TAL ROSNER, Video Artist
What do you do?
I'm a video designer. I make video sequences and animations that end up on stage, as part of a live performance (in this case: a dance show). I also work in theatre and make art installations.
When did you first realise that you wanted to be a video designer?
It was more of a gradual process. I studied graphic design at university and then got interested in motion/movement and animation. I first started working with musicians and orchestras, making "classical music videos", which then led to other stage crafts.
Where did you train and what qualification did you get?
I studied Communication Design (Graphic Design), BA and MA—the latter at Central Saint Martins in London. I bought myself various design and animation software (when the Adobe suite was at its infancy).
Do you have such a thing as a typical day?
For me every day is completely different. If I'm in production or development I will be going to a theatre or a rehearsal space. Otherwise I will be sitting on my computer in my studio working and developing material. I work most weekends! But sometimes I get free days during the week.
What personality traits or skills do you need to be a good video designer?
Working as a freelance designer you have to be extremely proactive in generating work and projects for yourself to be involved in. Video design and animation also require a bit of tech savvy and knowledge of maths. You also have to be a very patient person, as pieces sometimes develop slowly and over a long period of time (to get funding and so on). For example, I'd been developing work with Alex for almost 2 years before we got the chance to have 8 Minutes commissioned.
What do you love most about your job?
The variety, the freedom and the fact that I get to be creative 24/7.
Are there any bad bits?
Looking for work, being out of work (when that happens), and low-pay being a norm for designers in the creative industries in the UK.
What advice would you give to a young person wanting to do the job you do?
Watch a lot of movies, TV shows, music videos, computer games. Find tools to teach yourself Photoshop, editing, etc and start experimenting—then share the work as much as you can! The rest will follow.