Creative Vjing Course, Oxford, 15-16 May

Creative VJ course with Film Oxford

At the crossroads between DJing, live cinema and the visual arts, VJing is a truly 21st century art form. A creative industry originating in club culture, we can nowadays see VJs in a wide range of venues, from art exhibitions to box office theatres and music events. VJs most often create live performances using video to create a heightened experience of music. This course is for people seeking to capture a comprehensive first glance at the art of VJing, from its history, its technical tools, to managing VJ specific projects and budgets.

The two-day intensive course is led by Phil Rust (AKA Rebel Overlay).  Introducing the skills involved with VJing, Phil will clarify the process of working with VJ specific hardware and software to produce content, and use it in a spontaneous and dynamic way. Learners on this course will look at the basic techniques of VJing, as well as tips and tricks to quickly become self sufficient at creating, experimenting and performing with visuals.

In addition, organisation methods and codes of practice will be suggested to give learners a head start for when interacting with musicians, promoters and venue managers. A big part of being a successful VJ is about working as a team with other players in the clubbing and live arts industries.

Rebel Overlay, AKA Phil Rust and Spencer Heron, are a duo based in London UK. Phil graduated with a BA Hons from Leicester University in Film and American Literature. Phil’s keen interest in both music, technology and the possibilities of live visual performance led to a move into the world of motion graphics & VJing. As Mind Over Matter, Phil was a fixture at various underground house, dubstep and drum & bass nights, including Chew The Fat! Urban Nerds, Trix, Audio Doughnuts, and Soltek.

Phil Joined Rebel Overlay in 2010, working increasingly larger events, and has performed alongside some of the most exciting names in the music industry, in small intimate venues right up to arena sized shows worldwide.

He has toured a custom visual-mapping show with the Crosstown Rebel’s collective, playing as far afield as Moscow, alongside luminaries of the house scene such as Damien Lazarus, Art Department, Amirali and Francesca Lombardo, whilst his passion for Vjing has taken him to Africa working for Hennessey’s Artistry events in Lagos Nigeria.

Rebel Overlay also work extensively on making custom projection mapping shows for various events on London’s burgeoning warehouse party scene, including Krankbrother, Mulletover, London Warehouse Events and Electric Minds.

Further Credits include Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas Marquee club Las Vegas, Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, BEIL Beirut Lebanon, Metro Perth Australia, Horedon Pavillion Sydney Australia, Sound:FRame Festival Vienna, e:pulse Festival – Breda Holland, Futuregods – Seoul Korea, Tomorrowlands Festival Belgium, A State Of Trance 500 – Amsterdam, Dance Valley Festival Amsterdam, SW4 London, Global Gathering UK, Creamfields UK, We Are FSTVL, Secret Garden Party, Festival No.6, Krankbrother, Mulletover, WAYF, Big Chill, Glastonbury Festival, Secret Garden Party, Eastern Electrics, Ministry of Sound, London Brixton Academy London & Warehouse Project Manchester.

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No particular experience is required to join the course, although a working knowledge of computers is essential, as well as a genuine enthusiasm for working with moving images in a musical context.

Next Dates

Dates: 15th & 16th May 2014 (Thursday and Friday 11 am – 6 pm)



£144  (includes 10 per cent early booking discount if booked by 11th May 2014 – EU citizens)

£160 Subsidised rate for EU citizens 

£210 Full price for non-EU citizens. (Non-Eu citizens with indefinite leave to remain can pay subsidised rate – proof required.)

£80 – Discount for people on benefits, proof required: ESA (income related); Income Support; Working Tax Credit (not child tax credit); Council Tax Benefit (not student/single person/reduction due to disability); Housing Benefit; Pension Credit; Unwaged Dependent.

(We will also accept JSA but only if you are not in receipt of one of the above, i.e. the other benefit proofs are preferred. Please email us to request a JSA discount).

(This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be sixteen years and above, for information about all of our youth activities ONLY please contact

Students can bring their favourite digital music & photos for building a personal VJ set on the second day’s course. They will also be provided with a large collection of moving images to work with. They will also have the opportunity to import their own video material, but they must be in specific formats and codecs (Spenser will give you guidance on this on the first day). For practical sessions students will be usuing resolume software.

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Full details & course outline here.


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