Travis Carpenter from Northview Church in Carmel, IN brings us this epic Garden of Eden on their stage.
They contracted a local company that rents out plants and other decorations for events. Using a variety of plants ranging in size from 15′ to 2′, they created a backdrop on their stage that in some spots enveloped the band. By renting the plants, they were able to save a lot of cash when compared to the cost of buying that many plants outright.
In addition to the plants on stage they used a few other tactics to create an environment that helped sell not only the look, but also the sound.
For starters, they used their 30′ tall by 80′ wide video wall at the rear of their stage to extend the look off the back of the stage. To do this effectively, it was incredibly important to use graphics that were scaled correctly. Anything too large or too small destroys the illusion.
They also kept their house lights darker than normal. Just enough light so everyone could see their seats, but dark enough that it felt like you were in a dimly light, tree covered area.
Their room was also outfitted with side fill speakers, that they essentially used as surround sound speakers. They used some ambient noises (which included small birds and trees blowing in the wind) and sent those tracks through their side fills. This sold the intended effect so well that they had a guest tell their ushers that there were birds stuck inside our building!
Using a small army of LED bars and small LED pucks, they creatively up lit the plants, as well as lighting large groups internally. They had several people comment that what they had managed to create was a sort of “Disney-like” environment.
The whole creative team was behind the concept, Travis was only in charge of executing and lighting it.