Minute Movies (and Half a Minute Movies!)

Welcome to my Minute Movie and Half a Minute Movie page. It only takes a minute (or half a minute) to immerse yourself in a slow moment of imagery and sound.

Minute Movies

Rain In The Park poster image ©️Lesley Scoble
RAIN IN THE PARK is a movie of 1 minute duration. It is edited in a black and white inked style. I slow the movement to add mood and calm. The soundtrack is of rain-sounds. Recorded in the park. Thunder and heavy rain accompany the slowed down action.  
Put your headphones on. Take a minute to walk in the rain in the park and immerse yourself in an abstracted concert of nature’s rain-sounds.

Night Brings Home The Crows 2

Night brings home the crows
Flying dancers silhouetting
In caliginous light

Lesley Scoble – Haiku

My uncle Harry often stayed at our home in London and during one visit he painted a picture for fun from memory of his home town, Lurgan, NI. The canvas was of crows flying over the spire of the Lurgan Church at sunset. He gave it the title, ‘Night Brings Home the Crows’. I can still see it on the easel with his bold brushwork as plain as day! (or as plain as the sunset sky in which he depicted the crows).

This video hints at his painting of crows over Lurgan Church at sunset (from which I steal his original title). It is in his memory. With a little help from Hans Zimmer, I hope you enjoy it.
NIGHT BRINGS HOME THE CROWS 2 is 1 minute duration

THE COLD

THE COLD is a Minute Movie (60 secs duration) of a Minute Poem about having a cold. Made on the iPhone. 
I have a ‘dold’ | Drawing ©️Lesley Scoble

I have a fever in my head
And fear with dread
My nose won’t stop
Drip dripping drop

Aches and pains and a rasping cough
Are quite enough
To make me groan
Sniff, sneeze and moan 

From a box I pull out tissues 
to wipe issues
if truth be told
of snot from cold

Or is this covid that I’ve got?
Oh my goodness, I do hope not!

Lesley Scoble

What is a Minute Poem ? A minute poem is a rhyming verse comprising strict parameters of 12 lines in a format of 3 stanzas in quatrains of 8,4, 4, 4, with a rhyme scheme aabb ccdd eeff with 60 syllables written in iambic metre.
If you would like to know more about the Minute Poem structure, history, etc. please visit my blog on the subject 🙂 Got A Minute To Read A Minute Poem?


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Half a Minute Movies!

THE MILLENNIUM BRIDGE, SEAGULLS AND THE SOUND OF CONSTRUCTION is a Half a Minute Movie (30 secs duration)

Half a Minute Movie

The Millennium Bridge, river Thames, seagulls, and the sound of building construction…

I was walking along the Thames riverside towpath during lockdown, when I came across seagulls flying about the Millennium Bridge. I filmed the birds, hoping to catch the sound of their wings and the call of the sea. Somewhat irritated at the noise of building construction that was going on behind me, as I knew it was destroying the soundtrack. It was only later in editing, when I slowed down the footage, that I became interested in the industrial sounds mixing with the slowed down call of the seagull. I liked the conjugation of nature and urban sound. It has, in my mind, an almost musical quality. 

Millennium Bridge | Image: Lesley Scoble
Put on your earphones while you watch. Listen to the slowed down sounds of seagulls and the unexpected soothing tones of industrial hum and clanks of construction…

Millennium Bridge, Seagulls and The Sounds of Construction

Half a Minute Movie (31 secs duration).

Reviews

Audi B. | UniteD states

“Fascinating!!! looks like it could have been done in Indian ink. Remarkable! Very creative Miss Lesley Scoble”

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nadine H. | spain

“That’s AMAZING!!”

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Maggie s. | uk

“Loved it….clever girl!”

Rating: 5 out of 5.
David t. | uk

“Love it except take out the industrial revolution”

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Lorraine e. | uk

“I love this, amazing!”

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Larry v. | uk

“ Wonderful!”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

THE KESTREL AND THE GARDENER

A kestrel in a city wildlife garden | Photo: Lesley Scoble


In a City of London wildlife garden a kestrel enjoys a snack (a nice morsel of worm) but dining is interrupted by the gardener…

THE KESTREL AND THE GARDENER is a Half a Minute Movie (30 secs duration)

Reviews|
What They Are Saying

LOrraine E. | uk

Amazing!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
MAggie S. | uk

Fantastic! But what is the noise in the background?”

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.


THE YELLOW DRAGON

THE YELLOW DRAGON is a Half a Minute Movie (30 secs duration)

The Yellow Dragon

The Yellow JCB Dragon is an industrial beast. A beast that digs and drills up roads making too much noise disturbing the peace…

The giant machine is closed; but in repose,
There is meanness in its half-shut eye,
Watching cyclists and an old man pass by… 

Lesley Scoble
Read the complete poem in the blog The Yellow JCB Dragon 
Some people may be lucky enough to get serenaded below their window by a romantic. But not I! I get a JCB road digger directly below mine, digging and drilling for an eternity! The incessant noise giving me a mental aberration! So I write a poem and make a Half a Minute film about it. Then run for the hills.
The Yellow JCB Dragon | Artwork: Lesley Scoble

THE YELLOW DRAGON

A Half a Minute Movie (30 secs duration).

Reviews|
What They Are Saying

Audrey B. | United States

“It takes tremendous talent turning ugly noisy machines into poetry.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Terianne M. | UK

“The man walking past with the stick—it’s brilliant!”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Night Brings Home The Crows

A Murder Of Crows | Lincoln Inns Field, London | Photo: Lesley Scoble

When the evening wind blows
Night brings home the crows
A murdering throng
Of caw-cawing song 

Lesley Scoble
To read complete poem please visit the blog Night Brings Home The Crows
NIGHT BRINGS HOME THE CROWS is a Half a Minute Movie (30 secs duration)

Thank you for taking a minute to watch my MINUTE MOVIES (and HALF A MINUTE Movies). I hope you enjoyed them. 
I should love to know what you think—it only takes a minute! I welcome feedback and appreciate all comments and reviews. 

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