Experience: audio, lighting, video
Antony John Penton
I have set-up and run live PA on many occasions. This started for productions at school, and has included music and speech at church, for bands, presentations, outdoor events, club events and so on.
Along with a few friends, I helped to start and run a "radio" station at school (broadcast over speakers) which later also incorporated video broadcast. I had a slot on a similar radio station at sixth form college.
I helped to rig and run lighting for theatrical productions at school and for Benfleet Operatic Society. At university I have designed, rigged and run the lighting for Cambridge Christian Musicals Society on several occasions.
I have run small rigs of scanners and spots or parcans for bands, multimedia shows and club events.
Projection of text, recorded material and live video relay.
On many occasions I have been involved with more than one, or even all of the technical aspects of an event. Below are listed a few of the events I have been involved with, and rough descriptions of the technical scale.
- Viz-A-Viz. In my year working with Viz-A-Viz I have toured the country providing sound reinforcement, stage and effects lighting and big-screen video for the drama group, the band, multimedia presentations and school lessons. We used a 2.5kW Celestion PA with 24 channel StudioMaster desk, 14 Par56 lanterns plus simple effects lighting on Pulsar dimmers and a Zero88 Lightmaster 1200 board, LCD projectors and fast-fold screens. For smaller events we had two smaller PA rigs available.
- Thirst tour of Northern Ireland. Thirst is a five-piece contemporary Christian band I spent two weeks with in Northern Ireland. I ran PA and lighting for them for rehearsals and four concerts. Rig: 4 Martin Scanners, Allen & Heath GL2000 (GL4000 for one concert), 1kW FoH.
- Children's holiday club. For a number of years I have run the technical side of the holiday club at my local church, running live PA for a band, scanners and spots for lighting effect, video projection of recorded material and text and (occasionally) pyrotechnics.
- Network Youth. In addition to helping with indoor celebrations, I have helped for several years with "Praise in the Park". This event is a joint church service for all the churches in SE Essex, which takes place in Chalkwell Park, and has attracted 5,000 people. My involvement was mainly in rigging the stage, PA and lighting, and also in performing safety checks on the set-up.
- CICCU Presentations. CICCU has recently started running multimedia presentations in addition to the traditional talks. The largest of these that I was involved with involved video to three projectors, two monitors, plus live PA for a small band, and the speaker. I have also had input with the design of the presentations (formerly manually operated slides/video, now entirely computer-based), collecting material and generating ideas.
- Impromptu - on many occasions I have been asked to provide small amounts of lighting or PA, for a presentation or something, on quite short notice. I enjoy the challenge of playing things by ear.
- CCMS - in all four of my years at University I helped with the technical side of the annual Cambridge Christian Musicals Society Production. This involved live PA for a small band and the actors, and stage lighting for the musical. We have worked with a number of unusual venues, operating 20-30 lanterns and follow spots, which on two occasions have required small scaffold supporting structures (which I designed). Desk: Zero88 Sirius 24/Alcora.
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