Saturday, August 22, 2009

First Baptist Church Stage Lighting

Here a light is being adjusted that will shine down a light fabric column. To move around the stage you often have to duck down to avoid hitting your head on the booms. In all three large booms were used to set the stage for the upcoming concert. The one being worked on here is the center boom which holds the bulk of the stage lighting. The boom behind it would hold a shear fabric curtain which would be used as a backdrop. The smaller boom in front would hold the front edge of another bolt of fabric which would drape out towards the audience sort of like a lean to tent.
Jeff checked and double checked the lighting electrical connections and he found quite a few that had been set up wrong on the first go around.
I was sitting on the stage floor while I did this sketch. The front boom had LED lights on it that were on and pointed right in my direction. Those LEDs changed colors constantly creating an ever changing light display on the stage. Having spent so much time watching the work that went into setting up the lighting, I decided I had to go to the concert on Sunday to see the final design all set up.
As we said our goodbyes Jeff introduced me to his whole crew. I showed them all the sketches and some crew members were tickled to see themselves in a sketch. Jeff looked around and asked who was wearing the purple tee shirt. Actually no one was wearing a purple tee shirt I just picked that color since it seemed to work at the time.

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