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Pat’s Story

Our team had the pleasure of meeting up and following around Pat. It was awesome hearing his story and seeing what God continues to do through him.

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N.O.W. Unsearchable

The intent behind the Night of Worship was to gather as a church family to call out on the name of the Lord. The night was inspired by Jeremiah 33:3- "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." It was beautiful to see people of all ages call out to God through song, Scripture, and prayer.

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Unsearchable Things

Night of Worship 

3.11.12 | 7 p.m. | Blankenbaker Sanctuary

More information coming soon!

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Walking Series Promo

This is a promo we did for an upcoming series on 1st John called "Walking." With a rough concept in hand, we drove out to a local park to shoot.  The sky was overcast, which is usually perfect for shooting, but I was hoping for some sunlight through the trees.  I really wanted to create a silhouette of our talent. I didn't have a chance to get that one shot I wanted. However, I felt like we accomplished most of what we wanted based on our script.

We used a Canon 60d with a 35mm 2.0. We also had a Kinova slider to help add some clean movment.  A Zoom H4N recorded the Nat sound of walking in the leaves. provided our main voice over and Marcy Bryan for the tag at the end. Thanks Marcy!

Our color correction was based off of a Timberland ad that we saw online. Below is the ad and the grade before and after. 

Graded Version


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Leadership Conference: Worship Tech Resources

  These are just a few of the reources we use.  There are many others out there but we condensed it down. Many of these site will link to other sites.  Hope these help. Media and church  Tutorials and looks into church tech tools. Print, Picture, Logos, Some Free Stuff, Some paid. User submitted.
TUTORIALS: After Effects Tutorials After Effects Tutorials Photoshop Tutorials
TEMPLATES AND STOCK: Stock video, AfterEffects Templates, Music, Sound FX, Motion Templates AfterEffects Files, Motion Graphics, Stock Footage, Cinema 4D Templates

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Night Of Worship 6.26.11 Part 3- Frame for Bottles

When presented with a new design concept my first reaction (usually

just internally) is, “You want to do what?”  Such was the case when

Joel and Dan conveyed the concept of a giant Lite-Brite to me.  My

artistic side can understand the impact, the intent and the interest.

Still, much of the rest of me responds first with, “What?”


Moving past the “what” stage the next step is “how.” What about a

Lite-Brite makes it a Lite-Brite?  How does the original version work?

It’s a backlit grid covered in paper through which colored pegs are

punched to make a picture.  Seurat meets stained glass for the primary

school crowd.


Joel already had the concept of using water bottles as the colored

pegs.  That leaves the grid covered in paper.  Given the scale of the

design photo backdrop paper seemed the most logical (and

cost-effective) choice to provide the opaque-yet-punchable base layer.

  It is readily available and given its width does not require

numerous seams to achieve the 30-foot width.


Pegs, paper … grid - this is where Occam’s razor was forgotten for a

time.  Joel’s tests had involved cutting holes in ¼” lauan to make the

support grid.  Knowing this would take too long, I thought we ought to

have a shop with a CNC router machine some rigid panels in a similar

fashion.  I considered MDF or PVC and their relative merits and costs

before considering that this increasingly complex solution was not the

right one.  Simplest is usually correct.


What existing material is inexpensive (compared to custom CNC-routed

panels) has a regular grid of holes about the size of a plastic water

bottle and can be 15 feet high and thirty feet wide?  Chain-link fence

fits the bill.  It’s not a material I was very familiar with (other

than having seen fences all my life).  The concept is straightforward,

though: stretch the fence mesh between posts and support the top.


Adapting to the larger scale, 12” truss met the need for rigidity.

With stock materials, we made a rectangle of truss over which we

stretched the two rolls of fence.  Our supplier had 8-foot and 7-foot

fence in stock so we stitched these together with wire to make the

necessary height.




The small-scale solution of sliding the construction paper into slots

in the Lite-Brite would not work on the larger scale, so we needed a

method to bear the load of the photo backdrop paper.  The simplest

solution was to attach a 1x4 wood cleat to the top face of the truss

box.  This allowed the backdrop paper to be stapled in place and then

seamed on the back with gaff tape.



Add some ½ ton chain hoists to this and we had the makings of the

largest Lite-Brite any of us had yet seen.

Materials List:

30’ 7’ fence

30’ 8’ fence

40 fence-to-2” pipe clamps

8 12”x12”x10’ Thomas GP truss

2 12”x12”x5’ Thomas GP truss

4 Thomas 5-way corner block

2.5 107” x12yd black seamless backdrop paper

3 12’ 1x4

1 roll 16ga. steel wire

2 ½ ton CM L-series chain hoists

2 rolls 2” black gaff tape

staples, screws and other fasteners


Previous posts on this:

Part 1

Part 2




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Night Of Worship 6.26.11 Part 2- Bottle Painting

If you read our Beautiful Things overview post here, you may have been left wondering how the bottle-painting shenanigans worked. I’m Joel and I hope to address several of those details in this post. If you end up still having any questions, feel free to contact me.

After the Lite Brite idea was established, I headed up the search to find the bottles and best method to dye them. While initially the idea was to simply collect used bottles from people, a few concerns were raised. First was consistency; not all water bottles are the same shape, size, or material. Secondly, all the bottles would have labels and lids that would need removed. Lastly, we didn’t want to start some science fair experiment. Getting bottles from hundreds of different sources meant backwash, hand oils, and all other kinds of weirdness. Good news is that Freund Container  had just what we needed. They have a variety of water bottles available and can ship any quantity needed.

As for the dying process, the requirements were:

A. Be colorful, but still translucent

B. Be easy to apply to plastic and dry quickly

C. Be cheap.

As you can see from the test pictures above, the search proved to be tricky. From left to right, enamel paint stuck to the plastic, but was a bit too translucent. Arcylic stuck to the plastic, but was either too opaque or translucent, there was no happy medium. We tried a few airbrush/spray paints, but the results ended up with an uneven coat of colored specks. Not pictured are the various arts and crafts options we tried. We even tested out shrink wrap to no avail. I contacted a few people that had made similar displays. Their methods proved to not fit in the “be cheap” or “be easy” categories.

We found a spray paint made by Krylon  that produced very good results. However, when held up to our list of requirements, it failed.

A. It was translucent, but only three colors are available

B. It’s easy to apply however stayed tacky for days

C. At $10 for a 6oz can, it would have taken nearly $14,000 to spray all the water bottles. 

Needless to say, that was a no go.

Then we came across a paint product from Rosco and the heavens opened. Colorine is a liquid that technicians have been using to color lamps and glass for over 100 years. So about that list of requirements:

A. It’s beautifully translucent and comes in 8 shades (moreover, colors can be mixed or clear Colorine added to create custom shades)

B. It was easy to paint on, stuck to plastic like nobody’s business, and dried quickly.

C. Pricing was well within reason.

So we added up how many colors of each shade we needed (roughly estimating that a pint of Colorine could do about 200 12oz bottles) and placed an order with our local Rosco dealer.

We found in the test that a simple chip brush was perfect for applying the paint. Add some gloves for protection (nitrate gloves worked best), rope and clothespins for drying, plenty of fans for ventilation, and several volunteers and you have yourself a painting party.

We applied a single coat of Colorine and hung the bottles on the rope to dry. We then sorted them by color and boxed them up.

The next step was to assemble it all. Chris will detail the frame structure and how he got all those bottles to look like a flower during the course of the evening in a later post. 

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Night Of Worship 6.26.11 Part 1

Night of Worship started with a brainstorming meeting in April.  One of our worship staff members threw out the song “Beautiful Things.”   The ideas started circling around the fact that God can take our junk and make it beautiful.  We then decided that there had to be a way for our people to participate in a way other than singing.  We wanted them to bring their burden, their sin, or their “junk” and give it to God. Then we wanted to make something beautiful out of it.


Our scenic/lighting designer, Joel, remembered seeing an artist who used colored water bottles to create a mosaic.  We decided that we could do the same thing, but have the water bottle be the burden and throwing it away could represent surrendering it to God. We also thought that building the mosaic during the worship time would be a greater impact because we could show people what God could do with their "trash." (The logistics of painting 5,000 bottles and creating a frame to place them in will be in a later post).

As people came in for the night they were handed bottles and a small piece of paper.  Brian, our worship leader, told everyone to write down their burden or sin and place it in the bottle.  They were then instructed to bring their bottle at any time during worship and place it in trash containers at the front of stage.  We did not tell people what the bottles would be used for. 

During the worship set, there were workers on stage pushing the bottles into a chain link fence stretched across a truss frame.  This part of the stage remained in darkness.  The people in the audience could only see the workers and their headlamps. 


The reveal of the bottles happened during the reprise of “Dry Bones” by Gungor.  The mosaic is the flower from the promo material.



Photos by:  All Angles Photography   Click here to see more photos.



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Night Of Worship

 Our God is big enough to create Beautiful Things from this difficult life. Celebrate God and His creative mind that is powerful enough to take any bad thing and turn it into a beautiful thing.

June 26th.  7pm.  Blankenbaker Campus.


If you would like to help promote this event on facebook or twitter, here are some links to our promotional pieces. 

Promo video-

Info card-


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2011 Easter Pageant Opening video

This year for the Easter Pageant the director, Shane Sooter, wanted to open with a video.  He came to us with the concept of many faces saying the same script and the inter-cutting the faces.  We decided to use a Canon 7D, create an infinite black backdrop, and frame the talent as a close up.  

 Here's our camera set up.  The camera is on a Magic Arm and we are using an iPad as a teleprompter.  Shane is sitting off to one side directing the talent and controlling the prompter with another iPad.  (check this link for details on the prompter).    



Audio was recorded using an Audio Technica (AT4071a) shot gun microphone to a USB Pre then into a Mac Book Pro.  Audacity was used for the recording and a Zoom H4n was the back up.   


Lighting was done with an LED Roto light.

This is the setup. 

Phil is demonstrating how one would stand for the shoot. 

And now the video: 

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