“The New Yorker – Leonard Cohen”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Joe Donaldson.
Direction, Design & Animation: Joe Donaldson
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
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.
You can view the full article on The New Yorker here: newyorker.com/culture/video-dept/leonard-cohen-and-the-divine-voice
“Lost In Motion II” is a Cinematic Creative Dance Short Film featuring music by Leonard Cohen directed by Ben Shirinian.
Directed by: Ben Shirinian
Choreographer: Guillaume Côté
Dancer: Heather Ogden
Original Story: Ben Shirinian, Guillaume Côté
Producers: Nick Sorbara, Leslie Aimée Gottlieb
Director of Photography: Jeremy Benning, csc
Production Company: Krystal Levy Pictures, AnyMotion
Editor: Jon Devries, School Editing
Music: “Avalanche” Performed by Leonard Cohen Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
Director Ben Shirinian and Choreographer/Dancer Guillaume Côté expose the emotion of performance in an entrancing sequel, produced in association with Bravo!FACT and The National Ballet of Canada.
After the success of his 2012 short film Lost in Motion, Director Ben Shirinian has reunited with Choreographer/Dancer Guillaume Côté for a powerful new follow-up film exploring the state of mind of an artist.
While the original examined the feelings of isolation experienced by an artist before going on stage, Lost in Motion II develops the narrative by delving deeper into the spectrum of emotions felt by a performer. Produced by Krystal Levy Pictures, the film combines original choreography, stylized art direction and seamless VFX to visually interpret the experience of an artist baring their soul on stage.
Watch “Lost In Motion”:
“3D World” Created by Sony cinema commercial.
Director: Arev Manoukian
Production Company: Spy Films
Cinematographer: Bojan Bazelli
Music: Clint Mansell (Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream)
Original poem, ‘That’s What I Heard You Say’, written and read by Leonard Cohen.
Don’t matter if the road is long
Don’t matter if it’s steep
Don’t matter if the page is gone
It’s written that we’ll meet.
I loved you when you opened
like a lily to the heat
and I love you when it closes
a thousand kisses deep.
I know you had to lie to me
I know you had to cheat
You learned it on your father’s knee
and at your mother’s feet.
But did you have to fight your way
across the burning street
where all our vital interests lay
a thousand kisses deep…