Christmas 2010 Production Overview

It’s been a good week recuperating from another hectic Christmas production season and nice to reflect a bit on the whirlwind.

From a production standpoint, this year’s Celebrate With Family was one of the more rewarding and professional events we’ve pulled together. Every team member from creative, production, and performance did their part to bring 100% to the table. Throughout my past years of touring, you start to recognize a common feeling near the end of a production—most of the time it’s a feeling of disgust and horror if you EVER think you’ll have to see it again, but then there are those other times, when you’ve really knocked it out of the park, that you’re genuinely sad it’s over—this was one of those events.

On the lighting side, the creative elements came together in a “controlled chaos” type of way and our LD Daniel did an amazing job pulling together some of the fantastic looks utilizing plenty of Barco MiTrix LED panels, quite a pile of pawn shop and vintage chandeliers, loads of Martin and conventional fixtures, and whatever else he could drag out from under the kitchen sink.

Capturing this for video ended up being quite a challenge since the creative vision called for some pretty low light levels onstage—this made for some amazing visuals but really kept our video crew on their toes to bring these same looks to life on screen.

We continued this “controlled chaos” vibe into the stage design utilizing a more elaborate riser layout than normal and a truly organic approach for the music and audio. Plenty of musicians, singers, actors, and dancers combined with a considerable amount of open mics and stage “clutter” scattered around helped us achieve a warm look and feel to the final product.

Check out the following photos to see a couple of these great looks—there are more photos and goodies on the Christmas 2010 Stage page in Resources and be sure to check out the videos to watch the event in its entirety.

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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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