Circle & Arches

Well, I haven’t quit succeeded on my objective to update this blog once a week, but to say the last few weeks have been busy would be an understatement. In the past month, we finished getting our Pinson location ready to hold services, had our fist service in Pisnon, and had our Easter services, with some other things sprinkled in as well.

My goal for this blog post was to catch up on the activities mentioned, and while I may still do that later on, it would make for one really long post, and I’ve had a lot of interest from people on one subject: the stage design we introduced for Springville on Easter.

Not only has the design resonated with people in the church, but it has also been shared so that people all across the country have seen it. How awesome is that!?

So that’s what the post will be about this week: how did we achieve the look?

First, we had to come up with the design.
So how do we do that?

Well, to start, it’s only fair to say that we didn’t come up with he design out of thin air, we had some inspiration: Hillsong.

Obviously, they are working on a much larger scale than we are, and operating different equipment as well, so we need to make it fit our venue and equipment.
We know how we want it to look: a center, main screen with a number of arches on each side of it. With that planned out, we can go to photoshop to create the graphic. We know that we have two projectors that work together to fill the back wall. Each projector has a resolution of 1024×800. With both projectors coming together, that gives us a total of 2048×800.

Now that we know the size we are working with, it’s time to go to Photoshop and create the design.
Making the design is really just a bunch of trial and error: seeing what you like or don’t. The best technique that I found while doing this was to create multiple circles in different colors and cut them down to the size I wanted.

Now that I’m satisfied with the design, I need to make it so that the colored areas are white, and everything else is black. This will allow us to project the image on the wall and prep the wall for painting.

We have the design completed, and the image on the wall… now what?
Now it’s time to get to work. With the image on the wall, we start using painters tape to mark off the white area. The white area is essentially what will become the screen that’s left after painting. While this step wasn’t necessarily a hard task, it was tedious. Getting tape to arch is not the simplest task. Keep in mind, we are using this for video, so while it doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, it needs to be pretty close.
With everything taped off, we just need to paint everything black, wait 24hrs, and peel the tape off.

While the paint dries, it’s time to setup ProPresenter.
To do this, we simply remove the white from the design, leaving only the black to create a “mask”. putting the black layer in ProPresenter tells it to project black in all areas except where we painted, so that graphics don’t show in the black paint.
With the paint dried, and ProPresenter setup, it’s time to remove the tape, and the moment of truth. With tape removed, we project a test graphic, and… success!

With a successful test, we now have a fresh new stage design that will look great for Easter, and last for months!

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