Jennifer Lopez: It's my Party Tour

Photon helped bring the bash together with a streamlined, responsive, and uncompromising workflow.

What does a mega-star like J-Lo do when she turns 50? She throws the biggest party on the block, of course—in over thirty cities across North America and internationally. “It’s My Party” ran from June 7 to August 11, 2019. Content director, Nick Militello and creative directors Nappytabs called on VYV for the tools and support that let them work free of creative constraints on this milestone tour. .

For starters, what’s a birthday without cake? Working closely with PRG, the main video supplier for the US leg of the tour, VYV transformed three platforms into a triple-tiered cake that rose, fully video mapped, from the stage deck—with the birthday girl on top, of course. Thanks to Photon, two LED processors sampled different content for a whopping 582 INFiLED FLEX 6 tiles to create a cohesive image across each ring.

From turning a B-stage into a birthday cake, 4K video playback with tight synchronization and live video feeds with real-time effects, Photon was there to contribute to the wow-factor and glamour of the show.

While prep time was not unusually short—one month—the exactingness of J-Lo, her management, and creative team was what made this tour a challenge and a privilege. The show was constantly being tweaked and fine-tuned, meaning that video content designer Nick Militello had to continuously adapt or create content.

“Working in uncompressed media was a big highlight for the designer,” affirms Drew Atienza, project manager. The ability to render out media directly without waiting for massive files to convert meant that Militello had his content ready for the next rehearsal, to see what’s working or not and immediately react to it. A missed rehearsal is one less chance to perfect your vision.

“Photon servers and software really give us the flexibility to adapt to production needs.”> -Drew Atienza, VYV project manager

This was the first tour run by VYV’s recently opened US office, proving it has the people, technical know-how and equipment to work at the caliber of a large touring show.

  • SHARE:
  • CREATIVE DIRECTORS:

    Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo (NappyTabs)

  • Production Design:

    Cory FitzGerald, Alex Reardon (Silent House)

  • Lighting Designer:

    Alex Reardon

  • Lighting Programmer:

    Joe Cabrera

  • Lighting Director:

    Shaheem Litchmore

  • Lighting Co:

    PRG

  • PRG Rep:

    Curry Grant

  • Lighting Crew Chief:

    Jerry “Hodgie” Vierna

  • Lighting Techs:

    Todd Turner, Thomas Dubas, John Norton, Robert Behounek, Daidre Visser, Cole Wheeler

  • Tour Manager:

    Lindsay Robinson

  • Production Managers:

    Casey Gill, Alicia Harnois

  • Stage Manager:

    Bruce Haynes

  • Technical Director:

    Hai Tran

  • Video Content Creator:

    Nick Militello

  • Head of 3D :

    Alex Zakoudek

  • 3D artists:

    Tess Boughton & Carly Glover

  • Video Director:

    Christian Lamb

  • Video Cos:

    PRG/VER; VYV

  • PRG/VER Rep:

    Jeroen Hallaert

  • VYV Rep/Project Manager:

    Drew Atienza

  • VYV Media Server Programmer/Operator:

    Jonathan Masterson

  • VYV Production Assistant:

    Grant Palmer

  • LED Crew Chief:

    Evan Cervantes

  • Creative Director:

    Richard Lindsay

  • Art Director:

    Caterina Vicaretti

  • Executive Producer:

    Stella Carmody

  • Head of Design:

    Jonny Old

  • Head of Motion Design:

    Matt Lock

  • Motion Designer:

    Neil Van Vuuren & Kyle Downes

  • LED Techs:

    Matthew Vassallo, Cameron Trosper, Rachel Hudson, Johnny Martinez, Liselle Bertrand

  • Staging/Automation Cos:

    All Access Staging, Tait

  • All Access Rep:

    Erik Eastland

  • Automation:

    Zack Eastland, Matthew Garrett, Ted Schroeder, Doug Sager

  • Pyro/Laser Co:

    Pyrotek Special Effects

  • Pyro Techs:

    Steven Aleff, Rey Mangubat

  • Laser Techs:

    Eric Taylor, Louis “Pete” Callahan

  • Kinetic Lighting Co:

    Glow Motion/Daniel Slezinger

  • Glow Motion Crew:

    Kelsey Heisel, Eduardo Wotzkow Alvarez, Benjamin Brinton, Marty Allen

  • Glow Motion Programmer:

    Mike Robertson

  • Props:

    Scott Grajeda, Anthony Cooper

  • Carpenters:

    James George, Christopher Raines, Deonte Matthews

  • Riggers:

    Todd Mauger, Jake Harrelson

  • WHEN:

    June 7th to August 11th 2019

  • WHERE:

    Africa, Asia, Europe, North America