Six questions with Video Designer Nate Selvidio, co-owner of Impulse Creative Group and Video Director for Pitbull U.S. Tour. Selvidio and Production Designer Justin Geiger of Impulse Creative Group used 263 CHAUVET Professional MVP Ta8 Curve and MVP 12 video panels for the tour’s 24 shows. Orlando-based Complete Production Resources production company supplied the gear.
1. How did you get into this field?
When I was in high school I started working in a TV station, next to studying lighting and video on my own. I also graduated from Full Sail University in Show Production and Touring, where I started I developing live-concert expertise. I have been a video designer for about three years and I enjoy what I do very much.
2. What do you think is the next thing in the lighting industry?
I think we will start seeing more moving LED units and automation with a lot of the LED panels. I also think video will be around and take away from the lighting.
3. What is your favorite fixture?
The CHAUVET Professional MVP modular video panels were great on the Pitbull U.S. Tour. They were so bright we had to turn down the output. As for the consoles I use with the panels, I like playing with the Hippotizer and the GrandMa.
4. What has been a favorite design/project?
The Hollywood Bowl performance as part of the Pitbull U.S. Tour was amazing. Jennifer Lopez came and surprised everyone, then Chris Brown showed up, then Mark Anthony and Enrique Iglesias! The crowds were ecstatic.
5. What was the biggest unforeseen obstacle that you’ve faced in one of your designs, and how did you overcome it?
In any show, a challenge is changing video content and re-editing. For any changes you have to meet with the artist, get the audio team involved, export the video content — it’s not as easy as changing a light.
6. Complete this sentence: A show without video is like… a roller coaster with no power.