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Bethany Church projects warmth in livestream services

Bethany Church projects warmth in livestream services

Bethany Church projects warmth in livestream services


At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana published three quarantine goals on its Facebook page: ‘calm down, get a word, stand firm’. To create a more comforting glow for its four weekly virtual livestreaming services, the church has been taking a more basic approach to visuals and using Chauvet Professional Rouge fixtures to convey a range of powerful yet reassuring tones.

During the livestream, the church hasn’t worried about revealing the large empty spaces inside. The services are designed to promote a clear message: a church is not a building but a place within the hearts and souls of its community. At one recent Sunday service, Bethany created a reassuring feel to the video by using 10 Rogue R2X Wash and 10 Rogue R2X VW fixtures. The R2X Wash units were positioned on mid-stage truss and used to create backlight that fills the space behind the band in the absence of scenic elements.

‘The high output and wide zoom range of the R2X Wash help us create some unique backlighting looks,’ said Ryan Rider, central lighting director at Bethany. ‘They add depth to the stage and we can also use them for the occasional eye candy effect.’ Rider continued by discussing how the livestreams are enhanced by the rig’s Rogue R2X VW fixtures, which are called on to light the scrim above the band and to provide a soft key light. ‘When this campus was built, we elected to go with the R2X VW instead of standard ellipsoidals, because of their versatility,’ he said. ‘For the same price, we not only get a key light but also a moving wash with a ton of punch. The CRI is excellent. The R2X VW is proving that in these livestreams.’

Rider adds that the Bethany Church team and the community it serves are standing strong against the storm. ‘Our experience director Dustin West, camera director Taylor Coleman, lead audio engineer Brian Edwards and the whole team are coming together to support the message of Pastor Jonathan. It is like a family here.’

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