Elation lights Assemblies of God youth convention
Thursday, 28 September 2017
national-youth-convention-and-fine-arts-festival1Elation dealer Illuminate Production Services provided a large Elation lighting and video rig
USA - In August, one of America’s largest Christian groups, the Assemblies of God, summoned youth from across the United States to its National Youth Convention and Fine Arts Festival in Anaheim, California. Held 7-11 August at the Anaheim Convention Centre, an important centrepiece of the event was a large stage set up used for presentations, services and evening concert celebrations, much of which was live streamed.
Elation dealer Illuminate Production Services provided a large Elation lighting and video rig for the five-day gathering with IPS’s Caleb Franke handling lighting design duties. IPS, headed by Caleb’s father Rick Franke, worked on the project with Jerry Dahlberg of DC Productions and used a wide variety of Elation gear on the event.
With Assembly of God church students from all across the nation in attendance, and the 10,000-seat capacity venue hosting a concert each night, the opportunity to make an impression was great. The goal for IPS was to create a house of worship feel on a large scale and give attendees a memorable experience.
LD and programmer, 18-year-old Caleb Franke, created impact from the start with a big opener that had lots of energy and volume. “I like to keep the shows interesting programming wise,” he said while mentioning that he did his first show when he was 7 years old and really got involved in lighting around sixth grade. “I’ll go from beam looks to very wide gobo looks with prism effects. I also like to use a lot of saturation with color in my designs, which fills in the stage well.”
Although IPS has a long history of using Elation products, there were a few Elation fixtures that the Roseville, CA-based lighting and event production company used on the show for the first time. “We’re using the DW Fresnel for the first time and really loving it,” Rick Franke commented of the variable white light LED luminaire. “On this show an even stage wash was really important for the IMAG element and we’re really happy with them.”
Another new Elation fixture for IPS was the full-featured Artiste DaVinci theatrical-grade LED moving head spot. “Those are definitely one of the highlights of this rig,” Caleb Franke stated.
Ample amounts of color were necessary to wash the large 56’ wide by 40’ deep stage and IPS turned to a combination of Elation Fuze Wash Z350 LED wash light moving heads and SixBar 1000 colour-changing LED battens for the job. “The Fuze Wash Z350 has a nice zoom and excellent colours and you can get both a really nice warm white and cold white out of them,” Caleb stated. “We have some SixBars in the rig as well, which are great. The UV/Amber/White in them is always awesome.”
Used to frame the large stage was ACL 360 Bar LED moving bar effects, versatile moving battens with individual LED control for eye candy looks and continuous rotation for dynamic movement. “
IPS has owned a number of Elation’s multi-functional Platinum FLX fixtures for years and has been a real fan of the award-winning hybrid fixtures, which were used on the show with another of Elation’s hybrid fixtures, the Platinum HFX.
For the National Youth Convention shows, IPS used 17 Cuepix Blinder WW4s as blinders throughout the house. In installs and system integration projects however, Rick Franke comments that they’ve been able to use the fixtures with its wide beam angle even as house lights. “
A large backdrop LED video screen formed the stage’s dominate visual element, along with several portrait LED screens stage right and left. More LED screens in varying sizes lined the downstage truss.
(Jim Evans)

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