Death Cab for Cutie – You Are a Tourist

Director: Tim Nackashi

Lighting Designer: Matt Ardine


The first live, scripted, one-take music video shoot. On April 5th, 2011, it aired live on several websites as the first event of its type. The lighting is some of the most technical and creative around. Utilizing LEDs to display video and wireless LED costumes, this video has a unique art-deco meets Tron look.


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Childish Gambino – 3005 – Woodies Performance

LED Designer: Matt Ardine
Costume Designer: Elise Valasco
For the 2014 Woodie Awards, Childish Gambino wanted to have a grand entrance to the stage. After seeing the Death Cab for Cutie video, director Hiro Murai contacted me to design the LED costumes for Childish Gambino and 8 costumes and 8 instruments for the marching band. Working with Elise Valasco, we pulled this massive feet off in a matter of 4 days from planning to shipping the costumes to Austin for the show. It ended up being over 900 RGB LEDs that are wirelessly controlled.

iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014: Artist Lineup Announcement

Directors: Bryan Olinger
Lighting Designer: Matt Ardine

For the 2014 festival announcement, iHeartRadio wanted to create a fast paced promo that got the viewers excited for the festival. Director, Bryan Olinger, shot with 3 cameras that were constantly moving. I designed a semicircle of lights and truss to make sure that there was always a dynamic background.

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Aloe Blacc – Love is the Answer

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Directors: Radical Friends
Director of Photography: Matthias Montero
Lighting Designer: Matt Ardine

This interactive music video had the challenge of lighting 16 different sets of Park Plaza at once. Working with Director of Photography, Matthias Montero, we designed the lighting for 4 characters as they pass through the different rooms culminating in the dance finale in the main lobby. The main challenge on this project was getting all the sets up and programmed with short preproduction time.

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Director: Mark Romanek
Lighting Designer: Michael Keeling
Lighting Console Programmer: Matt Ardine
Lighting Console Programmer: Breckenridge Haggerty

Sonos has no actors, the animation of the lights is the only action happening in the commercial. The shifting colors are showing the shift in music from room to room. Lighting Designer, Michael Keeling, came to me to help him achieve this huge task. A 4000 square foot house was built on stage and we added over 350 lights to create the smooth lighting animations.

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Lonely Island – YOLO

Cinematographer: Larkin Seiple
Lighting Designer: Matt Ardine

A very ambitious music video with an even more ambitious schedule. Over the course of 2 days, we shot 20 different sets. The largest set is the arrow wall performance area which included hundreds of lightbulbs, several moving lights, and numerous LEDs creating a large softbox.

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Passion Pit – Cry Like a Ghost


Directors: Daniels
Cinematographer: Larkin Seiple
Lighting Designer: Matt Ardine

Cry Like a Ghost is the story of going through a woman’s life in fast forward and reverse. The whole video was filmed over the course of two nights in Griffith Park’s Cedar Grove. The lighting was used to change the forest into a bar, club, bedroom, and bus. For the bus scene, a media server was used to create some poor man effects with a projector.

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Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapons

Designer & Programmer: Matt Ardine 

This 3d Visualization was programmed on a GrandMA2 and Madrix media server. Used the GrandMA 3D to visualize the show. Then, I screen captured the vizualizer and edited in Final Cut Pro. The towers are pixelmapped by Madrix. The Madrix is controlled via sAcn then the pixelmapped values are sent back into the console via sAcn so that the lights can be visualized in MA3d.

2011 Sundance Opening “Light is Love”

Director: Mariana Blanco
Cinematographer: Larkin Seiple
LED Designer & Programmer: Matt Ardine

The treatment for this commercial asked for an LED wall that didn’t look like an LED wall. Mariana wanted to take stills of Sundance films and pixelmap them across the LED array. A bookcase-looking container was CNC’ed and 1,600 LED pixels were individually placed inside each hole. The result is a video display that doesn’t look like a video display.

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Tech Notes: Hyundai VENUE : Urban Vibes

Director: John Park
Production Designer: Vincent Reynaud
Lighting Designer (plane interior): Matt Ardine

Cinematographer: MacGregor
Gaffer: Nizar Najm

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