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Love Story, a short poetry film, features stunning HD footage of Ozark scenes, lines read by Dave Malone, and folk/orchestral music.
Love Story, a short poetry film, features stunning footage of Ozark scenes, lines read by Dave Malone, and folk/orchestral music.
Love Story, a short poetry film, features stunning footage of Ozark scenes, lines read by Dave Malone, and folk/orchestral music.
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THE PROJECT

Love Story, a three-minute poetry film based on my poem of the same name, will feature stunning film footage of Ozark scenes, photographed by visual artist, Jenni Wichern, who will be using a state-of-the-art HD cinema camera and a pair of high-quality lenses. The visuals will be complemented by my reading of certain lines, the ambient music of Wayne Blinne, and subsequently edited with the powerful and engaging Adobe Creative Suite. 

Contrary to negative, clichéd portrayals of the Ozarks, this film seeks to show the Ozarks in what we locals know as its natural light: rugged, gorgeous, eternal. My team at Out of the Ozarks Productions feels it is important to transcend Ozark stereotypes and bring to light beauty within the framework of poetry and film.

Scouting for perfect shooting locations (I already have some in mind) will begin on July 18, 2016, and the final editing touches will be completed by September 19, 2016. A public viewing is planned for a date in October, with several promising local venues.

THE POETRY FILM

Cinepoetry has its origins in the early twentieth century with French filmmakers, and though not particularly well-known, the genre has experienced a resurgence with the boom of digital media. For those of us who like cards, think of Euchre or Pitch. There are a ton of variations on a theme. :) Digital artist George Aguilar defines a modern-day cinepoem as we would: "a mixture of poetry and moving images." For those interested in seeing our latest effort, Tiny Machine, you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdW4l_Vab7g

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Your money goes to various expenses, which include fees/stipends for musicians and actors (we love paying our artists), fuel for travelling to locations, an improved tripod, and an improved mic.

Risks and challenges

A challenge for this project will be getting the light and audio perfect. Your funds will contribute to improved light and audio equipment, and my team can't wait to do tests and tackle any issues with those. As well, unexpected obstacles always come up in video editing—it is simply the nature of the challenging world of .mov, .mp4, h264, and all sorts of dots and letter/number combinations that seem as much Wookie as human. Patience (and those amazing user forums where we editors vent, invent, and solve) is key. The ultimate risk is that the finished project will be less than what one dreamed—but our philosophy in creating art is always that of the quote in Apollo 13: "Failure is not an option."

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