I’m constantly blown away when I talk with other worship leaders, pastors, or tech people and hear that they are still not using motion backgrounds for worship, and if they are, they are using the old nature movies. You know the ones of a sunset, or beach, and if they are feeling really out there they’ll use the clouds one. (rant over)
I got an email today from Igniter, a video background company that we’ve purchased from in the past. They are peddling new “Igniter Tracks“, which I think are very, very cool. I’ve actually been waiting for these ever since I saw Passion a few years ago using similar scripted videos to go along with their songs. So far they don’t have a huge selection of songs – we’d probably only use 3 of them, but hopefully the selection will grow. There’s a good video of how these are used in a worship venue here. And you can watch a clip previewing all of the available tracks here.
Here’s what I like about them:
1. They’re new, different, and cool!
2. They run off a click (which keeps the band tight and to the music)
3. They “up” the level of visual experience people are having during worship
4. They help move the song along visually
Here’s what I don’t like about them:
1. Some of them are definately not as good as others, approaching the “cheese” factor (example: How Great is Our God, Holy is the Lord, Make a Joyful Noise)
2. There’s a chance of things going horribly wrong (video skips, computer chokes, band plays the wrong verse/chorus)
3. The selection of songs is not too exciting (but I’m sure they will add more soon)
4. They could restrict the band to only doing a prescribed version of the songs (but, I think that may actually be a good thing too)
Sidenote thoughts: I think that in this day and age, using media has become so prolific in worship that we are having to come up with solutions that allow the band and tech people to be comfortable using all the elements (lights, computers, click tracks, cameras, switchers, etc), but still present something that is not sterile for people who are coming in the doors to worship. And I personally believe that with more structure and planning, there is great freedom to “act naturally”. If you know where the songs are going and what each person is going to be doing that should give you the freedom to lead and not worry – to really take people on a worship experience.
Here’s my Questions:
1. Who fires the video? A tech in the booth or a band member?
2. Is there a countdown on the click so the band knows exactly when the song is supposed to start? (I imagine there would have to be)
3. What is the backup plan in case the video/band get out of sync – cuz you know it’s gonna happen at some point!
4. Is this just too much of a good thing? Should we use it on every song? or just one or two. Every week? or just some weeks.
5. Will we have any drummers left after using these?