The Second Coming.
W.B. Yeats

GENRE: Animated Poem

CLIENT: TED Ed

"The Second Coming" is a 1919 poem by W. B. Yeats, written under the shadow of WW1, and tells of the coming apocalypse. The film's visuals are directly inspired by the early pioneers of moveable type, an artistic movement of the time. Artists such as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Theo van Doesburg, Piet Zwart and Jan Tschichold. Their new untethered approach to moveable type injected a keen sense of emotion into an otherwise rigid medium. The film also mimics animation of the time with a stifled frame rate of 6fps.


( 1 ) Construction mecano-factural (1924) by Henryk Berlewi ( 2 ) Arithmetic Compositiom (1929) by Theo van Doesburg ( 3 ) Bauhaus Poster (1923) by Jan Tschichold ( 4 ) Cover of Zang Tumb Tuuum (1914) by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti ( 5 ) Apr├Ęs la Marne (1915) by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti ( 6 ) Poster (1928) by Piet Zwart

Eoin Duffy
Animation

John Black
Audio

Jack Cutmore-Scott
Voice Over

Gerta Xhelo
Producer