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American Ninja Warrior Powers Up With Chauvet

September 2015

Intensity is the name of the game at American Ninja Warrior, giving its 6 million viewers a breathtaking display of physical power, speed and dexterity. Lighting Director Edward Motts brought forth similar qualities in the searing lightshow he created for the 2015 edition of the programme, using Next NXT-1 and Nexus LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional provided by Aspect Lighting.


Taking place at the USS Iowa battleship museum as a salute to the armed forces, the Summer 2015 American Ninja Warrior set featured a daunting obstacle course made of gleaming aluminum truss. Accenting the imposing image of the course were a collection of Nexus 4x4 LED panels and Nexus 4x1 LED strips.


Motts positioned two rows of four Nexus 4x4 panels across the top of the tallest truss tower on the American Ninja Warrior set. The intense output from the panels’ 27-watt COB RGB LEDs cut through the Southern California night sky.


Other Nexus 4x4 panels as well as 4x1 strips were truss mounted at key points along the obstacle course. Aside from engaging the live audience at the USS Iowa Museum, the intense output Nexus fixtures served to frame the action on the set for TV cameras.


“We’re always looking to push the lighting rig further to keep up with the intensity of American Ninja Warriors,” said Motts. 


“Sid Khera at Aspect Lighting is great to work with, because he shares my passion for continually pushing the envelope. We came up with the idea of adding the Next NXT-1 to our arsenal to up the intensity level and create more eye candy for the viewers on the set and at home watching TV. The NXT-1s were the perfect complement to what we had on the show’s rig.”


Motts ran the Next NXT-1 fixtures in two modes: 109 and 10 Channel. “The 109 mode was for eye candy,” he said. “We used it to have a lot of pixels chasing each other, which helped create the sense of drama that makes this show special. We placed some panels on the ship and aimed them at the crowd and at the cameras, because when you saw them in action it just kind of swept you up in the excitement.”


Other Next NXT-1 moving panels were positioned on the set and aimed at the USS Iowa itself. “We used these panels set to 10 Channel mode to fill in some dark spots on the ship and bring out its beauty for the live audience and TV viewers,” added Motts.



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