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'ORION' x NOWNESS

Music video for Sjamsoedin exclusively premiered on Nowness

Rogier van der Zwaag is one of the first directors Halal started working with. Over the years Rogier has made some crafty, elaborate and time consuming music videos. Hence, looking at this beautiful new creation, premiering exclusively on NOWNESS, makes us incredibly proud of this one-of-a-kind artist and filmmaker.

Sjamsoedin’s new music video “ORION” is a breath of fresh air, in which director Rogier van der Zwaag plays conductor to an imaginary orchestra of smoke, delicately dancing to the tunes of Sjamsoedin’s song.

Directed by visual artist and filmmaker, Rogier van der Zwaag, he explains that for him it was all about “working with real materials and carefully choreographing their movements to the sound of the music. I spent months trying to sculpture shapes out of smoke and found that vaporisers make for the perfect shaping tool.”

And so Van der Zwaag went on to create a choreographed storm, featuring two evolving bodies of smoke, blending and continuing alongside the stream, dancing to the music of Sjamsoedin’s ‘Orion’.

The Amsterdam-based director acquired the technique for such an unusual undertaking by spending hours on end at obsessively studying vaporisers and ultimately teaching himself just how to control the smoke to his needs.

“Blowing my way through hundreds of attempts, I composed all my takes into one continuous composition.”

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