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“In Flanders Fields”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Tim Mountain (2017)

“In Flanders Fields” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Of John McCrae Poem Directed By Tim Mountain.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Tim Mountain

In Flanders Fields Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Tim Mountain 2017

Produced by: Evenlode Films
Narrated by: George Cooper

In Flanders Fields Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Tim Mountain 2017

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae (1915)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Fields Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Tim Mountain 2017

Website: https://www.evenlodefilms.com/

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“Never Forgotten”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring WWI A.E. Housman Poem Directed By Jamie Childs And Gareth Brannan (2016)

“Never Forgotten” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring World War I A.E. Housman Poem “Soldier From The Wars Returning” Directed By Jamie Childs And Gareth Brannan.

Directed by: Jamie Childs and Gareth Brannan

Music by:  Tom Player
Violin & Viola Solos: Johnathan Hill
Trumpet & Fugelhorn: Joe Morris
Cello: Tom Player
Cinematography by: Will Baldy
Edited by: David Fisher
Starring: Alfie Stewart
Poem Read by: Joe Blakemore
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“Cinematic short film “Never Forgotten” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the young lives which were sacrificed.

Director Jamie Childs (Vera, Lucky Man) and Gareth Brannan (Director & VFX Supervisor at The Mill) tell the story of one ‘War Boy’s hopes and sorrows, on his last journey through no mans land, disappearing into the horizon alongside his brothers in arms.

The A. E. Housman poem “Soldier From The Wars Returning” is set to a moving cinematic score composed by Tom Player (Trailer music composer for The Hobbit, Game of Thrones) and our fallen gather in chorus to whistle the traditional WWI song, “Keep The Home Fires Burning”. The recording features the “Molitor Stradivarius” c.1697 played by Johnathan Hill.

Today more than ever we feel its important for people to stop and remember the huge sacrifices made during WWI, one hundred years ago. This respectful and thought provoking tribute reminds us how much we owe for the freedoms we enjoy today.”

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“Soldiers From The Wars Returning” by A.E. Housman (1922)

Soldier from the wars returning,
Spoiler of the taken town,
Here is ease that asks not earning;
Turn you in and sit you down.

Peace is come and wars are over,
Welcome you and welcome all,
While the charger crops the clover
And his bridle hangs in stall.

Now no more of winters biting,
Filth in trench from tall to spring,
Summers full of sweat and fighting
For the Kesar or the King.

Rest you, charger, rust you, bridle;
Kings and kesars, keep your pay;
Soldier, sit you down and idle
At the inn of night for aye.

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Website: http://www.darkenergyfilms.com/jamiechilds/

“The Big Push”: A Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Directed By Xin Li And Laurie Harris (2015)

“The Big Push” is a Cinematic Poem Animated Short Film Featuring Poetry Of John Glenday Directed By Xin Li and Laurie Harris.

Directed by: Xin Li and Laurie Harris 

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Animation by:  Xin Li
Music and Sound by: Nick Norton-Smith
Executive Producer:  Andy Glynne
Produced by:  Mosaic Films

“The film is based on John Glenday’s poem of the same name, inspired by James Herbert Gunn’s evocative 1916 painting, ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’.

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The film-poem was animated using a painstaking paint-on-glass technique by Chinese-Australian artist Xin Li. Each frame was hand-painted, using no computer effects to create an animation that mirrors the powerful effect of Gunn’s painting.

The Poem was originally commissioned by The Poetry Society and The Fleming Collection.”

Written and Narrated by:  John Glenday

“The Big Push” by John Glenday

Would you believe it, there’s a bloke out there singing
‘When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day’.
His audience, a sixty-pounder crew, stand round bleeding
from the ears. The Boche are all but finished, apparently –

I heard they’re packing old clock parts into trench mortars
now, for want of iron scrap. Some wag quips that next time he’s
sentry and hears the plop of a minnenwerfer tumbling over,
he’ll not blow the alarm, he’ll shout: ‘Time, gentlemen, please…’

We laugh and for one heartbeat forget to be afraid. Bravery
and cowardice are just two workings of the same fear
moving us in different ways. The 8th East Surreys
have been given footballs to kick and follow at Zero Hour;

it’s to persuade them from the trenches lest their nerve fail
as they advance on Montaubon. I’ve watched men
hitch up their collars and trudge forward as if shrapnel
and lead were no worse than a shower of winter rain.

This afternoon a few of us went swimming in the mill dam
behind Camp. Just for a while to have no weight, to go drifting
clear of thought and world, was utter bliss. A skylark climbed
high over the torn fields on its impossible thread of song:

“like an unbodied joy.” I don’t know why, but it reminded
me of the day we took over from the French along the Somme;
it was so tranquil, so picturesque, the German trenchworks crowded
with swathes of tiny, brilliant flowers none of us could name.

I believe if the dead come back at all they’ll come back green
to grow from the broken earth and drink the gathered water
and all the things they suffered will mean no more to them
than the setting-in of the ordinary dark, or a change of weather.

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Websites:  http://mosaicfilms.com/home/

http://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/the-big-push/