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I have seen the stage light

Stage Lighting

Alright, I wanted to move away from the digital mixers and return to the topic of lighting. Specifically, stage lighting.

I recently started focusing the lighting rig at the church for the upcoming kid’s Christmas production. Of course, I was that one guy working up in the lift trying to be lighting assistant and light designer at the same time.

I used many of these tips to focusing stage lighting while I set each lamp. It’s a really helpful article. I learned much of the same stuff in Stage Lighting 101 at the university.


Christmas lights inspiration!

This weekend is  right before Thanksgiving; which marks the official beginning of the Christmas season.

That means that this weekend is the weekend to get Christmas lights up in order to be ready for opening night on Friday.


Here’s some inspiration to help you get started on lights.

I absolutely love this video. Every time I watch it, I get a big stupid smile on my face because it is so awesome and inspiring. Someday my house will look like this. For now, my house only has 20 channels and a few thousand lights. But I’m slowly building up.

Now get outside and hang some lights!

Visual worship media is constantly changing. There seems to be a new background or style or technique that is the coolest, the hippest, the awesome-est thing to be doing. I wonder what will be the next trend in visual worship.

For me, the church I volunteer at is in the traditional category. However, I lean more towards the contemporary ideology of creative visuals, different lighting, and overall variety. I try to mix these elements into the projects I work on, but it seems I am always on the tale end of trends. I mean, really, we are still using PowerPoints with static images for our worship choruses. Sometimes it seems nobody cares about the presentation, and it is all about the mental aspect of the service. I think there is a place for both.

This idea of the convergence of liturgical and contemporary to tell a story intrigues me. Perhaps I can skip going contemporary and go right to the storytelling. Being a communication major, I know how powerful storytelling can be. It could have a real impact on the effectiveness of our worship services. If created correctly, the worship service could be seamlessly integrated with the sermon, making the whole service highly memorable rather than just a Sunday morning activity.

Of course, storytelling and integrating everything together will take a lot more time. But I believe the results would be extraordinary.

Up, Up and Away

In my quest to find interesting stuff online, I run into some really creative people. I guess creativity is judged by everyone individually. That is to say, I think I am fairly creative, but these other artists leave me saying, “How did they think of that?”

I guess you and I both will have to keep working on our creativity.

I once heard that creativity is just taking two things that you currently have and putting them together. So, the more pieces you have to work with, the more things you can build out of them. That is why I enjoy seeing new and interesting things. More pieces to add to my collection.

While you work on your own creativity, here are some other people’s creative visual work that you can use in your next project, or maybe it will jump-start your own ideas.