Planetshakers Conference 2010

Drawing attendees from around the world and broadcast globally via GodTV, Planetshakers Conference was again an exceptional experience for the Forefront team.

Forefront were engaged to provide production management and design for lighting, video, monitor audio and custom motion graphics.

With 6 weeks preparation consisting of 3d lighting programming and video content creation, the whole production setup went into Hisense arena in only 1 day. Restrictions on venue availability, meant that we only had a very short time frame to get quite a large production setup and in place in short time.

Our sleep deprived team did an amazing job and the result was stunning.

The stage was populated with Martin LC panel to provide a dynamic video backdrop. Weeks out we received the song demo tracks from Planetshakers and starting building custom motion graphics for each song. Some songs saw video elements created for and sync’d with each individual kick drum and snare drum hit – a big job, but with great visual impact.

All the motion graphics and song audio backing trax were run from our Coolux media servers, locked via time code to our GrandMA lighting console that was pre-programmed at Newcastle office for every song using a 3D render of the stage lighting setup. Many songs with in excess of over 350 cues, providing for exceptional detail but only possible via the system being locked to time code.

We created a custom touch screen control panel for the drummers to fire off the trax, motion graphics and lighting cues on demand.

On the audio side of things, our Digico SD8 consoles were implemented at front of house, monitors and outside broadcast. At monitors a total of 16 mono and 
9 stereo aux sends took care of all the in-ear and wedge sends.

All wireless systems were Sennheiser G3 500 series for mics and both G2 & G3 300 series for in-ear monitors - with the band and vocalists using UltimateEars and Westone custom in-ear monitors from Earzone

In this video, Rob Thorne from Forefront Productions gives a quick overview of the lighting setup for Planetshakers Conference 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. Rob is the chief lighting designer for Forefront, and has designed and operated lighting for the last two Planetshakers DVD / Broadcast recordings.

Nick Burns takes a behind the scenes look at the custom control panel designed for use at Planetshakers Conference 2010. Check www.ffp.com.au for more updates and behind the scenes videos

Brian Vayler takes a behind the scenes look at the DiGiCo SD8 digital audio console used at Planetshakers 2010. Check www.ffp.com.au for more updates and behind the scenes videos.

Nick Burns takes a behind scenes look at the stage monitoring set-up employed at Planetshakers Conference 2010. Check www.ffp.com.au for more updates and behind the scenes videos

Rob Thorne takes a behind the scenes look at some of the lighting products used for Planetshakers Conference 2010. Check www.ffp.com.au for more updates and behind the scenes videos

Mike Webber (Creative Director, Planetshakers) talks about Forefront Productions. Check www.ffp.com.au for more updates and behind the scenes videos.

Planetshakers Conference 2010 bump in Time Lapse. Actual time took about 10 hours