Special Effects for Video, a Spring Break Workshop for Teens
A Spring Break workshop for teens: learn to create mind-bending special effects with video artist Flick Harrison!
Special effects can mean computer graphics, including:
- Motion tracking with objects,
- Creating “magic” or “lasers” (using After Effects, Photoshop or Flash),
- Shooting with a green screen to key in other footage
- Digitally retouching footage and removing unwanted objects
Or it can be simple camera and editing techniques that are as old as movie-making itself, like:
- Creative camera movements, like shaking or tumbling
- Creative lighting movements
- Using mechanical aids to affect objects in the frame, like fishing line
- Cutting between different angles at just the right moment
- Using clever camera placement and framing to turn normal objects into bizarre visuals
- Coordinating actions to be reversed in editing
In this workshop we’ll explore both ways to give you a unique and flexible tool kit that can help you make better movies, whether you love complex graphics work or just enjoy getting on your feet and making the magic happen! Working in groups, we’ll walk through hands-on exercises and let you cut loose with your own creative ideas. You’ll end up with a highlight reel of the effects you came up with.
These skills are definitely essential for taking your Sci-Fi, Horror, and Adventure stories to the next level–but special effects enhance any movie!
Flick Harrison (flickharrison.com) is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. “I’ve explored boundaries of all kinds in media, politics, education and the arts for over twenty years. As an artist, I explode the aesthetics of political conflict; as an educator, I try to make media flow organically from the social. My ambition is to lead, support and challenge non-profits, schools, community groups and other progressive actors to improve their understanding and use of media, all while having fun.”
Photo: Sheng Ho 2013 Vandocument