Joel Caron, the Production Designer at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, TX submitted this fantastic and inexpensive stage design.
All of the supplies used in this design can be purchased at Home Depot and Ikea for under $200.
Joel took some blankets from Ikea and stapled them to the back of some 1×4″ wood frames. He then attached the wood frames using aircraft cable to some steel pipes and truss (Only because they had to be able to roll them on and off stage for other events).
For the giant globe in the center, his original goal was to use a Puffersphere, which was featured in Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour, but the budget didn’t allow for that. After doing some research, he ended up purchasing a 12′ inflatable PVC sphere (basically a large white beach ball) and projecting on it use an extra projector he had, using a Catalyst Media server on a Macbook Pro that fed the projector.
Joel’s original intent was to edge blend two projectors and use warping on the media server to blend them, which would have been very tricky. In addition, the projectors he had access to would have been unsightly due to their size and weight. He ended up just using a single projector on the same axis as the center of the sphere, which worked very well within a 120 degree viewing angle, which was about 90 percent of the seats in our room. To soften the edges of the globe, he applied a 5 percent edge blend. During the message, he used an animated earth texture that made it look like the globe was actually spinning.