Beach Retreat has been a tradition for the youth of Houston's Second Baptist Church since 1978 and though the trips and the morals behind them remain the same, technology and imagery are ever advancing to enhance the experience and create powerful illustrations for thousands of high school and junior high students. Two years in a row, PixelFLEX has been able to provide Second Baptist Church with lightweight, flexible, high-quality LED video curtains that "wow" the students and staff alike, all at an attractive price point for the Church's budget.
The retreat production crew used 2 18mm and 14 20mm PixelFLEX Curtains in collaboration with projection screens to bring life to stories told by pastors during the camps. The curtains were hung behind the narrator on stage with the purpose of giving the illusion that the audience was not confined in a room by four walls, but rather immersed and engaged in the story itself. Originally, static props were suggested as aids, but the team chose PixelFLEX as their creative solution and they agree that the effect would not have been as influential with a simple prop.
"We had nothing but absolutely stellar comments from everybody," said Mark Sepulveda, Global Technical Director for Second Baptist Church. "We used it (PixelFLEX LED Curtains) differently from last year and it was much more engaging for the audience."
The venues that host the retreats often have weight limitations for what can be hung from the ceiling, which offers few options for those who plan the set up. The fact that the PixelFLEX panels are so lightweight allowed for an easy set up without the worry of flying equipment that was too heavy for the location.
"Last year, we used it (PixelFLEX LED Curtains) more like eye candy," Sepulveda continued. "This year, it was much more of an integral part of how we were managing the show from start to finish. We essentially wanted to take an entire surface behind the stage and turn it into motion so that the room became smaller and the audience became more engaged with the entire stage as opposed to it being a tunnel at the end of the room that everyone was watching. That was sort of our concept behind building the environment with the PixelFLEX Curtains."
Second Baptist Church was founded in 1927 and is currently led by Dr. Ed Young, the fifth pastor to lead the Church. Second Baptist Church features five campuses offering 17 services each week to its 60,000 members.