Thoughts to Remember When Creating a Space for Worship
Posted on September 30th, 2014
- The end goal of the services that happens in the space.
- The vibe/feeling you want to help communicate.
- Who is the target demographic?
- Who in the audience will be reached regardless of the branding, environment, and artistry? These are not people to design for. Do not be influenced by them.
- Who might only be opened up to the communication by the environment you present? This is who you must go after.
- How might you use resources you already have available to support your vision?
- What alternative ideas might convey such themes with increased beauty/power/depth?
- What ideas might work well because of how clear the symbolism might be?
- What of those ideas would be so cliché that it would actually turn off the artist in the audience?
- What metaphors can you weave into the design to add depth of beauty (and meaning) ...even if only for you?
- How long do you want to live in the look? A series? A season? A weekend? Indefinitely?
- How will you light the set? How will you light the art and communication? Will the lighting on both feel unified?
- Make sure to design scenic elements that will be enhanced with the lighting tools available. Also, design scenic with consideration of who is designing/operating lights. Try to play to their strengths.
- It needs to look good in the room, to be certain. Are you broadcasting ever - stream, IMAG, record for later release?
- Lighting for video requires thinking beyond what looks good to the naked eye; and lighting for both video and still having everything look good in the room requires some real finesse…
- Think through positioning of each person who will be on stage. Where they stand/sit/dance should feel like it connects with the scenic elements and help visually connect the guests with the communication on stage. Break the 4th wall.
- What scenic and/or lighting might be considered in the room? In the lobby? Before and after the event with advertising, social media, etc. How does the branding transcend the stage experience?
- Think through everything that people might see. Certainly do not let anything be a distraction; also push into every opportunity to help enhance the story...