In March I have been given the oppurtunity to do live visuals for Regrowth Festival just out of Braidwood, NSW.
Here is the highlight reel from Regrowth 2014 that I edited. It has lots of stuff that I did the VJing for, plus some friends in the Optic Soup collective who I do VJing with. Had a really great time at Regrowth, such a receptive and friendly audience. I wanted to do a bit of a breakdown of some of my favourite shots, what they are, and why they are there.
To start with, we have the smoke and "optic soup visuals".
This is a really simple screen, and it was used between sets on the wildflower stage. The smoke is easy to look at and really not distracting so the audience isn't stuck being distracted by a screen. It also keeps the colour tone very neutral and provides some ambient light between sets. Optic Soup Visuals is there for branding, and reminding people that someone (me!) is behind the computer controlling the screens.
One of my favourite parts of Regrowth was how creatively engaged the crowd was. The screens at the wildflower stage were rear projected onto petal shaped screens, with the projectors and screens all at human height. This meant that you could create shadows by standing in the way. A few times over the weekend people would dance behind the screens creating beautiful movements. When this happened I put on really simple animations/clips so the shadows could be seen easily.
Svelt dancing monkeys
Sydney electro dance band svelt played on sunday night and they were so much fun to VJ too! Really high energy and got the crowd moving. Often with dance music it is pretty fun to play clips of people/cartoons dancing. This clip is some gorillas I found dancing which is pretty excellent. I put the band's name over the top of all the clips during their set, which looked really cool and gave their set a definite visual consistency. There were 2 screens on the wildflower stage, and they were mapped so they were mirrored. This was great for pure visuals, but when displaying text, one screen would be mirrored. No good! To get over this, I made the text layer flip based on the audio levels of the band, meaning that the text would change between normal and mirrored very quickly. Because of the eye's persistence of vision, you are able to read the text on either screen, without being swamped with information. The flicking in time to music also added to the excitement of svelt's music.
Liquid Light and Flowers
This is some footage that I made myself. Flowers floating around my bathtub and some milk and coloured dyes with bubbles. The two layers are blended so the colours are opposite.
Dog puppet shadowsAs I said above, the crowd at regrowth was really creative! A guy called Nic tore up some cardboard and made these awesome puppets!
The main stage (treetop stage) at regrowth consisted of a hexagon screen with petals around the outside which were mapped, and two large white masks on either side of the stage. These masks were also mapped. We had great fun with the giant masks! On Saturday night, Alex (from Optic Soup) and I were using the computer's webcam to put our faces on the masks, a physical mask on the masks, and some balloon stress balls he had made. This was probably the most fun we had all weekend!
The cutest little boy Darren came to the VJ tent to have a look at what was going on, so I showed him some of the software we were using and asked if he wanted to be on the screens. I popped on the webcam and Darren went on the screens and he loved it! Had the biggest smile and played with all the effects. The crowd loved it too! Another great moment at Regrowth :)
Huge thanks to Metaeaux for the music, the regen team for organising the festival, my fellow optic soupticians for bringing the visuals and a huge thank you to everyone who attended for being so wonderful!