Choreographing a fireworks display "is just like a ballet or a Broadway show, You think of the fireworks as the dancers. If you can dance to it you can shoot it.”
Once all of the music is finalized, I have the 10-minute display time and work on determining which shells will accompany each musical selection. A detailed rundown, indicating the number of seconds each burst of firepower will last. Everything is logged into a computer program that synchronizes the split-second fireworks cues with the music. To time the music properly, the choreographer must know how long it takes for each shell to open up after it's fired. For example, if he wanted two hearts to appear just when Phil Collins mentions hearts, he'd have to mark them on a form about five seconds before the words come in the song.
Pyrotechnical competitions involving fireworks are held in many countries. One of the most prestigious fireworks competition is theMontreal Fireworks Festival, an annual competition held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Another magnificent competition is Le Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique held in the summer annually at the Bay of Cannes in Côte d'Azur, France. The World Pyro Olympics is an annual competition amongst the top fireworks companies in the world. It is held in Manila, Philippines. The event is one of the largest and most intense international fireworks competitions.