Tag Archives: Nature Short Films

“Built From Within”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Wyoming By Janssen Powers (2020)

“Built From Within” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Ansel Adams Directed By Janssen Powers.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Janssen Powers

Narration by: Ansel Adams
Sound Design/ Mix by: Steve Horne
Score by: Janssen Powers & Harrison Allen

My wife and I disappeared into the Rocky Mountains for a week last summer on a mission to complete the Teton Crest Trail. We decided to bring my 16mm camera along to document the 40-mile trek, figuring that the footage would last a lot longer than any bruises made by our heavy packs.

In hindsight, now going on six-weeks cooped up inside a NYC apartment, deciding to shoot this trip feels like one of the best decisions we’ve made. Like many of us in these uncertain times, I’ve been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster lately, but this footage has given me an escape.

Here’s to hoping that someone else can find some solace in it as well. Happy Earth Day.

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“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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“Waiting Between Worlds”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Goran Jovic (2017)

“Waiting Between Worlds” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Excerpts from Robert Penn Warren Poem Directed By Goran Jovic.

Filmed and Directed by: Goran Jovic

Waiting Between Worlds Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2017

Music by:  Zack Hemsey (”Waiting Between Worlds”)
Narrated by: Tom O’Bedlam
Edited by: Josip Boban

Waiting Between Worlds Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2017

“True Love” by Robert Penn Warren

In silence the heart raves. It utters words
Meaningless, that never had
A meaning. I was ten, skinny, red-headed,

Freckled. In a big black Buick,
Driven by a big grown boy, with a necktie, she sat
In front of the drugstore, sipping something

Through a straw. There is nothing like
Beauty. It stops your heart. It
Thickens your blood. It stops your breath. It

Makes you feel dirty. You need a hot bath.
I leaned against a telephone pole, and watched.
I thought I would die if she saw me.

How could I exist in the same world with that brightness?
Two years later she smiled at me. She
Named my name. I thought I would wake up dead.

Her grown brothers walked with the bent-knee
Swagger of horsemen. They were slick-faced.
Told jokes in the barbershop. Did no work.

Their father was what is called a drunkard.
Whatever he was he stayed on the third floor
Of the big white farmhouse under the maples for twenty-five years.

He never came down. They brought everything up to him.
I did not know what a mortgage was.
His wife was a good, Christian woman, and prayed.

When the daughter got married, the old man came down wearing
An old tail coat, the pleated shirt yellowing.
The sons propped him. I saw the wedding. There were

Engraved invitations, it was so fashionable. I thought
I would cry. I lay in bed that night
And wondered if she would cry when something was done to her.

The mortgage was foreclosed. That last word was whispered.
She never came back. The family
Sort of drifted off. Nobody wears shiny boots like that now.

But I know she is beautiful forever, and lives
In a beautiful house, far away.
She called my name once. I didn’t even know she knew it.

Waiting Between Worlds Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Goran Jovic 2017

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“A Drowned Forest Exposed”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In South Africa Directed By Liesel Kershoff (2017)

“A Drowned Forest Exposed”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film of the Theewaterskloof Dam In South Africa Directed By Liesel Kershoff.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Liesel Kershoff

Music by: Alexandr Shumalev (“Beautiful Dawn”)

A Drowned Forest Exposed Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Sourh Africa Directed by Liesel Kershoff 2017

“To appreciate the yang in life, we need to experience the yin. Nature is teaching us a lesson. We need to take notice and learn from our mistakes and stop wasting our resources.”

“Close to my hometown of Caledon is the 7th largest fresh water catchment dam in South Africa, the Theewaterskloof Dam. With the completion of the dam in the 1980’s, together with farm houses and infrastructure, a forest of pine trees were flooded on the banks of the river and eventually died. These dead trees has become quite famous amongst photographers and provide fantastic photo opportunities when water levels is low. It is a mere half hour drive for me and a favourite shooting location ever since I started photography. I know this landscape like the inside of my hands.

In the beginning 2017, reports started to surface in the media of a drought gripping the Western Cape Province. The Theewaterskloof Dam provide the greater metropol of Cape Town of fresh drinking water and it was at it’s lowest level ever since completion. The water situation was growing dire and the drought proved to be the worst experienced in the area in 100 years.”

A Drowned Forest Exposed Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Sourh Africa Directed by Liesel Kershoff 2017

Location: Theewaterskloof Dam, Hottentos Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa

A Drowned Forest Exposed Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Sourh Africa Directed by Liesel Kershoff 2017

Website: http://lieselkershoff.com/

 

“Spirit Of Solitude”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Danny Christensen (2017)

“Spirit Of Solitude” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Inspired by Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley Directed By Danny Christensen.

Directed by: Danny Christensen

Spirit of Solitude Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Danny Christensen 2017

Filmed and Edited by: Gianluigi Carella
Produced by: Utopia the Agency
Fashion Sylist: Gina Donnelly

Spirit of Solitude Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Danny Christensen 2017

Excerpts from “Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude”
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mother of this unfathomable world!
Favour my solemn song, for I have loved
Thee ever, and thee only; I have watched
Thy shadow, and the darkness of thy steps,
And my heart ever gazes on the depth
Of thy deep mysteries. I have made my bed
In charnels and on coffins, where black death
Keeps record of the trophies won from thee,
Hoping to still these obstinate questionings
Of thee and thine, by forcing some lone ghost
Thy messenger, to render up the tale
Of what we are. In lone and silent hours,
When night makes a weird sound of its own stillness,
Like an inspired and desperate alchymist
Staking his very life on some dark hope,
Have I mixed awful talk and asking looks
With my most innocent love, until strange tears
Uniting with those breathless kisses, made
Such magic as compels the charmèd night
To render up thy charge:…and, though ne’er yet
Thou hast unveiled thy inmost sanctuary,
Enough from incommunicable dream,
And twilight phantasms, and deep noon-day thought,
Has shone within me, that serenely now
And moveless, as a long-forgotten lyre
Suspended in the solitary dome
Of some mysterious and deserted fane,
I wait thy breath, Great Parent, that my strain
May modulate with murmurs of the air,
And motions of the forests and the sea,
And voice of living beings, and woven hymns
Of night and day, and the deep heart of man.
Spirit of Solitude Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Danny Christensen 2017

“Grow”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film By Nejc Polovšak (2017)

“Grow”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Nejc Polovšak.

Designed, Animated and Directed by: Nejc Polovšak

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Sound Design & Music: John Black
Written: Will Jarvis
Narrated by: Graham Tracey

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Grow, step back, and perspectives will change;
Just adrift on currents and unknow terrain.
As gently raised up, as sure as comes down,
Holding your course and even to ground.

“Grow is a story about ups and downs of life we all have to face sometimes, but I’d love everyone to interpret this in their own way. It’s a short personal film I’ve been working on in my spare time for the past year or so.”

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Website:  http://www.twistedpoly.com/

 

“Whispering Iceland”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film Directed By Nick Kontostavlakis (2016)

“Whispering Iceland” is a Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film Directed By Nick Kontostavlakis.

Directed by:  Nick Kontostavlakis

Edited by: Nick Zampas
Time-Lapse Photography by: Nick Kontostavlakis, Nikos Pomonis, Ioannis Stravopodis
George Papadimitriou and Aris Christou
Music by: Zero-Project

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“Iceland is said to be the Mekas landscape for photographers. It is considered as the country of fascinating contrasts. Broadly known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, it is home to both a portion of the biggest ice sheets in Europe, and probably the most active volcanoes on the planet.

Iceland is the place where there is light and dimness, where long summer days with almost 24-hours of daylight are counterbalanced by short winter days.
Icelandic scenenery still remains for all intents and purposes untouched by human progress.

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Places: Vik • Reykjavik • Grotta Lighthouse • Reykjanesta • Sólheimasandur Plane Crash • Dyrholaey • Black Sand Beach • Glacier Lagoon • Vesturhorn Mountain • Godafoss Waterfall • Lake Myvatn • Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall • Arnartapi • Malariff Lighthouse.”

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Website: http://www.nickkontostavlakis.com/

“A Fleeting Dream”: A Cinematic Aerial Short Film In Oregon Directed By Jay Worsley (2016)

“A Fleeting Dream” is a Cinematic Aerial Short Film of the Southern Oregon Coast Directed by Jay Worsley.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Jay Worsley

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Music by:  Luke Atencio (“Unraveled”)

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“Wandering through a dream trying to grasp each moment as it quickly slips through your fingers. Playing memories in your head over and over again hoping to relive that salty sea air grazing your cheek. Hearing the sound of the crashing waves singing like a church choir. All to get lost in memory like a fleeting dream.”

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Website:  jayworsley.com