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Jands Vista Provides Cost-Effective Lighting Control for The Fellowship Church
USA – Lighting designer C. Andrew Dunning of Landru Design specified the award-winning Jands Vista system to provide simple yet powerful control for Worship services at The Fellowship Ministries’ Two Rivers Campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to being the owner of Landru Design – which offers lighting design and consulting services for Houses of Worship, corporate events, conferences, and festivals – Andrew is the LD and part of the production team for the main 400-seat Worship Center space at the Two Rivers Campus. Beyond programming and running services, he also maintains the lighting system and supports the team of production volunteers.
Andrew worked closely with Josh Holowicki of lighting sales and production company, E2i Design – who also passionately support a number of Houses of Worship and education centres in the region – to supply the Jands Vista system.
“The Church wanted a lighting control solution that could be easily picked up by non-lighting professionals, so that volunteers of all ages could experience real ‘ownership’ for services without months of training,” says Andrew. “A typical volunteer will have hands-on experience running a service after less than an hour of Vista training.”
“These Church members are commenting on how easy Vista is to use; the ability to navigate cue lists so easily without having to learn lighting syntax or to press a bunch of buttons. Simply hit the ‘go’ icon in the cue list next to the cue you want.”
The Two Rivers Campus are using the very affordable PC-based Jands Vista control solution, connected to two 22-inch touchscreen monitors. By utilising existing computers on site, the Vista PC system only requires installation of the v2 control software, a USB to DMX interface cable, and an upgradeable DMX dongle. In the Church's system, the dongle provides two DMX universes.
All Vista products run the exact same software and offer the full feature set as found in the range's largest consoles, enabling the Campus to use the affordable Vista PC solution without compromising on power, features or performance.
The Church also required a control platform that offered a range of compatible hardware options to suit different shows and budgets, to allow them to standardise control across multiple campuses, and at a cost-effective price.
“Our entire lighting budget was less than what many larger Churches might spend on four or five moving lights,” adds Andrew.
The Vista PC system is controlling a batten-based lighting rig at the Two Rivers Campus, utilising both re-purposed conventional fixtures from its previous facility and nearly 40 LED par fixtures. Data is distributed throughout the room using Pathway’s Pathport nodes.
“Vista suits the Worship environment beautifully,” concludes Andrew. “With a high reliance on volunteers to provide production services, it lets the lighting ministry be very ‘inclusionary’.”
Other Houses of Worship to utilise lighting or media control by Vista include Elevation Church in North Carolina, Tomoka Christian Church and Celebration Church in Florida, Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, White’s Chapel in Dallas, Lifechurch.tv in Oklahoma, Westover Church in North Carolina, and Grace Community Church in Indiana.
29th October 2015
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