EMC alumnus featured for Twenty One Pilots’ lighting

Tyler Shapard 21 PilotsTyler “Shap” Shapard, a 2014 alumnus of the Department of Electronic Media Communication, is the co-lighting designer and lighting director for the indie pop group Twenty One Pilots.

In a recent article in the February 2017 magazine Lighting & Sound America, Shapard talks about designing a video concept that worked without having to hang a video wall at every performance.

“We needed a design that could fit in different types of rooms … [since] the band would be playing a mix of large and small venues,” Shapard said. “We had to figure out how we were going to have this video wall that engulfed them, but still have my lighting rig.”

Shapard has been back to campus as a guest of EMC’s Assistant Director of Technologies Mike Forbes to talk with EMC students about his live concert work. Shapard has a strong knowledge of special effects, and he gives advice to student crews working with the million-dollar video wall on loan from VER Nashville.

To read the article on Shapard, please click here.

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