Filmmaker: Alastair Cook

Emily Melting by Gérard Rudolf

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A collaboration between Scottish filmmaker Alastair Cook and South African poet Gérard Rudolf. The poem is from his new collection Orphaned Latitudes. Cook writes, “This film is the beginning of a series of work with Gérard, and we plan to write, produce and direct a feature length film in due course.”

Scene by Morgan Downie

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Strangely enough, considering the flourishing poetry scene in Scotland, this is the first Scottish videopoem I’ve posted here. It’s evidently the first of three films Alastair Cook will be making for something called this collection, which promises to deliver many more Scottish videopoems:

this collection is a collaboration between Edinburgh writers and filmmakers inspired by these poems, which aims to create a detailed picture of day-to-day life in the city, with all its foibles and issues, through the media of poetry and film.

Basically, we have gathered 100 poems by Edinburgh writers, each poem no more than 100 words long. We’re now looking to invite filmmakers, sound designers, animators who will like to get to work on creating short films based on poems of their choosing. We then intend to showcase the poems and the films together, both online and at events across the city throughout 2010-2011.

The full list of poems is included on the blog. “Scene” is one of two poems on the list by Morgan Downie.