Christmas Presence Stage Set

The holidays are crazy for any church staff member, so now that is behind us, I wanted to give you a look at what we did for Christmas. For our Christmas sermon series, we went with the theme of “Christmas Presence”. Kind of a play on words, obviously. The motion graphics that I came up with can be found here. The words “Christmas Presence” hang down from the clouds to symbolize Christ’s presence coming from above. The snow, trees, and rich reds emphasize the Christmas season.

So here is a picture of what the set generally looked like. This is an empty stage shot taken after the series was over and before we took everything down. The trees on the stage are very much out of place and not lit well, because the series was over when we took this pic. For our Christmas Eve Service we shot snow over the congregation with a few snow machines. Pretty cool look.

As you can see below, the clouds hang out over the first row or two of the congregation. It really made the stage feel much closer, a much more intimate worship experience.

How we did it/What was involved:
With the help of Fletch, we singled out the layers of the graphic, put them through a projector, traced the clouds and words on large pieces of foam core board, and then cut and hung them. To hang them we simply used string and carabiners. After that I grabbed a few snowflake gobos for the side walls and lots of blue gel for the clouds.

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