Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sil van der Woerd and Lolly Blue Jane

A surreal filmmaker.

Above are screenshots of Sil's White Swan

Sil is a director from the Netherlands.

He has studied at Artez Institute of the arts in Arnhem, Netherlands and Gnomon, School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

Since his making of the short, Worms, and collaberation with the singer, Lolly Blue Jane he started making very visual films around song. Basically music videos. His vidoes utilize many different disciplines across the art spectrum including: music, dance, fashion, animation, computer generated images, and more I'm probably forgeting. There are so many layers of richness that you can't help but watch them till the end.

The stories are deceptively simple. 'Duet' is about a dragonfly flying around a dancing woman. Sil's discription of his work on Youtube: "Modern and classical merge in a sky-blue scenery at the first peep of dawn..." How in the world this is ment to be interpreted is based on the viewer.

There was one interpretation I was not aware of untill I read the comment of a user by the name


". . . the girl is making the dance choreograpnhy look beautiful because it's a result of her trying to avoid the getting stung by the fly, however in the fly's perspective, he can't touch her because she is dancing. But her perspective is "avoidance". She the question is, who's the master of their art? the girl or the fly?"

Conversations about Sil's work could go on and on and that is what I really like about it. His visuals are phenomenal and well coupled with the music. And no matter what story he is telling it has you pondering the meaning and psychology of it long after watching.

Lolly Jane Blue is the singer/actress/character in 'Worms' and 'White Swan'

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