Set Design: Creating an Inviting, Worshipful Space

Even if you aren’t building sets to match messages, it’s still impactful to create a look that provides an inviting space. The alternative of blank walls and general room lighting gives a sterile classroom feel.

Set Design: Creating an Inviting, Worshipful Space
The lighting during the 2017 Simply Worship conference in Concord, N.H., which was held at CenterPoint Church on October 28.

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Set Design: Creating an Inviting, Worshipful Space

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Second, what works for others, may not work for you. Just because it looks good on a small set doesn’t mean it will look good on a larger set. And the opposite is true.

Third, just because they used more expensive materials, doesn’t mean you have to. Be creative!

Finally, inspiration doesn’t need to come from out of house. You and your team can come up with creative and inspiring designs. And what better way to engage and empower your volunteers!

Let’s wrap up with some tips and tricks from the trenches.

TIP #1:

Think three dimensionally when designing, both on the overall design and on the elements themselves.

On the overall scale, try to build in layers. Your worship team members are the first layer. Behind them might be a second layer consisting of some prop pieces. At my own church currently, we are preparing to put a bunch of small Christmas trees upstage behind our team. That will be our second layer. Behind them is our third layer, consisting of some recycled wood features with LED strips lighting them. More on those in a minute.

While I like that we can buy 4 foot-by-8 foot fake brick paneling at the local home store, that by itself is a little too flat for my taste. Add another layer in front of it to make it really pop.

Even if you only have one layer behind your team, then things like crumpled aluminum screening provide a 3D surface that catches light differently top from bottom, to provide stunning effects like the one shown as the first image among the slides.

TIP #2

Almost anything can be used to build a set.

Recently, I provided the lighting during the 2017 Fall Simply Worship Conference in Concord, N.H. Shortly before our event, Brittany Moultroup and her team at CenterPoint Church revised their upstage look using HVAC air filters! A relatively low cost simple design that was very effective.

TIP #3

Design core elements which can be used for multiple sets.

One simple example is building in infrastructure like the ability to lift and hang lightweight parts of your set.

Appropriately designed ropes and pulleys allow you to raise and lower elements. Of course, keep them lightweight and safe!

My last example are a close-up view of the wood diamonds as shown in the second image among the three slides. The close-up is the third image among the slides.


More About Chris Tall
Chris Tall currently serves as the Lighting Designer and Assistant Tech Director for Essex Alliance Church in Essex Junction, Vt. His start in lighting came early in his freshman year of high school after he talked his way into a Maynard Ferguson concert. Since then, he has always been active in lighting and technical show production. While the work has taken him from lighting local theater to designing special effects for Universal Studios, MGM Vegas and Disney, Chris enjoys being part of a team that works to bring a production's dream to life. When Chris isn't working, he can be found making dinner for his family or flying RC planes.
Get in Touch: Flylightvt@gmail.com    More by Chris Tall

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Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.


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