Sylvia Toy’s pre-production Storyboard for “The Blue Lady,” a performance art movie

This storyboard represents the pre-production process of “The Blue Lady.” The storyboard is nearly complete. Some remaining scenes will be added by text description in panels along the Timeline; a few more scenes will be improvised and added to the storyboard. The movie will be approximately 70 minutes. We will not publish the last scene until after post-production.

The Blue Lady is a story is about what happened the night Master died and the relationship between two slaves in 1830 South Carolina, LaLi, Elizabeth, and The Master’s wife, their mistress, Missy. This is a revisionist tale about slavery from a female point of view. It is a period piece, which happens over the course of one day, morning into dusk. The movie will be naturally lit with daylight, candles and oil lamps. The sets are simple interiors with minimal furniture. The art direction of this movie was inspired by 17th & 18th century Northern European painters and Ingmar Bergman’s “Cries & Whispers.” The dramaturg is Michael Lewis, the director of “running out,” who is also co-producer & director of “The Blue Lady.” We are looking for a vacant or nearly vacant old farmhouse north of San Francisco to shoot the movie in. This is a no budget movie. We have spent approximately $1,000 since December 2013 when the process began. We are shooting on an HG 10 and an HG 20 and likely also will use them for production. We have an agreement with fiddler Gary Sizemore to use his YouTube version of “Possum Up a Gum Tree” for the closing music. Other found sound and images were found in the Public Domain.

Blogging a new eBook: The Backstory of Artifice


Sylvia Toy THE BLUE LADY-rehearsing Missy b Ⓒ 2014This pdf, The Backstory of Artifice, is my writings about acting, improvisation and performance art, illustrated with favorite stills from my performance art movies. I am having so much fun making movies, that I do not have time to make it eBookable. I have decided not to sell it and to make it free and downloadable  here, instead.



DERMALIAN: Character and story research


The potential for conflict in the story is fascinating.

DERMALIAN has as its pivotal character a recently deceased alien artist-anthropologist from the future, who was famous for being one of the first explorers of the now dead planet, Earth; and whose groundbreaking discovery was the work of the ancient human called “Shakespeare.”

In this alien’s culture, babies’ brains are installed with wireless at birth; and a Person is not declared dead until his wireless fixtures stop functioning and all references to him on the “Web” (Yes, they really like the Earth term and adopted it; it made into the Aliens’ official book of words in less than a year) are archived by the Web as “no longer active.” So the alien and its ego, spouting bits of the Bard, haunt the institution he founded.

A major part of the education of children by their parents and in the rest of this alien culture is learning to control privacy over their own thoughts.

Conflict conflict conflict. That’s the heart of the story: fighting for one’s own mind, knowing the difference between oneself and everyone else.

The ghost of the alien anthropologist (who discovers an ancient Compleat Works of William Shakespeare in a still intact vault under the ruins of the New York Public during an excavation of the long dead planet Earth) is a metaphor for the core conflict – oh, and the comic relief, since he hasn’t got a clue about acting Shakespeare.

This movie will be scripted from the monologues that I will be blogging in the coming months. I am casting myself as the Librarian, an administrative enforcer employed directly by The Academy (the government). I will be looking for two Shakespearean actors, one male/one female, of any age. The male actor needs to know tragedy hands down, especially Lear or Macbeth.

My video (The sound of being) selected for the 2014 edition of Magmart


My video (The sound of being) selected for the 2014 edition of Magmart

I am very happy that this video was selected for Magmart’s F.I.V.E. – Feelings International Videoart Experience, which “realizes a collective work on five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch.”

Magmart is a wonderful venue that I enter every year and heartily support because of the opportunities for exposure that it provides artists. Every artist’s submission is maintained on the website throughout the year of the festival – as an independent artist, I do not have enough words for how beneficial the Festival for individual artists and how much of a contribution Magmart makes to the growth of video art and video artists.

I know with certainty that participating in the Festival has already benefitted me in the past from this generous showcase. I am thrilled that I went to the “next level” this year.

HEP2013 – Human Emotion Project “Love & Hate”


Very happy to be part of this show. Much thanks to curator, Alison Williams.

HEP2013 – Human Emotion Project “Love & Hate”
A Selection of Artists: Love & Hate screens at Artreview on 19 November
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