Tag Archives: Cinematic Poems

“Orogonia”: A Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film By Enrique Pacheco (2019)

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Enrique Pacheco

Script: Iva Tasic
Music: Peter Nanasi
Narration: Graham Tracey

A philosophical journey passing through the stunning scenery of boundless European highlands, and leading to the heart of the deepest yearning of humankind.

Nature is a fact,
An omnipresent certainty,
An all-embracing truth.
Since time began,
Man has perceived Nature
As his greatest adversary.

Orogonia Cinematic Poem Short Travel Film by Enrique Pacheco 2019 Poster

Official selection in the following festivals: Maine Outdoor Film Festival, International Festival of Outdoor Films, Premio Leggimontagna – Cortomontagna, Nuovi Mondi Mountain Film Festival, Festival Gollut. Won 2nd prize in Short Documentary category at Finisterra Arrabida Film Festival.

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“Breathe”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kylian Castells (2020)

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Kylian Castells

Poem Written by and Narrated by: Forest Blakk

Breathe A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kylian Castells 2020

A personal project in colaboration with Forest Blakk. After a year coming back at home with so many projects, trips, footage that needed some context, I decided to collaborate with Forest, adding an extra voice in narrating the beauty of dead, the beauty of life, the beauty to breath.

An unintentional short that makes people happy even when speaking about death.
Sit, breathe, enjoy.

Breathe A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Kylian Castells 2020

“Breathe” by Forest Blakk
Today I looked up how long it would take to drown
Today I looked up how long it would take to drown
How long can you hold your breath
Before you can’t hold your breath any longer
And how long until your lungs give out
And the sound that used to fill the void
Quiets like a mass of midnight, searching for its piece of the pie
Today I stood in front of a window and
Imagined what it would be like to fly, no I didn’t
I imagined what it would be like to
Jump outside the frame that caged me inside
But my better judgment said it wouldn’t be
Very kind if someone you cared about found you
That’s the voice that plays like a tape on rewind, rewind, rewind…
It wouldn’t be fair to a stranger either
Today I’m reminded of the time I watched a
Man jump into a highway when I was just seventeen
The car lights on either side of the upper
Portion of the AutoRoute below standing at attention
Staring off into the distance
Just waiting for the road to clear
And the way to the comfort of their loved ones to be made
Death is a strange and hollow inconvenience when you think about it
There’s a blank face that quickly and abruptly finds
Its way to all the witness something of that magnitude
It’s not empathy, it’s not sympathy
It’s more of a force intrinsic and integral self reflection
Why would someone do such a thing?
What could drive someone to that type of depth?
Could I be driven to such depths?
Would I ever be able to jump?
There is no place to be soft in these moments, jump
There’s no time to caught in this moment, jump
There’s no need to believe there ever was a moment, jump
Sigh, believe, relief in this moment
‘Cause I could never be the one to be in this moment
Or could I? jump
Today I looked up how long it would take to drown
Do you first hold your breath?
Do you exhale all of your problems and
Worries before casting your thoughts to the bottom
Of an otherwise empty place below
The poverty line of depressed thoughts
And the sad calamity of a hunted house you’ve called home?
I don’t know
Maybe someone out there has an answer…
But for now I’m still trying to come to terms of the fact
That today I looked up how long it would take to drown

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“The Birdman”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Edward Lovelace And James Hall (2020)

Directed by: Edward Lovelace and James Hall (D.A.R.Y.L.)
Production Company – Pulse Films

Director of Photography: Ben Fordesman

Produced by: VOLVO

The Birdman Cinematic Poem Short Film by Volvo and Pulse Films Directed by Edward Lovelace and James Hall January 2020

The story of an ornithologist who’s remarkable work is safeguarding the future of not just birds but reptiles, mammals and one day perhaps even humans.

The Birdman Cinematic Poem Short Film by Volvo and Pulse Films Directed by Edward Lovelace and James Hall January 2020

‪When scientists declared the Mauritius Kestrel beyond salvation, one young biology graduate refused to let it to become yet another entry into the archive of obsolete species. THE BIRDMAN was aired on Sky Atlantic January 20th 2020.‬

The Birdman Cinematic Poem Short Film by Volvo and Pulse Films Directed by Edward Lovelace and James Hall January 2020

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“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?.

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“The Legend Of Time”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Sri Lanka By Adriana Cuenca (2019)

“The Legend Of Time” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film in Sri Lanka Directed by Adriana Cuenca.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Adriana Cuenca

The Legend Of Time Cinematic Poem Short Film in Sri Lanka By Adriana Cuenca 2019

Color by:  Martí Somoza
Music by:  Mattia Vlad Morleo

The legend of time is a video I made with images that I shot of my family on a trip to Sri Lanka. The video shows that when we travel we are always looking for something. But in the end, what we are really looking for is time. Travelling becomes a race with ourselves to gain time and share it with the ones we love the most.

The Legend Of Time Cinematic Poem Short Film in Sri Lanka By Adriana Cuenca 2019

Like all sunrises,
It all started with background bird noises.
People get up and get ready for work,
Everything seems to wake up.
And with the new day,
I feel we are always given another chance
Some more time.

The Legend Of Time Cinematic Poem Short Film in Sri Lanka By Adriana Cuenca 2019

Website: http://adrianacuenca.com/

“Why Born Enslaved – A Poet’s Response”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film By Sarah Cowan (2019)

“Why Born Enslaved – A Poet’s Response”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux Sculpture Featuring Poet Wendy S. Walters Directed By Sarah Cowan

Produced and Directed by: Sarah Cowan

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Director of Photography and Editor: Alex Guns
Camera: Stephanie Wuertz

Why Born Enslaved! by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Modeled 1868
Carved 1873 Marble Purchase
The Wallace Foundation
Wrightsman Fellows Gifts and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Gift, 2019

Poem Written and Spoken by: Wendy S. Walters

A poet's response to Carpeaux's Why Born Enslaved! MetCollects Video

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Website: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metcollects/why-born-enslaved-video

“Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets” Featuring Ed Ruscha By Matthew Miller

“Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Ed Ruscha with excerpts of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” Directed by Matthew Miller.

Directed by: Matthew Miller

Produced by: Ways & Means
Executive Producers: Jett Steiger and Lana Kim
Producer: Christopher Broyles
Project Manager: Steph Max
Editor: Sean Leonard
Music by: Ali Helnwein

Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets Featuring Ed Ruscha By Matthew Miller 2019

Images: Ed Ruscha “Streets of Los Angeles” Archives at The Getty Research Institute

Commissioned by The Getty Museum on the occasion of their 2019 Getty Medal to the painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker, Ed Ruscha. Utilizing The Getty Research Institute’s preservation and digitization of over a million images from Ed’s Streets of Los Angeles photo series, and excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” this film puts together two of Ed’s major inspirations: Kerouac’s text and the city of Los Angeles.

Motorized Photographs Of Sunset Blvd. And Other L.A. Streets Featuring Ed Ruscha By Matthew Miller 2019

Excerpts from “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac (1957)

Along about three in the afternoon, after an apple pie and ice cream in a road-side stand, a woman stopped for me in a little coupe…

The greatest ride in my life was about to come up…

The driver was fiddler for a California cowboy band. He had a brand-new car and drove eighty miles an hour.

Website for more information: https://vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-a-getty-commissioned-short-by-matthew-miller/

“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

“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/