Introducing Focus: Seattle Poets

Introducing Focus: Seattle Poets

by Rasmus Rasmussen on December 6, 2011

If you follow me or Another Passion on Twitter, you may have picked up that a video project is in the works. If not, well now you know. Focus: Seattle Poets is a series of short videos, each featuring one local artist performing one of his or her pieces. Each clip will be released on Another Passion and depending on how it’s received, the series may pave the way for more. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I chose poetry for this series, not because I am huge poetry aficionado, though I do think it is an underrepresented artform in general, and that video is a fantastic medium for facilitating the connection between artist, material and recipient. And that connection is what I am really looking for. What I like about poetry as an artform is its purity, which inspired me to make the videos black and white.

The series is currently in pre-production, but if all goes well the first videos should appear in January. Each video will be about 3 minutes in length, depending on the piece performed. The talent has been cast primarily from the Seattle poetry slam scene, with the help of Dane Kuttler (a former Another Passion interviewee). Later this week, we are moving out of pre-production and shooting the entire series. After that is editing and post processing, which should keep me plenty busy over the holidays. And then it will be released upon the world!

This is the first original series from Another Passion, which of course adds to the excitement. As mentioned above, if it becomes a success there might be more “Focus:” videos. And by success, I mean that the results are as good as or better than the vision I have in my head – weighed against how much time and effort went into producing the videos. Focus: Seattle Poets is a small production, and yet about a dozen people are involved in making it happen — all volunteering their time. Though the budget is minimal, there are still some expenses involved, but I consider that an investment in production value.

The videos themselves will be published on YouTube at a rate of one a week, the same time they are published here. For our members, the videos will also be available as digital downloads. To get sneak previews and updates as they happen, be sure to check Another Passion on Facebook.

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gert rasmussen December 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm

This sounds so cool, can’t wait to see this series come out.
Good luck to you!!

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Joel January 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Ras! It’s January, and that means the first video can’t be too far away, right? I cannot wait for the world to see it!

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Rasmus Rasmussen January 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Soon.

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