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“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

“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 Light At The Start Of Everything”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

“The Light At The Start Of Everything”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet Iain Thomas Directed By Kim Geldenhuys.

Directed by: Kim Geldenhuys

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

Executive Producer: Jo Barber
Agency : Tbwa Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg
ECD : Pete Khoury
Creative Group Head / Art Director : Coenie Grebe
CD / Writer : Steph van Niekerk
Agency Producer : Sandra Gomes
Client Service : Bridget Langley
DOP : Fabian Vettiger
AD : Annelize Frost
Editor : Xander van der Westhuizen
Post Production : Wicked Pixels
Creative Director: Gavin Coetzee
Post producer: Gabriella Harris
Colourist : Kyle Stroebel
Audio Engineer : Lorens Person
Composer : Nic van Reenan | Field Audio

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

“I hope you travel well,
 I hope you ride the wave
 From the center.
 And the light says:
 You know the start
 But not the end.
 All our ends are different.”

“Kim Geldenhuys was approached to shoot with TBWA Hunt Lascaris for The Okavango Diamond Company. The script: ‘The Light at the Start of Everything’ is a visual poem written by Iain Thomas for The Okavango Blue, the remarkably rare and largest Deep Blue diamond that has ever gone to market. Kim was tasked with a brief to explore the stone’s origin and the magical, unspoilt land of Botswana to which it belongs.

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

To reflect on the transient nature of our human lives and remind us that the light inside the diamond is the same light that resides in us. Kim and a small team headed to Botswana to find ways to film its natural beauty in a way not seen before. The shoot saw a travel to the Makgadigadi Pans and the inaccessible but unique Khubu Island and beyond. A partnership with Wicked Pixels seamlessly integrated the post production elements. An accompanying sound track is scored by Nic van Reenen of Field Audio.”

The Light At The Start Of Everything Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kim Geldenhuys (2019)

Website: https://www.0307.co/

“Aftermath”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Layla Atkinson (2017)

“Aftermath” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poet Siegfried Sassoon Directed By Layla Atkinson.

Directed by: Layla Atkinson

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Produced by: Richard Barnett
Animation by: Marie-Margaux, Tsakiri-Scanatovits, John Harmer, Rok Predin, Jocie Juritz, Jacob Read, Clelia Leroux
Music- Dom James
Sound- Fonic
Mix- Barnaby Templera

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

“Aftermath” by Siegfried Sassoon

Have you forgotten yet?…
For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same–and War’s a bloody game…
Have you forgotten yet?…
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz–
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench–
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, ‘Is it all going to happen again?’

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack–
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads–those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?…
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you’ll never forget. 

Aftermath Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Layla Atkinson 2018

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“For The Light And Darkness”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film By Patryk Kizny (2017)

“For The Light And Darkness” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Patryk Kizny.

Created, Produced and Directed by: Patryk Kizny

For The Light And Darkness Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Patryk Kizny 2017

Actors: Dorota Jastrzębska (Light), Aminatu Danesi (Darkness)
Assistant Director: Aga Gonczarek
Director of Photography: Krystian Stępień
Edited by: Aga Gonczarek
Online Editor, vfx & color grading: Patryk Kizny
3d modelling artist:Riley Schmidt
Makeup & stylist:Klaudia Pytlarz

For The Light And Darkness Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Patryk Kizny 2017

“For The Light And Darkness is a visual story loosely inspired by the ancient Manichean idea of a primeval conflict between the spiritual world of light and material world of darkness.

“Manichaeism taught an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness. Through an ongoing process that takes place in human history, light is gradually removed from the world of matter and returned to the world of light, whence it came. Its beliefs were based on local Mesopotamian gnostic and religious movements. [Wikipedia]”

In director’s perspective, all events of the world are part of the eternal cycle of changes between powers of light and darkness. The primary visual layer depicts main characters – an ethereal dancer (Light) and a mighty shaman (Darkness) as they trade the powers. The secondary layer features powerful and rich symbolic imagery to illustrate the transitions of power.”

For The Light And Darkness Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Patryk Kizny 2017

Website: http://patrykkizny.com/for-the-light-and-darkness

“The Song Of Wandering Aengus”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Matthew Lawes (2017)

“The Song Of Wandering Aengus” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Poem By W.B. Yeats Directed By Matthew Lawes.

Animated, Photographed and Directed by: Matthew Lawes 

The Song of the Wandering Aengus Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Matthew Lawes 2017

Executive Producers: Marlena Hellebø, Ex-Animo Foundation & Marta Sala Font
Produced by: Other Brother Studios & Square Eyes Films
Original music by: David Holmes & Keefus Ciancia
Animation Assistants: Jack Maddison & Kit Lawes
Puppets by: Olga Lunina, Kerry Dyer, Natasha Lawes & Ruth Pease
Sets by: Matthew Lawes
Fish Mouth by: Elizabeth Jane Winstanley
Backdrops by: Phoenix Finlayson-Pugh
Recording Engineer: Joe Bulmer
Mixed by: James Cox at Jungle Studios
Post-Production: Felip Docolomansky, Matthew Lawes & Valeria DiClaudio

Narrated by: Liam Cunningham

The Song of the Wandering Aengus Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Matthew Lawes 2017

“The Song of Wandering Aengus” by W.B.Yeats

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

The Song of the Wandering Aengus Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed by Matthew Lawes 2017

Website: http://www.otherbrotherstudios.co.uk/

 

“To Brooklyn Bridge”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Suzie Hanna (2013)

“To Brooklyn Bridge” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Hart Crane Proem Narrated by Tennessee Williams Directed By Suzie Hanna.

Designed, Animated and Directed by:  Suzie Hanna

Sound by: Tom Simmons
Produced by: Sally Bayley
Music by: Maurice Ravel (“Bolero”)
Music Performed by: Mengelberg Concertgebouw Orchestra

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“This Poetry Animation is a representation of Hart Crane’s iconic ‘Proem’ from his epic work ‘The Bridge’. Suzie Hanna animated the film using hand cut stencils imitating some graphic aspects of contemporaneous 1920s New York artists who were in Hart Crane’s coterie, such as Joseph Stella and Marsden Hartley. She also referenced Vorticism to capture vertiginous aspects of the verse. The voice of Tennessee Williams, who was an ardent admirer of Crane, is taken from a 1960 recording. Tom Simmons has built this into a resonant dramatic soundscape which interprets the materiality of the bridge, the surrounding land and waterscape and the ‘prayerful’ qualities of the Proem. He embeds sonic references to Hart Crane’s ‘shamanic process’ in which the poet played records on his Victrola, including Ravel’s ‘Bolero’, loudly and repeatedly , whilst drinking heavily and typing phrases in manic bursts. The film is part of ongoing research into representation of poetic metaphor, between Sally Bayley, Tom Simmons and Suzie Hanna: their recent article ‘Thinking Metaphorically and Allegorically: A Conversation between the fields of Poetry, Animation and Sound’ was published in Autumn 2013 in the Journal of American Studies. A further installment has been commissioned for publication in Spring 2014.”

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Read by: Tennessee Williams

“The Bridge: To Brooklyn Bridge” by Hart Crane

How many dawns, chill from his rippling rest
The seagull’s wings shall dip and pivot him,
Shedding white rings of tumult, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty—
 
Then, with inviolate curve, forsake our eyes
As apparitional as sails that cross
Some page of figures to be filed away;
—Till elevators drop us from our day …
 
I think of cinemas, panoramic sleights
With multitudes bent toward some flashing scene
Never disclosed, but hastened to again,
Foretold to other eyes on the same screen;
 
And Thee, across the harbor, silver paced
As though the sun took step of thee yet left
Some motion ever unspent in thy stride,—
Implicitly thy freedom staying thee!
 
Out of some subway scuttle, cell or loft
A bedlamite speeds to thy parapets,
Tilting there momently, shrill shirt ballooning,
A jest falls from the speechless caravan.
 
Down Wall, from girder into street noon leaks,
A rip-tooth of the sky’s acetylene;
All afternoon the cloud flown derricks turn …
Thy cables breathe the North Atlantic still.
 
And obscure as that heaven of the Jews,
Thy guerdon … Accolade thou dost bestow
Of anonymity time cannot raise:
Vibrant reprieve and pardon thou dost show.
 
O harp and altar, of the fury fused,
(How could mere toil align thy choiring strings!)
Terrific threshold of the prophet’s pledge,
Prayer of pariah, and the lover’s cry,
 
Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift
Unfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars,
Beading thy path—condense eternity:
And we have seen night lifted in thine arms.
 
Under thy shadow by the piers I waited
Only in darkness is thy shadow clear.
The City’s fiery parcels all undone,
Already snow submerges an iron year …
 
O Sleepless as the river under thee,
Vaulting the sea, the prairies’ dreaming sod,
Unto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend
And of the curveship lend a myth to God.
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Website:  http://www.suziehanna.com/

“Motion Poems”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Jonah Hall And Kevin Lau (2016)

“Motion Poems” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring “A Sonnet After Chopin’s Requiem” by Monique-Adelle Callahan Directed by Jonah Hall and Kevin Lau.

Designed, Animated and Directed by:  Jonah Hall and Kevin Lau

Produced by:  TIMBER
Executive Producer: Sabrina Elizondo
Produced by:  Megan Kennedy
Art Director: Jon Lorenz
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Animation and VFX: Jonah Hall, Henry Foster, Casey Benn,  Gabriel Valente Ferrao, Jeff Willette,  Brad Hayes, Ian Ross, Jon Lorenz,  Lyz Holder, Alireza Bidar, Andrew Schreiber
and Giancarlo Rondani
Narrated by:  Ashley Becerra
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“Luscious”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Animation Short Film Directed By Amber Xu (2016)

“Luscious” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Animation Short Film Directed By Amber Xu.

Animation, Motion Graphics Design and Directed by: Amber Xu

Original Music by:  WenguHu

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“ ‘Luscious’ is a 2D motion graphics video looks at human nature, human instinct and the power of imagination. Minimally styled illustrations tell the story of a beautiful woman who achieves satisfaction by having a psychedelic, metaphoric, sensual journey during dinner. The film’s goal is “not only deliver pleasure images but raise the spectre of unlimited pleasure.”

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Article on short film:

http://directorsnotes.com/2016/08/10/amber-xu-luscious/

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Website:  http://www.amberxu.com/

“The Aleph”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Story By Jorge Luis Borges By Cenk Güzeliş (2016)

“The Aleph” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Short Story By Jorge Luis Borges Directed By Cenk Güzeliş.

Production Design and Directed by: Cenk Güzeliş

Animation Supervisor:  Nic Clear
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Typewriter Documentation: Clara Fickl
Music by:   AlienHand (“Circle of Life”)
                     The Great Schizm (“The Cloud Hunter”)
                     Aphex Twin (“Stone in Focus:)
Site:  Gallitzinberg, Austria
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Narrated by:  Will Stafford
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“Aleph, found in the woods of Vienna, is a point in a space which contains all the points of universe, where all the universe can be observed without distortion or confusion. Animated film based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.”
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Excerpts from “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges
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“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost jorge-luis-borges-the-alephunbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realized that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded. The Aleph’s diameter was probably little more than an inch, but all space was there, actual and undiminished. Each thing (a mirror’s face, let us say) was infinite things, since I distinctly saw it from every angle of the universe. I saw the teeming sea; I saw daybreak and nightfall; I saw the multitudes of America; I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid; I saw a splintered labyrinth (it was London); I saw, close up, unending eyes watching themselves in me as in a mirror; I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me;
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I saw the rotted dust and bones that had once deliciously been Beatriz Viterbo; I saw the circulation of my own dark blood; I saw the coupling of love and the modification of death; I saw the Aleph from every point and angle, and in the Aleph I saw the earth and in the earth the Aleph and in the Aleph the earth; I saw my own face and my own bowels; I saw your face; and I felt dizzy and wept, for my eyes had seen that secret and conjectured object whose name is common to all men but which no man has looked upon — the unimaginable universe.”
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