Typography

Sonnet 12

Date: 2006
Posted by: siblmp
Cast: none
Credits: made by Michael Sibley
Duration: 2.27

Such a simple concept. The words of an abbreviated version of Sonnet 12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”) have been filmed apparently floating slowly past on the River Avon (it’s hard to tell given the low image resolution, but some trickery is involved since the words then float backwards). The reflected clouds add reflective depth, while the drifting words suggest poetic reverie. It’s just a shame about the naff fretless bass on the music track.

Links:
YouTube page
Michael Sibley’s personal site

William Shakespeare Sonnet 30

Date: 2007
Posted by: ChrisDavey83
Cast: none
Credits: made by Chris Davey
Duration:0.36

A hypnotic interpretation of Sonnet 30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”), produced by a graphic design student set the task of creating a TV ident for a BBC series (presumably an academic exercise rather than one that was actually used by the BBC). Words drift in and out, laterally and vertically, overlaid upon themselves, artfully playing with fonts and layout, a typographer’s reverie. It’s a satisfying visual reading that demonstrates what power words have alone to catch the eye.

Links:
YouTube page
Chris Davy on MySpace