Student missions conference calls on grandMA2
WORLD: The Urbana 12 triennial student missions conference recently attracted nearly 16,000 people to St. Louis. The event was hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA and Dodd Technologies supplied a grandMA2 full-size as part of its lighting, audio, video and scenic support for the event’s arena show.
With the theme of God’s ‘Great Invitation’, the conference ran at the America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome. Attendees had access to more than 100 workshops and over 250 exhibiting mission organisations and seminaries.
Dodd Technologies was responsible for supporting the three main stages for the show: one for the worship band, one for drama and skits, and the centre stage for speakers and business activities. ‘We used one giant rig with 280 moving heads, which was set up so they could use some or all of it as they bounced back and forth from stage to stage,’ explained lighting programmer Jason Greene. ‘We tried to plan for the size of the rig given the time constraints of programming. We had an hour or two in the morning to program each day, but there were so many cues and transitions.’
The Dodd programmers built the show ahead of time using grandMA2 onPC with grandMA 3D MA Lighting’s visualizer software. ‘It was very helpful for the client and gave us a good idea of what everything was going to look like and how it was going to work,’ said Mr Greene. ‘It was huge to be able to start programming before we even left the office.’
For the event, Dodd used two grandMA2 full-size consoles. ‘The grandMA2’s user modes allowed us to do that,’ said Mr Greene. ‘The MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and MA 2Port Nodes were also handy. We had a lot of stuff out on the house, including five circle trusses. We had to get signals to a lot of places, and grandMA2’s functionality was great about getting the signal from the console to the lights.’
Networking was important for the smooth running of the show. ‘It was a very large room and networking allowed us to go over a very flexible and dependable medium,’ recalled Mr Greene. ‘We were also capable of going over fibre. Having all these elements communicate with the console and all work together was huge.’
Andy Meghanhoffen was the lighting designer for the show at Urbana 12.