Monthly Archives: September 2013

Eikon Downtown 2.0

2013-09-22 13.12.05Following our first trip to Club Revolution for our Eikon Downtown event we decided it was time to go back.  This time we added some more lighting in the form of 8 Clay Paky Sharpys.  We also had 3, 12,000 lumen, projectors as our backdrop again.

While I’ve been a fan of the Sharpys for a while now, they’re in shows all over the place, I hadn’t used them yet.  They are awesome!  Ha ha.  Any time a light comes with a warning about setting things on fire from 12 meters away you know you have something special!

We rented 8 of the Sharpys and set them up in 2 groups of 4 lights stage left and right.  This let us make some cool random looks as well as some nice symmetrical looks.  With our Haze Base hazer pumping nice haze into the room we got some amazing beams and effects from the lights.

Projectors were fed with ProPresenter and a Matrox Triple Head 2 Go.  While this did work fairly well we did have some playback issues with ProPresenter when trying to change speeds of clips.  Even on a newer MacBook Pro with an SSD.  Next time we may try something different like Qlab or Resolume Arena.

Technology aside it’s a really cool event.  We saw over 800 people show up and over 50 people dedicate their lives to Christ.  That kind of response is what it’s all about.  Hopefully people had fun, learned, were challenged, and left one step closer to Jesus.

Next time out we’ll probably add on a little more to what we did this time.  The Sharpys looked great, we may go with 8 on the ground again and add 8 in the air.  16 total would be pretty amazing!

If you have Instagram you can search #EikonDowntown and find a lot of cool shots and short videos from the night.  You can also check out my personal Instagram account for more pictures and videos.

While playing with the Sharpys we aimed them at a mirror ball in the venue.  We got some cool results!

Couples Retreat

This year we headed back out to Marco Island for another Married Couples’ Retreat.  Over 400 couples converged on the resort for a time of teaching and worship.  I headed out to oversee all of the AV for the event.

Overall it was a pretty simple event.  That said we needed audio to cover 800+ people worth of seating.  We had some environmental projection and standard IMAG projection to help provide the “look”.  Between all that and switching between live video and PowerPoint / ProPresenter we stayed pretty busy, ha ha.

The event went well and everyone was happy.  Next time we’re looking at making the event even bigger.  Hopefully that will mean some more gear such as lighting and a larger scale projection system!