Creative VJ – Make music for your eyes!

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    £155; £139 (early booking discount); £116 concessions

Creative VJ course – Learn to be a VJ!

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.

Wikipedia on Vjing – “VJing is the creation or manipulation of imagery in realtime through technological mediation for an audience, in synchronization to music” or a better definition “Make Music for Your Eyes”!


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.

Creative VJ course at Film Oxford - Phil Rust - Rebel Overlay

 Phil Rust

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Software used many thanks to Resolume:


25% Discount on Resolume avilable to those who take the course.


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.

Creative VJ course at Film Oxford - Phil Rust - Rebel Overlay

(Photo – Rebel Overlay at Radio 1 Essential Mix Arena @ Global Gathering Festival)

Answers to most commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQ page, otherwise please email


£135 (includes 10% early booking discount)

£150 Full Price

£113 Discount for people on following means tested benefits & NUS, proof required: NUS card; 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 (guarantee); Unwaged Dependent of these benefits + NUS

All Film Oxford Courses are subsidised by Oxfordshire Adult Learning

Attendees will be given a 25% off discount code for Resolume VJ software, (as used on the course).

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 using resolume software.

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Course Outline:

DAY 1:

1) Discussion with learners on what they aim to achieve with this course

2) Introduction to VJing

– Its origins
– The historical figures
– Today’s most prominent VJs
– VJ communities / networks
– The VJ industry

3) The VJs technical tools

– Electronic hardware (performance and content production)
– Software (performance and content production)
– Display technologies (projectors, LED screen, etc)
– Non-electronic VJ equipment

4) Knowing the different VJ genres

– Original vs found footage
– Graphic vs lens based footage
– Band and DJ collaborations vs AV performances
– Scratching and beat matching
– Film remixes and installations
– Art vs entertainment

5) Hands-on experience of VJ technical tools

– Players and mixers
– Performance software
– Content production software*
– Cameras and projectors

6) Storyboarding a VJ performance

– Ideas and methods
– Choosing styles and effects
– Which equipment to bring to a performance
– Putting a budget together

Creative VJ course at Film Oxford


1) Preparing your own performance

– Learners gather the material of their choice for a personal performance*
– Learners select which equipment to use for this performance

2) Your own performance

– Each learner performs individually or in teams, to the music of their choice.

3) Tutor and learner feedback / discussions on performances

4) Next Step

– Tutor suggestions on future development for each learner
– How to use VJ skills in your own practice
– Further course suggestions


Natasha – I gained a good insight in vjing and just need to practice with my own clips

Grey – Very competent and completed my project. Fantastic equipment

Anna – The tutor was clear, calm, positive and knowledgeable

Kate – Wonderful two days. Really informative and a great relaxed and productive atmosphere

Martin – This course was brilliant, helpful and fun

M.K. – Exactly what I hoped from the course!

Creative VJ course at Film Oxford

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This is one of our adult training courses so please note that participants need to be 18 years and above, for information about all of our youth activities see Youth page

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