Chauvet animates church’s music video
Friday, 19 March 2021
attention1The music video was performed by a mixture of staff and volunteers
“We cannot deny with our culture what we declare with our message,” the multi-campus Bridge Church proclaims on its website. The culture and message of this church are both evident in Bridge Worship, a collection of contemporary praise music EPs written by members of its congregation to reflect their voices and experiences.
Growing out of a Song Writing Days programme started by church worship staff and volunteers just a few years ago, the EP series has already passed over one million Spotify streams from 76 countries. Recently, Bridge Worship reached another milestone with the release of Attention, a music video performed by a mixture of staff and volunteers.
“Everyone you see on this video is a worship volunteer or church staff member, many of whom recorded the music and vocal parts of the song, and consequently the video has an authentic, high energy performance” said Mike Marcario, Bridge Church’s lighting designer. “We’re all so happy with the end result.”
Marcario had more than a little to do with that end-result. Drawing on his experience as a designer for Grammy nominated country stars and Dove Award winners, he used over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the rig at the church’s campus in Spring Hill, TN to support the video with a dynamic lightshow punctuated by moments of intense brightness and sudden darkness. In the process, he lent an air of expectation to the production that fit perfectly with the mood of the music.
“The song Attention was written and recorded to have pop rock energy along with a sense of yearning and discovery,” he said. “I wanted minimal colour and lots of movement to match the intensity of the music. Our biggest goal for this performance video was to let the musicians and camera movement drive the mood.”
Although he used yellows with accents of white for the song’s verses and choruses. Marcario relied more on movement, strobing and varying levels of intensity for much of the production, particularly during instrumental sections. “I enjoy using no colour in intense instrumentals because I like the contrast between blinding light and darkness as well as letting the musicians play into the light to create silhouettes for the camera,” he said. “Our director Joey Jacob of The JACO Collective in Nashville did an incredible job shooting and editing this video. He and I both felt it would be more powerful to limit colours to the branding of the song and keep the intensity in the camera and musicians’ movements.”
Key to creating this intense visual display were the rig’s 21 EPIX Bar Tour fixtures powered by four EPIX Drive 900s. Driving these linear units with ArKaos MediaMaster Express triggered from the lighting console, Marcario overlayed video images and other content, often in coordination with a 16x10ft projection video screen. At other times, he relied on the impressive output of the one-meter fixtures to create powerful still-white vistas for big accents.

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