Friday, 4 June 2010

Why did I dream of you last night?

We've been given a project to do over the summer which will be marked in October, and its based on one of our cities most famous poets Phillip Larkin. We have to pick a poem that he hs written, and make a film of it. Now, I really don't like Phillip Larkin, I think he was a gloomy, sexist, bigotted man, but hey ho. But, I found a poem that was actually quite touching, and I thought of doing a little stop animation film for it. Here's the poem.
Why did I dream of you last night?
Now morning is pushing back hair with grey light
Memories strike home like slaps in the face
Raised on elbow I stare at the pale fog
beyond the window
So many things I had thought forgotton
Return to my mind with stranger pain
Like letters that arrive addressed to someone
Who left the house so many years ago.

I don't know why but it just really stood out to me, this poem. We've all had it where we are happy with what we've got, and then one night, you dream about something, or someone from the past,something or someone that you had tried to blot from your memory. I've certainly had it, and I've actually felt guilty about it afterwards, even though I have no control over my dreams - I sometimes wish I did!

I thought that I could make a film about an old lady, who wakes up from a dream, about an old teenage sweetheart. She'd not forgotton him, but simply simply 'put him away' in her mind - he was important to her, but her life moved on and she's a different woman. After years of living her life without him, she has a dream about him, which prompts her to dig out her secret book, in which she keeps precious bits and bobs that encapsulated their romance - letters, cinema tickets, flowers, a necklace he gave her, perfume, and a photograph.

let me know what you think of these concept photos :)



Anonymous said...

This idea is amazing and those photographs are beautiful. I love the poem, I'd never heard it before, but you're right it does really stand out. I'm a new follower :) xxx

Olivia said...

Aw thank you very much :) I can't wait to actually make the film :)



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