CREDO: A Pilgrim by Sylvia Toy – An Old Woman and A Singing Pilgrim (rehearsal, rough cut)

This is my first sketch of A Pilgrim singing on the sidewalk; and also my first sketch of The Old Woman who befriends A Pilgrim. I shot footage in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco for the backdrops of this scene. It will be interesting, I think, to explore how setting affects this story as it develops.


7 Years of Video Performance Art

This video is a portfolio reel of video performance art created between 2008 and 2014 (Color/Stereo 34:10 mins USA). The second movie on the reel, Depression as Geography, 2009, was selected for CologneOff 7.As I plan a video essay about greenscreening and collect my thoughts, including why I greenscreen, I have begun to look at my older video works. I realized that almost as soon as I bought my first camera, I was taken with layers, beginning with shadows and reflections; and that eventually led me to keying out the visible world and replacing it with imaginary environments. As an extremely introverted Asperger’s adult, I had to learn the hard lesson that if I do not consciously take my inner life with me everywhere I go, I feel awkward, uncomfortable, frustrated, unhappy and dissociated. It seems such a paradox that staying inside my head, my comfort zone, helps keep me in the moment and grounded in the “real world.” In a way, greenscreening allows me to create a real geographic location out of my inner life; and I’m wondering if perhaps that’s the case for all creatives.

Source: 7 Years of Video Performance Art

The Man of Her Dreams

The most difficult aspect of comic acting is letting the audience laugh at your character instead of wanting the audience to laugh at how funny you are.This KILLER JANE video is character research for The Dead Guy, a man whom Jane does not know in real life, yet keeps murdering in repeat dreams. KILLER JANE is a performance art movie in progress. The current storyboard is on Vimeo.

Source: The Man of Her Dreams