Stage Designs

Square Me Up

Duke Dejong brings us this stage design that CCI Solutions and Brian O’Morrow came up with for Catalina Church of Midtown in Tucson, Arizona.

Catalina Church started by designing and implementing 2’x2′ squares of white Coroplast across the back of the stage. They used string to hang them. Then Duke and CCI Solutions came in to add the three screens across the top with a Matrox TripleHead2Go. This gave the look of one continuous image stretched across the three screens.

They also added a Jands Vista lighting console and 18 Elation ELED RGB Zooms to the stage.

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26 responses to “Square Me Up”

  1. James says:

    Looks great… just asking, why is the set not centered with your new screens?

  2. Duke DeJong says:

    It actually is centered, It just happens that none of the pics. Are from straight on. It’s an optical illusion. :-)

  3. Jon says:

    Fantastic design. Would love to see projection across those squares!

    • Duke DeJong says:

      That would be cool, unfortunately the ceiling is super low for most of the stage and there isn’t room to rear project. Love the idea, just wouldn’t work well for this particular space.

  4. Jonathan says:

    What lights are you using on the far side pieces? Looks like they give off a great, wide throw.

    • Duke DeJong says:

      All of the color is coming from 18 Elation ELED RGB Zoom fixtures. They zoom from 10-60 degrees so you can get a very narrow beam out of them or a super wide wash. They work great, my only slight complaint with them is that the fans are a tad noisy (manageable, just a tad noisy).

  5. Eugene Tay says:

    Hi what software are you using for lyrics projection?

  6. Duke DeJong says:

    Pro presenter 4 with the advanced module and a Triple Head2Go.

  7. Greg says:

    Did you put black cloroplast over the front of the clear?

  8. Greg says:

    What did you use to cut the clear coroplast?

  9. Dayna says:

    hey, looks cool! just curious how you’re lighting the coroplast…is it front or rear lit?

    • Duke DeJong says:

      There are some strip LED lights (church already owned these, don’t remember which ones they are) right under the squares up lighting them, then I had a few of the Elation LED fixtures we added hitting them from the side in order to add some interesting patterns and extra color.

  10. Luis says:

    How did you guys make those squares?

    • Duke DeJong says:

      Sorry Luis, didn’t see this. The squares were cut out by hand out of 4’x8′ sheets of choroplast. No magic, just some diligent work by the Worship Pastor and some volunteers.

    • Brian O'Morrow says:

      These squares were easy to make. 22″ squares from 4’x8′ sheets of white coroplast. We used a sheet of 1/8′ plywood as a big cutting board. We rounded the corners with a sharp blade and a gallon of paint to get a consistent rounded corner without any measuring or marking:)

  11. AGMM CHURCH says:

    how much was the cloroplast material all together? and any idea where i could find some

    • Duke DeJong says:

      I can usually find choroplast at Fast Signs for $20-25 per sheet max. There are some places online too, I just usually find getting it locally is easier. I’m not sure how many total sheets were used, but they come in 4’x8′ sheets, so I’m guessing 5-6.

  12. steven says:

    the center piece with the squares, are you lighting those with those long led strips, and are they lighting from behind? thanks

  13. Duke DeJong says:

    They are lit from the front two different ways. They get their main color from LED strip lights below the squares and then there are two bigger, zoom-able LED fixtures shooting across the squares to break it up a bit and allow for some variation. You can see a close up picture of that here:

    More pictures of the stage/room can be found here:

  14. Collin says:

    I really like this idea. What kind of string did you use and how did you attach the squares to the string so evenly.

    • Brian says:

      Collin, I’m glad you like it. We tried a couple of ways to get the squares to hang evenly, and we ended up being very practical. We used a spool of thick string from Ace, measured and hung the strands of string. Then we used clothes pins to hold the coroplast in place and used a glue gun to fasten them (hardened fast enough to avoid slippage). We found that rather than measure each gap between squares, a person across the room giving direction worked better.

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