Tag Archives: Cinematic Poems

“Samsara”: A Cinematic Poem Theatrical Trailer From Ron Fricke (2011)

SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.

Directed by:  Ron Fricke

Producer:  Mark Magidson

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

“Richard II”: Cinematic Poem Trailer From Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran (2013)

Richard II was broadcast live on 13 November 2013 from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role. David is joined in the Company by Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke.

Richard II Cinematic Trailer Royal Shakespeare Company

http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/richard-ii/default.aspx

 

“Brideshead Revisited” 30th Anniversary Collection Trailer: Cinematic Poem Features Geoffrey Burgon Score

Adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh and winner of 17 international awards.  Premiered in 1981.

Directed by:  Charles Sturridge,  Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Music Composed By:  Geoffrey Burgon

Produced by:  Granada Television.

BAFTA Award wins:

  • Best Drama Series/Serial
  • Best Actor – Anthony Andrews
  • Best Costume Design – Jane Robinson
  • Best Scenic Design – Peter Phillips
  • Best Film Editor – Anthony Ham
  • Best Film Sound – Phil Smith and John Whitworth
  • Best Make Up – Deborah Tinsey and Ruth Quinn
BAFTA Award nominations
  • Best Actor – Jeremy Irons; John Gielgud; Nickolas Grace
  • Best Actress – Claire Bloom; Diana Quick

 

“Winter in Fenway (Sonnet 97)”: A Cinematic Poem Promo Short Film For Boston Red Sox By DGA Productions (2014)

“Winter in Fenway (Sonnet 97)” is a Cinematic Poem Promo Short Film For The Boston Red Sox By DGA Productions.

How like a winter hath my absence been   From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!   What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!   What old December's bareness everywhere!   And yet this time remov'd was summer's time,   The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,   Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime,   Like widow'd wombs after their lords' decease:  Yet this abundant issue seem'd to me   But hope of orphans and unfather'd fruit;   For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,   And thou away, the very birds are mute;   Or if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer   That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.

Sonnet 97 by William Shakespeare
The Sun Rising by John Donne

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
And yet this time remov’d was summer’s time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem’d to me
But hope of orphans and unfather’d fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.

Filmed and Edited by: Michael Andrus

Production Company: DGA Productions

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Filmed by: Jan Maliszewski, Jeremy Bond & Aaron Frutman
Voice Over by: Tom O’Bedlam
Music – Ba Ba by Sigur Ros

“Footage shot for ESPN spring training tease.”

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Article in Boston.com: http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/obnoxiousbostonfan/2014/03/shakespeare_snow_and_fenway_park_red_sox.html

Website:  http://dgaproductions.com/

“The World Beyond the World”: A Cinematic Poem Of The Alaskan Arctic Wilderness Directed By Paxson Woelber (2014)

“The World Beyond the World”: A Cinematic Poem Of The Alaskan Arctic Wilderness Directed By Paxson Woelber.

Filmed and Directed by:  Paxson Woelber

“Using text adapted from Robert Marshalls “Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range” (1929) and images from Expedition Arguk (2013), “The World Beyond the World” aims to celebrate that most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: moving through a mysterious, beautiful, and unknown landscape.

In 2013, Expedition Arguk walked and packrafted across 300 miles of wilderness in the Alaska Arctic in order to report on Arctic issues and create public-use media from this far-off but increasingly important region. “The World Beyond the World” was shot during the first third of our trip, which took place entirely in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Gates of the Arctic is the second-largest US National Park, but its extraordinary remoteness and challenging weather mean that the Park sees relatively few visitors. There are no guidebooks, trails, campgrounds, or roads. Most of the photos that make up this film are available for 100% free, unrestricted public use at expeditionarguk.com

We are immensely grateful to the American Alpine Club, the Sierra Club Alaska Chapter, the Alaska Wilderness League, Ground Truth Trekking and our many other sponsors and advisors.”

Website:  http://www.expeditionarguk.com/

“The Fountain”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Trailer Directed By Darren Aronofsky (2006)

“The Fountain” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Trailer Directed By Darren Aronofsky.

Written and Directed by:  Darren Aronofsky

Music Composed by:  Clint Mansell

The Fountain Movie Poster Darren Aronofsky Director 2006

Cinematography by:  Matthew Libatique

Film Editing by:  Jay Rabinowitz

Produced by:  Ari Handel, Arnon Milchan, Iain Smith, Eric Watson & Nick Wechsler

The 2006 Movie Trailer for Director Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” was 2:27 in length and visually stunning. Any determination of the “official” first-ever “Cinematic Poem Short Film” must include this stunning edit of the full-length movie.

Further reading:  “The Fountain movie review:  A Cinematic Poem named “The Fountain”. (Rianne Hill Soriano, Examiner.com, 12/17/10).

http://www.examiner.com/review/the-fountain-movie-review-a-cinematic-poem-named-the-fountain

Cinematic Poem “Wine, Poems & Life: Los Toneles Winery”; Directed By Adriano Besso (2014)

Los Toneles Winery in Mendoza, Argentina.

Director. Adriano Besso
Producer. Diego Serrano & Bodega Toneles
Agency. Diego Serrano – Photography & Cinematic Films
Client. Toneles Winery
ScreenPlay. Adriano Besso
DP. Adriano Besso
Glidecam. Adriano Besso
Slider. Adriano Besso
Editor. Adriano Besso
Colorist. Adriano Besso
Voiceover. Mariana Guzzante

“We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Joseph Conrad Directed By James W. Griffiths (2012)

“We Were Wanderers On A Prehistoric Earth” is a Cinematic Poem Film  shot in Malaysia, with excerpts from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart Of Darkness” narrated by Terry Burns, directed by James W. Griffiths.

Director/Producer/Editor – James W. Griffiths

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Director of Photography – Christopher Moon
Sound Design and Mix – Mauricio d’Orey
Music – Lennert Busch
Narrator – Terry Burns

Narration adapted from excerpts from “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad (1899).

“The smell of mud, of primeval mud, by Jove! was in my nostrils, the high stillness of primeval forest was before my eyes; there were shiny patches on the black creek. The moon had spread over everything a thin layer of silver—over the rank grass, over the mud, upon the wall of matted vegetation standing higher than the wall of a temple, over the great river I could see through a sombre gap glittering, glittering, as it flowed broadly by without a murmur. All this was great, expectant, mute, while the man jabbered about himself. I wondered whether the stillness on the face of the immensity looking at us two were meant as an appeal or as a menace. What were we who had strayed in here? Could we handle that dumb thing, or would it handle us? I felt how big, how confoundedly big, was that thing that couldn’t talk, and perhaps was deaf as well. What was in there?”

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Website:  http://www.jwgriffiths.com/

 

“A Solitary World”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring H.G. Wells Directed By James W. Griffiths (2014)

“A Solitary World” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring excerpts from  H.G. Wells Directed by James W. Griffiths.

Director, Producer, VFX Artist & Colourist:  James W. Griffiths

Director of Photography: Christopher Moon

Editor:  Marianne Kuopanportti

PBS Digital Studios Original Shorts Series Producer:  Matt Vree

Sound Design & Mix:  Mauricio D’Orey

Composer:  Lennert Busch

Narrator:  Terry Burns

Excerpted from the following:

The Time Machine (1895)
The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)
The First Men in the Moon (1901)
In The Days of the Comet (1906)
The World Set Free (1914)

Thanks to A.P. Watt at United Agents on behalf of The Literary Executors of the Estate of H.G. Wells for permission.

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Excerpted text:

A horrible feeling of desolation pinched my heart. I listened rigid but heard nothing but the creep of blood in my ears. Great and shadowy and strange was the world and I drifted solitary through its vast mysteries.

A remote faint question, where I might be, drifted and vanished again in my mind. I found myself standing astonished, my emotions penetrated by something I could not understand.

I felt naked. I felt as perhaps a bird may feel in the clear air knowing the hawk wings above and will swoop.

I began to feel the need of fellowship. I wanted to question, wanted to speak, wanted to relate my experience. What is this spirit in man that urges him forever to depart from happiness, to toil and to place himself in danger?

It was this restlessness, this insecurity perhaps that drove me further and further afield in my exploring expedition. As the hush of the evening crept over the world, the sun touched the mountains and became very swiftly a blazing hemisphere of liquid flame, and sank.

Then, slow and soft and wrapping the world in fold after fold of deepening blue, came the night. And then, the splendor of the sight — in the sky, one bright planet shone kindly and steadily like the face of an old friend. The full temerity of my voyage suddenly came upon me. At last I began to feel the pull of the earth upon my being, drawing me back again to the life that is real, for men.

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