Assignment:

Visually interpret a selected poem, text or song using the video camera and Premiere/AfterEffects. Your visual content should aim at exploring a consistent visual aesthetic and style. It should also be in keeping with the tone of the poem, with particular attention given to its structural elements, rhythm, meter, repetition, as well as its symbolic significance and musical resonance.

Completed as a group with Silver,  Sueann & Wilson


The Poem

I Am In Need of Music

Elizabeth Bishop

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling fingertips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

The initial sketches

Taking heed of the poem's descriptive language, we decided to use various liquid-based practical effects, then composite this footage into a moving human form in order to express the feeling one has when listening to music which speaks to them, as the poem describes.

Taking heed of the poem's descriptive language, we decided to use various liquid-based practical effects, then composite this footage into a moving human form in order to express the feeling one has when listening to music which speaks to them, as the poem describes.

Initial Boards

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Shoot 1: The Laundry Room

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Shoot 2: The Studio

Pictured above: Silver (in purple), Sueann (in black), Wilson (the dude) & Val (in red). Not Pictured: Scy Mot (who was more frequently behind the camera than in front of it)

Pictured above: Silver (in purple), Sueann (in black), Wilson (the dude) & Val (in red).

Not Pictured: Scy Mot (who was more frequently behind the camera than in front of it)

With Special Thanks to Val Figuero for her impeccable assistance with the lights & unfailing good humor

And to Kim Carpenter for lending her exquisite voice to our project.