I love the way creative avenues open up seemingly by chance, as though life itself is one big ad-lib experience, literally making itself up as it goes along. This is how the majority of my life feels, so much so that defining the future by plans of today is somewhat of a fruitless activity, because how can one know which unseen pathways of today will be visible tomorrow, leading us to worlds not even conceived in the mind, only felt deep within the heart?
Poetry has always been a family affair for us, with there being early recordings stored in our adventure archives, ones made on basic equipment when living in the V-Dub on the beach front of San Diego. Both myself and Daniel have always had an affinity for independent film production and quirky performance art too, although it is not an area we have felt a pull to explore. That is, until now.
A few weeks ago I discovered the warmth of the video camera. It happened on a Sunday in the car whilst Amelia was horse riding. In response to a personal video sent to me by my brother in law, I decided to send a video back, and what came out of this momentary piece of inspiration was a version of my poem, Demons, a simple verse that is a timeless piece of prose and one written all those years ago when living in San Diego. Upon seeing the result of this poetic creation, Daniel’s imagination was sparked, fuelling him to turn his hand to video too. When this happens, that is, when we are both pushed and pulled in new directions, we fire each other up, the result of this instance being an ongoing series of short videos titled, The Pen Is Mightier Than The PenIs: Le Cinema Poetique
Last year Daniel had already began to share his poems – he has a superb collection which can be viewed here – although up until a few weeks ago, he hadn’t conceived making short cinematic pieces out of them. Seeing the ease with which he can make visual art via videos, but also understanding the potential development curve of what this can lead to with regards film, we’ve realised that a whole new medium of creative expression has opened itself up to us, one that enables us to further convey ourselves in new ways whilst enhancing everything that we do and are.
Four poems in the P.I.M.P. series have been produced and can be viewed on our youtube channel. This is an ongoing series so ensure you subscribe to receive notifications of when new poetry shorts are uploaded.
In the near future we shall also be receptive to other poets sending their material to us and, if their videos and poems fit with our style, then Daniel will give the film footage his Le Cinema Poetique personal touch. If you know of any poets that have that cool edge we like to see, then send them this post for their perusal.
In the meantime, enjoy our work and stay tuned for more.