I am always searching for new ways to enjoy poetry. I can enjoy listening to poetry being read via PodOmatic podcasts or finding my poetry fix in the foreign and indie films that I enjoy watching. Since I am in the process of creating my own animated poetry film, I embarked on a journey in finding out what was out there– in the aspect of poetry film and not just the Pixar featured films that I am already too familiar with. My search was hopeless until I found an animated short film by Ryan McDougal, Sonata (2006).
It is as beautiful to watch as it was associating the main character’s dilemma with my own: sorting out if he should take a chance at making that first step on a path to happiness. Eventually, he decides to go for it–to take an opportunity to meet the woman of his dreams.
Created, directed and screenplay: Ryan McDougal
Music: Comptine d’un autre été: l’après-midi by Yann Tiersen from the soundtrack Amélie.