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Willow Pictures

Well, the good news is I found my camera cable. Turns out that when I was getting ready to leave home, I was cleaning stuff up and put the cable for my little camera in the bag with my big camera thinking it went to the big camera. So alas, it stayed home while I went to Chicago. As it turns out, I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I might. But here are some that turned out OK. Keep in mind, this is a small Lumix point and shoot, so the image quality is a little lower than my DSLR. Still it give you a good idea what things looked like. Click on any of the pictures for a larger version.


Atrium

The main lobby of the auditorium. The building is just beautiful and huge. Attendance was down a bit this year due some tough financial times for many churches.

The Main Stage

This is the main stage. The back wall is a flexible scrim that has been shaped into a grid pattern. It can be lit from the front (as this pic shows) or projected onto from behind. The “arms” are truss wrapped in a translucent poly and lit from within. The side walls are a diamond shaped scale-type thing bent along the short axis (and not round cymbal-like as earlier reported). The overall effect was great, and gave the lighting guys a lot of texture to light up. I understand it created some difficulties for the sound guys, though with regard to wireless.

Drum line

They had a drum line team come and start off the conference. It was a bit like Blast, but with no horns. I don’t know who they were, but they were very good. The lighting really starts to take effect now.

Worship Band

The worship team sounded just as good as they look. If you’ve never been to Willow, that giant screen on the side is an LED model that I understand is run at about 50% brightness because it’s just that bright. It’s 14 x 24 feet, and runs about 200,000 ANSI lumens (!!!) and runs in HD. I never did find out if they have upgraded their video to HD this year, but the images looked stunning. Does anyone know?

Kendall Payne

This was my favorite lighting of the week. The color palate was stunning. This is Kendall Payne, a singer-songwriter I’ve never heard of but who will be added to my iPod soon. She’s really good, and funny, and thoughtful. A triple-threat. 

Kendall Payne

This light cue wins the “Church Tech Arts Award For Best Light Cue” award. Really. It was my favorite of the weekend. Great job, guys! Sorry it’s a little blurry, I had to slow the shutter down to get the beams of light to expose properly. You get the idea…

So there you go. A quick photo recap of what it looked like. Don’t you just feel like you were there now?

8 Comments

  1. jcsoundguy@gmail.com

    Last I knew the screens were actually running at no more than 20%, wow. I have some tech documents from Willow that talk about it somewhere. Since they are actually designed for outdoor, full sun light applications, they would be blinding inside.

    I totally love their set and light designs. They certainly know how to take it to the next level. Glad you have a great time. Hopefully, I can get back there next year.

  2. jcsoundguy@gmail.com

    Last I knew the screens were actually running at no more than 20%, wow. I have some tech documents from Willow that talk about it somewhere. Since they are actually designed for outdoor, full sun light applications, they would be blinding inside.

    I totally love their set and light designs. They certainly know how to take it to the next level. Glad you have a great time. Hopefully, I can get back there next year.

  3. fohdave@diveproductions.com

    I’ve been in there with the screens at 100% and all the house lights off and the curtains down. It was like all the house lights are on.

  4. fohdave@diveproductions.com

    I’ve been in there with the screens at 100% and all the house lights off and the curtains down. It was like all the house lights are on.

  5. dhfriss@gmail.com

    Great pics mike! I also didn’t take very many, luckily you got some of the shots I missed.

  6. dhfriss@gmail.com

    Great pics mike! I also didn’t take very many, luckily you got some of the shots I missed.

  7. ctthomas@willowcreek.org

    Hi,

    My name is Chris Thomas and I was the lighting and set designer for the Arts Conference. I was sent your blog link by a co-worker of mine because of your pics and comments. I just wanted to comment and say how funny it is to me about everyone’s comments on the Kendall Payne session and the lighting. That was the simplest session lighting-wise and was thrown together literally 20 minutes before the doors opened. Just goes to show you that the simplest stuff is sometimes more impactful than the “flash & trash”.

    And yes, the LED screens run at 20% of the potential brightness level.

    Thanks again for the kind words on the lighting and I pray that you and everyone else walked away from the conference inspired to create!

  8. ctthomas@willowcreek.org

    Hi,

    My name is Chris Thomas and I was the lighting and set designer for the Arts Conference. I was sent your blog link by a co-worker of mine because of your pics and comments. I just wanted to comment and say how funny it is to me about everyone’s comments on the Kendall Payne session and the lighting. That was the simplest session lighting-wise and was thrown together literally 20 minutes before the doors opened. Just goes to show you that the simplest stuff is sometimes more impactful than the “flash & trash”.

    And yes, the LED screens run at 20% of the potential brightness level.

    Thanks again for the kind words on the lighting and I pray that you and everyone else walked away from the conference inspired to create!

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