Christmas Arena Outreach 2013

2013-12-15 13.26.45This year our big Christmas outreach is at the BB&T Center which is the home of the Florida Panthers NHL Team.  With 17,500 seats we hope to have a full house to celebrate Jesus’ birth together!  The arena is also a great outreach for those people that don’t want to go to a church but will go to an arena.

We had the last of our rehearsals on campus.  Lots of prep work and planning out details.  It takes a small army to make an event like this happen and go well!

Load in is tomorrow at 7am.  The arena is covering the ice now and setting the stage up.  Once again Special Event Services is helping us out with all lighting, projection, and audio for the event.  I’ll post more info as things progress.

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!

Eikon Downtown At Club Revolution

2013-05-22-19.51.55Recently we had a pretty unique event.  Our young adult ministry, Eikon, took over a club downtown and had an outreach focused worship service.  This was at Club Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale and we called the event “Eikon Downtown”.

The goal was to reach out and meet people that don’t know Jesus in an environment that’s comfortable to them.  We had a DJ open the night.  Then a time of worship followed by a short teaching and alter call.  Several people came forward which was awesome!  Then we closed out the night with some more worship.  I don’t know the exact number but over 500 people showed up and it was a very cool event.

We did some prep work ahead of time and used Light Converse to help previsualize our lighting looks and plan the stage layout.  This really helped us have a plan before getting into the room.  The schedule was fairly tight so a lot of time was spent ahead of time planning and trying to make the day run as smoothly as possible.

2013-05-22-17.52.22We used the club’s lighting system which consisted of 8 Martin Mac 600 wash lights, 2 Martin strobes, and 3 Martin Mac 250’s.  We augmented the lighting with a fairly large video projection.  We brought a drop to use as a screen and made a 36′ x 9′ image using three 12,000 lumen projectors.

Lighting was controlled by an ETC ION lighting console.  Video was fed from a MacBook Pro running ProPresenter.  This controlled all of our videos and lyrics.  All of this was then controlled by another MacBook running Ableton Live.

Ableton sent out Midi commands to the ProPresenter machine to change all of the backgrounds and lyrics.  It also could have controlled lighting but we ran out of time to program cues, I had to run lights manually.  The plan was to trigger lighting cues from Ableton.

For audio we used the house Turbosound system which worked well.  We brought in a Yamaha CL3 for FOH and took care of 6, stereo, wireless IEM systems with the CL3 and an iPad running their app.  The iPad was great and allowed us to dial in mixes from stage for each person.

So far the response from this event has been very positive.  That’s a good thing, ha ha.  When you’re trying something new there’s always that chance of it falling flat.  Again we had a great response so we’ll probably do this again at some point.  If over 500 people came out on a Wednesday night then getting the club on a Friday night would be awesome!