The poem I have chosen for the stop-motion assignment is “On Gut,” by Ben Jonson. The themes of sin in the forms of gluttony, greed, and lust are present throughout, and the poet seems to think that the root of these sins lie in the gut of man. It’s a very pessimistic view as to the nature of mankind. I think a visualization of this poem would not only emphasize the poet’s message, but I also feel that the poem can be interpreted visually in many different ways, which is due to the abstract nature of the poem. This would allow the filmmaker a certain degree of flexibility when choosing what to shoot.
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So, we’ll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we’ll go no more a roving
By the light of the moon.
I chose this poem because I found that I could relate quite well to it, especially in the college setting. It describes the passing of time in the sense of aging. Despite the fact that the moon and the night are still beautiful and able to be explored, the time for wandering about and exploring the evening has passed. This seemed to parallel the college experience, just as one starts out with a youthful sense of wonder and then matures into an adult about to enter the professional world. I feel that there is powerful imagery within this poem, and I think it has a rhythm that lends itself to moving images.
I chose D.A.D.D.Y.’s short film “Mr. Foley” as my first film submission. The film employs muted colors and periods of silence to draw the audience’s attention to the musical score and sound effects being added into Mr. Foley’s life. The pacing of the score as well as frequent stops and starts in movement allow the audience to feel Mr. Foley’s anxiety as he attempts to hear his life again. Lastly, the humor and cleverness of the plot make “Mr. Foley” a very interesting and amusing short film.