“CUT!!!” Director Cavanaugh acerbic voice sliced through the air.
Buzzing with energy from the two cups of coffee he drank, he chewed on his pen cap as he witnessed an interesting snapshot on his screen. It was linked to an underwater videographer’s feed. A fish inside a jellyfish! Could he turn this bizarre moment into a symbolic story left to the audience’s interpretation and imagination? The fish’s expression says it all. The gears were turning in Cavanaugh’s head
Try as the little fish might to direct its own path, the jellyfish will inevitability drag the fish wherever it pleases.Realizing its loss of autonomy, the fish’s eyes bug out in horror!
Cavanaugh wondered if he was insane for trying out an ambitious experiment after a period of hitting the doldrums. He was inspired by some prize-winning photos in a BBC article that he was browsing.
He wondered if he can authentically capture a live stream story letting the animals share their own stories. He was fascinated by their behavior. He couldn’t direct the animals, but then it wouldn’t really matter since his name wouldn’t be credited. During his time in film school, he was intrigued by a film movement founded in 1995 by Danish director Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. They wrote a manifesto called Dogme 95. The “rules” were as follows:
So the poem above is the result of an experiment. I did my first prompt from the poetry workshop, “”Sharpened Visions”, that I’m currently taking on Coursera.
The Found Poem: A Brand New poem in Three Easy Steps Grab a paragraph of text from a book or on the web and make a found poem by breaking a passage into lines. A poem is more than line broken prose, but this exercise can help you experiment with rhythm and sound quickly.
Here is the piece of prose I found in Elle magazine while browsing:
I had a lot of fun deconstructing this excerpt and breaking it into lines of poetry. Reading it aloud is also a fresh experience! Until today, I didn’t know anything about Rolexes, other than as a luxury accessory!
Seagulls are wondrous creatures as they are flying over the ocean. I love watching them catch my crackers as I throw them up in the air as I’m standing on the pier. As I’m working on this photo challenge, I am thinking of a book one of my professors gave me a book called “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach. It’s a beautiful homily about a seagull learning about how to fly and what it means to fly.
There’s always a wave of peace that washes over me as I’m laying in the sand enjoying the views of the ocean. Time moves by so quickly as I stay still. It’s amazing how much can happen as the ocean’s tides change throughout the day. It can be powerful or gentle, calm or tumultuous. Such contradictions spur on the curiosity of the incredible depth the ocean can display.