Ready to be inspired? Watch this incredible video of Bryan Shively’s 2016 Christmas display.
We got Bryan to share some details of this super-creative display.
The Star Wars music features portions of four different tracks that I edited using Logic. I then used Final Cut Pro to create the video and ad the sound effects that are used in the project.
For the lights and video playback, I use Light-O-Rama S4 Pro. There are two Light-O-Rama pro controllers for the 14 channels of standard LED lights and props along with four Light-O-Rama Cosmic Color Ribbons around the windows. Multiple Light-O-Rama CMB-24D’s dumb pixel controllers control the roof outlines, the eight floods lights on the home and the driveway arch. Another CMB-24D is used to control the four floods that light up the globes on the yard. I have four Cosmic Color Ribbons that make up the individual matrix displays on the front bushes and patio. The 16 foot mega tree features 15 vertical Cosmic Color Ribbons. Including the house and yard, there are almost 30 LED strobe lights as well.
What about weatherproofing those moving head beams?
Living in southern California means snow isn’t an issue but rain absolutely is. Unfortunately, all the cover options I’ve found for both the movers and projector are up there in price. What I ended up doing is running one show Mon-Thursday and the more complex stuff during the weekend. I then spend about 20-30 minutes before my first static show setting up the moving head beams and projector for the evening. Fortunately the rain only impacted one show this season. I found some ideas for a DIY projector enclosure that I may try this year but the mover enclosures are still costly.