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The Making of White Swan

Music Video Shot Breakdown with Sil van der Woerd

Birth of an Idea


In this in-depth title, the entire production process of making the music video White Swan is revealed. Winner of "Best Music Video" at hdfest, White Swan is a unique collaboration between students from the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and director Sil van der Woerd. This set breaks down step-by-step the process for integrating live action footage with complex digital sets to create an imaginative world inspired by the music of singer Lolly Jane Blue. Each chapter explores a particular phase in the production's pipeline from concept to final compositing. Sil begins with a discussion of early explorations and the pre-production process, and he's followed by the students as they cover their particular responsibilities for the production. Sil and the students cover many technical subjects including motion tracking in Boujou, compositing, rotoscoping and keying in After Effects, previsualization, modeling in ZBrush, texturing in BodyPaint, digital sets, animation and effects in Maya. This set hopes to inspire and educate anyone who dreams of creating their own live-action production that incorporates dynamic visual effects.

Duration: 1151 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Chapter List

Sil van der Woerd

Music Video and Film Director

In 2005 Sil van der Woerd finished his study of fine arts at the Academy of Art and Design in Arnhem, the Netherlands. At the Academy Sil started using film and mixed new media, live action video and dominant soundtracks to express his fictitious, atmospheric worlds. In 2004 his short film Duet started to gain public attention and had a series of successful festival plays. Then his film Swim went global and played at some of the worlds biggest festivals, bringing home several awards and nominations.

Sil's first music video for the track Worms, by singer Lolly Jane Blue, introduced his new skills in directing, and showcased some high-profile visual effects techniques that Sil learned during his studies at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, in Hollywood.
Recently, Sil started working on his latest film project: White Swan, which is another music video for singer Lolly Jane Blue.