A Sonnet After Chopin’s Requiem

Every year the Motion Poems organization puts on a film festival where they pair a poet along with a filmmaker. The filmmaker is given nothing more than the words on the page to go off of for inspiration. The two never really meet and the result is a new visual interpretation of the poem that new and not influenced by the poet. Timber was lucky to be invited to the 2016 round and 7th season of the Motion Poems series. This year the theme was black poets and the poem we interrupted was Sonnet After Chopin’s Requiem by Monique-Adelle.

Enjoy the visual journey that we were taken on by the beautiful words of the author. Timber explored the ideas of visualizing sound and the experience of Synesthesia. We wanted to experiment with textures and feels and create worlds that evoked movement and ambiguity.

Directed by: Timber
for Cave Canem and Motionpoems 

Voice Over by: Ashley Becerra  
Design and Animation by Timber
Directors: Jonah Hall, Kevin Lau
Executive Producer: Sabrina Elizondo
Producer: Megan Kennedy 

Art Director / Lead Artist: Jon Lorenz
Designers: Kevin Lau, Jon Lorenz, Gabriel Valente Ferrão, Sean Starkweather  
CG Lead: Casey Benn
Animation VFX: Jonah Hall, Henry Foster, Casey Benn, Gabriel Valente Ferrão, Jeff Willette, Brad Hayes, 
 Ian Ross, Jon Lorenz, Lyz Holder, Alireza Bidar,  Andrew Schreiber, Giancarlo Rondani
Compositors: Jon Lorenz, Michael Loney, Jason Forster, Giancarlo Rondani, Geronimo Morales, Eric Almeras

Audio Mix Provided by Lime:

Sound Mixer: Dave Wagg
Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan


Monique-Adelle Callahan

Carolyn Casey 
Executive Producer, Motionpoems

Saara Myrene Raappana 
Communications Director, Motionpoems

Kelly Moscinski at Voicecaster