“Two Trees By The Sea” is a short dance film by Wilkie Branson, produced by Champloo Dance Company in 2008.
At the heart of so many of our lives sits the burning desire to find our perfect partner and be completed. Branson skims the surface of this deep-seated common to explore the longing, loving and loss of something so valuable. On the 60th anniversary of his Grandparents marriage this work is both a celebration of something beautiful as well as a realisation of the sorrow to be left in the wake of its inevitable loss.
For Phil and Anita Branson
As well as love looking, found and lost.
Written Directed, Edited and Performed by Wilkie Branson
Sound and Additional Camera Rob Saunders
Camera Joel Daniel
Two Trees By The Sea
Bound bark born to bear, their hearts held fast toward the salt bearing air
Limbs lay towards easy looks as soft tempered years nestled to caring crooks
Two turned unto one the pair stood strong
Where roots deep to years stretch on, as arms branch to years as long.
When rain raked limbs to wrick, through days that bear their tears as thick
To days of light where limbs lie still, and sun poured gold on aged cracks to fill.
In day and night for dark and light the two held one
Together two twisted to hold on tight, for the sun settled moment to the long drawn night.
Laced to lash their arms carry years, from the smiles on their skin to their leaf shed tears.
But with each new-year a new blossom grew, with one pure white while another true blue
Two stood two and one, before an ambered aura set the sun
As a seed was sown while they looked on and toward tomorrow a new day begun
Do you know how to pick your fruits?
Do you know to pick your love?
Much to learn from all the looking, pointing, picking up, sniffing, touching and caressing at the love stall.
Video sketch of a fruits stall on East Broadway in Chinatown.
Shot with Xacti HD1000, edited in iMovie.
Song is Love For Sale by Eartha Kitt
Special thanks to rastAsia who helped me out here to open my Dutch spoken video to the Vimeo community: great English translation of the original difficult dutch script, he also recorded his own voice, wich fits very well to the original idea of the video.
Original Dutch version: vimeo.com/1112318
Much better than subtitles in this case.
Oh yes, I love that little tree :)
A moment of poetry.
I didn't upgrade to HD from SD to keep full quality of the visuals.
Heartwood was a poem written by my friend Jens Hieber and our latest visual poetry project. This time, I tried to do something different - stop motion! :)
It started with an idea of photos blending into moving pictures, then I wanted it scrunching up in time with the music before it would dance about the ground. It was later that I thought ah! stop motion could do this. Then when I did the music, there was the harp section where the image of scattering dried leaves just came to mind. So Glenn had an idea to use the blue screen for that.
Anyway, the result was... as posted :)
We had a lot of fun making this project - as you can probably see from the pics :) So I hope you enjoy watching it as well!
(Camera: HV20, Editing: Sony Vegas, Music: Sony Acid)
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