VJ Project – Robots vs Anime

PLANNING

Sandy and I are working together on a VJ project called Robots vs Anime. How this idea came about actually started off as a joke. During a brainstorming session, we were asked what some of our favourite things were and I answered robots, Sandy answered anime. It seemed appropriate to pair up and create something together using our passions for robots and anime.

I’ve been interested in robots for years and have never worked on a video that included robots, so I was very excited when this “joke” idea was no longer a joke, we were really going ahead with doing a VJ set about robots and anime!

PRODUCTION

Part 1 – We’re in the process of making a five minute visual mash-up, bringing two very different things together and remixing them. Finding and downloading clips from Youtube sounds so easy, but it was more tiring than I thought it would be! There were other things like quality and converting to sort out too. Worth it though, I’m looking forward to seeing the end result of our project.

Part 2 – Once all the clips and music were chosen, we worked with Francis, the editor, to put them all on Final Cut Pro and then he showed us how to create live visuals using VDMX. The rehearsals for the VJ set started off slow but we eventually got the hang of it.

The VJ piece will be screened at the Discover Young Hackney event this weekend.

When: Saturday 25th February, 3 – 9pm

Where: Arcola Tent, 2 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

POST PRODUCTION

As we had a short time to rehearse our VJ piece, I was worried about performing it live in the Discover Young Hackney event. I was also nervous because my sister came to watch our VJ set. When the time came to perform, the nerves disappeared and I was really enjoying it. Sandy did the first half and I did the second half, we worked well together. I would’ve liked our VJ piece to be longer, it all happened so fast!

I heard that a few people in the audience didn’t know that it was a live performance. I think it would’ve been good if the compère explained a bit about VJing before the performances or if the performers were on stage for the audience to see.

You can check out our VJ set below:

Me filming one of the acts in the Discover Young Hackney event.

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