VIDEO: Star Wars Light Show Entertains Fans and Spectators
By Space Coast Daily // December 16, 2016
show costs about $80 a month on electricity
ABOVE VIDEO: This IS the rebel light show you have been looking for. ☺ I replaced all of the old technology to individually controlled pixels throughout the display at my new home (I used to live in Newark)! If you’re in the area of Tracy, CA, come see it in person! If you do and consider yourself blessed this season, feel free to bring some cash for the donation box (I am using the light show to raise money for our local homeless shelter, the McHenry House). (Tom BetGeorge Video)
A California resident took a Star Wars light show to a whole new level, recently.
Here is what Tom BetGeorge had to say on his Youtube channel, including some insight on what inspired him to do the show and the behind scenes costs for such a display:
A big shout out to the best neighborhood ever (I’m actually using my neighbors’ lawn if you haven’t noticed). They are all wonderful people and I’m glad to be a part of the community. I am careful not to hit any windows the lights, of course, and only run the show Fri-Sun from 6-9 (6-8 on Sundays
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 $80. I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a Sony A7s Mark ii and a Phantom 3 Pro. This is now my third year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic.
I am a music director for a living (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 20,000 channels running around 70,000 lights. Merry Christmas everyone!
List of tracks in order of mix (intentional total time of 5:01)
“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 – Attack of the Clones
“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