Jarron Davis from Christian Life Church in Austin, TX brings us this awesomely circular stage design.
From Jarron: Our last few stage designs were squares or rectangles. We used 4×4 white boxes for one, we used the “floating squares” after that and then we used the fluorescent light diffusers through summer 2018. I really wanted something that looked wasn’t a square. I saw several churches doing circles and thought that was a really good look. I hit up ModScenes and purchases a lot of the hanging circles. Steven was very accommodating and helped me layout a great design.
I picked out LED Pars and Bars that had visible RGBW (some have RGBA) chips that were circular.
I did the entire set minus the large glowing orbs. The first week we revealed it, I wasn’t happy with it and knew it was missing one element to set it off. So while I was cleaning out our AV storage closet, I ran across some old homemade Sky Pan lights that we did years ago. We got the idea from Vous Church.
I thought these could be the element I was missing to set my “circle” look off but I didn’t want to do the the warm color temperature look anymore. I had the idea to use a bunch of LED tape that I had left-over from various stage sets to repurpose the Sky Pans.
First I didn’t want them silver anymore so I painted the backs black. Then I attached a medium-duty pipe clamp to the back. To save time, I left the light socket inside. If you build them new, just don’t do the light socket portion of the build.
Next, I glued the LED tape to the inside of the sky pans. It took about 4-5ft of LED tape to make the circle. The LED tape had an adhesive on the back but I didn’t trust it so I reinforced it with Gorilla glue. This was the most tedious part. I soldered 25ft of Cat6 on to the LED tape to give me a long control+power cable so that I could place the power supplies and DMX driver in an accessible spot on stage.
I wasn’t crazy about being able to see LED tape. I wanted it to be more of a “glowing orb”. So I found some large paper in our kids department. You could also use large parchment paper from a restaurant supply store.
Using Gorilla tape to attache the paper, I cut out large circles of the paper and attached it to the SkyPan. Boom. It was the glowing orb look I wanted. I had 8 of them and I just came up with a pattern on my pipe grid that worked for the look I wanted.
Each Orb has RGBW tape and I used 3 DMX decoders with power supplies. I placed one decoder Stage Left, Stage Right and Center Stage so that I didn’t need long cables.
ModScenes worked with me to design the circles within my budget. I already owned all the LED par and bar lighting. I already owned all the LED tape and drivers (roughly $400 on Amazon) and I already owned the Sky Pans (roughly $600 from HomeDepot).
I have a mixture of ETC ColorSource Par Deep Blue, Chauvet ColorDash series, and ADJ Ultra Hex series fixtures.
Next steps will be adding movers and haze to this look.