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“The Wet Desert”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In The UK Directed By Max Smith (2016)

“The Wet Desert” is a Cinematic Poem Ecology Short Film in the United Kingdom Directed By Max Smith.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Max Smith


Written and Narrated by:  Ben Smith
Production Company:  Fatsand Films
Camera Assistant:    Michael Hodges

“Somewhere here, a landscape has been lost…”

“In the U.K. we often regard moorland landscapes, such as the Highlands of Scotland, The Lake District and Dartmoor, as symbols of wilderness. However, these places have been farmed, mined and inhabited by people for millennia, and have felt the presence of humans longer than many of our urban centres.


The ecologist Frank Fraser Darling coined the phrase “wet desert” to describe the landscape of Dartmoor, such was the lack of biodiversity that he found there. But in hidden corners of the moor, relics of its past cling on – stands of trees coated in moss and fern, supporting a range of plant and animal life – relics that point to the bizarre fact that when humans first arrived here, these open landscapes were temperate rainforests.”


Website:  http://maxsmith.tv/


“The Piano Girl”: A Cinematic Music Short Film Directed By Tom Marshall (2016)

“The Piano Girl” is a Cinematic Music Short Film Directed by Tom Marshall.

Edited and Directed by:  Tom Marshall 

Pianist:  Elspeth Wilkes

Young Girl:  Megan Jackson

The Piano Girl Cinematic Music Short Film Directed By Tom Marshall in 2016

“Where Words Fail, Music Speaks”

Hans Christian Andersen

Produced by:  James Oldham, Adrian Alexander, and Jamie Haigherty (Motley Film Productions)
Associate Producer:  Shirley Hampshire
Director of Photography and VFX:  James Oldham

The Piano Girl Cinematic Music Short Film Directed By Tom Marshall
1st AC & Spark:  Jamie Haigherty
Gaffer:  Nick Kirkham
Sound Recording and Mixing:  Ian Crick
Hair and Make-Up:  Skaii Blue
Production Assistant:  Vinnie Haigherty and Sean Conway
Colourist:  Tom Majerski

The Piano Girl Cinematic Music Short Film Edited Directed By Tom Marshall in 2016

Website:  http://www.captivenorth.co.uk/

“Wild Scotland”: A Cinematic Aerial Short Film Directed By John Duncan (2015)

“Wild Scotland” is a Cinematic Aerial Short Film Directed by John Duncan.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  John Duncan

Music by:  Tony Anderson (“Eyes Wide Open”)

Color Grading:  Drew Gibson

Sound Mix:  Pete Smith

Wild Scotland Cinematic Aerial Short Film Directed By John Duncan in 2015

“For my second aerial film, entitled ‘Wild Scotland’, I wanted to showcase some of the wilderness this magnificent country has to offer. From the Highlands and Islands on the west coast to John O’Groats and North Berwick on the east I’ve captured just a fraction of the stunning wilderness which Scotland has to offer.

Making this film involved a series of mini adventures. Hiking up Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill at 3am in the pitch dark, to film the spectacular serrated ridge of An Teallach, and hearing stags roaring in the valleys below is a memory that will stay with me for a very long time. Also filming Bass Rock near North Berwick, which is home is to the world’s largest single rock Gannet colony with some 40,000 pairs of birds, at first light was a real treat.”

Wild Scotland Cinematic Aerial Short Film Directed By John Duncan

Website:  http://www.john-duncan.co.uk/

“Edges Of Sanity”: A Cinematic Poem Surf Short Film Directed By Chris McClean (2014)

“Edges Of Sanity” is a Cinematic Poem Surf Short Film In Scotland Directed By Chris McClean.

Filmed and Directed by:  Chris McClean

Original Music Soundtrack by: CJ Mirra (“Edges of Sanity”)

Poem: Dan Crockett
Narration: Charles Dance

Edges Of Sanity Cinematic Poem Surf Short Film Directed by Chris McClean

Producer: Ernest Capbert
Surfers: Noah Lane + Matt Smith
Executive Producers: Tom Kay + Gregor Matthews
Production Company:  Sea Saw Films Production

“Edges of Sanity” by Dan Crockett

“It’s been said

On far shores, weary mariners hear voices

Songs so beautiful they cast a spell

There is no choice but to hear.

They claim these whispers hold a message

Each ear hears different music

But the same call hunts the senses:

Without risk, there is no beauty

Without chance, no adventure

Through suffering, wealth without limit

So we scheme and plan

And tell nobody of our dreams

Shuffle cards, chance vague variables

And tread endless road miles until

Close against cold ground we toss and turn

And summon black water

                 *     *     *

For I am of the waiting deep

The great denier, the poised fist

Stalker of pitch oceans

Whose fingers twist about your throat…

I swallowed the sad pilgrims

Who fell to flat reef, their vessels sunk

Into water bitter as winter night

Beyond the edges of sanity

I am the waiting teeth of the rocks below

The grinning maw in the clouds

Bearer of the hourglass – killer of the short dim day

Who beckons you to dare

*     *     *

The north song does not stop

Power in that promise

Goes beyond common meanings

You have walked in footsteps new

What was before will never be again

But memories of lined faces

And in the glowing after

Breaking bread the sweetest knot

All weight shed – light extraordinary

Until my whisper comes again…

And the future begs your listening

The future begs your listening”

Edges Of Sanity Cinematic Poem Surf Short Film In Scotland Directed by Chris McClean 2014

Websites:  http://www.finisterreuk.com/notes/cat/edges-of-sanity#!edges_of_sanity


“The Voyage Of Life”: A Cinematic Nature Short Film In Scotland Directed By Patrick Duijndam and Aron van Blooijs (2015)

“The Voyage Of Life”: A Cinematic Nature Short Film In Scotland Directed By Patrick Duijndam and Aron van Blooijs.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Patrick Duijndam and Aron van Blooijs

Original Music Composed by:  Daan van Haren

The Voyage of Life 2015 Cinematic Nature Short Film In Isle of Skye Scotland Directed by Patrick Duijndam and Aron van Blooijs

“In a time of hustle, emerging cities and high expectation, more and more people venture into the wilderness to find their peace, but also looking for the meaning of life. Just like in the Romantic period, there is a desire for discovery and longing for real nature among a movement of creative people: New Outdoor Creativity.

Romantic painter Thomas Cole made a series of paintings in 1842, in which a man’s journey through nature can be seen as a metaphor for the journey that men makes through life. In this piece, filmmakers Patrick Duijndam and Aron van Blooijs, along with songwriter Daan van Haren, pay tribute to Thomas Cole and his series of paintings. The result of their trip through the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is a music-video that will surely please adventurers, travel enthusiasts and lovers of good music.”


“Kinetic Blackness”: A Cinematic Aerial Time-Lapse Short Film In Scotland Directed By Walid Salhab (2015)

“Kinetic Blackness” is a Cinematic Aerial Time-Lapse Short Film In Scotland Directed By Walid Salhab.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Walid Salhab

Music Composed by:  Malcolm Lindsay (“Grace Notes” from “After The Snow” Album)

Kinetic Blackness Cinematic Aerial Time-Lapse Short Film In Scotland Directed by Walid Salhab 2015

“…Walid Salhab has teamed up with Malcolm Lindsay a Royal Television Society award winning composer on his new track from the album ‘After The Snow’. featuring the RSNO conducted by Greg Lawson and produced by Grammy Award Winner Tim Handly. Walid fell in love with Blackness while working on the Kelpies construction film and decided to return and visit this atmospheric place.

Walid says ” it was a challenge to work with this Amazing Music and it gave me the chance to create this film and try to capture the unique atmosphere in Blackness” Walid has produced a series of ‘kinetic’ (stop-motion/time lapse) films which capture the magic of Scotland’s capital city and the stunning beaches of the east coast of Scotland.”

“Scotland”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film By Alexis Coram (2015)

“Scotland” is a  Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film with original musical score by Paul Leonard Morgan Directed By Alexis Coram.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:   Alexis Coram

Original Music Composed by: Paul Leonard Morgan

Scotland cinematic time-lapse short film directed by Alexis Coram 2015

“What I wanted to do here was simple: Portray the beauty, versatility, and tenacity of this small yet perfectly formed dot on the world map. My mixed use of color and black & white photography represents the dichotomy between the colorful life and dark history that has filled these lands; and tells you a little about how I see the world.

I dedicate this short film to the people of Scotland and to those that may never have the opportunity to visit in person.

Thanks to my family for your patience, and to Paul Leonard Morgan for the stunning music!  May you approach each day with intent and end it with a smile.”

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/AlexisCoram

“Metamorphosis”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Cardiff, Wales By Huw T. Walters (2014)

“Metamorphosis”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film In Cardiff, Wales Directed By Huw T. Walters.

Filmed, Written and Directed by:  Huw T. Walters

Music Composed by:  John Rea

Narrated by:  John Morgan

Metamorphosis cinematic poem narrated short film in Cardiff Wales directed by Huw T Walters 2014

This is a “Short film commissioned to celebrate the city of Cardiff in poetic form”.

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/huwcamera

“Brand New Ancients”: Cinematic Poem Short Films Featuring Rapper Kate Tempest Directed By Joe Roberts (2013)

In collaboration with director Joe Roberts, Battersea Arts Centre has produced three short films interpreting Poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest’s spoken word through moving image,released across the tour.

This is the first episode of the three part series. Episodes 2 and 3 are posted below.

Directed by:   Joe Roberts
Produced by:   Battersea Arts Centre
Brand New Ancients is written by:   Kate Tempest

A Kate Tempest & Battersea Arts Centre Co-production
Co-commissioned by the Albany.

“The gods are in the betting shops, the gods are in the cafe,
The gods can’t afford the deposit on their flat…
Winged sandals tearing up the pavement,
Me, you, everyone, brand new ancients.”

More info: http://brandnewancientstour.com/

“Racing Time”: A Cinematic Narrated Short Film Featuring Poet Chris Woods Directed By Adele Myers And Ra Page (2012)

Racing Time” is a cinematic narrated adaptation of the poem Racing Time by Chris Woods,  from his published collection of poems “Dangerous Driving” (2007).

Filmed and Directed by:  Adele Myers & Ra Page

Narrated by:  Josh Moran

Music by:  LZN02

Runner: Roger Ashby

Produced by:  Comma Film

Inspired by the poet’s neighbour Ron Heaton, a 70-year-old fell runner. Woods was impressed by Heaton’s resolve to run in all weathers. The story behind this poem and the words thus inspired the film makers to create a work where the audience travel with him.