Details

In handling production duties for COTM and most of the bands I’ve worked with, the attentiveness to details has proven time and time again to set myself and my production teams apart.

In years past, I have been hired for a tour or project solely on the fact that I was more focused on the details than someone else...now don’t get me wrong—there are plenty of great Production Managers and Technical Directors out there but sometimes one small overlooked detail or item is all it takes for an event to have a hiccup, or in some cases, a failure big enough to affect an audience or congregation negatively. As far as I’m concerned, any time that our production gets in the way of the message coming from the stage, rather than enhancing it—we have failed. More often than not, paying extra attention to the numerous details that surround a production of any size just pays off in the long run...

You may wonder what I’m referring to exactly? One of the biggest ways our production team can blow it is not sorting out how to navigate the many transitions during a service—songs, videos, bumpers, offering, message, invitation segments, prop moves, microphones in the right person’s hand, ear-packs operational, etc. When are we going to a lighting or video blackout? Where is the bumper music coming from—the CG playback computer in the control room or a CD player at the audio booth? How and when are the band and singers exiting the stage? Is it the same time that Pastor is entering? What about the potential traffic jam of the band exiting and Pastor George entering and then what happens if he isn’t set before the 45 second message opener ends?

If I assume or take it for granted that they all will figure it out (after all—it’s common sense right?...wrong answer!) that will be exactly how the problems will occur and the lights and video coming up on an empty podium is something that not only looks bad and causes an awkward moment for the audience but could potentially set our Pastor up to lose by breaking his concentration at a pivotal transition point.

Details have become a key to the production success of the majority of our events and when we do have an “off” night, it’s usually not a massive failure but rather a detail or combination of several details that were overlooked or assumed.

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.
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