Easter Designs

Simulated Stains

Sarah Ammerman from Vineyard Columbus in Westerville, OH brings us this cool mixture of projection and stage design.

Since their Lent sermon series this year was based on the Apostles’ Creed, they decided to do a traditional stained glass stage look for Good Friday and Easter. Their stage set was very simple – light and dark blue opaque velour curtains with white Rose Brand stretch walls – so they created their special looks almost entirely with lighting and graphics.

A couple years ago, they realized their center projector, which they use with their motorized center screen, was bright enough to effectively project images on the wall when the screen was rolled up. They used a couple of rectangles in ProPresenter to create a white-on-black stencil of their wooden cross. Then they took a screenshot of that and brought it into Photoshop. From there, Sarah drew and colored the stained glass. Then she handed off the Easter version to their motion graphics expert, who added some animated light effects. To keep some consistency between Good Friday and Easter, Sarah used the same window frames and as much of the same outlining for the panes as possible. She also created a worship background for each service that matched its window.

Their lighting for Good Friday and the sermon portion of Easter included a stock pattern from their moving lights that resembles stained glass. They also used their colored LED bars to tint the stretch walls, and they animated the color changes on some of the songs during Easter worship.

Gear used:
3 Christie DW8K projectors
2 Mac Pros running ProPresenter 5, one with Alpha Key
30 ColorKinetics TR12 bars
4 HES Technospots
4 Mac Auras
Conventional PARs with gel (blue, magenta, and amber)
Source Four ERSs and Strand Fresnels
Avolites Pearl Expert console, running Titan 6.1

Note: Picture number 6 is their stage as it looks on an average weekday, with just the work lights on.







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2 responses to “Simulated Stains”

  1. The environmental projection is really cool. Too bad more churches didn’t have flat open walls to project on. It can lead to so many creative possibilities.

  2. Mike B says:

    Wow, this is a fantastic use of projection. Nice job folks!

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