2018 / 5:39 min
Birthplace tells the symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean trash.
Music Video | Online Campaign | Original Story | Filmed May 13 - 19, 2018 | Film Red Scarlett | 4096x1716 | 2:39 | Colour | Location Bali, Komodo, Indonesia | Premiere June 14, 2018, Youtube
Best Short Film 14th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2021, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Best Film Inspired By Ecological Issues Malescorto ISFF 2019, Italy | Audience Award Fest New Directors New Films Festival 2019, Portugal | Annual Winner Best Music Video Queen Palm Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs, USA | Annual Winner Best Cinematography In A Music Video Queen Palm Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs, USA | Best Music Video Ecozine Festival 2019, Zaragoza, Spain | Best International Documentary Imperia Video Festival 2019, Imperia, Italy | Best Documentary International Children And Youth Festival Cinemegaguay 2019, Almeria, Spain | Best Music Video Ecu the European Independent Film Festival 2019, Paris, France | Best Film Reel Teal Film Festival 2019, Wilmington, USA | Best Experimental Reel Teal Film Festival 2019, Wilmington, USA | Best Video Clip The Blue Gold 2019, Santo Stefano, Italy | Best Music Video CamerImage 2018, Bydgoszcz, Poland | Nomination Best Cinematography In A Music Video CamerImage 2018, Bydgoszcz, Poland | Independent Video Of The Year AIM Independent Music Awards 2018, London, UK | Best Film Punto Di Vista Film Festival 2018, Cagliari, Italy | Best Short Film Corto Corto Mon Amour 2018, Palermo, Italy | Best Short Film Category Environmental Issues Villammare Film Festival 2018, Salerno, Italy | Best Short Fiction Film Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2018, Innsbruck, Austria | Royal Gem Diamond Palm Springs Film Fest 2018, Palm Springs, USA | Most Inspiring Film Carrboro Film Festival 2018, Carrboro, USA | 2nd Prize Best Open Category Barrie Film Festival 2018, Barrie, Canada | Special Mention Best Experimental Short Fincortex International Short Experimental Film Festival 2018, Colombia | Nomination Best Alternative Video UK UK Music Video Awards 2018, London, UK | Nomination Best Photography Soundie Music Video Awards 2018, Barcelona, Spain
Written & Directed by Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy | Producer Sean Lin, New Frontier Pictures | Line Producer Bayu Topan | Cinematographer Nihal Friedel | Art Director Dalbo Suarimbawa | Free Diver Michael Board | AC David Cheung | Production Assistants Vanya Safitri, Lim Chiu Shik, Aiman Arrifin | Safety Free Diver Dani Mulyana | Dive Team Jun Nakamatsu, Brata / Ketut Subrata, Blenk / Nengah Setiawan, Adis / Kadek Suadistayana, Amin / Ketut Sudi, Sincang, Wayan Merta, Jim / Ngurah Jinuarta, Leso / Wayan Sudita, Gede Buana | Assistant Divers Ni Luh, Mila Paramita | Fishermen Nengah Suanda, Nengah Sudana, Ketut Sudana, Nyoman Sukrata, Wayan Mena, Kadek Apriana | Truck Driver Komen | Whale Builders Ngasem / Wayan Widianta, Moncos / Ketut Arimbawa, Perak / Ketut Ardana, Boncet / Wayan Ariantana, Windhu / Kadek Windutama, Klebot / Putu Sukmawibawa, Mumun / Ketut Supartika, Berenteng / Wayan Sudirta, Dengkak / Ketut Sridana, Pegil / Komang Artana, Blotone / Wayan Muliasa, Renol / Komang Kerta Udiantika, Degleg Lipi / Degleg Astika, Cekel / Komang Nesa, Sampi / Wayan Suriasa, Bento / Wayan Muliawan, Gilo / Gede Rupawan, Keplek / Gede Ardana, Doblar / Ketut Buki, Bolong / Ketut Sumerta, Pecit / Komang Suardana, Ginyu / Wayan Mertana, Patil / Kadek Suartawan, Polcek / Komane Sutawan | Edit Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy | VFX production Kacy McDonald, Jeen Yee | VFX supervision Simon Rafin, Nicolas Caillier | Visual Effects Artists Eugene Cheong, Senye Onn, Gina Phoo, Germaine Phoo, SeungYub Bag, Julian Lojek, Vincent Chang, Janice Tan, Diego Riestra Olguin, Azman Rohman, Emanuele Comotti | Colorist Nihal Friedel | Music ‘Birthplace’ by Novo Amor, ‘Seneca’ by Novo Amor | Record Label Dave Grinnell, All Points | Supported by Zen Freediving Pte Ltd, Speedboat Sponsored By Villa Markisa Bali, Trash Truck sponsored by Peduli Alam | Web Design Noor Valibhoy | Special Thanks Chris Kim, Nigel Sumner, Luke Hetherington | Thanks To Kepala Desa Purwa Kerthi, Romke Faber, Seabert Deuling, Francois Desplanques, Chizuru Itaya, Alex Steier, Rajbir Dhalla, Fifi Maree, Matthew Synth | All Rights Reserved 2018 AllPoints
About The Project
Music video Birthplace for Novo Amor tells the symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean trash.
With this video we raise awareness for the plastic pollution emergency in the oceans, and hope to inspire others to become a part of the change.
We wanted the viewer to first fall in love with the beauty of the ocean, and then break their heart as ocean trash takes over.
We collaborated with a local community in Bali to build a life-size 13 meter prop whale. The whale was constructed from bamboo, and covered with real waste, for which we worked together with a group of school kids who were picking trash in the jungle, in return for books and pencils.
It took a team of 10 divers to control the whale puppet underwater. UK freediving champion Michael Board performed over 250 free dives, while the dive team spent over 35 hours underwater.
Michael's performance was challenging, as he could use none of his professional gear and was practically blind underwater. Other challenges included the buoyancy of the whale, which preferred to either sink or float - the strong currents, that pulled the crew and the whale in any direction - and communication, as most of the crew couldn't see each other and none could speak underwater.
We covered our many experiences in making Birthplace in The Story of Birthplace:
Edit & Voice Over Sil van der Woerd | Stock Footage Plastic Oceans
Interview with Craig Leeson
Craig Leeson, Director / Executive Producer and Writer of A Plastic Ocean, discusses the magnitude of the plastic pollution problem in our oceans.
Interview Sil van der Woerd | Intro Novo Amor