“May, Snow” music video is a person’s exploration to the outside world, and a journey back to one’s self. Combining real-life shooting and animation, the work uses parallelly narrative to tell the story of the protagonist’s continuous writing to someone without getting any response, and the journey of those letters searching for the recipient throughout the world . The letters travelled from the nature to the cities, passed through a kid, a youth, and an elderly, to vacant rooms, and finally arrived at the Lighthouse, symbolizing a complete life cycle of human-being.
At the end, the protagonist woke up from her dream, ran to the mailbox, and saw countless letters burst out into the sky, like falling snow in May. Letters/Snow, as the core image, visualized through animation, blurs the distinction between nature and man-made entities, as well as the boundary between material and spirit.
Director Biography – Ruoyun Chen
Ruoyun Chen is a PhD candidate at Cornell University majoring in System Engineering. Her academic work focuses on modeling how individual’s decisions interact to reach a system equilibrium, as well as understanding the equity in mobility. These together form her interest in capturing and understanding the connections between individuals, especially in the current class-stratified society.
She is also a director, songwriter and singer. She directed several music videos for her own music and produced/edited the documentary feature “Saha World”. Her music video (director, song writer, singer) “May Snow” was selected in the Best Originality Category in Music Video Award 2021, and Experimental/Dance/Music Film Festival 2022. The documentary feature “Saha World” was selected in Flicker’s Rhodes Island International Film Festival as semifinalist. Her new work “Eve, Eve”, featuring the humanoids in the future world, has selected in Berlin Short Film Festival and won the best composer in Berlin International Art Film Festival, as well as the best student short in San Francisco Indie Short Festival.
As the songwriter, singer and director of the music video “May, Snow”, I want to tell a story about the “time difference” in our life.
“Even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but doesn’t really.”
In this story, I want to say that it is the searching itself that compose the music of your life. And it is not anyone but yourself that is waiting for you at the end of your searching.