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Willow Creek Church

My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back in the Netherlands, I’ve been quite busy creating something (more on that in the future). Surprisingly, I finally found some time to write about the USA trip… Today, it’s time for part eight; “Willow Creek Church”.

Chicago was the next stop on my road trip. Well… Technically I didn’t use a car to get there so it’s not really part of the road trip (I flew from Las Vegas to the Windy City). But for simplicity’s sake, let’s just forget about that.

Ready to move on? Okay, let’s go.

I didn’t visit Chicago to see The Bean’ (see my photo below) or the rest of Chicagoland. Instead, I was in town for a backstage experience of Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, which is a suburb of Chicago.

Willow Creek Church is a large and arguably one of the most influential churches in the States. Everything there is massive. For example, what to think of a 7000 seats auditorium? And they don’t use it for just 1 weekend service. Instead, they have 3. One at Saturday and two at Sunday. When I was there, Bill Hybels introduced John Ortberg, both great speakers.

When John Ortberg spoke, I was in the control room. At Willow, this room is huge (way bigger than what I’m used to). Before the service, during the rehearsals, I walked around the auditorium and checked out the camera crew. Afterwards, they held a production meeting, which was very interesting as well.

As a bonus, the director gave me a tour through the entire building, including the fly wall, the so called ‘bridges’ (from which lights are hung – see photo below), and the workshop.

Needless to say, I had a great time and learned a lot. Thanks Willow, for this great experience!

My next stop: Missouri

Previous posts

Part 1: Exceeded expectations
Part 2: Google vs. Apple
Part 3: Look left! … No, look right!
Part 4: Johnny Depp
Part 5: Big, bigger, biggest
Part 6: The most beautiful road of the world
Part 7: The color of luck

Square 2013, part one

As promised, here’s the first episode of Square Journaal 2013. Enjoy!

This year, Square Journaal (English: Square News) isn’t a news show. Instead, it’s more like a short movie mixed with news-items, aimed at teenagers.

Our story: Baroness Lulu von Pfirsch, the main character, wants to destroy Square, a large Christian teen event in the Netherlands. In three episodes we see her trying to achieve this goal. How it ends? Well, I guess you should watch all three episodes to find out.

Square 2013

It’s the third time I was part of the so called Square Journaal (translation: Square News). This time, we didn’t really do a news show, instead we made it like a short movie, aimed at teenagers.

Our story: Baroness Lulu von Pfirsch, the main character, wants to destroy Square, a large Christian teen event in the Netherlands. In three episodes we see her trying to achieve this goal. How it ends? Well, I guess you should watch all three episodes to find out.

As soon as the episodes hit the web, I’ll post them here as well. For now, I can only share a music video, which is a parody on this well known kids-song by famous Dutch duo Bassie and Adriaan (the original song starts at 3:42). Consider the music video as a bonus, because that’s what it is. Enjoy.

Talkshow-in-a-church

Regular readers of this blog know I’m involved with Bolder75. It’s a talkshow-in-a-church concept which we developed and produced ourselves. It was quite a challenge to find out what set we needed, how and where the guests should sit, where to position the cameras, and on and on. As time progressed, we got better and raised the bar each time.

Above, I included a short compilation of the April 13th broadcast. This was the seventh Bolder75 episode we produced. I think it looks great and it’ll be quite a challenge to improve on it. But we’re gonna try this Sunday. In the (eighth) episode, Piet Paulusma will be one of the guests. It’s something to look forward to.

Until then… I’m just gonna enjoy the compilation of last month.

The contrast of Festival 316

Several days ago, I was part of the Festival 316 video crew. Me and seven team members were responsible for the live video broadcast of this great event. The thing I love most about this particular festival is the contrast between the ‘day before’ and the show itself.

Check out the two images below. The first one shows the empty tent which we filled with lots and lots of technology including five camera’s and a fully equipped control room. This all happened on the day before the actual show took place. The second image (a still image from this video – not our broadcast) shows the same tent, during the final hour of the show, with 4000 people going crazy. And the remarkable thing, less then two hours later, the entire tent was completely empty again. Oh boy, I had a great time!

Above – The empty Festival 316 tent (Friday, 9AM)

Above – The filled tent (Saturday, around 11PM)