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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

A New Kind of Worship Experience

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

I don’t spend a lot of time in church as I am booked on shows most weekends or flying home Sunday mornings. But it’s nice to visit various house of worships when I can. I like to see what experience these offer to people as well as check out the latest production equipment being used at these facilities. I will tell you this, if you want to check out some of the latest lighting and video technology on the market, you may not have to go very far from your own house to find it. It could be in use at the church on your corner.

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The church has gained members by taking some risks.
The church has gained members by taking some risks.

H.O.W. Production Profile: Eagle Brook Church

Nook Schoenfeld
Features

Dynamic Lighting and Video Production Helps Minnesota Mega-Church Visuals Soar

Eagle Brook Church is the largest house of worship in the state of Minnesota, in terms of attendance and size. The church’s six campuses in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area have a combined average attendance of more than 17,000, and that number can exceed 22,000 for non-holiday weekends. During Christmas services last year, more than 48,000 attended the holiday services.

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OneRepublic 2017 tour photo by Todd Kaplan
OneRepublic 2017 tour photo by Todd Kaplan

OneRepublic Develops a Look

Kevin M. Mitchell
Production Profile

When opportunity knocked for Mark Butts and Raj Kapoor to work with OneRepublic, two things made them open that door: The prospect to work in the rock genre, and the chance to provide visual direction for a young band. “Raj and I work together often, and we’ve always wanted to do a really bad-ass rock show, so we could approach things a little differently than we normally do,” says production/lighting designer Butts. “Someone like Kenny Chesney knows what he’s looking for, but something like this is fun because it’s a blank slate.”

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EastPoint Christian Church is now among the largest churches in Maine. They recently opened a church campus in a 92,000-square-foot former big box store in South Portland, Maine.
EastPoint Christian Church is now among the largest churches in Maine. They recently opened a church campus in a 92,000-square-foot former big box store in South Portland, Maine.

H.O.W. Wide Focus: EastPoint Christian Church

Bobby Boyer
Features

Events United Helps EastPoint Christian Church Turn a Big Box Retail Outlet Into a Mega Church Campus with Lighting and Video

First-time visitors driving to EastPoint Christian Church can be forgiven if they think their GPS suddenly went haywire. There on their right is the sprawling Maine Mall; and over there is The Home Depot, followed by a Best Buy. Driving along, they might wonder, “Can this land of big box retailers be home to a house of worship?” Indeed it can be, especially if that church is as forward looking and diversified in its mission as EastPoint Christian.

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LD Mikey Cummings
LD Mikey Cummings

LD Mikey Cummings with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Debi Moen
On the Road

TOUR DATES: U.S. to Oct. 15; U.K./Europe to Nov. 14; returns to U.S. in December.

THE DESIGN: “While there was some collaboration with the band and management, they have always expressed their confidence in us to translate the emotions of the music visually. Roger Gant and I had just three days of live programming and three days of rehearsal, in which we shot two videos.

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The church turned to Paragon 360 for an assist with their visual transformation.
The church turned to Paragon 360 for an assist with their visual transformation.

H.O.W. Installations: South Haven Baptist Church

Debi Moen
Features

Missouri Church’s Modern Lighting Upgrade Creates Warm Family Vibe

A couple of years ago, South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, MO faced up to a challenge. Its lighting was outdated and uneven. Sight lines in the sanctuary made it difficult for the live and video streaming services of its worship services. While searching for a modern solution, senior pastor Ryan Palmer says they also wanted the environment to exude more of a warm, family feel to welcome parishioners.

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'1984' photos by Julieta Cervantes
'1984' photos by Julieta Cervantes

'1984:' Feeding The Machine

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theater

The play 1984 has shocked audiences on Broadway with a mind-bending stage adaptation of the famous George Orwell novel that predicted our grim future. Perhaps that is why, in these tumultuous times, it has resonated with people; that, and the graphic torture scenes which have allegedly caused heart palpitations for some audience members. A big part of the show’s intensity emerges through Tom Gibbons’ jackhammer sound design and Tim Reid’s essential video design, which both creates intimacy for key off stage scenes, and a sense of disorientation and danger for some disturbing moments.

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Elevation Church in Ballantyne, NC got a visual assist from SES.
Elevation Church in Ballantyne, NC got a visual assist from SES.

H.O.W. Interview: Trey Blair of SES Integration

Randi Minetor
Features

Helping Ministries Optimize their Investments in Technology

Some schoolchildren find their favorite sport at a very young age, and others discover their passion for art or music. For Trey Blair, when he was a student at Concord First Assembly Christian school in Concord, North Carolina, the calling took him where most PLSN readers found themselves: in the dark with the audio, video, lighting and rigging that made things happen onstage.

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Green Day 'Revolution Radio' Tour 2017 photo by Steve Jennings
Green Day 'Revolution Radio' Tour 2017 photo by Steve Jennings

Green Day 'Revolution Radio' Tour 2017

Photo & Text by Steve Jennings
Designer Insights

We caught up with production and lighting designer Ethan Weber and lighting director and programmer Tommy Horton for Green Day’s hometown show in Oakland, CA. Although the band has been playing mostly in arenas and sheds for their Revolution Radio tour, this show, staged on Aug. 5 at Oakland, CA’s Alameda County Coliseum, is one of the band’s stadium gigs. The tour, in support of Green Day’s Sept. 2016 album by the same name, is a 120-show trek that launched Sept. 26, 2016, one day after the album’s debut. Since then, the Revolution Radio tour has included multiple legs in North America and Europe along with a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand. After a performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 23, the band heads to South America and Mexico for a series of shows this November.

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Altman fixtures proved ideal for lighting the house.
Altman fixtures proved ideal for lighting the house.

H.O.W. Installations: Cascade Hills Church

Thomas S. Friedman
Features

A Visual Transformation: Morris Elevates the Video and Lighting Looks at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, GA

Located in Columbus, GA, southwest of Atlanta and near the Alabama border, Cascade Hills Church is a congregation filled with parishioners from all walks of life who come together for a spirit-filled worship experience.

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