The short answer is...both! If you go to my YouTube channel you can see some recent videos we took of how I approach running worship lighting. My wife Courtney is running all the stage projection (5-wide projection stage design) and all the Environmental Projection.
The Digital Age is the band on Planet Wisdom, a student conference tour put on by Youth Specialties. Before we started the tour, the band gave me a set list of songs which I listened to for weeks to get them engrained in my head and heart. Because of that, I don't necessarily have to have every cue programmed out - there is something raw and human about being able to follow exactly what the band is doing AND the energy of the room.
What is pre-programmed: Movement effects and static positions.
What I am manually clicking/pushing: color and gobo choices, strobes, blinders, and of course manually riding the intensity faders for all groups of lights. (Now, the color and gobo pallets are pre-built, but I'm changing rotation, color fades...etc..all live)
So, if you watch those videos on YouTube; just watch how my wife and I coordinating projection media and lighting. Also, watch how the lighting is changed to match each moment of the worship song.
If you watch all of "After All (Holy)", it's probably my favorite example of matching our lighting and projection. We pick a visual theme to match the song, and know the song well enough to feel out the movement and the flow.
Posted on Sun, February 24, 2013
by Camron Ware