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Special Effects for Video - Spring Break Workshop for Teens (Class B)

VIVO Media Arts

Monday, 25 March 2019 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Event registration is Pay What You Can -- no one turned away for lack of funds!

VIVO Media Arts Centre is a non-profit. Our challenge is to keep workshop fees as low as possible for participants, while still paying rent, maintaining facilities and equipment, and striving to compensate instructors fairly. Anything you can contribute to helping us cover costs is appreciated. We suggest donating $80 for this 16 hour workshop. However, we are here to serve you -- so pay what you can.

A Spring Break workshop for teens: learn to create mind bending special effects with video artist Flick Harrison!


16 hours total over 4 days // All equipment included!

March 25, 26, 27, and 28, 1pm-5pm each day



BY DONATION: suggested $80, or pay what you can.

Limited space, please register early.


This workshop also runs March 18-21:


Prerequisites: Suitable for teenagers who have some experience with the very basics of shooting and editing video.


Special effects can mean computer graphics, including: 
  • Motion tracking with objects,
  • Creating "magic" or "lasers" (using After Effects, Photoshop or Flash),
  • Shooting with a green screen to key in other footage
  • Digitally retouching footage and removing unwanted objects
Or it can be simple camera and editing techniques that are as old as movie-making itself, like:
  • Creative camera movements, like shaking or tumbling
  • Creative lighting movements
  • Using mechanical aids to affect objects in the frame, like fishing line
  • Cutting between different angles at just the right moment
  • Using clever camera placement and framing to turn normal objects into bizarre visuals 
  • Coordinating actions to be reversed in editing

In this workshop we'll explore both ways to give you a unique and flexible tool kit that can help you make better movies, whether you love complex graphics work or just enjoy getting on your feet and making the magic happen! Working in groups, we'll walk through hands-on exercises and let you cut loose with your own creative ideas. You'll end up with a highlight reel of the effects you came up with.

These skills are definitely essential for taking your Sci-Fi, Horror, and Adventure stories to the next level--but special effects enhance any movie!


New to VIVO? Parents are welcome to come take a free tour of VIVO! We're at 2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver. Open Tue-Fri 11am-6pm.



Flick Harrison ( is an award-winning writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. “I’ve explored boundaries of all kinds in media, politics, education and the arts for over twenty years.  As an artist, I explode the aesthetics of political conflict; as an educator, I try to make media flow organically from the social.  My ambition is to lead, support and challenge non-profits, schools, community groups and other progressive actors to improve their understanding and use of media, all while having fun.”







 Questions? Email or call 604-872-8337.

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

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VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8

Monday, 25 March 2019 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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VIVO Media Arts

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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