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It was truly inspiring to see the number applications we received in the short time that was allowed for our first 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass. We received 36 applications from 14 countries from truly great artists. We were extremely grateful for this, and we particularly appreciated the efforts applicants put into creating introduction videos.
Our goal with the first ever Projection Mapping Masterclass was to give an opportunity to artists that are already experienced in creating animations. We’d like to share our knowledge with them based mostly on our experience in creating animation content for 3D projection mapping artworks in a way that the result will not only look good on monitors or a white screen but also projected onto a real building. Because of that, we definitely had to say no to all those applicants (quite many actually) who are great graphic designers or artists, but do not have sufficient knowledge of creating animation yet. Thanks guys, can't wait to see more of you!
Thanks to all who participated and supported our second Masterclass, after a 3-month training program, five youngsters from different parts of the world got the opportunity to present their work at Vivid Sydney, the biggest light festival of the world. At a 5-day workshop and a site visit in Sydney, our founders and artists provided participants with hard-to-obtain knowledge that basically laid the foundation for the success of their projects. The theme for the festival this year was Peace, Love and Music that our team and the participants built their artworks around, which were presented in Sydney with great success. Check out the works below!
Soma is a Hungarian full-time motion graphics designer, now a member of the Limelight team, who didn’t have much experience with 3D projection mapping before, but he has always been fascinated by this form of art. When we announced our first Masterclass, he knew he had to jump on the opportunity. “I’ve been admiring Limelight’s work for a while, and I knew this was my chance to learn from one of the best artists of this field,” he says. For someone with little experience in projection mapping, seeing his own work admired by thousands of people in a country he’s never been to, Masterclass Vol. 1 was a pretty epic experience for Soma. Learning the steps of the creative process and putting his ideas into a tangible concept proved to be the most challenging for him.
“Csaba helped a lot and I learned how to translate my ideas into a 3d mapping project. I wish we could have more time with Viktor, his vast experience in projection mapping seemed like an endless source of information.” Seeing his work viewed by so many people at once was one of the most satisfying experiences according to him. And this is what Limelight Academy is about. We give these young and talented artist the time and space to create something beautiful. “I really enjoyed the whole journey of Masterclass Vol 1. I’m grateful for the things I’ve learned, the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made,” says Soma. And what is Soma’s advice to the future Masterclass applicants? “Listen and learn, these guys will be dropping serious knowledge bombs.”
Kasia, a Polish architect by trade who has been working as a VJ, has always found projection mapping interesting, and she had some previous experience but she never knew how to take it further, so when Limelight Academy popped up on her Facebook feed, she instantly knew she had to apply. “It was the best opportunity to combine two of my passions: architecture and visuals,” she says. Masterclass made Kasia realize what projection mapping actually is and helped her understand that an artwork of this scale and the varied audiences require a very different approach to the visuals she worked on previously. “I really appreciate the work Limelight has put into this program. We had the opportunity to follow through the process from the initial talks with clients, through planning and the production of the videos to seeing the final result at the Factory Light Festival in Norway.” For someone who used to work with live and adjustable visuals, preparing the finished artwork before the show was a big challenge for Kasia.
“Csaba provided us with the tools that help me a lot to test and understand how my ideas would look on the silos,” she says. Seeing all the hard work she put into her project come alive on a building of such scale was the most rewarding experience for Kasia. After the nerve-wrecking moments before her mapping started, Kasia was relieved seeing how positively the audience reacted to her artwork. “It was a great experience being amongst the crowd and watch my first work of this scale together with the audience. I’m also grateful for the feedback I received from the audience and other artists,” she says. “I would recommend Limelight Academy to everyone. The knowledge the team had shared with us and the talented and dedicated people I’d met made it absolutely worthwhile.” And Kasia’s advice to the future Masterclass applicants? “Do not hesitate, apply! Limelight Academy is the perfect combination of good laughs and hard work and is the best environment for learning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – they will all be answered by the experienced team of Limelight.”
Casber is the Creative Director and Founder of a multimedia solution studio based in Macau. He’s been working in the field of projection mapping since 2013, and his works include landmarks of Macau such as the Ruins of St Paul’s, the Dream Mall in Taiwan, the Niigata History Museum in Japan, and the Bellevue Palace in Germany. “I found out about Limelight Academy through Facebook, and I straight away got inspired to create the application video, so I didn’t hesitate,” says Casber. “International experience is something I value a lot, so I got excited about the opportunity of working with Limelight and their talented artists.” Working with an experienced team during the Masterclass program has helped Casber a lot to further his skills and have a deeper understanding of projection mapping.
Time pressure proved to be the most challenging for him though. “You have to balance between perfection and the tight deadline. I’ve struggled with that, but I’ve learned a lot during the process. I’ve felt such joy seeing my artwork on the silos in Norway. Being surrounded by people enjoying our show, their appreciation and feedback made this experience so valuable for me.” Do you want to hear Casber’s advice for the future Masterclass applicants? “It’s so worth it! Get out of your comfort zone, test your limits, own your project and you will be rewarded with a fantastic experience.”
Alex, now a member of the Limelight team, has always been interested in this form of art and he fell in love with projection mapping thanks to a lecture at university. “When I found about Limelight Academy after graduation, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. I’ve tried my luck and I haven’t regret it since,” he says. Alex only had a brief chance to try his projection mapping skills on a small model of a building, so learning how to approach the production process, keep a balanced workflow and deliver according to the deadline were the key learnings of the Masterclass for him. “I’ve challenged myself in ways I haven’t before which meant I’ve learned things I wouldn’t have otherwise. I like to put myself under pressure from time to time to gain experience I wouldn’t have within the comfort zone of my skill sets,” says Alex.
He describes the feeling of seeing his artwork come alive as a defining moment of his life. “I was shaking, I had goosebumps and all that jazz,” he says. Seeing the satisfaction on people’s face and their applause was the cherry on top for Alex. “Every moment of this experience was so worth it; I wouldn’t think twice to do it again. I’m grateful for the memories I made, the people I met, and the knowledge gained.” Last but not least, let’s hear what Alex has to say to those who are considering applying for the next Masterclass. “Apply and you won’t regret a thing. Be responsible for your project and don’t just get the job done. Don’t hesitate to ask the team if you are stuck tin the process, Limelight Academy is your chance to learn.”