We can’t stop, we won’t stop – are you ready for another round? The second Projection Mapping Masterclass with Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is still well underway, and we’re launching our third one, the second time with Factory Light Festival. This is your turn!
The team of Limelight 3D Projection Mapping is looking for talented motion designers and 2D/3D animators to create 2-3-minute light / 3D projection mapping artworks for Factory Light Festival in Norway. We offer you an education program with consultancy and creative workshops in 3D projection mapping, two trips to Slemmestad, Norway, and an opportunity to present your artwork to a wide audience of light art enthusiast at one of the coolest light festivals ever. We are choosing 5 applicants, 1 from Hungary, 1 from Norway, 1 applicant from around the world, and 2 applicants for paid spots, also from anywhere in the world, who all get the chance to work with the pioneers of projection mapping to create the mapping piece of their lives. Have fun with us and learn some cool stuff along the way!
Unlike projection mapping contests, Limelight Academy offers you financial and professional support for your project. You don’t need to create content without help in order to be chosen – participants are selected based on their portfolio and dedication to the project. Sounds amazing, right?
"In Slemmestad, Norway, we created an independent light festival, which showcases the best artistic video mapping and light installations we can find on the postindustrial canvas of a cement factory. Our festival is embraced by the local community and provides a unique haven for the development of exploratory art within a professional festival, tightly integrated into the international art scene. We collaborate with passionate artists to continue their development and showcase the results in September each year."
We love working with amazing people to create amazing experiences, so Factory Light wants to continue to share our gorgeous festival with some of the world’s most promising video mappers. You bring the talent; we provide the hardware and a silo. Together we show the world what you can do – and have an awesome Norwegian time doing it!
Life is reflected light. Our experiences are strongly shaped by how we see the world. Each interaction, each reflection, both internal and external, changes us and the world we live in. Let us create magical experiences by exploring the physical properties of light and reflection. Let us share reflections on the challenges and opportunities in our ever-changing world.
Program launch:April 24
Deadline for submissions:May 20
Announcement of participants:May 22
Budapest workshop:June 10-13
Site visit to Norway: June 14-15
Festival date: September 12-15
Join our team for some fun and many more!
You are free to attend the workshop in Budapest, Hungary between June 10-13
You are free to attend the site visit in Slemmestad, Norway between June 14-15
You are free to attend the festival in Slemmestad, Norway between September 10-15
For the 2 paid spots, you can pay for your flights, accommodation, and catering
Limelight Academy is entitled to name you as alumni of the Academy
You are only entitled to use your own content or content that you have the rights to use
By the end of the masterclass, you must create a 2-3-minute long artwork for the festival
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.”