Culture, , , , , , , , , — June 1, 2011 22:20 — 3 Comments

Motionpoems bring spoken word to life with short films

RENDER, RENDER a poem by Thomas Lux from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

Motionpoems is a unique collaboration between animator Angella Kassube and the American poet Todd Boss. Their aim is to create a new audience for poetry by creating short films from selected poems.

They hooked up in 2008 at one of Todd’s poetry readings in Nina’s Cafe, St Paul, Minneapolis, where Angella suggested they collaborate after hearing his poems.

So far they have produced more than 22 poems, working with established writers such as Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield, as well as up and coming poets.

Jane Hirshfield, motionpoems

Jane Hirshfield. Photo: Nick Rosza

Although they don’t use smartphones to produce their films, we like what they do and I am guessing that smart moviemakers could easily adopt some of the techniques to produce their own animation.

Majek pictures created their own April Fool’s day spoof, but so far we have not seen anything like motionpoems being produced on smartphones.

As well as seeking inspiration from Angella and Todd’s work, we can help them by spreading the word or contributing to their fundraiser via Kickstarter.

They are looking to raise $15,000 to produce 12 to 15 new motionpoems to accompany Scribner’s celebrated 2011 annual Best American Poetry anthology.

In a statement they said: ‘It means we’ll be working with a stellar lineup of poets this summer, from emerging writers to multiple Pulitzer Prize winners. The completed projects will be free online for general audiences and educators. The entire publishing industry will be watching. We can’t wait to show you the results!’

So far they have over $10,000 and there is 12 days to the deadline, so spread the word – or even better, donate.

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.


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