Fun recently interviewed Daniel from New Zealand,
a rare talented VJ in Taiwan who created an entertainment
company called Freeform. When I first met him,
I was really curious to see his work, so he welcomed
me into his studio. I discovered some astonishing
abstract films he was mixing together there, projected
on the wall, while the music was playing. It was
a fascinating experience topped only by seeing
him performing live along with some great DJs.
The film I could see on the big screen was in
sync with the music the DJ was playing and it
gave the club a surrealistic atmosphere.
TFR: What made you became a VJ?
Freeform: It came from an early desire
to make short abstract film, a preoccupation with
music and synthesizers. I create some virtual
films that represent my own visual interpretation
of a sound. But this is totally abstract because
everyone has his own interpretation, and does
the sound of a whale look like a whale?
TFR: What is your equipment?
Freeform: I use cameras, virtual image
sequences I created, video mixers, midi controllers
(keyboard), a computer using software and projectors.
All my equipment is movable in order to be able
to use it for gear at a club.
TFR: What is your style?
Freeform: To define it in technical terms,
I prefer broadcast resolution images, smooth constant
frame rates, and a general preference for high
image quality. I sometimes use figurative and
narrative media but I feel it's a bit more commercial
than the abstract forms I create using object
oriented (3D) software. For example, I will use
some dirty images, more black and white and broken-line,
for music such drums and bass but, if the music
is more like house, then I will use some pure
line, more colorful and moving for a spatial environment.
TFR: What are your future projects?
Freeform: I am preparing to study new laser
technology and to do some research. I also would
like to experiment with lasers but all that equipment
costs a fortune!
TFR: Where can we see you VJ-ing?
Freeform: You can see me VJ-ing in mega-clubs
such Luxy and M.O.S. but also at some outdoor
parties and at some music or fashion events.
TFR: What would you like to say to people that
(become a VJ?)
Freeform: It is a very interesting, job
and also fun, but you must be prepared to be broke
because it costs a lot.
Freeform website: http://freeform.orcon.net.nz/