CMU School of Drama

Friday, April 14, 2017

Using Motion Backgrounds Using motion and still backgrounds for worship can be fun and exciting. They can also be a recipe for stress, opinions and conversations, in which you may have to defend your choices. No matter what size your church, whether it’s been years since you began using graphics, just starting out, or you just want to amp up you current game; here are some keys for success.


John Yoerger said...

I think this is a really interesting article because it really explores one of those smaller bit technical elements that do really add to a church service and are certainly salient to some members who attend the church. Having moving backgrounds that flow together and seem cohesive can also make or break the thematic nature of a service. I know it's a simple way to wow new members and a simple way to impress the ones who have been around the block. A church I used to go to also had moving backgrounds. Before that, they used to pan cameras around the house of the church to watch people watching the sermon. But that was SO creepy and weird. A lot of people ended up complaining and then boom: the magic of moving backgrounds. I'll tell you though--My church had HIGH production value. The "weekly advertisements" that were played at services had to have at least 40 hours of production time to make it happen. So the moving backgrounds really added to all that they were already doing to impress people whilst doing the lord's work.

William N. Lowe said...

I can just go off of the top quote here if I want to because there is so much in that one quote. “If the background takes center stage, it is no longer a background. Think of them as the music to your favorite movie; an unnoticed but critical element.” I think that this quote is very important to media designers everywhere and I think it provides a perfect explanation as to why people don’t like a lot of media designs. It is hard for a lot of media designers to accept doing a low key media design. There needs to be a valuable element to the design where its absence would be noticed in the meaning and quality of the show; however, at times you forget its there because of how important it is to the world. It doesn’t have to be big and bold and everywhere, it needs to integrate and blend with everyone else.

Antonio Ferron said...

I have no idea why I hate this website so much. Something about a website dedicated to church tech just infuriates me. It might have to do with the fact that I despise mega-churches because I don't believe they actually stand for anything. But besides that point, I just don't see why these articales about how to be a good church technician are a thing. Aren't you just a theatre technician either way? I also feel like for some reason this devalues what theatre professionals train for years for. If you want to learn how to be a good technician, learn from the industry that you're emulating. I don't see why the whole "for church" or "for prayer services" is necessary. A performance is a performance. It honestly doesn't matter much whether it's a rock concert or a worship session at a certain point. I don't know why this annoys me at all. My argument is pretty petty, I just felt like ranting about It.