The graphics exist to support the soundtrack here, but I still thought it was an effective videopoem. Ryerson University film student Adin Dell advises, “Put on some headphones or turn up the volume to really hear the ‘soundscape.'”
As you might imagine, there are more than a few videos for this poem on the internet, most of them depressingly void of originality. So often, it seems, this is the fate of the most popular poems — to be badly read. Apparently it takes a filmmaker for whom English is a second language to hear the poem with a more open mind. Of course, Nic S.’s reading may have had something to do with that, too.
I’m not always big on typographic animations, especially ones with no sound, but this one has just enough graphic elements to be interesting. Plus, it’s seasonal. Erik A. Baker created it “for Ben Van Dyke’s typography class at the University at Buffalo Fall semester 2007.” (I’d say at least half the videos on Moving Poems were student projects.)
A noir-ish interpretation of Frost’s poem by Josh Contor, an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University.
Robert Frost’s famous poem admirably envideoed by film student Jon Mitchell. Since it’s out of copyright, here’s the text:
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
There are, as one might easily imagine, skads of Robert Frost videos on the web. The problem is that almost all of them suck.