Once a year the Jesus Army holds a national event in the north of England called “Sheffield Praise Day”, which as the name suggests is held in Sheffield. We hire out a sports hall and this gives us some flexibility with the layout. A team gets together to design the stage and then implement it, and after seeing a CSDI post about video mapping onto boxes I thought it would be interesting to try it out.
After scribbling some initial ideas onto paper I handed it over to the experts to improve – Tim, Sam, and Josh, and they worked on making the panels and designing the stage. The theme for this event was “Crossing the Line”, so Josh incorporated a walkway that enabled people to go through a door in the middle of the wall, and down to the stage.
The ideas come to life in Sketchup
Panels for the video wall
Material: correx (a coroplast equivalent) - 8′x4′ (1200 x 2400mm) sheets cut down to 4 foot squares, 4mm thick, with a bevelled edge so the squares stand out.
2″x1″ (50 x 25mm) timber on vertical sides of each panel. Panels all held together by a metal hinge to join 4 of them together in each corner.
Attached to the main top truss by velcro straps – 10m drops 50mm wide velcro. Loops on panels stuck to strap, and screw put through strap into the wood.
The panels being made in the workshop
The back of the panel – each one is scored 50mm in, and then folded back into the score so that the panel slightly protrudes
Testing the panels and fixings in our local church auditorium
The usual discussion about replacing most of the PA with moving lights
- 6x ADJ ViziBeam 5R
- 8x Martin Mac 101
- 6x Showtec ArcBar3
- 1x 8cell Molefay
- 2x 4-bar ACL
- 6x Showtec Sunstrips
- 2x Robe 148LT & 6-Bar Par for stage wash
- 4x StudioDuo LED600 & 6no. CYClite for audience wash
I’m part of a team that creates visuals for events, and this year as we had a big screen to project onto we made some videos to play before and during each meeting.
The event ident video playing while the congregation crosses the line
I was particularly keen to show something of the city of Sheffield, as some people travel hundreds of miles to sit in a hall for the day which doesn’t seem very fair. So the week before I went round the city with Viv, and made a short video which encapsulates a little of what Sheffield is like.
As the panels were square and we knew their layout it meant we could map our content accurately.
Editing knowing where each of the panels would be
Voilà! It fits! People’s happy faces mapped to each panel
We used two Barco FLM-HD20 projectors at the back of the hall behind the congregation. These are full HD 20,000 lumens beasts, and made a big difference to the brightness and clarity of video on the wall. Supplied by XL video.
The projectors double stacked for extra brightness on the panels, due to the width they had to cover
Resolume Arena 4 was used to map the video accurately on each panel.
Crossing the Line
A family goes through the door holding one of the pieces that made up a long line for people to step over
Perhaps the most powerful moment in the evening, as we remembered the martyrs
A short video of a couple of songs from the event and showing the church stage design: