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Sir Truss A Lot

 

Truss A Lot

We use truss in our stage looks. A lot. It’s very versatile – we’ll hang it, lay it sideways, build stuff out of it, etc… – one time we even used a “collapsed” truss look (swiped that idea from Willow) to represent the fall of Israel. Here’s an easy, free-standing look.

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More From Easter 2014

The backdrop was made from coroplast rectangles that we paid a local business to cut out for us. Very simple concept based on a set from North Point Church in Atlanta. We loved the idea because it had energy, was simple and was easily scalable for our regional campuses.

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Idea Of The Week: Ceiling Light Thingys

The 9 Week 1These cool “TV-looking” panels are simply those plastic thingys that they put under fluorescent lights in offices to diffuse them. Lit from behind with LEDs, they look great, and can be easily moved into different formations from week to week! Kudos to Travis Carpenter on my team for a cost-effective and easy idea!

 

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Caving In

We are in week 30 (!) of a 31-week series called The Story. It’s been a fantastic jump into the Bible, but that’s – as they say – another story… This photo shows the weekend that we were talking about the fall of Israel. We tried to think about how we could represent the collapse of that nation and thought: “What would it look like in here if things collapsed?” Here’s what we came up with…
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Idea Of The Week: (Comparatively) Inexpensive Stage Look

Quick one today… Just take a roll of screen porch screening, wrinkle it up, hang and light it! Voila – engaging and interesting look for a service (or series).

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Uncomfortable

We are in the midst of the longest series (31 weeks) that we have ever attempted in the history of our church. We’re going through many of the major events in the Bible using “The Story.” Week 1 was about creation and the fall of man, so we created a “Garden Of Eden” set on the stage. Usually the message ends our services, but for this service, we ended with the song “Good” from Music Inspired by The Story. It’s an aggressive piece that ends very suddenly and unexpectedly, and we created video support that had Eve’s arm reaching for the apple at the very end. As soon as she touched it, the entire room went black. In a few seconds, the lights came up slowly, and the screen simply said “To Be Continued…” No closing comments. No benediction. No dismissal.
It was a risk, to be sure. A few people didn’t like it. However, the overall feeling was that it was “a moment,” a time when people were (at least momentarily) transported beyond themselves and really engaged with what was happening. Several people said “Whoa!” out loud. It wasn’t spectacle for spectacle’s sake – we really did want people to take what happened very, very seriously. And they did. Not comfortable. But good. And memorable. That moment stuck, and it helped to reshape some thinking about the seriousness of sin. Stuff like that you can only do once in a great while – I think making people uncomfortable just for the sake of it is manipulative – and your Senior Pastor and whole staff team really need to be on board. As long as they are, every once in awhile it’s good to really shake things up…

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Something Beautiful

“It’s not the job of art to reflect culture, it’s the job of art to subvert culture. I think Bob Dylan said that. If he didn’t, he should have because it’s a good thing to say.” – K. Friedman

Actually, I disagree. It’s the role of art to inspire culture. Somewhere along the way, the motivation for creating art changed from the desire to create something beautiful to the desire to create something “important.” One way helps make a world sorely in need of beauty and inspiration a little better. The other way is an ego trip. The choice is ours to make, each and every day…

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