Environmental Projection: Tips On How To Implement It Best

As someone who has seen a number of EP pictures, and one who has personally set up EP more than 40 times, I have learned a few tips and tricks to avoid the most common oversights.

Environmental Projection: Tips On How To Implement It Best
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If you’ve contemplated using — or are already using — environmental projection, or EP, in your worship environment, then you’re familiar with all the positive attributes of using this technology.

Color, texture and tempo matter tremendously to creating an atmosphere where the visuals enhance, rather than distract.

If you’re completely new to the technique, I’d highly recommend checking out the book, “Environmental Projection: The Collision of Modern Technology and Sacred Spaces,” as it’s a comprehensive guide to EP. In this article, though, I want to specifically attack the most common oversights or mistakes that people make with environmental projection, and how to avoid them.

As someone who has seen a number of EP pictures, and one who has personally set up EP more than 40 times, I have learned a few tips and tricks to avoid the most common oversights.

Bad Masking

Masking is the process of removing (or preventing) light from being projected onto certain areas of the room. Maybe you have a choir or a side screen that you don’t want the EP to hit, so you create a mask to project black in those areas. This is one area that seems to get overlooked during the setup process. When you try to make a mask too last-minute, or try to make it while the lights in the room aren’t completely out, then it becomes difficult to mask with excellence.

Pro tip:

Find two hours to fine tune your mask, by projecting all white in a room with all the lights completely out, so you can see where you are and are not projecting, and you can perfect that EP Mask. Masking out the right bad stuff, makes the EP look so much better.

Practice with the Band

When you use EP, you likely have the most impactful visual canvas in the room. Consider this to be one really large visual instrument. Color, texture and tempo matter tremendously to creating an atmosphere where the visuals enhance, rather than distract, so you need to begin practicing with the band, like any other instrumentalist would. This is another oversight for most EP setups.

Pro tip:

Try to program all your looks before the band rehearses, so you can practice with the band during band practice. In doing so, you’ll be able to fine tune speed, color, brightness, etc., and make it feel like an integrated part of the band.


More About Luke McElroy
Luke McElroy is the founder and visionary behind Orange Thread Media, the parent company to Orange Thread Live Events, TripleWide Media and SALT Conferences. Beyond his ability to cast vision for creativity in live events and worship environments, he’s passionate about mentoring, leadership and teamwork. Luke got his start in creative arts as a content producer creating animations for live events and worship services around the world. Some of the work he and his team created have been used by American Idol, Blake Shelton, Atlanta Falcons, and thousands of churches around the entire world.
Get in Touch: luke@orangethreadmedia.com    More by Luke McElroy

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