Impact Youth Camp is a two-week long church retreat that attracts high school and
middle school students from churches from all over Texas. Over 1200 students
attend, participating in group seminars, praise and worship.
The organisers of the event turned to DiTech AV of El Campo, TX to handle the
lighting, audio and video design and production — and powerful fixtures from PR
Lighting formed a major part of the lighting inventory.
The production has grown substantially since Paul Guthrie, owner of DiTech AV
became involved with the event 10 years ago. This year they exceeded expectations
and challenged themselves with a design that departed from anything they had done
in the past.
Guthrie worked with his LD Dan Brunson to conceive a unique design. With the
stage being so large, the biggest challenge was creating an intimate feel to the
space, without losing its grandeur. Together they came up with the solution to
frame the stage with Dicolor LED video panels and fill in the spaces with six pieces
of stick truss.
Lighting played an equally important role in the stage design. Guthrie used a total of
32 fixtures from PR Lighting and Mega-Lite combined — led by eight PR Lighting XR
300 Beam, with super concentrated parallel beams, which provided high output and
variable gobo effects. “They looked incredible and allowed us to use them in several
different ways,’ says Guthrie.
In addition, 12 tiny PR Lighting XLED 3007 fixtures (housing seven 20W 4-in-1 RGBW
LEDs) and six Mega-Lite Axis QD7 fixtures provided colour washing and eye candy
effects with their pixel control capabilities.
Paul Guthrie, in particular, made use of the XLED 3007 infinite pan and tilt and built-
in W-DMX. “They are so fast and super versatile; they’re a great addition to our
toolkit,’ he says. The Enlighten ONE Console with four universes provided the
Guthrie utilised two RGBlink VSP198S switcher/scalers and one RGBlink Driver to
programme the walls. These products, along with support from Mega Systems, Inc.,
made this kind of set up easy to configure.
Throughout the two weeks of the camp, Guthrie received numerous compliments
from the youth pastors and students. In fact, he heard many say that the lighting
and video painting the picture of the gospel had helped them to focus more on
worship. It was so successful for DiTech AV that several of the youth pastors
booked them for upcoming events at their churches throughout Texas.