Solstice Sol Invictus
Light, hope, faith – regeneration and solar time.
As the unconquered sun rises from the winter solstice, it also descends from the summer solstice to winter again; moving through two parallel equinoxes.
This poetry film is part of a series: Winter Solstice, Solstice (Winter and Summer) and Summer Solstice for The Book of Hours poetry film project by Lucy English.
Poets: Lucy English and Sarah Tremlett
Director: Sarah Tremlett
Editor: James Symonds
Voices: Lucy English, Helmie Stil and Sarah Tremlett
Music: ‘Song for Athene’ from Flights of Angels, Prior Park College Chapel Choir, Quest Music UK, 1998.
Video footage: Christopher Huppertz; re-edited and licensed under creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Mr Sky - from The Book of Hours by Lucy English
From dawn to nightfall, a couple's relationship is reflected in the sky. Don't forget to look for the face in the clouds!
From The Book of Hours by Lucy English
Voice and poem: Lucy English
Photography and Director: Sarah Tremlett
Editor: James Symonds
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
licensed under creative commons: by attribution 3.0 License
Lucy and I had two separate ideas in parallel. In terms of the visuals - I get up early and noticed the dramatic colours playing out in the winter sky. Actually a mystical orange glow appeared through the window one morning! I wanted to capture the sky at brief intervals from dawn to dusk (with a history as a painter always fascinated by changing patterns of light) and spent a day doing so. Lucy then mentioned she had a new poem - Mr Sky - which was one of those wonderful coincidences. I like to work from nature or live footage where possible and you can wait a long time for the right image to turn up, or just be too preoccupied to see it ... and then you need just the right poem and soundscape!
The highs and lows of being in love. A teenage girl is left by her cello-playing boyfriend and her world temporarily falls apart.
Claire Climbs Everest was a commission from Alastair Cook of Filmpoem, to make a poetry film for one of The Poetry Society's commended poems in the National Poetry Competition 2016.
I set out to work to a loosely applied, more traditional, three-act structure in this poetry film, rather than a free-flowing, dream-like or conceptual narrative. I did not want to begin with Claire as already abandoned by her boyfriend but catch her still 'in' love - in a Chagall-esque scenario that I had wanted to use for some time, and was realised by the talented, multimedia editor Howard Vause. I also managed to use crosses as both symbolising love and error - another theme I had wanted to transfer from my print series to incorporate in poetry films. Love and error keep slipping and sliding and the cross bears a different meaning depending on your point of view.
As the ex-boyfriend in the poem was a cellist I took the opportunity to select different types of cello music to reflect the emotional structure, or perhaps make the structure - music is a big part of this poetry film, and also my work in general.
I am not only indebted to American poet Sam Harvey for such a subtle and finely crafted poem on such a raw subject, but the pace of Sam's voice really counterpoints what is happening on screen.
Thanks to Alastair Cook for pairing us up - no mean feat!
Poet: Sam Harvey
Director, cinematographer, creative concept: Sarah Tremlett
Editor: Howard Vause
Claire: Georgina Rees
Cello-playing boyfriend: Sam Warner
Inspiring Cello Baszzz
Cello music in Gregorian style The Montana Cellist
Post-War Peder B Helland
Claire's dress: Hatti
With thanks to tube busker
Sarah Tremlett director, poet, filmmaker, concept, sound
Georgie Rees cast / herself
James Symonds / Sarah Tremlett editing
You watch daughters grow up, learning the steps, mastering or faltering but also praying no one will crush their independent spirits. This film is about the camera as a mirror, a tap class and makeup. But mainly it merges two time frames: when my daughter was young, less self aware and as a teenager/ young woman, and how as a mother these memories intertwine. The poem switches between these time frames, whilst my daughter uses the camera as a surrogate mirror (not a mobile phone here) so quite a skill (!) and is also pictured attracting my attention through the camera all those years ago.
A haiku poem film to Bath - a city of two sides: the hot bubbling, magical spring and the cold, fast-flowing river. Travellers from around the world throw money into the lucky water as they have done for thousands of years. Premiered at TARP audiovisual festival Vilnius, Lithuania, 2015; part of the zenzonepoemfilm project.
Tourists with cameras form patterns in slowed down sound and vision as dialogue taken from the same location at a different time becomes dialogue prose poetry. A contemplative poem film part of the zenzonepoemfilm project.
Contemplative Poem Film, part of the zenzonepoemfilm project. De/rematerialising concrete poetry meets spoken and visual verse. The coloured bands are determined by the pattern of the lines and the elemental aspects of sun and water seemed to convey to me the spare emotional journey of the Middle Eastern music.
A barrage of exhortations from women's magazines are interjected with the red (error) words I and Home as an error beep sounds to reflect their incongruity.
Star sounds accompany text from women's magazines, whilst a changing, de/rematerialising orb circulates through hot to cold colours reminiscent of the seasons. A contemplative poem film, part of the zenzonepoemfilm project.
I, a contemplative poem film, paralleling pixels with human behaviour harnessed to the system, yet also centres on the self, on breath and identity and nothingness as everythingness, part of the zenzonepoemfilmproject.