Posts in Category: Author-made videopoems

Summer’s End by Kaspalita Thompson

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To mark the equinox, here’s a new, author-made videopoem by Kaspalita Thompson, a Pureland Buddhist priest and psychotherapist from Worcestershire. In the Vimeo description, he notes:

The words are by me. Special thanks to everyone who created the other various bits and shared them under licences which allowed me to use them. Credits at the end of the film.

This was as a much a process of getting to know lightworks, which I used for the first time, as creating a videopoem.

It’s Complicated by Jade Graves

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A love story with a surprise ending from teenage videopoet Jade Graves. This is one of several more videos uploaded to Vimeo by Media Poetry Studio since we ran Erica Goss’s report on the videopoetry summer camp in Moving Poems Magazine.

How many luxury cars in your town? by Daniel H. Dugas

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Newly uploaded to Vimeo, Canadian poet and filmmaker Daniel H. Dugas‘ 2004 experimental videopoem

analyses the traffic on highways and in one projection, merges fragments of vehicles, with lines from the Book One* of Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature And Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This project looks at the symbolic of cars as an anthropomorphic fantasy of individualism.

The Essence of Instinct by Robert Peake

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The first use of Google Deep Dream technology for poetry film of which I’m aware. American-British poet and filmmaker Robert Peake worked with his usual collaborator, Valerie Kampmeier, who created the soundscape. Robert shared some process notes (along with the text of poem) on his blog:

This film-poem began as an exploration of the possibilities of using Google Deep Dream technology for film. I ran the Deep Dream software on frames of time-lapse clouds. Initial experiments were not deterministic enough, flickering wildly between very different images from frame to frame. I then composited dreamed-upon frames with their siblings to create a kind of motion blur frame, which when dreamed upon a second time created greater continuity both of movement and shape. To create further continuity, I also morphed various dream frames into each other.

The process is an attempt to simulate pareidolia — the phenomenon whereby we “recognise” patterns in random data, which is very much what Deep Dream is doing here, and what we humans do when we see shapes in clouds. The solid, iridescent imagery reminded me of William Blake, but the constantly-changing nature of these creatures made me think of the evolution of species. In researching Charles Darwin’s early life, the poem took shape. Valerie then designed the soundscape to accompany and complete this piece, drawing on her own childhood experience of hearing distant, indistinct voices.

To see more of Robert’s experiments with Deep Dream and morphing technologies, check out his recent uploads to Vimeo.

American House Fire by David Campos

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A highly effective author-made film by the Fresno, California-based poet David Campos. The text originally appeared in Luna Luna.

Thanks to Nicelle Davis for the tip.

what we don’t put into words by Dean Pasch

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An author-made videopoem by Dean Pasch, a British artist and poet living in Germany who’s been uploading a number of short films, with and without poetry. The Vimeo description for this one includes some process notes:

This film started its life as a piece of music composed on an iPad using Garageband. Then I chose one of my poems I felt appropriate and rapped the poem to the music (in Garageband). Next up were the first round of pictures – a series of my own artworks – edited on the ipad in iMovie.

Then there was a break of a year (or so) and I took the film into final cut pro and explored the material further – resulting in the current version.

The challenge is always to transcend the technology while at the same time enjoying it. To embrace the words and the pictures with equal care … exploring both illustration and interpretation – each feeding both picture and word – or at least striving towards that organic flow.

Five Minutes by Kate Greenstreet

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Poet-filmmaker Kate Greenstreet notes:

Five Minutes originally appeared in Pastelegram ( as five one-minute movies.

But they clearly work best as a single film.