Stage Designs

Throwback: True Grid

Adam Neal from Journey Church in Raleigh, NC brings us this very squarey design. (Originally posted September 2012)

They designed this set for the grand opening of their expanded facilities, new worship album, and new service times.

They wanted full coverage and a wow factor without taking up any floor space. They got the white squares cut at Home Depot (cost around $350). Then they screwed 1x2s against the walls of the stage and used velcro to stick the squares to the wall. (A powered nail gun would be a more secure setup.)

They lit the squares with American DJ Micro washes and Elation DLED (RGBAW) Strip Lights.

They also framed their screen to reduce its size so they could fit in more squares.

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20 responses to “Throwback: True Grid”

  1. Ryan Murphy says:

    Wow, is is beautiful! What type of material are the white squares?

  2. Adam Neal says:

    Thanks Ryan,

    The squares are from Home Depot (or Lowes) and I’m not sure what it’s called. They come in 4 x 8 sheets white on one side and brown on the other. It’s basically the same as dry erase boards.

    • Tyler Bryan says:

      Adam, are you still on staff at the Journey church?
      I am in Raleigh and would love to chat more about this design and exactly what all went into it!

  3. Todd Trowbridge says:

    Are they just shinning diff colored lights on them to make them diff colors or do the have lights behind them??

  4. Chris N says:

    Hey Adam what is the best way to attach these squares???

    • Adam Neal says:

      Hey Chris,

      Initially, used velcro (as seen in the pictures). It really depends on how strong your wall support is. We used velcro on the side walls and zero squares fell for 5 weeks. However, the back wall wasn’t as strong, so we ended up using small finish nails to hold the squares.

      If you’re planning on leaving this design up for a long time (more than a month) then I would use finish nails.

      Hope this helps!


  5. Steve Scattaregia says:

    This was stunning to see live. It looked like a million dollar light wall. Great job Adam.

  6. Juan Flores says:

    Our plan is to squares design 3 small sections as our background for our church stage using the blue lighting.
    Would like a picture of the lights you all used and how the lights were installed.
    Thank you for your all you do to help!

  7. Juan Flores says:

    Your church stage setting is awesome!
    I would like information on what kind of blue lighting you used to light the front and back of the entire squares. What did you had to do to installed the lighting front and back to light up the entire squares setting in blue. Hope to hear from you soon!

  8. Bill Thomas says:

    would like some specifics on the lighting

  9. Adam Neal says:

    Hey Juan and Bill,

    The lighting for the side walls was the American DJ Micro washes. Here’s a link for the exact ones –

    We simply screwed these lights to our floor in front of each column of squares.

    And the back wall is lit with the Elation DLED (RGBAW) Strip Lights. Here’s a link for that –

    The strips can be mounted to the wall, which is what we did.

    Hope this helps.

  10. Joe Hicks says:

    I’m curious to know a little more about light control. I don’t see any wash onto the screen and was wondering how that was achieved. As far as I can tell, there is no light control implemented?? This was all front lit so everything was lit from below correct?

  11. Mitch Herrema says:

    Hey, was wondering what type of software your church runs to project onto the three screens? Right now we are running 3 fullscreens with pro presenter, but want to make our center screen a widescreen like yours, so any help would be appreciated!

  12. Jack says:

    I think the only thing I have a problem with is the pictures are a bit deceiving. The final photo (main photo) shows the light illuminating the squares perfectly while other candid shots show considerable hot spots from the wash lights. Obviously, the final photo has been Photoshopped to get the consistent light that’s shown as well as the drum set, keyboard, and trussing. Be careful with misrepresentation.

    • Kent Coleman says:

      The last pic is likely a computer drawing to represent the final project before they started. Sometimes you have to sell leadership on the idea to secure the budget for a design.Some light software allows you to make the mockup of the stage for lighting placement and control. Most likely what this is. Nothing here is being sold and is for idea purposes only. Misrepresentation is not at issue here.

  13. Jordan says:

    Jack, you are tard.

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