We capture the essence of the artist's performance.
Garth Brooks Yankee Stadium Live
Picture Vision Pictures Producer/Director, Jon Small, headed to the Bronx to load in set and equipment at the most famous ballpark in the world, the iconic Yankee Stadium.
Eight days later, Garth Brooks stepped out on a newly designed stage – designed especially for Yankee Stadium, to do what he does best.
With twenty-five 4K cameras, Jon Small and his crew captured every electrifying moment of Garth’s performance in front of his die-hard fans. Small, no stranger to live concert shootings, including Garth Live at Central Park, Billy Joel at Yankee Stadium, Billy Joel at Shea Stadium and countless others, put it this way: “I shot a lot of concerts, but no concert ever looked like this; its vivid color, its sharpness and its clarity - all attributed to shooting it in 4K - made for a truly one-off show that will stand out as one of Garth’s most captivating television events.”
“It’s always a sigh of relief and joy for me when a show is finished”, continued Small, "but the satisfaction this time was when I observed Garth watching the first screening. He was laughing and enjoying the concert as much as any fan at the stadium, and I knew then and there that I captured the essence of …. this is Garth Brooks”.
Billy Joel Last Play at Shea
Superstar Billy Joel, gave a rocking farewell to the New York Mets’ home, Shea Stadium. Shot over two sold-out nights, Billy called on close friend, Jon Small, to produce and direct this historic event.
Joel tore through 35 hits songs and was joined by some of his favorite artists, including Tony Bennett, John Mayer, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks, Steve Tyler, Roger Daltrey, and Paul McCartney, to join him on stage, Small and his team, captured the historic event with 21 HD cameras, capturing every moment of the event that is likely to go down as the biggest star-studded night of all times at the stadium.
Last Play At Shea had its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to be released to theaters nationwide.
Garth Brooks One Man, One City, One Night
A 10-time Country Music "Entertainer of the Year" and best selling artist of all time, Garth Brooks stepped out for nine special sold-out concerts at the new Sprint Center in Kansas City.
The filmed concert was produced and directed by Jon Small and was released to movie theatres nationwide.
“The HD visuals in the movie theatres were so intimate you could almost see the joy and fire in Garth’s eyes,” said Small.
Rascal Flatts Live in Vegas, ACM Awards
The Las Vegas strip came to life when thousands of Rascal Flatts fans came to see their favorite band’s performance for the 2006 ACM Awards presentation.
Rascal Flatts turned to longtime concert director Jon Small to give their performance at the MGM Grand Hotel, a unique edge.
"I wanted to capture the indigenous excitement of the place and so the vibrant Vegas strip was the perfect backdrop for this performance," said Small.
With a small army of the best live TV crew, 10 cameras, three cranes (including the 50" techno crane), Small dynamically captured the band’s electrifying performance. To add another dimension, Small intensified the rocking single Me And My Gang by adding pyro and fire explosions.
The performance was lauded as the “highlight of the ACM Awards show.”
Garth Brooks Live Sizzle
Produced and Directed by Jon Small.
Garth Brooks Ireland & Back
Produced by Jon Small this multi-camera NBC TV Special was filmed during three electrifying nights, in Dublin Ireland’s Croke Park.
The stage spaned over 260 feet. “It was so big, I felt as if I was shooting three separate stages”, said Small. The award-winning production was captured with 24 cameras, two of those in two helicopters hovering above the crowd. Small created a unique opening shot with the top helicopter shooting through the helicopter blades of the helicopter below it, while Garth performed the opening number to a franzied crowd.
Once Picture Vision Pictures returned to the US, the second part of the performance, (the Back), was filmed in front of an equally exhuberant audience.
Blake Shelton All About Tonight
The concert that broke Blake Shelton's career, produced and directed by Jon Small.
Garth Brooks Live in Central Park
An HBO Special and the highest-rated HBO original program of the year, Garth Brooks Live in Central Park, produced by Jon Small, was also cable’s most-watched TV special.
Brooks filled the park's North Meadow with a capacity crowd that spilled out onto every available patch of grass and asphalt within earshot of the stage.
In fact, the show pulled the largest ever concert crowd in Central Park’s history while the TV show received a Cable ACE nomination for best musical and received six Emmy nominations including one for Outstanding Musical Special.
Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium
This Disney channel special was produced and directed by Jon Small.
A native New Yorker, Billy Joel thrilled fans who crowded “The House that Ruth Built” for another gripping sell-out concert.
The production was a Gold Medal Winner at the New York Film Festival as well as a recipient of a Monitor Award.
Garth Brooks Live at The Wynn, Las Vegas
This two-hour special, Garth Brooks Live at The Wynn in Las Vegas, was
a big hit for CBS.
"Garth was very up close and intimate with the audience. He had the freedom to recant a lot of personal and professional stories that were often spellbinding", said Jon Small, who produced and directed the ratings winner for CBS.
Garth Brooks Live from Yankee Stadium
Lynyrd Skynyrd Vicious Cycle Tour
A monumental live concert spanning 30 years of the band's greatest hits, Jon Small produced and directed this TV Concert and DVD.
As always, Lynyrd Skynyrd delivered the powerhouse sound they are famous for. Backed by a horn section and strings, the band’s tight and clean-playing style dazzled the crowd with classics including, I Know a Little, Simple Man and Sweet Home Alabama.
The show was filmed at the Amsouth Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brad Paisley 5th Gear Tour
Picture Vision Pictures director, Jon Small, used 14 HD cameras to capture the St Louis leg of Brad Paisley’s high-tech tour, which was filmed in front of 16,000 adoring fans.
"HD was the only way to go.” said Small “But we faced a number of challenges, including balancing the glare from the 1000 Versa-tubes Brad uses to light his amazing high energy tour, combined with the another 40 LED TV monitors that were on the stage."
In addition to directing 14 HD cameras, Small used three jibs, one super techno crane with two mounted cameras, two steadi-cams, three peds, one remote hot-head and four hand-held cameras.
Janet Jackson Madison Square Garden
This TV special was broadcast live on HBO to critical acclaim.
Jackson thrilled audiences with her distinctive vocal style and famous dance rhythms as she performed some of her biggest hits including What Have You Done For Me Lately and Together Again.
Produced by Jon Small, the production garnered four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award.