Every year, Christmas is crazy for our team. We’re all over the country doing live events, creating specific Christmas content and media for other artists, companies and churches all the while focusing on TripleWide Media’s Transform Christmas Campaign (this is actually the most fun for our team). It always ends with us exhausted seeing all these great ideas from clients, friends and online… never being able to do something for fun!

However… doing something for the sole purpose of “fun” during the holiday season just seems selfish. You’re supposed to do something for others, create joy or give to a charity. So how do we get to do all of that: have fun, do something for others, create joy and give back to a local charity that is doing good in the world?

 

We projected onto my parent’s house!

 


No… seriously, here’s the video:

 

We projected onto our parent’s house this past year as a part of a fundraising event for a local non-profit focused on human trafficing prevention in India called Rahab’s Rope. We’ve come to know the directors of this organization and have come to love what they do. More importantly, our entire team believes that human trafficing is the single worst issue facing our global human race right now. We wanted to do something about that.

So we took two Sanyo 5,500 Lumen projectors and aligned them together (double-stacked them). Once we had the two projectors aligned, we built a layout using solid shapes to identify all the key areas of the house. This eventually became our template and alignment grid to make sure we were in place every time we setup and tore down the projector.

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Here’s the mask:

 

Here’s a video of us going between the two alignment grids to make sure that we got it all “just right”:

 

Next, we had to create content…. Of course we used a lot of content from TripleWide Media, full list below, but anything “custom” or unique we were able to edit indoors using that template. Here’s a screen shot of what it looked like in the editor…

We walked people through the journey of Christmas. It was a blast! We had about 75 people show up (one night only and delayed to the next night due to inclement weather). However, those small numbers didn’t hurt our goal of raising $1000 for Rahabs…. In total we raised $1500 that night! Unbelievable what can be done when some videos go viral!

We’re doing it again this year… in fact if you’re going to be in Atlanta next thursday, hit up @lukemcelroy on twitter and we’ll try to get you directions so you can see if yourself. If not, we’ll be sure to tweet out a link to the video through our TripleWide Media Twitter account, so make sure to follow us there as well.

 

We need your help!

We want to raise even more money than we did last year. 100% of what we raise goes to Rahab’s Rope. We, Triplewide, Orange Thread Media or anyone for that matter won’t get a single dime of what you give. This is our way to spread hope and help spread the news about the issue of Sex Trafficking in today’s modern era.

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Please help us! If you can send us an email or tweet us and we’ll figure out how to receive your donation. If you would prefer to give directly to the organization you can do so here. Choose “General Fund” and then in your Comments section just say it’s a part of the Mcelroy’s House Fundraiser or the House Projection Fundraiser! They’ll know what you’re talking about 🙂

Below is the finale we made last year custom built to Carol of the Bells and below is the list of media we used throughout the entire piece. Merry Christmas and thanks for being a part of TripleWide Media this year! There’s more to come so stick around.

List of media used:
Candy Cane Motion by Playback Media
Glowing Vintage Lines by Kreativity
Flying Particles by Kreativity
Star of David 1 by Playback Media
Snow Falling Slow by Playback Media

Author Luke McElroy

Luke McElroy is the founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to TripleWide Media, SALT Conferences and Orange Thread LIVE. He is the author of The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement. Hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine in 2013, Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful worship environments for thousands of Church communities throughout the entire world. He currently lives in Nashville, TN and regularly writes about creativity, leadership and faith at LukeMcElroy.com 

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Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Luke McElroy says:

    By the way –

    if anyone has ideas for this year… we welcome them!

  • I was thinking to end it with a take on the snow flake like Cameron did at his place, but also add a tree and fireplace. With stocking on the face of the house.

  • BigRedDead says:

    I am new here and cannot wait to start planning and executing this for next year. I have wanted to make a huge home light display but the time and setup is just too much. I would love to have a single projector setup displayed on my house or at least a part of it. The main reason is I think there is a lack of Jesus at this time of year. I also remember setting up our display with my dad when I was little. This would make him so proud. I am so new at this that I am barely just gathering information at this point.

    • BigRedDad says:

      BTW, if anyone has any advice on where to start, it would be greatly appreciated. I would need to get the software, how to map my house, and decide on a good projector.

    • Luke McElroy says:

      Hey BigRedDead –

      Excited to know that you want to try this! We would love to help however we can during your “experimenting” phase. I would personally encourage you to just try it out a few times before christmas next year. Of course you’ll need to get your hands on a projector and some sort of way to play a video through that projector.

      Another recommendation would be to make sure your house isn’t on a major street. If you project onto a public street, it actually falls into a category of “billboard advertising” and you can be fined if your “slideshow or video” has more than so many frames per minute. It’s to prevent distractions on the road.

      We don’t have any “tutorials” but more than willing to help however we can!

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