Hey everybody! I bet you're wondering what I mean by, "Poetry Visualized" well I’ll make it clear and simple. I'm looking for people that want to see some of the work turned in to video. As in a poetry reading but with a little more... I guess you can say, "Visuals" instead of just the plain old reading. So if anyoneout there has a piece that they want made into a short film I can make it happen. You will be credited entirely for your work and the video will be posted back here on Teen Ink after it’s finished.
Feel free to ask question and let me know if you interested.
Hello there, my name is Lexus, and it's nice to meet you. This seems very interesting and I have a lot of thoughts on this. The idea is a good one! First, I am curious as to how this works? Are there pictures, words on the screen, and someone reads it in the background? Just pictures and words on the screen? Just pictures and someone reads it aloud? How does that work? Secondly, you are just doing this for free? You don't want anything in return? Not that I am greedy (I'd love to do something in return), I am just curious if you are wanting anything back for it. And lastly, do you have a demo video so that I can see? If not, will you anytime soon? I think people would like to see what they will be getting if they chose for you to make something with their poetry. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Hi Lexus, it’s nice to meet you too. My and sorry I didn't introduce myself before, the name’s Jay. I’m glad to see someone is interested… I was hoping I posted in the right spot for this. Well anyway to get right to answering your questions most of it is all up to you. I hoping to say away from pictures as much as possible and I can go and get some nice footage of whatever the poem may be about. Kind of bring it to life I guess you could say. And yes, my initial idea was to have a V.O. (voice over) reading the poem. But anything works. Just words can still looks nice in a well-organized video. Also, don’t worry about doing anything in return, I love making artsy films and letting me use your poetry to do so is more than enough. And to answer the last question of you, I currently don’t have a compete film only because the idea of visual poetry came to me only earlier today… but if you would like to see what I can do throw one at me and I get working on it right away. Depending on the poem it shouldn't take to long for me to put something together.
Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you soon.
Hey there, Jay, it's no problem. Okay, that sounds great, I prefer to not have pictures I just was not sure how you did things. Voice overs sound good to me as well. And you not having a demo is alright. So, if you want to use a shorter poem just to see how it works, you could use my poem 'I'm Conscience-Stricken'. Thank you very much!
Sounds great Lexus! I'll try it out and finish it up as soon as posible. I'll keep you updated and let you know if I have any questions.
Alright! Thanks for taking the time to do it.
Once you have the time, can you do my poem Willow Shade? MY name is Andy.
Sure! I'll check it out when I get the chance.
Hey jay, how is it going?
It’s going great Lexus! So here is the break down I got so far. Now I let you know before that my idea of “Visualizing Poetry” is recreating a real life event that corresponds with what’s written in the poem. Anyway this is what I shall visually after reading over and breaking down your poem 'I'm Conscience-Stricken’, which is great by the way!
So starting out I see two people running into each other unexpectedly, maybe in a public place or at school. I was mostly leaning toward it being a girl and a guy. Maybe they hadn’t seen one another after many years after an event that ruined their friendship and she still doesn’t understand the reasons. Maybe he met another girl or had other friends and started distancing himself from her. So the girl notices him first and he keeps walking till he stands right in front of him. He looks up at her and he is kind of shocked to see her standing there. The girl is very nerves at this point and her face reddens with embarrassment. Still slightly surprised, the boy takes a few steps back away from her. The girl feels uncomfortable with his response to seeing her. Both of them stand fixated on one another till the girl looks down at her feet and asks “How’d it end up like this?” At this point I shall her as if in a flash back to the past with her walk away from him, ultimately leaving him behind. And she blames him for making the wrong choses in the past. He could have chosen someone else over her and they ended up leaving him in the soon after. Back from the flashback the girl looks up at the boy again and says, “I’m sorry.” He looks at her and slowly shakes his head, no, in response. Then the boy puts his head down and walks by her quickly. She turns to watch him walk away into the crowed…
So that’s what I got visually, I’ve got a few people that would be willing to act out this little scene and have the girl actor do the voice over reading of the poem like it’s the characters thoughts as she acts out the shot. I’ve got most of the idea storyboarded and will definitely have it done by this weekend. What do you think? Any input that might help it fit your view better? Just let me know and I can make any adjustments you need.
Thanks Lexus, this poem should make a nice little film!
Hey there! I am so glad to hear that. Wow, that is really, really amazing. I wouldn't have thought of it like that, I LOVE that idea. I honestly don't have anything that I want you to change.. I think it's perfect. You are so creative! I am glad everything is coming along. I can not wait to see this.. I am very excited. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Hi! I don't know if you were looking for an actual story, but I have a couple of those as well. As far as poems, you could do my poem: The Vows or Cancer. As far as fiction stories with actual characters go: Victim of a gun and a Tragic Story. Also, if you wanted to do a more artsy kind of film, my poem Unhinged is like that. Oh, and I am Liv, hope I gave you enough options! Oh, and your names Jay right? (read the thread, not a creepy stalker) BTW's thanks!!! So kind of you to reach out like this!!! I love movies too.
Hey Liv! Thanks for check out the thread. I’m glad more people are getting interested. I’m starting to rack up the poetical projects, it’s great! I’ll check out your poems and see what I can do. After Lexus film I’ve got Andy’s which won’t take me to long. Then I’ll starting looking in to one of yours. Feel free to throw in your opinion at any time!
Thanks again Liv!
Thanks for the compliments Lexus! You’ve really sparked my confidence up, it’s awesome! Oh, and I wanted to apologize from my grammar… I read over my reply this morning and noticed a lot of little mistakes. I’m not the best proofreader. But anyway I should have the film edited and finished by Saturday morning. I’ll be filming and recording the voice overs Friday. I might actually be acting in the film so you guys will know what I look like… Haha! That’s alright though, I’m pretty confident in my acting skills. Well I keep you informed on the progress! Thanks!
Always welcome, sounds fun anyway!
Liv, I read over your short story, 'A Tragic Story' and some great ideas came to mind! I think we'll work with that one for now and see what we can do. It's a great story there sould make a good short. I can try out some darker film making.
Thanks once more Liv!
Absolutely, you deserve it! You have great ideas. Don't worry about the grammar errors.. I make them all the time! No need to apologize. It's great that you're acting, acting is fun! I am very excited to see mine as well as as the others. Liv is one of my favorites and that is a great choice of her work. I hope more people get interested in your visuals. When you aren't busy, maybe you can do another for me! Once again, can't wait!
Alright lets see how well this first one comes out and go from there. I'll keep you guys updated and hope to get things rolling... Now that I've got all these solid idea I need to get a good crew together... Wish me luck! Finding a good crew has always been quite the challenge for me...
Anyways, thanks a lot everyone!
So Lexus, I was reading over your piece a few more time and I was thinking about how I would play it out in the voice over. Well once I got thinking more on it and reading it out loud a few times I found that the poetic rhyme makes it sound more like I’m singing a song rather than thinking. So I was wondering, it’s totally up to you though, if I could rewrite the poem into a more “in your head” kind of rhyme and keep the same concept. I would still include the poem as a visual and still credit you 100% just not use the poem as an exact scrip from the talent doing the voice over.
Let me know how you feel about this, like I said, it’s completely up to you.