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I find it funny that people say things like, “what does this have to do with Christmas?” In all reality, what do any of our traditions have to really do with Christmas? There were no lights or even a tree to decorate when Jesus was born. I do this because it brings families together to enjoy something for free while raising thousands of dollars for those who are need. Jesus said, “if you love me, obey my commands.” He told us to help those in need – and that’s why I do it and that’s what I think Christmas is really about.
Since 99% of the lights are LEDs, the electricity to run the show for the entire month is about $100. I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a 35′ lift 🙂 This is now my second year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! If you look closely (especially during the Cantina song) the instruments are playing the real notes! Although the beams are powerful up close, they are a small percentage of real searchlights and are so widely dispersed that by the time they are up in the sky, they don’t interfere with aircraft etc. The guitar is 17′, the piano is 19′ and the drums are standard. About 12,500 channels running around 100,000 lights. Merry Christmas everyone!
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List of tracks in order of mix:
“Star Wars Main Title and the Arrival at Naboo” – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
“Duel of the Fates” – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
“Across the Stars (Love Theme)” – Star Wars Episode II – The Phantom Menace
“Battle of the Heroes” – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Light Saber Fight)
“The Hologram; Binary Sunset” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
“Cantina Band” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
“Ben Kenobi’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack” – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (TIE Fighter Crash)
“The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
“Victory Celebration, End Title” – Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi