Visual Poems [experimental film art]
Innocence of Winter
The forth visual poem of the Transience series, this video focuses on the spiritual inner journey given to mankind, in which children play a most important part. Angels are used as a symbol for the Great Anonymous, Tathata, The Cosmic Unconscious, The Friend, from the mystical transmission of light.
Winter is seen here as a great equalizer that brings a calm peace and levels our life achievements. It may also hide the dirt of corruption that is so seldom associated with a human being.
Innocence of Winter features two songs by recognized musician and composer A.G.Weinberger, in the Romanian Language. English and Romanian subtitled also included.
This visual poem requires a meditative mood and a calming and opening of the mind in order to traverse its 20 minutes and features visual effects in the form of continuous snowfall and light effects.
Songs: 'Soimul' and 'Pamanturi Noi' - A.G. Weinberger (photographed in Sibiu & Brasov)
The third visual poem from the Transience series features impressionist photography from the city of Kyoto, a walkthrough of some well known sites such as Kokedera (Moss Temple), Kifune Jijna Shrine, Nijo-Jo castle and Fushimi Inari and its red torii, among the most known There are 16 haiku of perfect form, written in English and based on the director's actual experiences in his stay in the old capital.
Those complement the overlaid kanji that appear from time to time to better define the stage and mood. In the end, Zen Tale is a meditation on the impermanence of all things, the beauty of nature and the mystery of existence, all filled with a luminous sadness and the inner spirit of old zen masters. The maiko appearances and dance is impersonated and photographed separatelly in Romania.
This is the first visual poem that features special effects in the form of light rays and moving particles, that give more depth and dynamism to the picture. There is an original soundtrack specially made by the jazz pianist Mihai Pitan, complemented with sound design by the director/photographer himself.
An Artist's Journey
This short experimental takes you on a journey from the an artist's intimate viewpoint, through some of Gaudi's main works in Barcelona - Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Park Guell. Sagrada Familia, ending with a spiritual and melancholic finale on the city beach and in the natural setting of Montserrat.
The images used to achieve a continuous flow are impressionist photographs, made with the intentional camera movement technique, without any photo manipulation. Color is achieved by use of special filters.
It has an original soundtrack signed Iulia Em, with arab & oriental influences in the first part, sometimes mystical in nature, while in the second part soft voices guide your steps
Music: Voice, guitar, piano - Iulia Em - featuring 'The locked Door' from the future album 'The Japanese Tree'
Light & Shadow
A visual poem which speaks about the transience of all things, the unavoidable end for all mortals, about time, about finding an elf girl at the end of the road and being able to smile.
Made of 297 impressionist photographs (ICM), shot in Bucharest city, downtown area, Lipscani area, Herastrau park, spanning over 2 years in different seasons.
ICM = intentional camera movement = moving the camera while you take the photo. This technique, if perfected, can lead to true impressionist photography. In this video, a match-cut effect was achieved by linking similar, but different! ICM photos, in a continuous flow.
Music: Iulia Em - Vocals: singing & composition
Daniel Munteanu - Voice-over, virtual instruments, ambient sound design
Photo, video, text: Daniel Munteanu
Video - Musical Slides
Polyptych [Compositions ]
Inspired by the religious art of the triptych and polyptych of old, I thought most appropriate to use this photography that resembles painting in much bolder arrangements and styles, ranging from Byzantine to Art Nouveau to geometric to Moorish to oriental influences of frame shape and overall frame distribution.
The new polyptych compositions may resemble the stained glass windows of a church, a window from Gaudi’s work, a mandala or a gate of passage from an ancient book.
Images selected from a catalog of treasures are arranged in micro stories and meaningful juxtaposition and are enhanced by the use of the many shapes of the frames used in such a work, thus escaping the single fixed straight frame of a regular photograph, which never allows for much freedom in combination with other images.
The polyptych digital plates may have a very high resolution and image quality which enables large format printing with very fine pixel density and low noise at a very clear level of sharpness because of processing with DXO at a base RAW level.
FITS Intermezzo [2015-2017]
Then there was the opportunity of three years of FITS (Sibiu International Theater Festival, 2015-2017) - and each year I have carefully selected the street shows I wanted to attend and that seemed to have better potential both storytelling wise and also as a purely aesthetic value... and the ability to ‘contaminate’ the resulting photographs with a mood which resembled a more believable fairy tale.
Unfortunately, unlike children, we, adults, are less than willing to take part and make-believe the intended magical spirit of the street shows. I searched for the qualities that seem to bring those creatures, acrobats, fire jugglers, mirror people, giant birds, luminous horses, marching bands and Luminarium, to life.
Musical slideshow video, intermezzo for the visual poems of Transience.
Outdoor shows from Sibiu International Festival 2015-2017, in impressionist photography .
Original soundtrack: Iulia Em
Photography, video: Daniel Munteanu
About the Visual Poem
What is a visual poem?
A visual poem has a similar structure to a short film and may belong to the category of video art. Nevertheless, it is more than the sum of its parts - impressionist photographs tied in a uninterupted flow, the sound track (music and sound design) and the text that is recited/read at key moments. In the absence of any of those three parts one can not achieve the form of a visual poem.
The visual poem has a non-narrative structure and more likely lyrical and visual in nature, as the concept suggests, it does not hurry in its unfolding and it is an opportunity for reflection and meditation.
are put into chapters/sections and each section is internally ordered so that the visual flow of the images will guide the eye of the viewer from both a compositional point of view and also to empart meaning - the link between shots has a point and follows a story, though be it in a poetic manner.
Usually, the text (always original, belonging to the author) is separately chosen from 'Strife journal', an unpublished book of fragments of a spiritual, philosophic and literary nature, at other times it is specially written for that particular poem, as it is the case with the series of haiku inspired by my visit to Kyoto, for the Zen Tale visual poem. Afterwards the text is recited/spoken and recorded in studio conditions, mixed and placed at precisely the places left empty in the overall composition - as if in some windows or niches that wait vacant.
How does one create a visual poem?
The narration/voice over has an important role in the final mood of the poem and is the key of the audio-video message. For the third poem, Zen Tale, I have also added special effects that give more dynamism to the piece.
How do you chose the artists you collaborate with?
First of all a resonance on a spiritual level must exist between myself and that artist, a meeting point both between us as human beings and also as professional accomplishments. That artist's work should have at least partial common ground with my essence as an artist, with the vision and sensibility I want to transmit through a visual poem.