2005 / 4:48 min

In a time where all is designed to be controlled, the elementary force of nature invokes a magical fusion.

Short Film | Original Story | Filmed: January - March 2005 | Film: SD | 768x576 | 4:3 | Colour | Location: Arnhem, the Netherlands | Premiere: June, 2005, Academy of Art & Design Graduation Exhibition, Arnhem, the Netherlands


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Written & Directed by: Sil van der Woerd


Man: Peter von Bartheld | Woman: Klasien van de Zandschulp | Cleaner: Ibrahima Ndoye | Scientist: Sil van der Woerd


Sound: Tim Meijer | All Other: Sil van der Woerd

About The Project

Swim was the graduation film that I made at the Academy of Art and Design in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

The film was a much deeper dive into 3d animation than my previous short film Duet. At the time, 3d software Maya just became accessible, and I felt like I was given wings and now had to learn how to fly. At last I was able to start to share the worlds that I saw in my imagination.

For the longest time I was struggling with the story of Swim. I roughly envisioned the visuals and mood of the film, but I was searching the message that lingered in between them. This led to a rather subconscious, and not at all straight-forward film.

Later I could better understand what I tried to make and where it came from. That I tried to give expression to the spiritual force of nature, that we humans believe we can control. A force much bigger than us, that connects us. That create and takes life.