Rob Merow from Calvary Fellowship in Downington, PA brings us this upside down Christmas set. (Originally posted September 2013)
This was a partially new and partially re-used set. The plank towers were a reuse from their “Fall Planks” set, but were painted white for winter and up-lit with MEGAbar LED’s. The 6 trees on the ground were artificial trees, wrapped in different strands of solid colored LED Christmas lights from Decra-lite. Each color was plugged into its own dimmer channel to allow the Christmas lights to “change color”.
The new addition was their inverted Christmas Tree forest. They purchased 12 real Christmas trees from their local tree farm and spray painted them white (to pick up the light better). They were then suspended, using screw-eyelets and chain, to their batten pipe-grid over the worship team. The trees were up-lit using CB12 LED’s. The scene was tied together by photoshopping a background of the inverted trees for the center projection screen; with multiple versions of the background photoshopped into different colors so that the backgrounds could be timed to change with the CB12’s resulting in a seamless 2d + 3D forest.
Since most of the set was re-used, they only had to pay for the real trees and hardware – roughly $500.