WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT !!

Join us this fall at Up Track Toronto for Scott Vj Guy’s fun and informative Live Video Art Sessions

Live Video Art Workshop sessions @ Up Track  Tuesday Sept 26th , Oct 3rd & Oct 10th

1409 Bloor St. West , Toronto

Instructor : Scott Vj Guy

Intro/Intermediate class (1 session) : $90

Advanced/Performance class (2 sessions) : $160

Package Deal (All 3 Sessions) : $225 (save $25)

Scott Vj Guy  and Up Track present a new workshop series that will cover VJ performance and video art installation design. Drawing from over a decade of performing experience working as a professional video artist in almost all types of shows, Scott Vj Guy has put together a great package of presentations, demonstrations and hands on experience application.

Over this 3 night course you will learn the techniques used by some of the biggest Visuals artists in the business and understand the steps and workflows needed to perform and excel in this craft.

Classes Include special features DIY Production tips, valuable Vj reference handouts, hands on video experimentation sessions and multiple projection spaces for hands on learning for the whole group. We also have several demo objects for 3D projection mapping. There will be a lot of information and practical work and those who attend both sessions will create an installation from start to finish including planning, content creation, installation and Performance.

Come join Vj Guy for the LVArt sessions at Up Track Toronto this September and create your very own Live Video Art installations.

Some topics include

Intro / Intermediate Class  (1 night – Sept 26th) :

-Vj Kit requirements and building tips

-Vj Fundamentals (everything you need to know to get started)

-Try out a selection of software and hardware video mixing systems

(demo programs, included)

– Deep Dive Tutorial of Resolume and Resolume Arena features

– How to set up a venue for a projection show

– Basic content creation and preparation

– Installation art brainstorming sessions ( planting the seed of creation for class 2)

– Video mixing , effects, looping and beat matching

– Useful DIY tips and VJ reference handouts

– DIY Screen and projection mapping surface building

– Projection Mapping Demonstration

and  more…

Advanced / Performance Class ( 2 nights – Oct 3rd, Oct 10th) :

– Vj Fundamentals (a strong foundation to build great work upon)
– Advanced kit design and input devices (Cameras, Sensors, mics, controllers)

– Multiple video performance software options and tips

– Custom content creation and preparing professional level Vj work

– Finding your style , making your mark, be an artist but design your installation within constraints that define it

– Performer advice and discussion , Gig tips that make life easier

– Video Art Installation design and set up (hands on + theory)

– 2D & 3D Video Mapping(planning, production and setup) (hands on + theory)

– Sound reactive effects (hands on + theory)

– Interactive installations (Demonstration)

– Integrating DMX and Art-net fixture and LED lighting control into your performance ( presentation )

Personal or group project development and presentation.

 

So much to learn and do this course will satisfy beginner curiosity and get them started as well as help an experienced performer step up his/her game to the next level and design the next great Live Video Art installation !
Hope to see you this fall 🙂

Bring your own laptop if possible,
(You don’t have to have a top of the line system and demo software is provided.)

We will have a few systems on site for shared use. Please contact if required. If needed we pair up students two to a system
Contact scottvjguy@gmail.com with any questions.

Heavy Meta On The Road to the Burn

Heavy Meta Dragon is now on the way (EDIT; HAVE MADE IT) to Burning Man .

We’re finally home ❤

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It has been a lot of fun this summer tagging along with the team who build Heavy Meta. Toronto’s incredible Pyrotechnical Fire Breathing Dragon Art Car has been all over ontario and the states this summer. I went to some of the events they were featured at to capture some footage of the Dragon in action. I also happened to be doing visuals at some of the events like Valhalla. I have my own interest in this awesome project though as a videographer and VJ. It is Canada’s largest “Art Car” representing down at the Burning Man festival in Nevada and it has been touring around some great events in Canada and US all summer. It’s built by friends and people I know from many years in the Toronto events scene including Producer Kevin Bracken and His Wife Marie the lead designer who I have worked with on several occasions. The team is largely made up of some impressive young women doing a majority of the work and along with some solid and crafty guys this Dragon was built with love and dedication. With all my footage I aim to put together my own mini doc showing the project and crew come together and travel the country breathing fire into some of the continents most creative and fun events. It’s been discussed and so I hope we can arrange a show perhaps next year where VjGuy Is more actively involved.


I was not able to attend Burning Man but I will be making another trip with them in September to the New York Maker faire . Until then you can still see lots from Heavy Meta because there has been so much media attention like CBC arts, Vice and Discovery Daily Planet . Some of my footage was used in this CBC Arts piece. Wishing my Meta Viking friends the best of times at the burn and a safe return home from BRC to Canada.
Stay tuned into my blog for the Full Heavy Meta follow up and mini Doc movie .

Full CBC Article here : http://www.cbc.ca/arts/this-fire-breathing-dragon-is-saying-thank-you-to-canada-before-it-heads-to-burning-man-1.4186496

A Photo from the Heavy Meta workshop
https://www.facebook.com/VjGuy/photos/a.1738746146142051.1073741854.130006890349326/1738758492807483/?type=3&theater

@heavymetadragon at Metaverse fundraiser party for Toronto’s awesome fire breathing dragon art car

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360 Timelapse of the Sunset over Ever After music festival Ontario.

Stay tuned and follow my blog for the Full Heavy Meta follow up and mini Doc .
I am heading back up to Quebec this weekend for Timeless Festival on Sept 1st. Last festi of the season and its going to be a great one . Excited to bring some mapping magic to the psychedelic playground that awaits in the woods . Thanks to my Vj pal Mr. Sun and the Timeless ORG for having me up to play.

New Demo Reel and 360 VR videos uploaded

VJ REEL 2017
This is my latest showreel for Vj performances and Projection Mapping . It was a tough editing process having to dig through footage from over the last 2 years or so . I am pretty happy but there are a few parts I see now I want to fix up so I’ll likely do a final cut before posting up anywhere else. Thanks to all my supporters and clients . The Casa Loma work was done on behalf of EMD Show systems and Liberty Entertainment. Stage design work at 2 stages at Valhalla SC in collaboration with my friend and production tech stage designer partner Roland Cash . There is more detailed info on some of the projects in my past posts and some new ones to come will showcase more closely Valhalla and some more Casa 360 projection room stuff.
New 360 videos up on Veer.tv from my recent travels around festivals and shows . At Ever After I was there to shoot some footage of the Heavy Meta Dragon . I shot handheld and with my drone as well as mounting the Gear 360 camera onto and around the Dragon art car.

Live Visuals Showreel from Vj Guy on Vimeo.

Heart of Gold 5 was the finale of a great party series I was happy to be part of since HOG #2 in 2012 Thanks to George and Lo Lita for bring me on to do stage visuals and some really cool custom 3d mapping effects. This year I made some flaming heart animations to go along with my steampunk heart locket screen. I think I will compile a few more in this as a set and release these clips for other people to use in projection mapping. This 360 video shows the bitter sweet final track of the night. The party title track from headliner and HHC mega star Darren Styles Heart Of Gold.

 

New Social Media outlets & Up Track, space for projects and workshops

some of my latest posts on other sites:

Follow and Share Vj Guy on Instagram ! I have been posting a lot to Instagram lately and there is a pretty sweet image collection growing there https://www.instagram.com/scottvjguy

Check out my 360 videos on the latest online VR 360 and 3D content platform Veer.tv http://veer.tv/me/Vj_Guy
I have been getting a bunch of views thanks to the VeeR team reposting some of my uploads that they liked. I really like the platform and it seems to be growing with a great audience. You can browse in VR viewing mode and live other people’s experiences . Check out lots of cool content on VeeR from creators all over the world making 360 videos. I am making lots of 360 timelapse from places I visit, events and projects I work on but I am also planning to release  Vlog Series that will have 360 segments featured on Veer and YouTube.

Up Track is Up and running .
 The new place I’ve been living and working from has really shaped up and we have had a couple of successful gallery events. Andrija my business partner/Co Director at Up Track and I use the 1100 sq Foot open concept studio space as our personal studio/office space and once a month we set up for a special event. Opening up as a venue we are doing events like art shows , entertainment or even educational programs . We try to offer our community some really great evening experiences and are now providing services and a professional private showcase venue to local artists. find us at www.uptracktoronto.com
The new location is perfect for access to anywhere in the GTA and I even have slightly more convenient parking than before. It has been a very nice change settling in here and having a decent office space to work in as well as a studio with enough space for me to build end experiment on most of my projects . Even though I am sharing the space , it is a good arrangement because we are both quite active and working in similar fields so we are starting to do some projects together or just support each other in this process. Also operating the Up Track events is ideal for at least two people , we usually get a bit of help too. Having a good team environment is super important for me I think.

Workshops In July
I am excited to announce another workshop series being held here in my very own space! This will be a 3 night full course on Vj fundamentals, Resolume and video mapping as well as discussion and many examples of high concept and interactive installation art. You will get a chance to be fully hands on with the gear and make your own video mapping installation by the  end of night 3.
This updated workshop will feature the latest info on 3d video mapping , vj mixing and content creation presented by myself Scott Vj Guy and enhanced with live demonstrations and instructional example videos on multiple screens.

An interesting article about Gallery / Artist relationships .
We hope at Up Track we can provide a great location for artists to showcase work and services like fine art and photo printing to help them best present and sell work here and at other galleries. We aim to build great relationships with all our presenters and rely on them spreading the word and inviting friends to the openings working along with us to bring out a great crowd hopefully filled with interested collectors. Up track aims to sell art and sustain Up track operations with event and art revenue but our first priority is a great experience for everyone involved. Because we are artists and we work from the location and live here too our “Up Track Gallery” Overhead is minimal. This means we can have low risk shows artists can easily participate in for small fees and the art can be sold at reasonable prices with a lower commission on top that benefits the artist saves the buyer significant dollars. In this way Up Track is different from other galleries and we are able to do very special shows you won’t see anywhere else.
http://www.artbusiness.com/misconceptions-artists-have-about-galleries.html 

 

LVA info Blast #2 – Suddenly It’s Sprummer

Piling up the projects and wouldn’t let the rain be a bummer.
Spring was here and suddenly it’s Summer !
It will be hot and sticky here in Southern Ontario pretty soon and I will be fighting to keep sand out of my gear and mosquito out my ear. lol 😛

On my way up to Summer Solstice now. 1 <3

Heavy Meta Dragon Tour 2017
– My friends built a Fire Breathing Dragon Bus ! So I am following them around a bit with and camera and we will see what comes out. I started with some 360 time lapse and shots in the work shop as they completed the project and now they are touring around NA as a mobile music stage and epic fire art attraction. Ultimate destination is Burning man later this summer and . Wishing my viking dragon riders a great journey this year .
(Hyperborea- Ontario Regional Burn)
(Ever After Music Fest – Waterloo)
(Valhalla Music Circus- Quebec bass fest)

Festivals :

Solstice Gathering 2017 Mon June 19th – 25th – Collingwood Ontario
Vj Guy + Guests  projection mapping Stage installation at Spore in the forest of this blissful members only community gathering. Will be sharing some art and photos so come back.

Valhalla Sound Circus– Quebec – July 13th to 17 – http://valhallasoundcircus.com/
Performing guest VJ sets and working with friend Roland Cash as Video installation technician. Media and AV team.

Eclipse Festival Quebec – August 3rd to 7th – So many great artists and friends all in one place 10 hrs from Toronto. Not performing but I might make it for the good times with friends. http://www.eclipsefestival.com/

Timeless in Quebec – Hope to be there performing this year after having to pull out last year because of City work. https://www.facebook.com/events/1629961987308446

Aerial Update and Tips:
Flying the Mavic Pro has been fun . I am looking for more purpose in my flying now and going up with intention and good planning to get shots I am looking for and have safe flights. I have had a few crashes loosing a couple props and having to replace an arm on the drone too. But the thing is very durable and I hope all future landings will be intentional as well after learning many good lessons and training a bit with other pilots. The video and photos I am getting are fantastic tho and I have taken to shooting with a drone very well . I am interested now in getting into more commercial applications and so I am beginning applications for several shoots and areas I want to fly for filming.
I hope to serve some high end real estate clientele as well as maybe get into survey and data collection for various industry that are using drones. I am coining the new operation SGP360.

I have acquired new accessories for the drone :

  • ND Filter set – better color in bright sunlight
  • Prop cages (for risky flight situations to protect props and any objects it may come into contact with.
  • Landing Gear (Highly recommended for everyone)
  • Hard Case for travel and camping
  • Got a micro drone to play with for fun

Creating VR Experiences with 360 sphere cam and 3d CGI worlds:
I am trying to get extra creative with VR and make some art that spans across multiple media and can exist in multiple forms. Stay tunes to see my new digital art experiment combining my digital illustrations and 3D renders into VR and 360 cam captures scenes.

VR Meta Data Injector
For anyone making VR content This useful tool lets you inject the Proper VR or 3d viewing meta data into your videos after you edit them.
https://github.com/google/spatial-media/releases/tag/v2.0

Panorama editor
If you want to insert images into 360 scenes they need to be warped into the proper lens distortion shape so it works in the 360 panorama . This tool does that and lots of other cool stuff. http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

Thanks to this blog, Here is a basic tutorial on how to insert logos into 360 videos by warping a normal image like a into a spherical distortion that can be layered on your edits. This is best for placing a non intrusive logo at the bottom or top of the scene that also hides the tripod or other mount.
http://360rumors.blogspot.ca/2016/07/technique-fast-and-easy-way-to-add-logo.html
This is the FREE application that will deform your images that I used since I don’t have the Photoshop plug in.

Keep up with my Instagram to see whats going on day to day in VJ land.

Medieval March, The Hero’s Return 3D Projection Scene

March Break saw another theme event for the kids and family at Casa Loma and we created a Medieval knights and dragons visual experience in combination with other exhibits and demonstrations and performances around the castle. I was asked again to create a projection mapping effect for the room we have set up at the end of the tunnel.
This time I had nothing to go on except a vague style guide and some stock content the client requested . I ended up creating a full 3D castle scene and added flying dragon that put the viewers inside  and on top of a story book castle while the fearsome dragon fly by and then the Hero returns at the gates to fight another day.  The animations were very simple but cartoony and light so it looked good, the 3d motion and sound assisted making  convincing and impressive effect.
I ended the scene with some great flaming wall sconces filling the room. I used them throughout the tunnel as well adding to the medieval atmosphere projecting into just the right places with our mini projectors on the articulating arm mounts.

 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast Projections for Disney

Beauty and the beast Trailer and Character projection mapping . #beourguestto
I was again responsible for the Projection mapping effects for this major theme event at Casa Loma. It was exciting and challenging to work for such a high profile client as Disney and the new Beauty and the Beast remake. I think the results were pretty fantastic and the Castle saw record numbers of people come through for this 4 day event over Family day weekend . Here is a great spot about the show from our friends at Space.ca who came to visit. It was the forst night and I happened to be there when the crew came through and made sure they had a great experience.

Morgan Got A Beauty And The Beast Sneak Peek At Toronto’s Casa Loma

More videos and pics to come of this one for sure .

Updates soon

Spinmaster Paw Patrol Christmas

This Christmas season at the Casa I was asked to create some Wrap around projections for the room at the end of the tunnel under the stable. We used the Vioso Wings show control and projection mapping Media Server system we had for Legends and 6 short throw Casio projectors in the basement of Casa Loma stable building.
We were given a limited amount of pre-cut Spin Master source content to work with and also had to activate other areas of the tunnel . I was able to come up with this idea of re cutting one of the cartoons to play out all around the room. I Re created an episode of Paw Patrol in a ultra wide room wrap around composition. I cut the action scenes from the 11 minute Christmas cartoon and edited it into a 4 minute wrap around paw patrol adventure room.

This effect is a seamless Horse Shoe Shape 270° Projection Mapped room using 6 short throw projectors ceiling mounted on fast rail clamped to the support beams around the room.
This project ran throughout a month long holiday installation presented by Liberty and Spin Master.
I delivered projection mapping , installation, visual design & content production for EMD Show systems and Spin Master –  Paw Patrol Saves Santa

The legend Continues Happy 2017

Happy New Year Visualites
The Legends of Horror Halloween experience last year was the largest single project I have worked on and it took the better part of 5 months of prep work and production installation to transform Casa Loma into the Horror scenes of pop culture Legend. I was excited to be a part of it along with a passionate team and I learned a lot while on the job from mentors and colleagues not to mention lessons gained through the marathon show experience.
Toronto Canada’s historic venue Casa Loma hosted Legends of Horror every night this past October to celebrate Halloween and scare tens of thousands of guests from all over. See photos and media from the event on the official facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/CL.Legends.of.Horror/
The hugely successful event was produced by Liberty Entertainment under the Creative Direction of Nadia Di Donato and Clark Graff Production Designer for EMD show systems. I work freelance for EMD at Casa Loma as the Projection Mapping Designer and Video technician.
This video shows the large scale projection mapping I worked on installing and operating every night of the show. Thanks to Andrija for coming down and filming this piece for the archives. Shout out to Big Digital Studio for putting together the animations.

Animations and sound design by Big Digital Studio Toronto – http://www.bigdigital.ca/
Projection Mapping Technician and Operations Scott Guy
Videography by Andrija Dimitrijevic – http://adphotografe.com/blog/

The South walls of Casa Loma were almost completely covered by four massive 20,000 lumen bright Barco full HD Projectors. The Casa had custom steel towers built on the lower garden to hold them as well as a small camouflaged control booth that has one of the best views in the city. I mapped/warped and blended the 4 projectors and animated content onto the Castle using AVStumpfl Vioso and Wings for the nightly show control that main wall plus 2 other smaller single beam illusions plus 8 sterio Audio Channels spreading through the various haunted zones of the show. This projection mapping was just a part of a huge walk through entertainment experience featuring amazing sets populated by great costumed actors being enhanced with our sound, lighting and FX designs. Many of the areas and sets included video projection effect elements , There were projections on trees and into Mesh in the forest to create ghost effects. In the tunnel we had dozens mini pico projectors animating elements like crawling bugs or flames on the wall. Everywhere you looked there were convincing sets freaky characters and our terrifying av and lighting effects. I was happy to also work on the prep and maintaining of most of the animatronics and automated effects like smoke and air blasters. It was Freaking Excellent I gotta admit I love Halloween and Haunted houses and the practical effects part.
Thanks to Clark our Production Designer for steering this crazy ship through its first year. Also big thanks to Dasha our production manager for connecting all the dots and getting us set for launch time. The direction and attention to detail of our Producers Nick and Nadia was excellent so thanks to them who made it all happen. Lots of respect to all my friends on the crew, specially Reid Henry the Lighting Designer and another EMD Tech Devon Nutty for making most of the additional sound FX. Also shout out to Joe and his Liberty crew for the great work on sets and construction. Hello to my Sr production tech buddy Randy Boyd, lets go sailing soon. Huge team efforts came together to make this project come to life. Great to be part of and I am already looking forward to the screams of 2017.

I want to add more to this post , I have pics and video from other areas and from during the set up. This was seriously such a huge project and I wish I could have better documented some of the behind the scenes work.
Here is a Instagram post from last year . You can see some regular insider pics and interesting art if you follow me there too. INSTAGRAM/VJGUY

Leveled up this ghost on the weekend with new sfx.

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This year I have my drone and time lapse cameras and I hope to better capture some of my processes and results on some future projects. Having the drone and shooting with it regularly is forcing me to be better at content management and getting my own video projects completed . Check out the next posts for my first aerial videos, more project updates and Live Video Art.

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