Lakeside Auditorium at Willow Creek South Barrington
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Welcome to Willow Production!

Willow Creek is a church committed to loving everyone always and extending the hope and grace of Jesus to our neighbors near and far. As a production department, our volunteers and staff support this mission through creating dynamic experiences and distraction-free environments to help our church family thrive.

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Let’s do something amazing, together.
These are my notes from a talk I gave at our annual production volunteer celebration. We have an amazing team and I am honored to get to be the one to encourage them. A couple of years ago I thought it would be great to make contact with the original TD for Willow Creek. After
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FAQ: What CAD software do you use for creating and maintaining system schematic diagrams?
We’ve tried VidCAD and Visio, but Visio lacked the features that we wanted & VidCAD was very complicated. So, several years ago we tried out WireCAD as is was a true CAD wiring software with a fairly easy learning curve. We like it because it had a reasonable price, easy to use, online tutorials, great
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Be Flexible
I was going back through my notes on some of the production staff meetings we’ve had over the years, and came across the very first value we talked about: be flexible. In that era, I had been having quite a few conversations with our creative arts team and our pastors about the production team being
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FAQ: Digital Asset Management
System Update 2016 – We now have a new Digital Asset Management system installed. Here’s a link to another post about the project.   We often get asked “How does Willow organize & archive all the video content it produces?”  Well, we use a Digital Asset Management system. This system consists of a server with
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Rigging Made Easy: Crimping Tools and Swages by Glenn Davis
The way I see it the stage world just looks better when you have more options toward supporting or flying scenery. At Willow Creek Church, suspending scenery is very common. At times, we may create over 100- 32’x 1/16” cable drops to suspend a certain weekend look that weighs a few thousand pounds. Even though
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Rigging Made Easy: Cable and Glider by Glenn Davis
I’ve been hearing a lot lately from individuals who are working hard at scenic creativity that are disappointed there is very little information toward tips on rigging and rigging hardware. Almost every scenic project requires the suspension of some sort of scenic element that echoes back scary and dangerous. Which leads me to the question
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what is the perfect volume? part 2
In part one of this post, I talked about making sure you know what you are trying to do in your services and how volume fits into that.  This is a leadership question, more than a dB question.  As a church, what is your goal for the service?  How loud it gets will be a
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what is the perfect volume? part 1
I get a lot of questions about how loud we run our services at Willow Creek.  I always find it difficult to give a standard answer.  Much of that comes from the fact that I think in terms of grey, as opposed to black and white.  Each situation is different, so I tend to give
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Stage Managers are Super Heroes by Glenn Davis
If you were to ask people attending a weekend service or event, “When or how did a live scene change on stage in the dark?” Most people would not have a clue. Unnoticed and in charge of more things than anyone else in a live production, is one of the most valuable production individuals on
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Safety Toward Rigging by Glenn Davis
I read an article recently that said, “Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly all accidents involving fallen objects.” Even though, that is a pretty humorous statement, the fact is it takes a lot of overwhelming work to overcome gravity. When it comes to rigging “probably” or “maybe” safe, is not the most reassuring words
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FAQ: Where did the Main Auditorium Window Shades Come From?
The window shades in our Main Auditorium are custom made shades on motorized lines hafts controlled by iRig software. We have ten very large windows in our Main Auditorium, five on each side of the stage. Each window is approximately 14 feet wide by 40 feet tall. The sides of the window openings were fitted
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FAQ: What do you use for Asset Tags?
Willow Production uses a software program called Tracmor for tracking all of our production gear across our entire campus.
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