Shilo Gives ‘Still Run’ Perseverance For BrotherSister
Australian musical artists BrotherSister, comprised of siblings Dante and Xavia Nou, are very proud to announce the worldwide release of “Still Run,” a new music video produced by creative production company Shilo as their latest inspirational side-project.
Under the creative direction of Shilo co-founder, creative director and director Andre Stringer, the Emmy Award-winning company’s artists in New York and San Diego crafted the dramatic 2:42 piece for the track “Still Run” from BrotherSister’s latest album, “The Wunder Tales.” On BrotherSister’s website and their MySpace profile, the artists describe their music as indie, down-tempo and experimental.
Both “The Wunder Tales” and BrotherSister’s 2006 self-titled debut release can be ordered from their website. The growing international renown for BrotherSister as artists and performers acknowledges their musical upbringing, which has long involved both brother and sister in traveling with street performers and musicians. “We are really excited about this video,” Dante said. “We’ve both always loved the style and feel Shilo go for, have been blown away by their creativity, and feel that the film ties in with the music perfectly. Shilo also helped out with the cover art for ‘The Wunder Tales,’ and so the style has bled through to this really well. We couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out.”
“As Shilo’s artists developed the video, they sent us bits and pieces along the way, which in turn spoke to the videos we were devising for projection at our live shows,” added Xavia. “Visuals have been critical… we are both artists as well as musicians, so to work with people at the top of their game has been an excellent experience.”
Slowly fading in from black, the video shows a man in the center of the screen, facing right, and running in place in slow-motion. His nighttime journey begins under a starry sky, in an open field in the shadow of a mountain range; soon, magical, swirling lights appear around him. After one of the sprites impacts the runner, a darker sequence begins where he runs through water, and then through a forest. He continues through a town which is in ruins, and finally emerges into a molten, apocalyptic, alien landscape.
The music for “Still Run” offers a haunting, multilayered, atmospheric mix with a steady, moving beat. Dante delivers the verses, “I still run, I still run, I still wander. In our day, everyday, we would wander,” and Xavia joins him in the chorus: “And I want to go, were nobody moves. Are you hearing something, don’t let me see you move.” For additional sound design to complement the visual storytelling, Shilo turned to Gavin Little of Echolab. “After listening to the record, I just fell in love with the poetry of the song and lyrics,” Stringer began. “For the video, I wanted to explore the idea of perseverance through change and adversity, and we found a way to take that idea to an epic scale by using one seamless shot where a person runs though time and space. We began by shooting a five-second test of the guy running in front of a green screen, and over the course of about a year, we turned that into a full music video. Almost everyone in the studio has touched it at some point, including Dante when he was here contributing sound design and music to some of our other projects.”
Like many of Shilo’s productions, “Still Run” combines still photography and cinematography of custom-built miniatures, and computer animation created using Maya, with After Effects compositing and visual effects artistry. “We did not want the finished look to appear photo-real, but rather, as a highly stylized vision, like something that may appear in a dream,” said Shilo’s lead artist Chris Fung. “Working over a long period of time with many different types of elements, our main challenge was to seamlessly combine everything into one strong, visually compelling story.” The completed “Still Run” music video was first screened for attendees of the first annual F5 creative festival, which occurred in New York in April. Uniting some of the brightest minds working in art, design and entertainment, the responses were overwhelmingly positive.
Creative CreditsProject: "Still Run" Music Video
Production Company: Shilo
Creative Director: Andre Stringer
Lead Artist: Andre Stringer, Christopher Fung
Executive Producer: Tracy Chandler
Producer: Lindsay Bodanza
Editor: Galen Summer
3D Artists: Christopher Fung, Dave Hill, Joji Tsuruga, Warren Heimall
Visual FX Artists: Warren Heimall, Tamir Sapir
3D Modeling: Christina Ku, Scott Denton
2D Animator: Stieg Retlin
Compositors: Andre Stringer, Dave Hill, Rick Malwitz, Joel Voelker, Christopher Fung, Warren Heimall, Joji Tsuruga, Kirsten Hall
Assistant Compositor: Helen Kim
Photographers: Joel Voelker, Christopher Fung
Matte Painters: Andre Stringer, Christopher Fung
Miniatures: Willi Patton
Original Music: BrotherSister
Sound Design: Echolab
Sound Designer: Gavin Little