Wednesday, December 17, 2008

12.14 Overdrive

The Wilcox family had a first this weekend. For the first time since Meg was born over three years ago, we all came to church together, attended only one service, and then all went home together. Thanks, Ben and Bram, for leading the teams this weekend and allowing me to have the time with my family.

Since I wasn't there for all the activity, Ben has written this Overdrive post:

By way of review, this past week included:

Sound

The mixing, done by Julie, was crisp and clean last week. Having four singers in addition to the lead is not the typical set up, but Julie did an outstanding job bringing clarity to the vocals. Julie was working especially hard to make sure the mix was even throughout the room. Was there anything missing where you were sitting?


Lighting

There was a minimal amount that could be done this past week to the lights due to the Christmas Eve production coming up. Dave did an excellent job utilizing what was available. He also mentioned that there are many times in which a small change needs to be made during the service itself. Have any other lighting operators experienced this?


Video

There were a few very nice last minute catches by the video crew this week. Many small things happen week to week that are not planned, such as a pastor walking up on stage during a song to share a word, and the team does a great job handling those moments, especially when I myself don’t catch them.

Also, on a side note, if ever a piece of equipment is not working properly or not giving you signal, make sure it is plugged in to a power outlet. One of our main side projectors was not working 10 min before the first service, so I began thinking through all the possible problems, except the possibility of it not being plugged in. Thanks to Bram for troubleshooting that one.

I also wanted to make brief mention of a couple lyric projection items. And let me just say… working the lyrics and sermon notes is more difficult than you may think if you have not done it! You’re responsible for what a few thousand people will be viewing, so the whole timing/clicking the right button thing can be a stressful. Anyways…
  • One small note is to make sure during the sermon to leave the sermon notes, if any, up long enough for people to write them down. A good rule of thumb is to write it out yourself, with pen and paper (not in your head), slowly, three times before taking it down. (I’m sure it sounds minor, but if its left up too long or too short, people get distracted.)
  • And the second is to be aware of what is happening on stage, and primarily instructions that come from the stage (ex: Mike explaining about not showing a certain verse in the song in effort to memorize the lyrics). The easy tendency, as I myself know, is to stop paying close attention and engage in the time of singing. However, for the sake of serving others we need to be aware.
That’s all for me. As always, please leave your thoughts and feedback.

5 comments:

Tyler Fogarty said...

You got it right on with regard to leaving the sermon notes up for a long enough time to write them down. It is also helpful to leave quotes up long enough (if they are on one page) so that people can write them down. Some of the quotations are profound and I enjoy being able to refer to them later via my notes.

Thanks for serving,
Tyler

David MacKenzie said...

I figured there must be some confusion about the lyric projection on Before the Throne. The lyrics disappeared for most of a verse, then reappeared for the last slide of the verse, and then Mike stopped to announce that we'd be singing without lyrics for a couple of verses... after we already had been! Even more confusing, he threw in a new bridge to the song which I bet most people (like me) didn't know the melody to. Bad thing to do when we're supposedly trying to sing the song from memory as much as possible.

I was at the second meeting, so I was surprised the order of what happens in that song hadn't been sorted through in the first meeting.

I thought the electric guitar stuck out too much in the mix a few times (and was a little piercing around 4-5KHz) and maybe the organ could have been a bit louder, but otherwise thought it was a good mix. Every time a pastor runs up on stage with a mic, I pray for the person mixing, because I know how easy it is to miss those cues! Julie did great, thank you Lord!

David Hoover said...

Four points from this past Sunday:

1) Craig came over and asked a very good question. Can the large ER's (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15) handle 1000W bulbs? If they can that would allow us to much more effectively light the sermon pace area. It would also "read" better on the Imag.

2) It was brought to our attention that the back light instruments (85, 86, 88) are way too bright and are pouring too much light on the speakers shoulders. We need to reset the sermon sub so that these instruments are about 60%.

3) I want to be able to fix cues on the fly in blind. I have needed to be able to do this at least 4 or 5 times in the last year. I plan on playing with this during the next work day so that I can confidently reset a cue on the fly.

4) If we had 1 camera on with the Imag during each rehearsal, we could see problems with lighting and backgrounds before the Sunday meeting and so have to do less scrambling (see point 3) during the service.

David Wilcox said...

I deleted an unrelated anonymous comment. I would have contacted the commenter first had they left some way to reach them. The comment included two web addresses, but I don't want to assume the authors of those blogs were the commenter. If you left the comment, please feel free to contact me via email.

David Wilcox said...

David, thanks for your comments. Some responses:

1. The maximum bulb brightness is 750W, which is what we have in there right now. We could add another instrument from each side if that's really an issue.

2. I would disagree with the assessment that he lights from the top of the speaker are too bright. The shine on the speakers hair and shoulders is what allows them to "pop" off the background. If we "balance" them with the front lights, the person will probably look pretty flat. I'm definitely willing to experiment, though, so let's take a look.

3. Let us know what you figure out.

4. We can - and should - definitely look at camera shots on Saturday night. Thanks for mentioning that.