Creative Projection: Don’t Get Boxed Into Typical Gear Usage

A few years back, I decided that I would take the resources I have been blessed with, and start to think about how to use them in the ways I’m called to, and to then push them to their limits.

Creative Projection: Don’t Get Boxed Into Typical Gear Usage
A view of the We Are One Women's Conference, held this year at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas.

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Obviously, over the past five years or so, environmental projection has become an ever-growing trend.

One can spend so much time and energy trying to duplicate what someone else has done, because it worked for them.

Here’s the thing … I kind of hate trends.

I feel like trends are a trap that designers too often fall into, because they see how everyone else is doing it, and it’s working for them.

Such a mindset, though, can limit our view on doing what is really the best thing for our church and our congregants.

One can spend so much time and energy trying to duplicate what someone else has done, because it worked for them. Did you take the time, though, to find out if it’s the right thing for you to do?

I have fallen into this trap more times than I would care to admit.

As a result, I have wasted so many hours and a great degree of energy developing things I wasn’t called to work on.

A few years back, I decided that I would take the resources I have been blessed with, and start to think about how to use them in the ways I’m called to, and to then push them to their limits.

Out of this mentality, I started looking at how to use my projectors in new ways, and began calling it “creative projection,” instead of environmental.

Just switching my vernacular from one term to the other, got my brain off the idea that a projector must point at a screen or a wall to be useful.

Let me walk you through a few examples, that we have done over the last couple of years at Trinity Fellowship and why it has worked for us.

I built a set for one of our spaces around two years ago, comprised of corrugated plastic rectangles, surrounded by LED ribbon, to give it color. This worked out great for weekend services in the room, but when it was time for the Men’s Conference, it lacked in appeal and ability to transport you out of the room.

Once we looked at the stage as needing to transport you out of the room, we decided that the set should literally be windows to view other spaces from.

From there, we took a projector and spent a few hours generating a mask in Adobe After Effects, then got to work on content, and it came out great! The men entered the room to Pac Man going around the panels, gobbling up dots and being chased, which they found hysterical. They then went right into worship, as we flew them over a local canyon to get their hearts prepared to leave the space that they had walked into.


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Kevin Penrod has been studying lighting design for 11 years. He attended college at West Texas A&M, where he studied Theatre Arts with concentrations in Lighting Design and Business Management. He is currently the Lighting Designer at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, where he manages the creative lighting design, scenic elements, and their implementation. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn son and remodeling his home.
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