Noted for their intelligent humor, accessibility and observations on daily life, CBilly ollins’ popular poems come alive in a series of animated poems produced by JWT-NY commissioned by the Sundance Channel. Below, Collin’s describes how the project came about.
Sundance Poetry: The Dead, Budapest, Forgetfulness
Art Director Toby Barlow
Copywriter Billy Collins
Creative Director Toby Barlow
Designer Julian Grey, Isaac King, Philippe Blanchard
Director Julian Grey, Juan Delcan
Producer Anthony Garetti, Sue Riedl, Graciela Del Toro
Production Company Headgear, Spontaneous
Editor Julian Grey
Studio/Design Firm JWT/Lodge 212
Client Sundance Channel
Country United States
A videopoem tryptich by Swoon for the poems ‘Disturbance in the Maze’, ‘Wailing Wall Crumbs’ and ‘Ghostless Blues (The story of Vladimir K.)’ by Donna Vorreyer.
The three poems were written by Donna on a visual and aural prompt by Swoon (he also provided the titles as a hint or obstacle. By letting the three films guide her in the writing of the poems she gave the experimental films a story throughout her poems. And that was the experiment in the first place. I only added a few images or made additional cuts according to the reading or the poem.
Words & Voice: Donna Vorreyer
Concept, camera, editing & music: Swoon
Poem by Billy Collins.
Directed by Diego Maclean.
Heliotropes / 2010 / 3 min / HD / Stereo
HELIOTROPES documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light.
Based on the poem by Brian Christian.
“Heliotropes” premiered at SXSW in March 2011.
Motionpoem by Amy Schmitt, Kelly Pieklo and Emily J. Snyder.
Read by Vera Mariner.
The HEART REMAINS OPEN PROJECT invited people from across Australia to contribute video content in response to the track HEART REMAINS by the hip hop artists Joelistics (ELEFANT TRAKS). The final video is a tapestry of place, culture, people and landscape that paints a portrait of Australia in the 21st Century.
Words and music: Joel Ma (Joelistics)
Produced, Directed and Edited by Timothy Parish – Verb Studios
ABC Open Wide Bay
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“The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” – Steven Johnson