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Interview With VJ Loop Creator, Ican Agoesdjam

Par Ryan Dejaegher

Starting Out as a VJ Some people may be completely new to VJing or just getting started. What would you suggest they do to get started? Well.. learn the basics such as the technical things, find the hardware & software that suits you, sharpen your sense of art and practice. When did you start VJing and what […]

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Découvrez Marion (Lead développeuse)

Par HeavyM

Discussion avec Marion Audebert, Lead développeuse   1. Tu es la Lead développeuse du logiciel HeavyM, peux-tu nous parler rapidement . . .

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#EVA1: en vidéo et en français, l’interview de Luc Bara

Par Webmaster Panasonic

L’EVA1, on n’arrête pas d’en parler. Mais pour ceux qui sont allergiques à l’anglais, voici le tour complet de la caméra dans notre langue, commenté et expliqué par Luc Bara, le chef de produits Cinéma pour l’Europe.

How to Start Experiments with Glitch and Why VJs Occupy Churches

Par lumenadmin

Yochanan Rauert a.k.a Yo Yochi knows how things work inside the international VJing community. In this interview he opens the secrets of successful networking, shares his software story, recommends the best sources of new media art related information, gives a brief yet ultimate guide on glitch art for beginners and so much more. Continue reading! […]

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Pros and Cons of Working as a VJ in Dubai

Par lumenadmin

Pradeep Mohan came from Chennai, India to become one of the moving forces of commercial VJing in Dubai. Working in the big event management company, this guy knows how things work inside out. Keep reading to learn from his experience! Lumen: You’re a video engineer and it sounds extremely cool but could you please describe […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Mexican VJing: From Market Features to Powers of Ayahuasca

Par lumenadmin

Bio Ritmo (Roberto Montiel) is an iconic character from the international VJing community, who’s truly passionate about visuals and their meanings. Luckily for Lumen, Roberto was very open to share stories and insights on his audiovisual education, partnership with LPM festival, baby project Medusa Lab, sources of inspiration, local shamanic practises, possibilities of AI, and […]

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VJs on Burning Man, New Platform for Visual Artists and How to Dream Big in Small Towns

Par lumenadmin

VJ Fader started his VJing career while he was studying art in California. Now he’s based in Berlin, working on a new marketplace for visual artists all over the world. Also, James compares popular festivals, shares his most memorable live mixing experience, and fantasizes about the nearest future of VJing. Don’t miss this conversation! Lumen: […]

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Interview: Actor Amy Stewart on the Work-Life Balancing Act

Par Paula Goldberg

We sat down with actor Amy Stewart to discuss how you can stay creative and continue supporting yourself in between industry gigs.

A Conversation with Lucian Read, Cinematographer of America Divided

Par Tanner Shinnick

We had the opportunity to chat with cinematographer Lucian Read about his work on America Divided, plus his thoughts on how to approach story as a DP.

Best F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy Wiseau

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Greg Sestero chats about his recent collaboration with his real life best friend Tommy Wiseau at the Marfa Film Festival.

Interview: Women Texas Film Festival Founder, Justina Walford

Par Paula Goldberg

If you think you need to be in New York or Los Angeles to have a career, filmmaker Justina Walford is here to tell you otherwise.

Interview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big World

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Filmmaker Jessica Sanders chats about her short "End of the Line" and some of its amazing practical and digital VFX tricks.

Actor Charlie Schlatter on Work, Health, and Complacency

Par Paula Goldberg

From working beside Dick Van Dyke to animating The Flash, Charlie Schlatter tells us how he learned to let it all go and finally find his voice.

Screenwriter Norman Steinberg on Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, and Getting Heard

Par Paula Goldberg

Norman Steinberg has worked on some of your favorite projects with some of your favorite people. We sat down with him recently to talk some shop.

The Lowdown on the Short Form from Three Nominated Series

Par Paula Goldberg

Creating content is more democratic than ever, but it also presents new challenges. So how do you get your project seen in such a crowded field?

Interview: Daniel Levin, DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

Par Tanner Shinnick

We sat down with the DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story to talk about projects with a social impact and creating work you're proud ...

Interview: Jennifer Gatti on Bon Jovi, Star Trek, and Leaving L.A.

Par Paula Goldberg

She's been in everything from Bon Jovi's "Runaway" to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now Jennifer Gatti is back in Vice Principals.

Industry Interview: Advancing Your Career from PA to AD

Par John Francis McCullagh

Anthony Milton has worked in the professional film scene in Dallas for the past decade. We sat down to talk shop and collect his tips on building ...

Screenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a Method

Par Paula Goldberg

James V. Hart has worked with many of the greats — from Coppola to Spielberg. We sat down to talk about his journey and some of the ...

Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for Hallmark

Par Paula Goldberg

Love may hurt, but it also sells. The Hallmark Channel produces 90+ holiday and romance films per year, so we sat down with the woman behind the ...

5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web Series

Par Jourdan Aldredge

At the 2018 Austin Film Festival, we chatted with Root for the Villain writer/director Max Rissman about shooting short-form episodic content.

How Documentary Filmmakers Make Synthetic Light Look Natural

Par Lyndsay Knecht

On low-budget documentary shoots, protecting the environment means careful use of natural light. But what if timing ruins a moment the crew can't recreate?

Audiovisual City interviews SIGNAL artists

Par Nina Verhagen

Audiovisual City went to SIGNAL festival and interviewed four artists: _STROY, XYZ, Hyperbinary, and Simona Chládková.

This is how it all went down.

The article about our time at SIGNAL is here.

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Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in Hollywood

Par Paula Goldberg

We spoke with composer Federico Jusid on creating music for Watership Down, overcoming fear, and working with filmmakers around the world.

Interview: Outspoken Comedian Tess Rafferty on Getting Political

Par Paula Goldberg

We sat down with comedian, television writer, and activist Tess Rafferty to learn about equality, Italy, and her passion for politics.

Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5

Par Paula Goldberg

Patricia Resnick has worked on an impressive array of projects throughout her career. Here's what she has to say about the craft and the industry.

Audiovisual City interviews VJ’s

Par Nina Verhagen

Audiovisual City went to a VJ London meeting and interviewed three different VJ’s: Mowgli, Marta, and Pete.

AVC: Can you tell us something about yourself?

Mowgli: My first job out of school was DJ, I literally left school and I started working in a club fulltime as a DJ. One day I went to see my friend’s band play -they’re kind of a post-rock band- and he asked me after the gig what I thought about it and I thought it was great but it was quite boring to look at them. There was no frontman, and there’s no singer. They all just looked at the floor. They needed some visuals. And he said to me, “You do them”. And that was my first VJ’ing gig. That’s how I got into VJ’ing.
I mean, I’ve done visuals before but I never even thought it was a thing. I was just doing visuals with light projections but there was no VJ’ing. It was just ‘I’m putting a light projector in a club’. From there on I started to get into the VJ thing and I started doing visuals more and more. I started doing like corporate stuff and then I started coming to VJ London.
Suddenly it expanded and I realized that there were more and more people what I was doing and that it had a name. From there, in 2008, they did a VJ competition at the London International Music Show. Which happens every year. I was selected as one of the eight finalists of Europe for that. I didn’t win but it was a big thing at the time.
I played at the Big Chill festival. I play loads of festivals. Moving on from the VJ’ing, I started doing audiovisual performances. Which is what I do mostly nowadays. But I also started doing more interactive stuff. I had an award-winning installation at Burning Man, in 2011.

Marta: I’m a visual artist/ designer with a passion for performing arts. My artistic development has been initially shaped at The High School of Fine Arts in Krakow and later I mastered my skills in studying graphic design at the Pedagogical University of Krakow. I’ve got over 8 years of experience of creating video projections, mappings and LED installations for various music, arts, and events related projects. I’ve worked as a VJ at cyclical gigs in Krakow and London. During that time I collaborated with many musicians and artists from all around the world and I was a resident VJ at Prince of Wales, London.

Pete: I don’t think I consider myself a VJ anymore because I rarely do VJ’ing anymore for other people. I still love the culture and I believe that it’s something very important in my life, however, the last gig I did was like a half year ago in Brighton. It was a commercial gig and I completely hated it. Because basically, it was… I kind of forgot how the commercial part of VJ’ing looked like, so I was being asked to just show the logos. And people kept coming over to me that it was the wrong logo but they didn’t even bother me to give it to me before.
So I would say that a lot of stuff in my life happened because of the VJ’ing, but I don’t consider myself a VJ anymore.

AVC: What drew you into the AV culture?

Mowgli: I’ve always liked doing creative things but I’ve never had an agenda. I was never like ‘I wanna pursue that’. I’ve always been very open. So most of the things I’ve done, I’ve done because something’s happened. Something’s taken me down that road. But it wasn’t really a conscious thing most of the time. So getting a DJ job straight out of school, that was a complete coincidence. Like I used to go to this club with a friend of mine in Madrid, and it was a very niche club at that point in time. And then one day a DJ who worked there came over to us and said, “You two have got most of the records that we play here, right?” And we were like, “Yea, yea”. She told me that she wanted to go on a holiday but needed to find a replacement. She asked us to take over and we did. And she was never taken back by the club.
We basically stole her job. She gave us her job and then it was never given back to. But I never went out looking for that. It just happened. It’s the same with like doing VJ’ing. A friend of mine said, “Oh, you do it”. And then I was like, “Oh yea, I’ll do it”. And from then on, I mean that was the start really. With my friend saying that I should do it and then me getting more and more interested in it. And looking more into it and learning more things. Developing in that direction. And very involved in that use of technology.

Marta: In 2010, when I was living and studying in Krakow, I went to Jonsi’s concert during the Sacrum Profanum Festival. I didn’t expect that event to set a new direction in my life, I didn’t even plan to go there, it was very last minute, my friend gave me a spare ticket. I liked the concert a lot and I was absolutely amazed by the visual part of the show. Projection, lights, music and space, everything together was combined perfectly and it was a beautiful experience. I was so moved and inspired that at that moment I decided this is what I want to do in my life. In a very short time, I quit my job and I booked my first gig where I was going to do live visuals. It went pretty good and since then I worked as a VJ. I had a few other jobs in the meantime, but I never gave up my passion. I was lucky to meet many great people and we’ve done some awesome shows together. Three years ago I moved to London. I found the company that designed Jonsi’s live show that I saw in Krakow 8 years ago. It’s 59 Productions and another amazing part of this story is that now I work there.

Pete: Well, the thing is the VJ’ing is one thing and the audiovisual culture is some other thing. They’re not the same thing. They’re interconnected however, there are slight differences. Because for me it’s kind of the natural way of progressing from a purely visual side. Whilst to try to do audiovisual performances with people. Because I realized this is a powerful way of making people feel something.
However, my visual adventure started in coding. I was a programmer and I did graphics before it even was a thing and a name. I made the demos in 1996… 1998, I was sixteen back then. So that was my whole root of digital creativity. That’s where everything stems from. Because it kind of converted into the audiovisual performance group. They were playing the ambient music and I was playing the graphics. So my roots were actually in programming.
At the moment I mostly work as a creative developer. And I try to focus my activity on VR because I believe that is the next step forward. Because this is something that is the next level. You can not only the audio but also the visuals and movements, that gives you a very powerful storytelling opportunity.

AVC: What about your current and future projects?

Mowgli: I tend not to think about the future. As I said, I just go along and do things and keep evolving and suddenly… I’m easily distracted. I have millions of projects that I never finish. Like, I start something feeling excited, but halfway through I get excited by something else and pause the first one. And then sometimes I do go back to the previous things but not really finish them but utilize whatever state they’re in and doing something completely different. I recycle my stuff.
The thing I’ve been working on most in the last couple of years is an audiovisual synthesizer. Which sounds great but in reality it’s a mini-controller that’s mapped to both able in Live and Resolume. But I don’t need to look at the computer screen. It’s basically like a really big mini-controller with loads of sliders and stuff. And using that, I do audiovisual performances which are always improvised. It’s got generative visuals. And generative audio in a way. It’s about the interface. You just fiddle with the knobs and create visuals and audio at the same time. And I’ve been doing that for a while. So I’m starting to think I need to do a newer version of that. I got lots of ideas on how to make it better and whatever, so that’s one thing.
On the other side, I’m also getting more interested in doing just sound performances with no visuals. Because I’ve been getting more and more into them… I don’t want to call it music and call myself a musician. I don’t have enough musical training. I like making sounds.
It’s all just an exploration. Sometimes the stuff you stumble on and make is really bad and other times it’ll be really good. You just gotta roll with it.

Marta: Before joining 59 Productions I was working as a freelancer, mostly for music-related events, a huge part of that was live electronic music. My visuals were characterized by multiple dissolving and interfusing layers. With time, my work got more minimalistic and monochromatic.
I’m interested in creating interactive installations and audiovisual artworks that allows an audience to be a part of the performance, to experience sound, lights, and projections surrounding them. In order to achieve that I play with dimensions and visual perception, make projection seem 3-dimensional. I design shapes to project onto them or I use object and surfaces already existing in the space. My shows were never 100% planned, there was always lots of space for improvisation.
Currently, I am a part of a design team at 59 Productions– a company of artists creating video design for stage and live events. I assist with artwork and animation content for the show. Since joining 5 months ago I’ve worked on a variety of theatre, exhibition and VR projects, including an exhibition for Imperial War Museum in London, VR artwork ‘Nothing to be Written’ and ‘Deep Field’- a film inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope discovery. Most recently I was working on ‘Black and White’- a theatrical show produced by JACC in Kuwait. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know more about a narrative type of visual arts.
I’m looking forward to taking up new design challenges.

Pete: At the moment I’ve done some commercial projects for different companies. However, I have been getting more involved in tech. Because the big part of the whole audiovisual immersive business is knowing how to deal with tech. How to make tech do what you want them to do.
I found it really interesting to do this for a commercial purpose and reuse to my personal projects. So this year, because of my own personal circumstances, I was mostly focusing on commercial projects which might not have been that interesting. But one of the things I did this year that I want to continue with next year is an audiovisual look machine. That’s a project I’ve been doing for the last two-three years and with different people. We’re playing some events as well.
Hopefully, I’m going to reach a state where I go from software working progress and turn it into a hardware working instrument. And the other project is basically I want to explore more of the new technology with VR. With a new headset that’s cheap enough for people to buy it.

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Industry Advice: Two DPs on Good Documentary Filmmaking

Par Tanner Shinnick

We sat down with Craig Atkinson and Alex Takats, cinematographers from the new Netflix show, Dogs, to talk documentary filmmaking. 

Set Photographer Matt Kennedy on Shooting for Marvel and More

Par Paula Goldberg

Still photographer Matt Kennedy shares insights about shooting for both big projects like Black Panther and smaller, more intimate productions.

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