Just a short video showing one of the songs from Not So Silent Night. Between the kids jumping around and the lights going crazy it was a fun song!
In some parts you can see a little bit of the projector that we put upstage shooting towards the audience. This gave us some really cool motions kinda like a laser. It gets washed out at some points in the video but you’ll see it. Content was simply white motion graphics on a black background, really easy to make.
It’s that time of the year! 2013 is ending with a bang here at Calvary. Lots of big events leading up to Christmas!
One of these December events is Oceans Edge School of Worship’s Not So Silent Night. This is their annual Christmas concert and it’s the first big concert of the school year. It’s the students time to apply what they have learned so far and push themselves.
For us on staff it’s a chance to try and do some new and cool things on the tech side. We pretty much get free reign with all the toys we have at our disposal, ha ha. This year I got to try something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time, using a projector as a moving light.
We happened to have a spare projector that’s pretty bright, 17,000 lumens! We positioned this upstage and shot it forward over the stage and over most of the audience. With lots of haze in the air the results were some pretty awesome beams that were very laser like if we wanted that effect.
Since it was a projector (and not a gobo in a light) we could put out any content we wanted. Anything white on a black background looked like nice sharp beams cutting through the air. The results were really cool and couldn’t be done with a moving light or even a laser. It also allowed us to project words that were actually readable in the air which was really cool.
The projector provided some very high tech kinda looks. To contrast that we used a lot more conventionals than we normally do. We had a flown row and a ground based row of pars which we used as audience blinders. We also had 10 lekos with gobos spread throughout the room to put out some nice, warm, beams.
Between the usual intelligents we have, the projector, and all the additional conventional lights we had lots of options. I like to try and create variety to keep things from getting repetitive. Even if something is only used on one song I think it’s worth the effort.
We also had fun with other effects. Lots of haze (of course), plus low lying fog from a pair of Martin Glaciators, and confetti cannons. Our rigging system had a lot of cues, bringing lights up and down for different looks. Plus some different flown backdrop elements that the students created which flew in and out.
Another cool element was some “screens” made out of recycled pallet wood. This gave a stylized look to all of the projections. Not everything looked great on it with the texture but once we found the right content it was a cool look. We purposely left some gaps between the panels so that a light could be put behind the screens and shine through. this create beams through the cracks and gave us more options.
Once again we made Ableton Live our master control for all click, loop, ProPresenter lyrics, lighting, and projection. One machine ran Ableton, another ran the two side screens with ProPresenter, a third computer ran Qlab for the stage projection that faced the audience, lastly out ETC Ion controlled lights.
A combination of MIDI notes and MIDI show control was used for all of these commands. Some devices were hardwired and some were sent commands over our WiFi network using Apple’s built in MIDI over Ethernet. An iPad with Qlab’s remote app was our backup control for the projector on stage. Everything worked great!
This seems like a lot of extra work but in the end it’s actually less work. Start one machine and several follow in perfect harmony. It also let us hit cues that just aren’t practical when everything is human controlled. We had lots of hits on specific notes that were hit perfectly every time with this system.
We had two sold out nights in our theatre and it was a lot of work but a lot of fun. Now it’s time to get ready for our main Christmas outreach service in the BB&T center! Load in starts tomorrow, I’ll be sure and post some info on that as well!
Check out Oceans Edge’s Instagram for some more pictures. I’ll post some more pictures and videos as soon as I can.
Ocean’s Edge School of Worship is getting ready to have it’s annual Not So Silent Night Christmas show. It’s a good time for the students and staff to push themselves to put together a great event that will be enjoyed by hundreds of people. While the goal is a to have a great time of worship with the body we also want the students to feel the pressure of an event like this so they can learn and grow in their skills.
While getting ready for this show we came up with a cool plan for triggering lights. Basically we’re triggering all of our lighting cues from Ableton Live using MIDI and MIDI Show Control. So far it’s working very well for the first attempt at something of this scale. I’ll be sure to get some video of the setup in action as well as go into some more details on how we’re making this happen.
The show is this coming Friday and Saturday in our theatre. There’s still a lot left to do but we’re in good shape for being this far out. For now that picture is my view of the show as we finish up lighting cues. Always behind some kinda gadget at work, ha ha.