It occurred to me that a fresh blanket of snow creates magnificent blank canvas, ready to be decorated. But how does one apply the colors to create the art without ruining the canvas by walking on it. Renting a crane and hanging from a tether in the style of Mission Impossible may provide some entertainment for your neighbors, but not much else I suspect.
I used a digital projector located in an upstairs bedroom to create images on the snow below. People regularly stop in front of my house while the show is playing. I think they are mostly curious as to the source of light. I wanted to create some anamorphic 3D perspective wizardry with the images in the style of Julian Beever's amazing chalk art. "Greasetatoo" has a great instructible on how to achieve this visual illusion and I have largely applied his methods to the medium of digital projection and video. This was a really fun project which forced me to learn about perspective, anamorphic art and video animation.
See the video below to see the entire show, or at the very least skip to 45 seconds to see the whole yard crumble away. At 124 seconds I look up to reveal the position of the projector, and the remainder of the movie is merely to illustrate how deformed the images need to be to trick your eyes from the vantage point in the street.
Step 1: STEP 1: Requirements
- Computer (a recent model with decent video card is advisable)
- Digital Projector (> 1000 lumens)
- Drawing software, I used Corel Draw (Gimp is available for free)
- Movie software, I used Adobe After Effects (Imovie or MS Movie Maker for free)
- Some snow, the fresher the better: Check out the sad sad probability map for the US... Living in Winnipeg has to have SOME advantages.