Special Event Design


Jacob Addison from Faith Church in Milford, OH brings us their first stage design that turns their projection screen into a giant mirror.

They had a few obstacles to overcome, including an arch-front baptismal, on-stage doors to the baptismal, HVAC vents halfway up the stage walls, and more than a dozen on-stage wall corners. They created a blank slate by making a large black curtain made of 12 oz. “Brava” velour from RoseBrand. They chose a fabric that was already flame retardant to satisfy the fire marshall. The curtain was sewn into six sections; one for each outer angled wall, one for each wall running perpendicular to the stage edge, and two for the long back wall. This allowed them to use only the curtains needed for any given design, as well as place a break in the middle of the back wall if they needed to pull the curtains back for a baptism.

The curtain was the most expensive part of the design (about $1200) – but the most long lasting and versatile. It was designed to be put up and taken down in less than an hour.

The curtains were pocket-hung on 1″ galvanized pipe, supported by 1/2″ rigging rope, and suspended from pulleys and d-rings 22 feet up the stage walls and on top of the arch. They were flown to their fixed positions, and tied off at the floor on d-rings.

The red fabric on the back wall was inspired by the stage design Tied. Because weight was an issue, they used 60″ cotton scrim, also flame retardant, and double-layered it to give a heavier look. Because the fabric was so thin, tying it off would not have created a substantial knot, so they used rope to create a “napkin ring” effect.

The projection screen (9’x12′) was made of 128″ poly-muslin stretched over a 1″ wood frame. The thin frame made for a light structure able to be hung with s-hooks and paracord, but also ended up bowing slightly. The “mirror frame” around the screen was made of foam board, and the seams were taped with 1/2 inch glossy white masking tape. The depth of the foam board was masked with black gaff tape to give depth, and make up for any inconsistencies. The “mirror” projection screen was then hung, and a custom map made in Photoshop for all projection during the series.

The two mirrors hung on the side were purchased at a local home furnishing store, and hung over the galvanized pipe with large s-hooks and 550lb cord. Originally they attempted to make lighter mirrors out of styrofoam, wood trim, and Rosco mirror roll. But when hung, the material stretched unconventionally and showed roll marks, so they moved on to actual mirrors.

The HVAC vents about 12 feet up the stage walls (four of them), were diverted using 6″ expandable duct and L-shaped vents at the floor, taped with black duct tape to disappear at the bottom of the curtain while still heating or cooling the room.

Battery operated LED pillars and candle stands were the final touch in this design.

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6 responses to “Reflection”

  1. Chris Fluitt says:

    Great transformation! I’d have loved to see the faces of the congregation as they walked in.

  2. Mary Ann Martz says:

    This is awesome, and similar what I’d like to do for an upcoming series on miracles. One question: Would rear projection (onto the large center mirror)have worked within the depth of your baptistry? (This is what I’d like to do.) And if so, is their a certain kind of fabric needed to do it? Also, any ideas on how to mimic a mirror to the congregation, yet still utilize rear projection.
    Thanks so much for your help. I come to this site all the time for great ideas. Blessings!

    • Jacob says:

      Chris, it was definitely a shock to people, but it’s been a very positive response. It’s been great to see how they’ve interacted with the theme.

      Mary, you could certainly do rear projection, but the size is the issue. What kind of lens you would use and the distance from the lens to the screen would dictate the size of the screen. We couldn’t have come anywhere near 12’x9′ without a mirror system. If you go to RoseBrand.com, there are particular fabrics that they recommend for projection. Regarding the frame, we originally didn’t set out to project the frame, but a friend of mine, when we were discussing how to build a mirror frame, said “why don’t we just project the frame onto it?”

      We had actually set out to do something like “Picture Frame” (http://churchstagedesignideas.com/2011/06/18/picture-frame/) but weight and ease dictated the projection. Plus, the best thing about it is that when the house lights go down, the mirror frame stays bright.

  3. Scott says:

    Wondering where you got the curtains. I have looked for floor to ceiling curtains but can’t ever find any that were close to $1200.

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