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“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?
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)

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“We’ve Come A Long Way”: A Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For The 148th Open At Royal Portrush Directed By Marty Stalker (2019)

“We’ve Come A Long Way” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film For The 148th Open At Royal Portrush Featuring Original Poem by Paula Mattews Directed By Marty Stalker.

Produced and Directed by: Marty Stalker

Original Musical Score by: Michael McHale
Narrated by: Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Shaun Blaney

“The 148th Open returns to Royal Portush, 14-21 July 2019. To kick off the celebrations, we’re unveiling this short cinematic film, produced by Martin Stalker, to celebrate just how far we’ve come as a leading tourist destination. Set to an original poem by local poet Paula Matthews, the film is narrated by leading actors Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Shaun Blaney. The film is accompanied by an original score composed and performed by Belfast-born virtuoso pianist, Michael McHale.”

Excerpts from “We’ve Come A Long Way” by Paula Matthew

A new day dawns
So walk the course
You Know the spot
Line up the shot
Drive through dark hedges
Into the light.

Sunrise where giants make their home
And castles half-fallen into the sea
Emerge again in technicolor
For the whole world.

Past the home place for the laureates
Picking blackberries, pealing spots.
Digging deep into our culture
And the cracks great.

Article on the making of the film:


Website: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTOQ91BVnxQgPUl40S-8ph_QjNqhY6KcS

“Bun Na Margaí”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Produced By Fionntán McCarry (2017)

“Bun Na Margaí” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film For a Festival of Heritage In Ireland Featuring Poem by James McMichael Produced By Fionntán McCarry.

Produced by:  Fionntán McCarry

Bun Na Margaí Cinematic Poem Short Film Produced By Fionntán McCarry 2017

Directed and Produced by: Islander
Narrated and Created by: Oliver Hegarty

“The inaugural Bun na Margaí Festival of Heritage runs from the 8th-10th September 2017. A mix of music, guided tours, storytelling, and historical lectures…”

Bun Na Margaí Cinematic Poem Short Film Produced By Fionntán McCarry 2017

Poem by James McMichael

“See its ancient walls
Dank and dark when rain falls.
And sunshine like gold
Ruined gables stand bold.”

Bun Na Margaí Cinematic Poem Short Film Produced By Fionntán McCarry 2017

Website: https://www.islander.ie/film/

“Where Am I”: A Cinematic Poem Narrated Short Film In Ireland Directed By David Dang (2013)

“Where Am I” is a cinematic poem narrated short film in Ireland directed and produced by David Dang.

Produced, Edited and Directed by:  David Dang 

 Original Music by:  Cyrus Reynolds & Steve Gibbs
Voiceover Text Written by:  William Dresden

Actress:  Cécile Jeanneret-Amour

Website:  http://www.david-dang.com/

“Roam This Place”: Test Commercial Short Film Written And Directed By William Armstrong (2012)

Discovering a life well lived. Filmed in Connemara and Dublin, Ireland.  Test film, not affiliated with Jaguar.

Written and Directed by:  William Armstrong

Produced by antidote.ie/
Producers Kathryn Kennedy, Andrew Freedman
Cinematography piersmcgrail.com/
Focus & AC Tommy Fitzgerald
Action Tracking Vehicle Gary Greenberg
Editor William Armstrong
Colourist Eugene McCrystal
Original music and sound design garethaverill.com/
Voice Over Nick Ellsworth

Winner – Silver Young Director Award, Cannes Lions, France
Winner – Best New Director, Kinsale Sharks Awards, Ireland

Website:  http://williamarmstrong.tv/

“Kingdom By The Sea”: Stand Up Paddleboard Short Film In Ireland Featuring Edgar Allan Poe By Barry Daly (2014)

This is a short film about Paddle boarding around the coastline of Fanad Head, Co Donegal, Ireland.

Filmed and Directed By:  Barry Daly

Poem “Annabel Lee”  Written By:  Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee

By Edgar Allan Poe 1809–1849

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.

It was filmed for a moving image brief based on Edgar Allan Poe, a poet from the 19th century. The poem recited in this film is Annabel Lee, a poem about the death of a beautiful women who was blown into the sea.

The theme for this film is Sea Obsession for DES 322, Moving Image.
The stand up paddlers come across a shipwreck which is entombed in a cave and was lost to the sea just like Annnabel Lee.

“Sea Fever”: A Cinematic Poem Surf Short Film From Tim Davies (2013)

A Tim Davies Production, shot in the UK and Ireland. Winner of Best Short at 2013 London Surf Film Festival.

Directed and Filmed By:  Tim Davies

Music By:   Massive Attack – A Prayer for England

Poem “Sea Fever” By:  John Masefield

“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.”

“Dark Side Of The Lens”: Cinematic Poem Of The Irish Coastline, Directed By Mickey Smith (2010)

Filmed in Ireland, on some of the world’s most violent coastlines, Dark Side of the Lens profiles a surf photographer, an artist who takes to the waves looking for ‘little glimpses of magic” to record for posterity.

  • Director: Mickey Smith
  • Producer: Helen Hayden, Revie Verran
  • Editor: Allan Wilson
  • Cinematographer: Allan Wilson, Mickey Smith

Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011

Winner – Action Sports Category, Vimeo awards 2012

Winner – Best Cinematography, 5Point Film Festival 2011

Winner – Grand Prize – Chamonix Film Festival 2011

Winner – Best short – New York Surf Film Festival 2011

Winner – Digital short of the Year, Surfer Poll

Winner – Relentless Short Stories 2011

Winner – Driven Creativity award – Professional Category

Winner – Amstel Surf Film Festibal, Peoples Choice award

Winner – Best short, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Winner – Best International Short, Canadian Surf Film Festival

Mickey Smith Interview: http://megadeluxe.com/photography/interview-with-mickey-smith-surf-photographer-filmmaker

Winner – Best Short, Waimea Ocean Film Festival