In 1921, Walter Ruttmann, a trained musician and painter, created his Lichtspiel Opus 1, one of the first non-narrative abstract short-films. It can now be considered one of the first pieces of visual music. This six-day workshop examines this and other examples of visual music, starting from the early 1920s up to contemporary works created by artists and motion designers. We will look into the content of those videos and the technical possibilities (both analogue and digital) of those times compared to nowadays. After analysing these films, each student will utilize the new skills and create their visual music videos experimenting with shape, motion, rhythm, and music. Conceptual and technical support will be provided.
Each participant should bring their laptop. During the workshop, the students will install the free trial of Adobe After Effects, which is valid for seven days. Participants do not need any prior experience with After Effects. Creating your music video will be a fun way to learn animating with new software.
Suzi Zimmermann is a graduate designer for audio-visual media (Academy of Media Arts Cologne). For twelve years, she has worked in Los Angeles where she developed logo and title design for Hollywood studios. Now she lives in Berlin and works as a freelance designer and art director for moving images in the fields of film, television, trade fairs, and events. She also gives workshops at various universities and in companies, f.e. Berlin University of the Arts, MCAST, Malta College of Art, Ludwigsburg Film Academy, and RTL Media Group.