Category Archives: Projects In Progress

Lighting Up Whiteout

Friday January 26th I will be at MOD club presenting some specially made projection mapping for the Icy cavern theme party Whiteout

Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/1980640345533715/
You may have heard about my friends who built Toronto’s most famous art car, Heavy Meta. The project is one of many well conceived and executed plans to come out of The 4tress. The local Toronto shop is the home for this creative collective who hail from all walks of life .  They come together with a multitude of skills creating some excellent experiential art like Heavy Meta, a fire Breathing Dragon built from an old school bus . They had a great first year traveling North America sharing this epic moving art and now that 2018 is here they have even bigger plans and are looking for help raising funds for a new project and some dragon upgrades .
See the team in these shots at The 4tress now hard at work building an awesome set for me to project some frosty effects onto.

Meanwhile I am here working on how to render ice and convincing lighting effects shining through it like this so it can be projected onto the the stage set creating an illusion of depth with refracted light.It should be a cool event (forgive the pun) when we have it all together on stage at MOD club this Friday !

Toronto Light Festival (featuring Heavy Meta)
The Toronto light fest in the distillery district is on again now till March. The free outdoor event hosts a series of light sculpture installations in this historic location.  This year featuring some great new additions like the fire breathing dragon Heavy Meta and team of hot fire masters and dragon tamers.  It’s worth a walk through to see some art and there are a few good places to eat there too.  I hope to see more projection mapping in light festivals of Toronto in the Future and hopefully participate in one locally or possibly in another city.
Thanks too BlogTO for sharing this piece on the Light Fest.

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My appologies to anyone who recieved an unfinished draft version of this post yesterday, it was accidently published. Thanks for your understanding .

Dragonfly Twins

 

Dragonfly Twins was a quick projection collaboration I cooked up using a very cool art piece by our friend @Thadea_decora . Some nice results after using Resolume to segment out the areas of the design and make them flow and pop. I wish I had time with this art piece to create more customized animations to do this enchanting design justice. Enjoy these insta posts with some details of the piece.

Production Design for Adidas Predator AR Experience

Projection Mapping and AR combined for incredible digital marketing possibilities. 

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Last weekend I was in L.A  providing projection technology and general production design consultations for the Adidas Predator shoe line launch. Working with Toronto/L.A based digital media firm Jam3, We created an amazing enclosed augmented reality that is fully surrounded by video projection mapping . Its all inside this converted shipping container and it is getting shipped all around the Continent sharing a cool futuristic experience and hyping up these sweet kicks.
This weekend it is being activated at BMO field Toronto for the MLS Cup FInal game with Toronto FC. Come say hi and see the cutting edge of interactive digital experiential marketing.

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BcLy4GUjtC_/…

 

 

#sgp360 @juiceworks_exhibits @wearejam3 #experientialmarketing

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More 360 content to come from this event and inside the container.

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See you at the game !! Go Toronto FC !!

Wild and Spooky Summer

More from Summer 2016
In august I was invited to Wild Summer Festival to work with my friends the Organic Family Deco Crew to do the visuals installation for the Techno stage at the small gathering in Ontario’s Ottawa valley. I was happy to take part in this new festival and we brought out the VJ Mandala for its second performance .
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The location and stage installations were fantastic as well as sound and music performances all weekend. I was very pleased to meet a fellow stage decorator Olga of Wizart Visions , her beautiful paintings and canopy designs were inspiring and masterful complimenting the beauty and wisdom of the wonderful woman herself. I hope to reconnect with this kindred artist spirit again some day.
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p1240419Psykovsky is quite a unique act and he had me dancing hard for about 6 hours with only a few breaks. His music is truly psychedelic and the tempo shifts and layers of melody were hypnotic and engaging. Daring me to try dancing to his twisted beats as he wrapped the event . I really needed that shakeup.Respect to the friends and my fave dance floor fairy for stomping all day with me.   https://psykovsky.bandcamp.com/releases
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James Monroe @ Wild Summer , Ontario , Canada . Performing in front of my VJ Mandalap1240372See the wild summer website and facebook pages here :
https://www.facebook.com/wildsummerfestival/
http://wildsummerfestival.ca/index.html

Meanwhile throughout the summer I was haunting the house on the hill above Toronto.
This shot taken while we were doing a fog test using Liquid Nitrogen in the water. We ended up using water based heavy fog emitters and dry ice for the water . 6 large units sat along the top of the hill in the gardens and channeled smoke through long inflated tubes everywhere. The fire department was called on us several times. 
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“Steam” Fog effects pumped through prop furnace.

Liberty Entertainment’s Legends of Horror at Casa Loma was a huge project for me and the team at EMD show systems.  Under the guidance of Creative Director Nadia Didonado and Production Designer Clark Graff we transformed the entire Castle gardens and 800m Tunnels and stables into a hunted horror theatrical walk through experience.  We provided high end lighting and audio solutions for all the areas of the event as well as installed designed and maintained all the digital and practical effects . So I worked on all the video projection effects and the practical effects systems install and operations, mainly focusing on the elements in the gardens and the large format projection mapping on the south wall of the Castle.
I also assisted Randy Boyd with the Fog systems employed all around the show and we had some pretty elaborate setups that got the fog in all the right places.
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Me and The Count
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Grid warping the image template over the Casa architecture with Vioso
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Legends of Horror projection mapping tests
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Legends of Horror projection mapping tests (Vioso Autoblend test)

 From the Projectors setups to running cable placing lighting and producing content this was a huge job and there is so much to cover. I’m going to follow up with a final post about Legends of Horror and some of the production and projection work I did there. I have a full video of the projection show to share and will talk about the mapping and show control system Vioso as well as some of our production and show effects secrets.

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LED Vj Mandala/Summer of Terror 2016

!! DON’T BE ALARMED !!
Everything is fine but wow was that a crazy summer and fall for me. With only a few of my VJ Guy shows speckled between constant work at my main contract doing projection installations for EMD Casa Loma (Toronto’s Castle).
“Is summer really over ?”  Yeah long over Mr Vj. Not surprising it felt short since you worked more since spring than you have in the whole year previous. But don’t forget some of the special moments you had this spring and summer. You actually made something pretty cool remember ?

Oh Yeah 🙂 !!
I did make something cool. I actually completed a personal goal I set last winter.
The goal was to build a new type of VJ screen to project on. Combining pieces of cut modular shapes in an interesting arrangement of pattern and depth with embedded LED lighting that can be controlled in segments by DMX signal.
What came of this idea is this beautiful Solar Mandala that I created for a first performance at Solstice Gathering 2016, a private event I make installations for every year neat Collingwood Ontario .      solsticemandalawork

With the help of Vj friends and performing guests Vj User Zero and Vj BunBun from Montreal. They each helped me tweak the design and wire up the LED lights once I had cut and assembled it at the stage site with the help of another local Vj Mike Phobos Kitty. This is something I have been planning for over a year but it always takes a good team to make something great and I was so pleased with how it turned out and the friends I had to work on it with. It was a truly rewarding experience when we hoisted it up into it’s hanging position above our awesome Spore dance floor. The assembled mandala is 12 1/2 ” in diameter

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There are 14, 3 channel DMX RGB LED light connections to a DMX light control board mounted on the back. LED light strips are attaches in sections around the main circle edge and under the forward triangles back lighting those shapes. The lights are positioned to enhance and not interfere with the intended projection surfaces.

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The Mandala can come apart and shapes potentially be rearranged in another way with the LED lights easily replaceable as well. The modular screen design will be flexible and useful for years to come as I adapt it for various environments and hopefully to continue to build and enhance the parts and make new animations to fit it. (thanks to AD Photografe Andrija for these next two shots)
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I was able to present the installation at two great little festivals born from my local music and arts community Solstice and Wild Summer . Solstice Gathering a week long conscious and exceptional community music and arts gathering of about 1000 members in Ontario. This year was my 14th year in a row at this unique volunteer run event . I traditionally participate by doing a video performance installation and invite other Vj to come and light it up. Spore is the name of our stage and the festival has two other magical music areas Hive and Root .
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Each stage is Unique featuring quality selections of underground dance music with excellent sound and special visual experience to enjoy as well as a beautiful trail filled forest and field filled with art installations workshops and interesting , friendly, fun people.
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The decoration design at our stage was done by long time friend and fellow Om Solstice veteran creator member Tomasz Ciesla he also designed and led the build of the 3 mini pyramids in the area that serve as our performance booths.
The event comes together every year on Summer Solstice thanks to an amazing core group of people supported by the entire member base including DJs and artists. There are no spectators. The festival has a very free and safe chill vibe tied to one hell of a dance party. The amount of work that goes into this relatively small lower budget event is incredible and it makes for a wonderful experience year after year. There is nothing else like Solstice and I can’t even begin to go into detail why but it is where I have grown up as a Vj and made so many memories and is something I will always be really proud to be a part of creating. See our website here if you are looking for more info on Solstice Gathering http://solsticegathering.ca/

Now of the Terror I was mentioning … With a lot more sunshine 🙂
At the same time I was working on Solstice I was also starting on a major long term project for EMD show systems at Casa Loma Toronto . Around then I had just completed the installation and programming of the 8 screen presentation theater in the Pool room in the Casa basement. the conditions of which were definitely scary at times considering I was there working at all hours of the night by myself or with one person since it is full of tourists during the day. I also work on some special events and lead all the LED wall builds and there are many throughout the summer out doors and inside..  Visit the Casa Loma website. http://www.casaloma.ca/

But seriously we are talking about a real scary project here and that is Legends of Horror .
Legends we call it is a grand production of light sound and performance against the backdrop of fantastic sets built around the Casa Loma location. I took part as a technician and installation designer for all the projection installations and the other special technical effects throughout the experience.

I will make my own Legends post soon but I am happy that AV Stumpfl and Live Design Online (LDI) website decided to to a feature posting about our work I can share today.
LDI is a Major live event production technology and design conference held every year in the US and features the latest in high end even production showcases presentations and training .
http://livedesignonline.com/architainment/mapping-legends-horror-casa-loma#slide-0-field_images-173791

Here is a preview pic I shot. I have posted many to my facebook and instagram already ,, just too good to contain. https://www.instagram.com/scottvjguy/
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See the official Legends of horror website here https://legendsofhorror.ca/
And more about the Mandala here https://www.facebook.com/VjGuy/

The Mandala and I did make it to a second festival and I have some nice shots to share of that but it will have to be for another posting as well.

Thanks for coming by
All the best from Toronto’s Castle and Vj Guy