Motionpoems is a collective of artists working together to adapt poetry into short film. The Inquisitive Eater caught up with Motionpoems creator Todd Boss. Here’s what he had to say:
When Motionpoems was just starting out in 2008, we cut our teeth on a few of my poems. So I’m biased, of course, but my favorite motionpoems are the ones that adapt my own poems. That sounds like narcissism, but I say it to illustrate the fact that these *little* films take up a *big* space in the hearts of the artists who are connected with them. There’s no higher honor than to have your work developed with the same attention and caution as you yourself once invested in it. The finished film provides a rare tangible asset of your poem’s having meant a particular something to a particular someone. I always warn our poets: You probably won’t like the film when you first see it. (The mismatch of poet’s/filmmaker’s visions is guaranteed.) But they always grow to love their motionpoems after that initial shock. And maybe it’s because I’m an artist myself, but for me that’s the most important moment in our process.