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Translating Poetry to Film

Date & Time:
September 16, 2016 | 9:45 am - 11:30 am
Film Studies Lab Social Sciences Building
Shane Book
Shane Book

Utilizing excerpts from his recent films and books, incoming Shane Book shares his perspective about the similarity of construction in poetry and film. “Poetry has a lot in common with film,” says Book. “Poetry is all about compression and being very succinct; writing in crisp, beautiful images. And of course filmmaking is all about the images. When you’re directing and shooting, it helps to think like a poet, using images as metaphors for other things.”
Book’s first short film, Dust (2013), based on a poem from his first book, Ceiling of Sticks (2010), has screened at 23 film festivals around the world, winning numerous jury prizes and screenwriting awards. His next film, the comedic Praise and Blame is set to premiere on the festival circuit in the fall. Meanwhile, he is also in the process of developing a comedy series for television.