View Full Version : Best school to learn VJ essentials
18th November 2002, 05:19 PM
I was wondering if anyone had information on the best route to take for entering into the VJ realm. I'm not a techie, so I figure taking courses that force me to just sit down and plow through would be the best learning angle to take.
Full Sail is the school that I've honed in on. Any grads out there with some insight?
Knowing it's all personal, can you gals or guys provide me with some stories of how you started (with a vision of what you wanted to create or did it just make sense because of your prior experience, etc)
Looking forward to the stories...Alexis
18th November 2002, 05:23 PM
here you go:
18th November 2002, 05:50 PM
Thanks for the link to the thread...didn't finish it all but it seems like a lot of pretty techie backgrounds (good for you)
What I'm trying to find out though is about schools and possibly a story that matches where I'm at (musician, above all, who wants to put visuals to trip hop that are edited to cut with the beat....Of course I've got more in mind than simply that...I'm just trying to establish the roots)
So any advice out there?
18th November 2002, 06:43 PM
depends ware you want to go with it, because what you are talking about sounds like the cordanation of visuals and sound which can be created very much like theatre spaces can be with the timeing of a show etc but by createing that space you then the lose the spontianity of the of the wall paly as a vj we know and love
18th November 2002, 07:27 PM
Ok, I see what you're saying, but a couple of points.
First, I think any dj or vj who claims to walk into a gig ready to "spontaneously" improvise the entire night is either a mastermind genius or just lying.
Since the original djs were created out of a desire to give the crowd what they want (and hence gauged their entire sets by where they sensed the vibe was going), the roots are definitely there.
But in the age of the superstar dj, I don't really think the scene is quite so experimental and spontaneous when people are coming in expecting a good show for their $30.
What I'm talking about is putting the visuals to the music that my interpretation warrants. When i say editingto the beats that's the angle I'm wanting to create my scene from. To just throw visuals up on the screen that paint a pretty picture to absorb while you're taking inthe music is not the vj I "know and love."
As a rhythm oriented musician and a dancer, I'm talking about creating a picture that is echoing the music. I'm not saying that the shot is going to change at intervals of 120 bpm (!!), I'm just saying that if you can visualise an onscreen visual (excuse the overuse of thewording) as another instrument, you've got the added outlet for expression that can actually morph right in front of your eyes.
One minute its carrying along the bass line and then it switches to another layer of the composition.
It's all about creating the dance music scene that makes people want to participate and feel your creation. Not marvel at your techinical wizadry. That's why I would work live dancers into the scene as well.
But this is actually all pretty irrelevant since what I'm trying to gain from this message board is the technical wizadry. So once again, I would like to simply ask for a suggestion on the school. Maybe it will help if it's my last words.
Has any one gone to Full Sail's 1-year program? I live in the NYC area...does anyone know of a similar type program up here? Or, is there anyone in this area who would like to have an apprentice?
Thanks for trying anyway though, unjulation.
18th November 2002, 08:07 PM
Hey mister "none freestyling" master , try a new design course for a basic editing lesson and compositing crash course should get you on the way. ow and when you get the chance try seeing dave clarke or speedy j mix . not freestyling it's official I'm getting old ;)
18th November 2002, 08:09 PM
ow and watch fantasia from walt disney (old one) should do what your looking for in practise.
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