Transforming Tip #2: Making it Snow Indoors

Have you enjoyed all the Transform Christmas posts? We’ve been seeing record breaking community involvement while stocking the site with some of the best Christmas content available! It’s Friday, and that means that we’re serving up another Transforming Tip. If you missed last week’s tip on outdoor projection you can check it out here.

Today’s Transforming Tip idea is making it snow indoors.

Making it Snow indoors with Environmental Projection is the epitome of EP. No matter what time or season of the year it is, making it snow is just expected! Seriously.

Think about it, its almost like Environmental Projection was made for snowing indoors. Not sure what we mean? Maybe these pictures and videos can help:


Snowing Indoors Picture

http://vimeo.com/32054414

 

 

Snow is amazing when it’s projected and can be utilized in a variety of ways to engage your congregation, audience or community.

1. Atmosphere.

The first thing you will notice with these pictures of Environmental Projection Snow is the ability for each of these rooms to have an atmosphere. We’re not just sending another motion background to a video screen. EP is designed to take the sole focus from the stage and create an atmosphere that encourages participation.

Your audience is no longer watching something, they’re engaging with an atmosphere. The visual arts are about using art to communicate something quite intimate and personal while breaking us of the surrounding static environment we often create. With snow, we’re able to avoid a vertigo while fostering a rich atmosphere. Don’t just project, create a sense of awe and wonder. Tell a story and engage the mind with a very powerful visual surrounding.

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2. Feeling & Emotion

Just like an atmosphere, the second thing that snowing indoors creates for us is a unifying emotion. It’s that Christmas image that isn’t spiritual, but universal in communicating the emotion of a song. Beyond the emotion it creates, it’s actually able to evoke a feeling. Snow is not a neutral element like particles or light beams are… snow is directly correlated with cold. For me snow is most closely related to family, joy, sitting by the fire, bundeling up in a warm winter’s coat, etc. All positive feelings that with a click of a button can transform your room or space.

Try coupling snow with a color like blue (curious why blue, check out color theory here) to tell a deeper story and bring more cold into your atmosphere.

 

3. Easy Setup

Of all the benefits of making it snow indoors, I think the best part of this tip is the ease of use. As you can see in the top video that Stephen Proctor uploaded from a ministry in Nashville, TN, there is no need for the snow to be “perfectly aligned” or proportionate for that matter.

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You don’t have to own a true environmental projection setup in order to make it look good, just a decent projector or two. It’s as easy as taking a projector (one will even work) and aligning it against the wall or a blank surface (go try today or anytime during the week to play around). Boom, you’re done: projecting snow indoors. You can try on your wall, or on a curtain and of course a screen if you have one.

 

Where to find Snow Media?

We’ve made it even easier to find snow on our site from our amazing producers. Click here to see all the snow clips we have for Christmas.

As well, here are the top 3 our live events team uses personally:

snow falling motion background

 

What questions do you have about projecting indoors?

Sad you won’t see another post tomorrow? Don’t worry! We will be back monday with more great Transform Christmas ideas, tips, inspiration, content deals and more! Don’t forget to check out our most recent Christmas visuals recently uploaded. If you aren’t following us on Twitter yet, check us out at twitter.com/triplewidemedia.

 

Luke McElroy

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 7 Comments

  • Matt says:

    How many projectors are used in the basic setup? Three? (left, right, and center)

    • Luke McElroy says:

      Matt – It all depends on how wide of a surface you want to project onto or how wide you intend to project onto. Most projectors are “4:3” native… which is the same as your non HD tv at home. This doesn’t mean that they are “SD” projectors, but that is their standard aspect ratio. That may help in trying to figure out how wide you need to project….

      Here’s a simple example. Lets say you wanted to project an area of 10′ tall and 20′ wide… well if you take a 4:3 projector and blow it up to 10 feet tall it would be just over 13′ 4″ wide… so in order to fill 20′ wide, you would need to do one of two things: A) use two projectors or B) over shoot your wall you want to project onto so that you’re projecting 20′ wide and 15′ wide (which the top 5′ would be cut off).

      Hope this helps!

  • Tom Plamann says:

    We now have our three projectors up and running at the CORE church in Appleton, WI.
    What a difference it makes to the worship space! We are running a 44′ x 8′ screen and with your Christmas multi screen media, it was a hit! Also, props out to Cameron Ware who I had to tap into for some help….

  • pondering Llama says:

    How many Focus 4’s are in the hall?

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