Chad Ellenburg from Pleasant Valley Church in Winona, MN brings us this great Bethlehem city stage design.
Their goal was to create a street that might run through the middle of Bethlehem. The problem they usually face is that the depth of their stage does not allow for a lot. So, they solved this with forced perspective. All of the buildings moved toward the vanishing point on the horizon. Chad used perspective lines in Photoshop to make sure the buildings worked.
The construction was primarily cardboard and 2 x 4’s. They had a company that generously donated 7′ x 7′ double strength cardboard. All they had to do was take them a finished photo of the set and a box of donuts.
The stone work was aluminum foil. 3 colors. Base coat of a lighter tan/brown, darker color with a sea sponge for the lower parts and a lighter color for the highlights. They rolled the foil out in 25′ sections and painted the whole roll. Then they just tore off what they needed. Wood branches for the ladder and the small gate. Old wood for the door. Chicken wire, black weed fabric and paint for the timbers near the roof lines. Probably about 80 hours of work.