Caleb Baker from Christian Life Center in Tinley Park, Illinois brings us this stage design filled with words.
At CLC they do a new stage for every series. So this one was a challenge because of the amount of time it would take to paint.
They wanted one 5′ x 25′ piece and two more 5′ x 12′ pieces. The canvas cost them about $100. They used aluminum conduit to hang the canvas from ($50) and some cable to tie it into the ceiling ($40). Once they added paint, brushes and plastic tarps the grand total was just under $300.
To save some money on a frame for the canvas, they covered a classroom partition in plastic and stapled the canvas directly to that. Then they used a projector and a bunch of pencil led to trace the design onto the canvas.
Three days designing the concept
One 18 hour day of painting
One 9 hour day of setup
A note from Caleb: It is possible to change your set with each series. Just focus on adding fewer elements and make the ones you keep more dramatic. Remember, lighting is your best friend in set design (seriously, you could drop some LEDs in a scrap yard and it would be cool… Actually that’s a good idea…). And the most important part (something I’m still learning as well) recruit and delegate the work. You’d be surprised how many people in your church would be excited to be given a paint brush and asked to help.
A big thanks to Jen McQuay, Brent Mcquay, Ed Marroquin, Dustin Frampton and Summer Baker for their creative work on the set.