Live production has the potential to be incredibly complex. Just look at any of the stadium tours that are currently out and you'll find intricately choreographed lighting, automated rigging, LED video walls, media servers, and ProTools rigs playing back a dozen backing tracks. Teams of seasoned pros keep all this equipment up and running in sync night after night. Often, the result is an amazing and exciting show that thrills audiences. As technical artists in the Church, we are called, not to produce the most technically amazing services, but to point people to our Almighty God through worship and teaching. We still desire quality, but for a different reason and with a different goal.
Simpler? Yes, simpler. There was a time when late lyrics, missed audio cues, clunky lighting changes, and missing video clips were common. Dedicated volunteers showed up week after week to fill positions and week after week there were issues. What was the problem? Systems and processes were too complex. One person managing too many details results in frustration and mistakes. So in order to take the quality of our services to the next level, we didn’t need to do more tech or add more gear. Instead, we had to do the opposite.
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