Taken from the book Recital - An Almanac
Written, Produced & Spoken by John Siddique
Music by Katie Chatburn
Animation and Concept by Daniel Spellman
Art Direction, Supervision & Co-production by Walter Santucci
Elder Moon is one of a series of 13 animated films based on a sequence of poems from Recital -- An Almanac (Salt). The poems are based on the Full Moons of the year and the Celtic mythology which names each moon after a letter in the ancient tree alphabet. Elder Moon is a Shamanic poem in that it seeks though the meaning of the text and the rhythm of the poetry to create a space in which awareness can evolve and healing can take place.
The film was created when I was British Council Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles. Made with determination, love, and a lot of goodwill, - animation director Walter Santucci, his students, friends and myself set to work before passing the pieces to composer Katie Chatburn. I gave each artist a free hand in what they came up with in response to the poems, interjecting as lightly as possible.
A new film will be released each full moon over the coming year.
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