Lights, camera, action

Ever looked at the videos for, say Michel Jackson’s Thriller; or Bob Dylan’s litter-endorsing Subterranean Homesick Blues; or perhaps the Oz/KKK/foetal stylings of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box, and thought – ‘sheesh, I could do better’?

Ever fancied yourself as the new David Lynch, Woody Allen or, er, Michael Bay?

Well, your chance to learn how takes place on Saturday, courtesy of Jotta and Intel’s DIY FX Film workshop at the Design Museum.

Some of the effects you'll be able to create
The dark image of a truncated ballet dancer is still from Sara Hibbert’s video piece

The workshop will teach participants how to create film effects using readily available materials such as computers, phones or camcorders.

The process is inspired by Duchamp’s methods in creating his 1924 film Anemic Cinema, which uses animated drawings wildly swirling around, alternating with French puns.

The artists created the effect by painting designs on cardboard circles, spinning them round on a phonograph to make them appear three-dimensional.

The workshop will teach you how to create effects like this
Some of the effects you’ll be able to create

in a similar vein, participants in the workshop can expect to walk away from the afternoon safe in the knowledge they’ve created their own petit piece de resistance.

We’re promised it will feature effects ranging from ‘kaleidoscopic colour and lighting, to high-speed velocity movement and wacky perspective tricks of the trade.’

Some of the effects you'll be able to create
The workshop will teach you how to create effects like this

DIY FX
J takes place at The Design Museum, London, on 4 June 2.30pm–4.30pm. The workshop is free, but RSVP is essential. Email rsvp@jotta.com

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