoever’s beings exist throughout all galaxies it doesn’t make a difference.

You are all of them and when they come into being as you come into being.

You know that very well.

Only you don’t have to remember the past in the same way you don’t have to think about you work thyroid gland or whatever else it is in your organism. You don’t have to know how to shine the sun., You just do it. Like you breathe. Doesn’t it really astonish you that you are the fantastically complex thing and that you’re doing all of this and you never had any education on how to do it.”

Man In Nature Cinematic Poem Short Film Showreel For The Brothers M Studio By Silviu And Bogdan Mustatea (2015)

Website:  http://thebrothersm.eu/

“The Universe Is You”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America By Tommy Plesky (2015)

“The Universe Is You” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America By Tommy Plesky.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by;  Tommy Plesky

Music by: Ryan Taubert (“One Precious Moment”)

Narrated by: Alan Watts

The Universe is You Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America Directed by Tommy Plesky

“As I sat on the plane to Chile while streaming Alan Watt’s speech on my ipod, I came to realize I had to make something out of it. I traveled through South America filming the mountains of Chile, the stunning falls of Iguazu located in Argentina and Brasil, and also, adding some shots from the unique caribbean sea of México. As I gained some inspiration around those incredible places I managed to create what I call this video: “A tribute to nature”.

The Universe is You Cinematic Poem Short Film In South America Directed by Tommy Plesky in 2015

Website:  http://pleskyfilms.com/

“Kenshō”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Aaron Paradox (2015)

“Kenshō” is a Cinematic Poem CGI Animated Short Film Directed By Aaron Paradox.

Filmed, Animated, Edited and Directed by:  Aaron Paradox

Musical score by:  Zack Hemsey
Sound design by:  Jacob Thomas Czech
Additional 3D Animations by:  Mike Winkelmann
Dreamer’s voice by:  Paul “Bear” Vasquez

Kenshō Cinematic Narrated Short Film Directed By Aaron Paradox

Narrated by:  Alan Watts (Courtesy of alanwatts.org)

“The Dream of Life” by Alan Watts

“If you awaken from this illusion and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death (or shall I say death implies life?), you can feel yourself – not as a stranger in the world, not as something here unprobational, not as something that has arrived here by fluke – but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.

I am not trying to sell you on this idea in the sense of converting you to it, I want you to play with it. I want you to think of its possibilities, I am not trying to prove it. I am just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about. So then, let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream, and that you could for example have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time, or any length of time you wanted to have.

And you would, naturally, as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure during your sleep. And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each you would say “Well that was pretty great”. But now let’s have a surprise, let’s have a dream which isn’t under control, where something is gonna happen to me that I don’t know what it’s gonna be.

And you would dig that and would come out of that and you would say “Wow that was a close shave, wasn’t it?”. Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further- and further-out gambles what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.

That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have. Of playing that you weren’t god, because the whole nature of the godhead, according to this idea, is to play that he is not. So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality, not god in a politically kingly sense, but god in the sense of being the self, the deep-down basic whatever there is. And you are all that, only you are pretending you are not.

Kenshō Cinematic Narrated Short Film Directed By Aaron Paradox in 2015

“Loving Lanka”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Sri Lanka Directed By Sebastian Linda (2015)

“Loving Lanka” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film In Sri Lanka Directed By Sebastian Linda.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Sebastian Linda 

Grading by: Steffen Krones
Soundesign by: Bony Stoev
2nd Camera and Stills by:  Sophia Linda

Music by:  Anamog (“One Precious Moment”) and Lights & Motion (“The Spectacular Quiet”)

Loving Lanka Cinematic Poem Short Film In Sri Lanka by Sebastian Linda 2015

Narrated by:   Alan Watts  (“Time & The More It Changes”)

“We tend to regard ourselves as puppets of the Past, Driven along by something that is always behind us.”

Alan Watts

Loving Lanka Cinematic Poem Short Film In Sri Lanka Directed by Sebastian Linda 2015

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sebastian-Linda/236987166380010?fref=ts

“What If”: A Cinematic Narrated Short Film In Hawaii Directed By Sebastian Doerk (2013)

“What If” is a Cinematic Narrated Short Film In Hawaii featuring Alan Watts Directed By Sebastian Doerk.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Sebastian Doerk

Sebastian Doerk Productions

Music Composed by:  Tony Anderson

Voice of:  Alan Watts

“I wonder, I wonder, what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream. And you would of course be able to alter your time sense, and slip seventy-five years of subjective time into eight hours of sleep. You would I suppose start out by fulfilling all your wishes. You could design for yourself what would be the most ecstatic life.

And then after a couple of months of this sort of thing at seventy-five years a night, you’d be getting a little taste for something different, and you’d move over to an adventurous dimension, where there were certain dangers involved, and the thrill of dealing with dangers. And after you had done that for awhile, you’d think up a new wrinkle, to forget that you were dreaming, and think that is was all for real.”

Get Lost Limitations are Optional

What if you wouldn’t be scared, scared to give up the job you hate, scared to leave for a better place…
What if you could dream your whole life in one night and make changes the nights following. Would you still be the same person when you wake up? Can a simple dream change your everyday life?

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