Creating Contagious Environments
When looking into a new set design, stage setup, multiscreen arrangement, or lighting scheme, there’s a lot to consider. What’s the budget? What do we have space for? What can we reuse?
We know that we need to be authentic and intentional when creating environments, set designs, and prepping media. How do you add to this intentionality and authenticity to create contagious environments?
There are many things to consider including specifics for your particular environment. Beyond lighting, set design, and service flow, there a many items to deal with. Let’s dig into how media can help create a contagious environment.
Environments are made with Texture
Texture is a key part in creating contagious environments when talking about environmental projection. The right texture can evoke certain emotions that transform the atmosphere of a room. A Wood Media can add warmth and vibrance to a room as a soft ballad is played. A Concrete Textures or metallic surface adds a cool element, but can also convey strength, security, and stability.
Find textures that evoke the emotions you want to express in order to elevate your environments from creative to contagious.
Check out these series for great textural elements.
Speed Drives an Environment’s Energy
As much as textures can evoke emotion, speed can add or remove energy. The speed of motions need to match the speed and direction of your songs and service. Use different speeds to add depth and dynamics to your service much like you achieve with music.
Check out these series for great speed elements.
You can also take the subtle approach and bring in simple movement without distraction. Check out the subtle series to find slower movement and simple motion.
Color Evokes Atmosphere
We’ve talked about color before, but its worth repeating. Color directly related to mood and emotion. Using cool colors decreases energy and brings about a more calming, peaceful environment. Where as warm colors will add energy. We’ve even experienced a psychological effect at events where folks thought it was too warm in the room, we changed the tone of the colors on lighting and videos to more blues, purples, and other cool tones and the general perception was that the room was cooler.
Check out these series for great color options.
Collectively, use texture, speed (or lack thereof), and colors to create contagious environments. Focusing on these three elements will allow you to take people on an intentional journey during your next service or worship event.