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BrightSpark

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  1. BrightSpark

    Contemporary lighting in evangelical Church services

    Thanks Graham, Yes, we had been considering the Chilli dimmers and are in conversation with an installer who is quoting us at present. My only reservation is that having wall panels controlling the dimmer directly may be a bit limiting, and if we have a frog screen attached to a frog box, would the status of the wall panels be reflected back on the frog screen? These and other issues we are exploring at present.
  2. BrightSpark

    Contemporary lighting in evangelical Church services

    I'll keep this brief as its a bit outside of the scope of the forum but: (The Church is a typical Cross-shaped Church of England Church, accomodating about 380 seated in main nave, side aisles and transepts). 2 permanent Da-lite screens either side, front projected by 2 EIKI 1500 ANSI lumens projectors (old and not bright enough!). The central rear projection screen you can see was with an NEC projector (2000 lumens I think, which we just get away with). This is temporarily rigged for services that require it - it get use at least once a month now. We have a PC with dual head graphics cards and 15" TFTs. Powerpoint is used for sermons, whilst Media Shout is used for song lyrics. Other Churches we know use Song Pro. Video material is prepared on Mini-DV, DVD and SVHS. We run on composite video at present, but hope to go component with new projectors in the future, in order to improve quality. Hope this helps.
  3. BrightSpark

    Photos, Pictures, Avatars

    I tried to post images in a post, but using the syntax recommended, e.g: didn't work. I used URLs instead. See... http://support.zero88.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6103#6103 Any ideas?
  4. Here's some pictures of some of the lighting we've achieved at our Church for the major services at Christmas and Easter last year. Contemporary Christmas Carol Service 2004 Front view of the stage with the band in action singing a carol. http://tinypic.com/1nxl5g Another view with the service title on the central projection screen http://tinypic.com/1nxlp3 The band in profile http://tinypic.com/1nxlyv A distant view of the proceedings – yes those are real candle chandeliers suspended. http://tinypic.com/1nxpc1 A monologue explaining the three wisemen. The “practical†star was improvised using a 6 D cell maglite attached to the ladder. http://tinypic.com/1nxm4x Video and sound desks in the background. Lighting hard at it with the Zero 88 Sirius 48 in the foreground. http://tinypic.com/1nxlr5 Front lights – 2 x 6 way PAR bars Backlights – 2 x Futurelight PCC-250CMY colour changers Effects – 2 x High End Cyberlight CX Even the tree and lit Christmas presents were remote controlled with a switchpack and DeMux (how else do you do blackouts?) Dramatical front lighting – Source 4 JRs Front lighting for talking heads – Source 4 ParNels. Control: Zero 88 Sirius desk for conventional lights Light Processor Q Commander for moving lights Easter 2004 (in the round): http://tinypic.com/1nxog6 This was achieved with a few PAR16 birdies, and some Minuettes (for the red) Contemporary Church lighting raises some interesting technical challenges for control. At my Church, on the outskirts of London, we have been researching lighting solutions to upgrade our existing architectural lighting system, as the Church's requirements have grown considerably. So far, the Zero 88 Bull frog, Frog Box and Frog Screen seem to be the best products which come closest to bridging the gap between architectural lighting control (think iLight) and theatrical (think Frog). A modern evangelical Church needs both types of control simultaneously, to accommodate technical and non-technical users. We use a Sirius 48 at the moment patched into a Lutron dimming system, which is very limiting when used beyond the faders and submasters. We've brought in a Q Commander for a few moving lights at Christmas as shown above. Sorry it’s a long post. Hopefully this will be inspiration for those of you involved in Church lighting. Every time we have pushed the boat out a little further with out lighting ideas, and as long as we've been sensitive to following the needs of the event, we've always been allowed to do it, and had great feedback afterwards. Any thoughts/comments welcome.
  5. BrightSpark

    Lighting in Churches

    You mention Hillsong Sydney. There are some great pics of it at: ftp://ftp.acousticdimensions.com/Hillsongphotos/ (Acoustic Dimensions are a US based consultancy practice who did the acoustic & sound system design). There is also Hillsong which meets at the Dominion Theatre in the West end: http://www.hillsong.co.uk
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