Markey's Helps Convey Intimacy of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church


Markey’s was pleased to provide audiovisual services and support for the 5th year for the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, June 7-9, 2014.  Over 1,300 attendees gathered in HyVee Hall of the Iowa Events Center for worship services and the Legislative Action Sections.

The stage design comprised two pairs of 15’ x 20’ flown screens, with Christie 10k and 12k projectors off to each side; PowerPoint slides of song lyrics were on one pair and Image Magnification of live action was on the other. Four Sony cameras captured the proceedings for the I-Mag, video recording, and live webcasting for those viewing from home. The size of these screens and their placement maximized the viewing for the large gathering that was present.   A Robocam was also utilized above the stage to capture the intimacy of laying on of hands during the Ordination service, as the Bishop and others gathered around the new clergy to pray for them.

A backdrop scrim was placed in the center, and Markey’s used a Christie 16k HD to project beautiful photos in the center.  The lighting designer was given artistic license to use the backdrop as desired to complement these, and he used Markey’s Martin MAC 700 Profile and wash lights and the MAC 250 Entours and wash intelligent lights to create a variety of visually stunning lighting scenes that added a range of moods to the event.



The stage elements comprised a 60’ x 30’ Cyc for the backdrop and four of the “curves” to frame the stage.  Arri 2k and 1k lights were used for the main stage washes and backlights, and Source Four ellipsoidals were used for spots.


For the Legislative Action Session, 10 wireless mics were set on the tables of the audience, so that anyone who wanted to participate in this business meeting would be heard.  There was a potential for audio delay because of the distance from the stage, but Markey’ s used a concert-level sound system for the state, and tied into the house sound separately for the audience, eliminating any noticeable audio delay.



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