A Love Story. BAT EYES: WB Yeats and the power of poetry.


WOMAN: So, Adam, you’re 24
and this is your first checkup? -Yeah.
-I’ll be gentle. Now, without any lenses,
what can you read of the bottom line? Zero, four… …seven… …T, E, three. -It’s just alphabet.
-Oh. -Okay, we’ll try it with some lenses.
-Okay. I’ll switch between lenses
and you tell me which one’s better. So this number one. -Number two.
-Two. One. Two. -Actually, can I see one again? Sorry.
-Sure. So that was one. And this was two. -No, definitely two.
-Okay, great. One. Two. ADAM:
Two again. MAIN TITLE WOMAN:
Yeah. Yeah. I know. When you are old and grey
And full of sleep And nodding by the fire Take down this book and slowly read And dream of the soft look Your eyes had once [CLASS CHUCKLING] Adam. Adam! Get up. You do it. -When you are old and grey
-Ha-ha-ha. And full of sleep And nodding by the fire Take down this book and slowly read And dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once And of their shadows deep TEACHER:
Sit down. Jenny, you can sit down too, please. That’s okay. When you are old and grey
And full of sleep And nodding by the fire Take down this book and slowly read And dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once And of their shadows deep How many loved your moments
Of glad grace And loved your beauty
With a love false or true But one man
Loved the pilgrim soul in you Loved the sorrows
Of your changing face And bending down
Beside the glowing bars Murmur, a little sadly How Love fled And paced upon
The mountains overhead And hid his face
Among a crowd of stars WOMAN:
One. Two. One. One. -And this is number two.
-Two. WOMAN:
One. -Two.
ADAM: Two. [DOOR OPENS] Adam? Yeah? I wish you could see. It’s so beautiful. Just gonna check your corneas
and your iris. Just once, okay? BAT EYES: When you are old and grey
And full of sleep And nodding by the fire Take down this book and slowly read Dream Of the soft look your eyes had once And of their shadows deep That’s where it’s beautiful. WOMAN:
And that’s it. ADAM: How many loved your moments
Of glad grace And loved your beauty
With love false or true But one man
Loved the pilgrim soul in you And loved the sorrows
Of your changing face And bending down
Beside the glowing bars Murmur, a little sadly WOMAN: Are you okay?
-Yeah. Sorry, it’s just my eyes. ADAM:
How Love fled And paced upon
The mountains overhead This is your prescription. ADAM: And hid his face
Amid a crowd of stars -Is that clear?
-Yeah. MAIN TITLE

100 thoughts on “A Love Story. BAT EYES: WB Yeats and the power of poetry.

  1. HI. The glasses are a metaphor for both sight and insight. Jenny has glasses, and she can see the meaning in the poem. He doesn't take the poem seriously or understand it, so he makes fun of her. The boy, years later as an older man, is getting his eyes tested. At this point, he has finally understood the meaning in the poem because he has embodied the poem. He ends up being the male of which the poet, WB Yeats, writes. He is the one for whom love has fled–her love.

  2. We have just uploaded it to soundcloud… look for colony nofi. Our composer, Brendan Woithe, has put it in a set so the different tracks (cues) are nice and easy to find. (Sorry, can't link directly in youtube comments)

  3. We have just uploaded it to soundcloud… look for colony nofi. Our composer, Brendan Woithe, has put it in a set so the different tracks (cues) are nice and easy to find. (Sorry, can't link directly in youtube comments)

  4. i am short-sighted as well and many people mock me for wearing glasses too. i hope this happens to them when they grow older, so they can see what it feels like to be able to wear glasses

  5. But the poem is for a woman that couldn't apreciate the true love of Yeats. So you are saying that in this case the man is the woman in the poem right?

  6. Everyone brings their own interpretation & finds their own meaning in both the poem & the film. We wanted to tell a story of how actions and words can affect other people, and how as we grow older we understand better the consequences of what we do. Adam's understanding of himself & his growth into maturity is one of the key themes, although, as with poetry, there are lots of possible interpretations. You can see the monologue & an interview with writer Jess Bellamy on our YouTube channel. Thks!

  7. I thought this was great. The way you presented the credits was pretty cool, and it takes real talent to develop a character with only a few minutes of screen time.

  8. I absolutely love this, it's so beautiful. W.B Yeats is my favorite poet and its all shot so wonderfully. The story can taken in many different ways. Thank you!

  9. this is amazing. i love the shots, and im not even ya know into this sort of stuff but when you introduce the new shot, especially with the 1 or 2.

    Ugh i hate eye exams especially they shine the light in your eye, you can see the vains/

  10. Thanks! We call the closeups of Ben's eyes the Clockwork Orange moments….You should also watch our other film, BOOT, on our YouTube channel. Same brilliant cinematographer, same crew.

  11. I've been in the field of Ophthalmology for over 20 years. This is one of the most precious films I have seen in quite some time. Tears flow each time I watch it…happy tears!
    Thank you for sharing!! (:

  12. Hi. Check out our short BOOT, made by the same team, on our YouTube channel. Very different in tone. We are beginning work on two more shorts for Year 2 of The Voices Project. Thanks again!

  13. Yeah I actually saw them when they were in a competition if I remember, I voted for this BAT EYES. And about BOOT, it's different than this but still good, I loved it. We can feel the feelings that are sharing the carachters through there looks, words, it's amazing. You guys are very talented.

  14. this will encourage guys to mock girls! … obliviously that guy got laid for mocking that girl ..well ! nice short move ..lol

  15. It's an original soundtrack, composed by Brendan Woithe for the film. You can find it on SoundCloud under colony nofi.

  16. This is an excellent short film with strong emotional depth and profound meaning. The visuals are excellent and beautiful, as are the acting. It feels light yet extremely impactful. I enjoyed it very very much. Kudos to the team.

  17. "The guilt"… bah! surely an abitious work but when you watch it a second time you realise it's so lame… a "fried shoe" we'd say here. tasty at first but with 0 calories…

  18. I super-love this film. And it's super-awesome to weave a heartfelt love story around one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. Congratulations, and thank you, to those who made this film!

  19. I love 21st century. I love the fact that you can find better stuff on youtube for free then in most of the movie theaters. I love the fact that talented people can share their talent with everyone on the planet.

  20. I loved this. Amazing concept for a video! Where the glasses at the end at all inspired by yeats' glasses?

  21. He's definitely cruel at the beginning. By kissing him, Jenny wants to teach him about poetry, but maybe also about love? And it's open to interpretation as to why Adam cries at the end – the memory of first/lost love? Or the power of the words of the poem to articulate it? The fact that an older Adam now knows the poem means a change has happened. You can watch an interview with writer Jessica Bellamy on our YouTube channel too more background. Glad you liked it & thanks for commenting!

  22. Hi. It's a specially composed track by composer Brendan Woithe. Go to our Fresh Ink site (address above) and you can hear it in full.

  23. This was a wonderful short! It packed quite an emotional punch in 9 little minutes. Kudos to the writer, and all those involved in this production. Thank you.

  24. So beautiful, and in so many different ways. A film with great subtleties that reveal themselves with multiple viewings. It works on many different emotions, to different depths. Rewarding. And very moving, at least to me.

  25. i watched it repeatedly but i still dont understand 🙁 And what does the the girl mean, when she tells adam " i wish you could see" ???

  26. Hi Elida. Apologies for the delay. Jenny's comments " i wish you could see" could mean she wishes Adam could understand the beauty of the poem, OR he could understand the emotions the poem expresses (that of love). She takes him home with her to start his learning of the feelingsof love, and through that, to begin his understanding of poetry. Or that's one way it can be interpreted. Wacth the interview with Jess Bellamy our YouTube or check out BAT EYES on our website. Thanks so much for asking.

  27. This is such an inspiring video. I want to congratulate you for doing the things you all seem to be very fond of! Keep up the amazing work!

  28. It's a collected book of poetry – but it's something our production designer came up with: check the name of the author for the injoke!

  29. Every single piece (so far) has been breathtakingly beautiful – in its own right. Truly wondrous writing and performances. What a magical find! Thank you.

  30. Ick. Nicely shot, but pretty cheesy. and problematic. May all young girls know not to reward mean boys with romance.

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