Christmas Designs

Christmas in the City

Have you checked out Buckhead Church‘s (in Atlanta, Georgia) stages yet? You really should. I’m working on getting in contact with the people who make these stage designs to see if they’re willing to share their techniques. Until then though I must admire their designs from afar like this one.

Carlos Whittaker was kind enough to post these pictures on his blog. If you’d like to share the techniques you’ve used to create something like this…please do so in a comment below. If you’re the guy responsible for this design…let’s chat! :)

Thanks to Jared for posting the how-to in a comment:
My name is Jared, and I am the Lighting and Scenic Director at Buckhead Church. Just to give you a quick rundown of this stage design. The city skyline was cut out of 4′ x 8′ sheets of a foam-core type material. We had a company with a CNC machine cut it for us (over 12,000 windows). We then glued vellum paper to the back side of the cutouts and lit that with LED strip lights. The backdrop was a fiber-optic star drop that was rented. Since we were going for a “Christmas in the City” feel we didn’t want to use christmas trees. Instead we purchased different sized trees from a local nursery that were all dormant.

A Circus of Circles The Softer Side

9 responses to “Christmas in the City”

  1. Bradley says:

    I have the privilege of knowing a couple of the people involved with this set. I saw it in person for a few services and it was great! What you can't see in the pictures is how great it looked with a band in front and in motion!

    Thanks for the post. I'm really enjoying the site!

  2. cdrawdy says:

    BJ Hunt is the scenic designer at the Browns Bridge campus as well as for Bigstuf Camps. supportcreativity.wordpress.com. He hasn't blogged in a while though, but theres still some good stuff on there. The Browns Bridge campus is right down the street from me, I usually try to go by once each set change and snap some pictures. If you're interested in the pictures I can email them to you.

  3. Jared says:

    Wow! What an honor to have one of my stage designs featured here! My name is Jared, and I am the Lighting and Scenic Director at Buckhead Church. Just to give you a quick rundown of this stage design. The city skyline was cut out of 4' x 8' sheets of a foam-core type material. We had a company with a CNC machine cut it for us (over 12,000 windows). We then glued vellum paper to the back side of the cutouts and lit that with LED strip lights. The backdrop was a fiber-optic star drop that was rented. Since we were going for a "Christmas in the City" feel we didn't want to use christmas trees. Instead we purchased different sized trees from a local nursery that were all dormant.

    I hope this sheds a little light on the subject. Thanks for creating this awesome site!

  4. Dona Nathan says:

    I'm new to all this and stumbled upon this site in my search for some Christmas set ideas! This is great! Thank you posting and thank you Jared for being so willing to share! We are a newly planted church in Ontario, Canada and need to come up with something quick and neat for a one day event (venue is rented), so any ideas to us newbies are great!

  5. Angelica says:

    this is awesome! great share :) very nice stage :)

  6. Lori Perkins says:

    Hi. Where was the star drop curtain rented from? Thanks

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