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Now on to the craziness of this past weekend. The church that I attend here/work with production on at Kent State has a pretty basic lighting set up. 4 Par Cans with Gels and 4 Parnell's for preaching lights...all on an 8 channel light board and 2 4 channel dimmer packs. Now at Allison Park, we're talking a mix of fresnels and ellipsoidals on a ton of dimmer channels and 16 LED Par Cans, 8 LED Bricks and 4 LED strips (I can go into details on the exact fixtures in later posts) all controlled on a fancy lighting console (Leprecon LP-X24...no we don't have a Grand MA 2 Console...that's my dream console...but that's another story). In the past, lighting cues at APC have been mainly just changing colors on the back wall with the LED's. As I looked at planning center to see what the service flow would be like for the weekend, I noticed that the first song ALONE had 11 cues with in it (for the song Nothing Is Impossible). All together, the entire weekend had 60 lighting cues for worship, MC moments, Baby Dedications, message, and response time. For a church like Allison Park, the name of the game is discrete; meaning make lighting cues noticeable but not drastic. Here are some tips to add some "movement" to your lighting in your next church service:
- Spot Light Specific People: If your patch on your lighting console is set to a 1:1 setting (meaning every 1 dimmer has 1 channel on the board), you're in a prime spot for this set up. If there's a guitar solo or a soft moment with one person singing, just spot light them or make all the other lights have a lower intensity than that one spot. Solo spots are great for these kind of moments as well. For example (and I apologize that I don't have any video from this weekend): We did the song At Your Name. Kate -- one of our OUTSTANDING worship leaders at APC -- led that song from the keyboards on top of a riser. When we re-did our lighting rig before I left for Kent, we added a solo spot light on that spot for that specific purpose. When she went to sing the first first verse, all the lights went down all the way to 0% except for that one light. It looked amazing!
- Mess With Transition Timing: Fade in and fading out at the same speed gets boring after awhile. Try messing with the timing a little. Generally we keep our timings to 1.5 second-2 seconds. But there are cases that just cutting to the next cue looks insane.