As we moved into our Easter sermon series at Northwood Church, we wanted to give our stage a fresh new look. So we worked on a couple of things: a new backdrop, and a new lighting design. More and more we find that a quality backdrop is essential to not just the look and feel, but most importantly to camera shots. When you have a backdrop that doesn’t compete with your speaker, but compliments your speaker, that equals a big win. First, lets take a look at a few pictures from the service. I wasn’t able to capture the best moments as I was working the service, but I was able to get a few images here and there.
First of all, I should mention that I just came to our volunteer production team with the idea of the backdrop, and they made it a reality. We have an amazingly skilled team of volunteers.
The Backdrop. We first made frames out of 2x4s. We put casters on the bottom of the frames so that we could roll the backdrop on and off stage whenever we needed to change the stage around.
While a few people were building 4 frames, 2 of our guys worked on staining 12″x12″ pieces of plywood. We used two different stain colors that gave the whole backdrop a random look. We needed to get the wood dark and hopefully be able to see the grain when we hit with lights. We essentially stained 100 pieces (25 for each frame).
We then painted the frames black, and let the wood squares dry over night. The next day, we used a nail gun to nail the wood pieces in place. We also attached LED bars to the bottom of the frames to shoot light up at the squares. Here’s a pic with the back drop essentially finished with our work lights on so you can see what it looks like without all the haze and lighting.
As you can see in the picture above. We also built small lighting posts. We got 500W dim-able work lights from lowes, wired them with some wire and wire nuts, attached them to some dimmer packs (be sure your wattage on your dimmer packs can handle all of the wattage from the lights – no fires please). We then attached a paint can on each post. These essentially give us sweet looking crowd blinders that help back light some of our more special worship moments like during one of our specials here below. We were able to tell testimonies during the chorus on video. It was a super powerful moment. I’ll try to get the video up soon.