Nature Cinépoetry as Art

With today’s release of Buggin’ Fun as a NatureWatch video vignette, I hereby leap into the realm of nature-oriented “Cinépoetry.” This is an art form where poetry is combined with cinematography and sound in order to produce a unified multimedia composition. I hope you like my first experiment (please let me know what you think by commenting below).

I’ve been interested in doing this for quite some time. In fact, I’ve been writing lots of poetry that might very well end up in a movie … a hour-long celebration of nature through the seasons that will be rooted in the poetic aspect of human experience. The challenge will to make the movie work for my intended audience, which will be nature lovers of all ages and particularly parents and children who may watch and listen together.

Hopefully, my poems will bridge the gap between children and adults. They have a child-like quality, but are not written specifically for children. If I’m successful, they will appeal to both children and adults, anyone who delight in simple rhymes that focus on the magical quality of direct experience.

Backing up a bit, let’s review some important definitions:

While I capture nature scenes with a video camcorder, I don’t like to call myself a “videographer.” I much prefer the word “cinematographer.” Why? Because the former refers to the medium (videography), while the latter refers to the art of cinema, of making movies. A cinematographer is less concerned with the medium than with the result, and may shoot in film or video, depending on the situation.

The word “cinema” is also appropriate. It may refer to a “movie theatre” or to “the production of movies as an art or industry.” The latter definition is a perfect fit for me because I intend to produce nature movies as art forms. This brings us back to the term Cinépoetry as well as its variants, Cinépoem and Cinépoetics … all of which refer to combining poetry with cinema. A useful historical perspective of these terms may be found at Ciné

Rest assured that I am not the only one experimenting with Cinépoetry. I googled that term (as we’ll as Filmpoetry) and got lots of results, although most of what I found wasn’t very appealing to me. So I’m just a new kid on the block with a focus on nature poetry and cinematography. While I don’t have much hope I’ll find others whose current work I like, I’m more than willing to lead the charge and try to convince other talented nature cinematographers to join me in developing this innovative art form (and hey … there will be no better place to feature nature cinépoems than at!)

I think there is a need for this kind of thing … for nature poetry delivered as a multimedia, cinematic experience. Let’s face it, most nature movies we see in the media fit into two categories: 1) nature documentaries that have information-filled scientifically-oriented narration, and 2) nature tooth and fang, where the subjects and story lines emphasize predator scenes, chasing and catching, and various dangerous situations.

In contrast, my nature-oriented Cinépoetry will focus more on the sublime, on commonplace nature as celebrated by the haiku poets of old. They focused on the natural beauty that can be found and experienced right at one’s doorstep. Yep … that’s my calling, to celebrate nature near at hand, and Cinépoetry seems like an excellent way to do this. Do you agree?

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Buggin' Fun
Buggin' Fun

On the morning of July 14, 2014, we drove to a beautiful meadow next to a busy highway and searched for interesting insects and other natural delights. In this Miracle of Nature video, we share what we found. Video, poem, and sound © Lang Elliott.


  1. awesum! can hardly wait to see and hear more and then to share with other like minded souls… thanks so much

  2. Lang, for some reason I can’t hear it, though my volume is up and should be working. I do have a slow connection, don’t know if that’s why. I can see the video but can’t hear it. But when I go to youtube I can hear videos.

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