Jack Cannon is an 18-year-old artist with a primary focus on lighting design. He has designed and programmed for artists and influencers all around the United States. Since the Covid-19 shutdowns, Jack has centered his work around creating designs for architecture, music videos, film, and live streams.
Music Video Design Montage
The above video contains segments from three music videos. More on these videos can be found below.
Mayn Music Videos
These videos were shot on October 24th, 2020, at Mack Sennett Studios. Jack was requested for this project by producer Helen Sartory of The Rattle LA. Music artist Charlie Maynard wanted lighting that felt captivating, immersive, and illusive. The design was built around three music tracks, lighting was then programmed to continuously run thirteen minutes straight.
Building The Design
The producer and artist wanted to draw inspiration from Nonotak, a studio focused on creating dreamlike experiences with video, audio, and light. The first idea was to use fourteen Astera Titan Tubes to light up translucent curtains/cycloramas. However, with being unable to find two forty by fifteen-foot translucent curtains within budget, Jack began rethinking his design. Jack decided upon using heavy haze in place of curtains to fit the budget. He also determined that he wanted to incorporate movement within his design. This led Jack to explore the usage of moving light bars such as the X4-bar by GLP and the Chorus Line by Elation. After testing different effects, Jack decided upon using six GLP X4-20 bars that would be mounted vertically on six-foot steel pipes. Within a heavily hazed environment, the X4-20s were able to fill the atmosphere with their 50-degree zoom and create detailed lines with their 10-degree zoom. To aid the design as eye-candy, Mark Ravenhill of German Light Products (GLP) provided Jack with twelve prototypes of the CL1+ wireless/magnetic lighting fixture. These fixtures came with a clear and a diffused cover. To create a better ring-like eye-candy look with them, Jack built onto the fixture with magnets as seen in the image to the right. These fixtures were on their first field test during this music video and became a great detail within the final design.
Creating a design for this production was the easy part. The difficult part was the programming. The design was programmed completely within Capture 2020 pre-visualization. It was programmed on an MA2 Light over the span of three weeks. To assure lighting lined up on film, all thirteen minutes of music were timecoded. Lots of trial and error played into fine-tuning a program that visualized the intent and story of the music. By the time the programming was finalized, 351 effects were programmed, 3,109 cues were stored, and fifteen Starbucks Vanilla Lattes were consumed.
Two of three videos have been publicly released, all three are available to view below:
Call & Response: Youtube Link
You Got It: Youtube Link
Polyphonic (Unreleased): Vimeo Link
Equipment provided by Kinetic Lighting, Cann Light Productions, Los Angeles Audio Rentals, and German Light Products.
Final Design (minus CL1+)
CL1+ with Magnets
Hotter Than Your Instincts Music Video