Praveen Chhetri and I wrote/shot/directed/edited this scene for our vidcam class. Props to Kelsey Landes and Justin Rittenhouse for acting, and acting well.
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Artists use a variety of media to express their work. Some media are very straightforward, and some are a bit off the beaten path. One art form I have always found a bit peculiar is the genre of beat poetry. To me, the whole “beat generation” scene has always seemed like a group of artistic people trying too hard. I feel that poetry can only be melodramatic to a point before it goes too far. Don’t get me wrong; I truly enjoy a good poem, maybe even a mediocre one every now and then. But though I’ve tried, I have never found a place in my heart or my soul for beat poems.
With this project, I wanted to have a little fun by poking at the idea of beat poetry. I attempted to compose my own beat poem that parodies the stereotypes of this genre of writing/performing. I laid the track of the spoken poem to a series of corresponding still images – those of a beat poet “in performance.” The series as a whole focuses less on the individual images and more on the stop-motion-esque feeling they present.
The basic principle of this series is to just have a little fun. So often we get caught up in the seriousness and complexity of life, and I have found this to be particularly true in my own previous works. This is my attempt at stepping away from the heavy and letting go of emotionally loaded themes. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.