Led by longtime Ghost River Theatre audiovisual designer and programmer Matthew Waddell, the Video Projection Intensive is for those looking to dive deeper into the world of digital video projection for live performance. This four-day, 18 hour, workshop will combine lectures, live demos and in-class exercises that introduce participants to the current techniques and practices used to create and output digital video. The intensive is intended for students, technicians, designers, artists, and educators who already have experience working with computers for performance or installation.


Topics Covered

  • Core concepts of digital video - An overview of digital video including concepts of resolution, ratios, codecs, editing tips and computer optimization. 

  • TouchDesigner as a tool for endless creative expression. - Find out how professionals around the world use this powerful software to create large-scale audiovisual designs for architectural projection, theatre and dance performances, concerts, and installations. 

  • Projection mapping onto any surface using one or more projectors. - Learn how to blend and map one or one hundred projectors to create large-scale, high resolution visual designs. 

  • Live camera integration - Bringing live camera feeds into your projection design can add a layer of liveness and heightened reality to your work. It can also be very frustrating and costly to get the results you're after. We will demystify the process by looking at a variety of camera, capture and playback options that can work for every budget. 

  • Advanced control of sound, lights, effects and video using MIDI and OSC.- Timing is everything. Find out how to control and synchronize multiple devices and effects across your entire playback system. 

  • Intro to 3D Visuals - Knowing how to integrate and manipulate 3D visual elements (literally) adds another dimension to your work. We will look at basic concepts of 3D visuals and how you can use TouchDesigner to easily incorporate 3D objects into your design. 

    *No previous knowledge of TouchDesigner required.

Dates and times

February 1: 6pm - 9pm

February 2: 6pm - 9pm

February 3: 10am - 5pm

February 4: 10am - 5pm



F.R. Matthews Theatre at the University of Calgary



Early bird/Equity rate: $350 + GST

After January 5, 2018: $375 + GST

About the instructor

Matthew Waddell is an audiovisual artist, multimedia programmer and educator. Matthew has been involved with digital arts production and education for the last eleven years - creating award winning sound and video design for theatre, building innovative custom playback servers, integrating live camera into theatre and dance performances, and recently exploring large-scale video installation and architectural building projection.   

Since discovering TouchDesigner in 2014, Matthew has used it to create custom playback systems that combine live camera feeds, realtime graphics and animation, interactive controllers and video mapping technology.  His work made in TouchDesigner has been presented at Mutek Montreal, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, the Calgary GLOW Festival, Canada Day at the Forks Winnipeg, and on stage with Alberta Theatre Projects and Ghost River Theatre. 

Over the last six years he has taught courses in audiovisual technology at the National Theatre School of Canada as well as at numerous workshops in Calgary, Winnipeg and Bogota, Colombia. 

Matthew has received two Betty Mitchell Awards: Outstanding Projection Design, (The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, 2015) and Outstanding Sound Design (ONE, 2011) and a Calgary Critics Award for Best Technical Design (Tomorrow’s Child, 2014).

Recent Ghost River Theatre credits include: Window, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, Tomorrow’s Child and Reverie. 

Elsewhere: The Huron Bride (Vertigo), Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary), Mary’s Wedding (ATP). 


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