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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 16 2017 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

 How did this all get started?

I have always been interested in lights and had a love for Christmas. When you put the two together you get a love for Christmas lights. Add in, a mother that loves Christmas lights and you get an interest in providing a Christmas light show that will not only benefit your family but also anyone that wants to see. I began lighting up my mother's house in 1999 adding more lights each year. By 2011, I knew I had to do more, so I started adding music to the show, and in 2012, I had my first synchronized light show. I continued adding more lights and more songs to the show, until now (2017) the show is at over 125,000 lights and two hours of music.

Below is the 2016 trailer. This trailer is basically bits and pieces of some of my songs used in the show. Want more examples of my work? Go to my YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwAqhTIZTJfvOQWneSfJqog, and pick any song from the past five years of shows. Would you like to find out how I do it all? Go to www.OverTheTopChristmasLights.com to find answers to most any question you have.

Comments about the Show

Over the years, I have collected hundreds of written comments from visitors. I would like to share just a few of these with you.

"This is the coolest thing I've ever seen!!!" -- Seth

"Thank you very much for brightening our evening. Love it." -- Rosa & Alina

"The best display of lights I've ever seen! Thank you for spreading the joy & spirit." -- Anonymous

"Great show! Came the whole way from Pittsburgh, PA to see this." -- Colleen

"From Chicago where they have Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, you guys blow them out of the water." -- The B. Family

"Amazing light show. Thank you for all your hard work!" -- Lindsey

"Your show is beautiful! We appreciate your spirit! God bless and Merry Christmas!" -- The T. Family

Why do I keep doing this and why in the world do more?

I fight the wind, rain, cold, and heat, I fight code enforcement, I fight to make things work just right, and I fight the clock, so why do I keep doing the shows? Just read the comments above and you would keep doing the shows too. I do it for the visitors. The comments listed are just a very few of the written comments I receive, and they do not even scratch the surface of the number of verbal comments I receive each year. Ok, so I get it, but why more? Well, I try to give people what they want. One thing that keeps coming up is that they appreciate that I change things and add to the show each year. They like change, and as long as I can add to it and change things, I will. I also receive many comments about how they wish their friends and relatives up North could see the show. What better way to do this than streaming live? It will even be possible for a visitor's loved ones to see them live during the show.

What are the steps and when will each be completed?

The first thing to get done once this project is fully funded would be to buy the equipment needed. I have a list, but I am looking to rent the camera I am interested in first, so I can test before I buy. I would like to have all equipment up and running before I start putting the lights up on October first.

Once I have the equipment, I will begin testing Live Streams. I will do Live Streams of setting up the show, and if anyone wants to see, I will do some streams of sequencing music. I will show some songs while testing the lights. The songs I can show will depend on copyright and what YouTube will allow me to show. This step will last until the show starts on December first.

Next, will come the show. I will Live Stream the songs that are allowed. This being the first year for Live Streaming will be a test year to see how to make it better. If additional funding is received I will take my Live Streaming to the road. I will take people on a trip down different areas to see the lights as I see them. This will really be fun as I will be able to take all of you with me as I go Christmas light watching.

The Christmas Show runs from December first until December thirty-first. The New Year's show will follow and will run from January first until January thirteenth. Pretty much that will be the end of the season and Live Streams for a while.

When all the lights are down, put away, and the yard is cleaned up, I will start sequencing the 2018 shows. If anyone wants to watch I can stream this fun part of the job. This step will then continue until October first. At this time, I will start putting up the lights and the whole thing starts over. The difference now is that I will have two separate Christmas shows and two separate New Year's shows.

I will stream about four hours a night. I do not know what nights as that will be a decision made by the backers. Once the project time is over I will send out emails so that each backer can choose what nights the Live Stream will happen. Each backer gets one vote. I will also try to take my Live Stream around the area so people can view other lights in the area. These trips will be made on days the regular Live Stream is not scheduled.

The final step will be to record all the shows used in the Live Stream, edit, and overlay the music. These shows will then be put together and designed on a DVD. This DVD will then be duplicated, packaged, and mailed to the backers that requested a copy. It is possible I will have these mailed out before the first of the year, but I have it set to mail out in February 2019 just in case I run into issues. I will make the DVD happen even if I have to re-record all the shows after the end of the January show.

I know this is a lot to read and understand, so if you have any questions just let me know. I tried to be as detailed as I could without getting too technical. One thing to keep in mind, the Live Stream cannot happen if it rains because the show itself will not happen.

What equipment will be required?

I am not listing the exact models I will be getting because that could change depending on how the testing comes out, and if I receive enough funding, I will upgrade my original items. In general, I will need a really nice camcorder, tripod, VidiU Pro, cables, and supplies. Other items that will be purchased if I receive enough over-funding will be a wide lens, Steadicam set-up, and better supplies. An additional list of items, if funding is raised, will be a power inverter, a hot spot, and data plan so I can Live Stream from my car. I will also have to find someone to drive me around so I can Live Stream.

Funding will also be used for the DVD replication, T-Shirts, calendars, signs, shipping supplies, and postage. There is a lot to this but if funded it will be great.

What is in it for me?

Knowing I make people happy at Christmas is what it is all about. I have been told many times how my Christmas show gave them the Christmas spirit. I do raise some money, through donations, to take care of the Florida State Champion Mysore Fig Tree. This State Champion is in the front yard and is decorated with almost 20,000 lights, more information about the tree can be found at www.mysorefigtree.com.

What happens if the project is over-funded?

This would be a great thing, first of all. It will take an additional $4,000 to be able to add the additional equipment listed above. With the additional $4,000, I will be able to get stedicam equipment, better supplies, and equipment I will need to be able to do Live Streaming from the car, so I can Live Stream Christmas lights in the area. Over $10,000? Do not worry. I can always use more lights and materials to build more props. It would be great to get enough to add an additional 25,000 lights to the 2018/2019 show, but we will just wait and see.

How will this work?

The Live Streaming I am referring to in this project is YouTube Live Stream. There are several reasons for this. One, it is free to use and free to view. That means anyone can view my Live Stream without any cost at all. There is a way people can donate if they wish, but it is not necessary. Another reason is that I can add the Live Stream as a video once it is complete so anyone can view the stream anytime they wish.

What a lot of people do not know is that if they have a TV or Blu-Ray that is connected to the internet they can get YouTube to show on their TV. This means you could sit back and enjoy the lights on the big screen and will not even have to drive around to see them. If not, then you could still view on your phone or tablet as long as you have internet.

Thank You!

At this time, I would like to thank you for checking out the project and for your past, present, and future support of the show.

Rewards

  • Basic 'Thank You' Package
  • A Specially Designed 'Thank You' Card
  • A DVD of the Special 2018/2019 Show
  • An Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt
  • A 2018 Christmas Wall Calendar
  • A DVD & T-Shirt
  • Three Special 2018/2019 Show DVDs
  • One of Each Package Deal
  • The "Get It All" Reward
  • Share The Love Reward
  • Help Design The Show

Details of the rewards can be found to the right, and the T-Shirt design options can be found below. If the project is fully funded, I will email you to find out what size (S, M, L, XL) and style (A, B, C) that you would like. 

Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt Style "A"
Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt Style "A"

 

Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt Style "B"
Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt Style "B"

 

Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt Style "C"
Over The Top Christmas Lights T-Shirt Style "C"

 

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk high challenge project. I personally do all the computer, planning, and design work needed to produce the show itself, which make this a very low risk project. I have designed, synchronized, set-up, and run the Over The Top Christmas Lights show for five years. The sixth show, 2017/2018, has already been planned and synchronized. The lights have come in and the new controllers will be ordered soon. All that is left is building some of the new props, set-up, and testing. Sounds easy? Well after you have produced a few of these shows they do become much easier.

Challenges on the other hand are a different animal. The biggest challenge is the weather. Since the show is an outdoor show, the weather plays a huge part in the completion date and days the show will run. It takes just a small amount of rain at the wrong time for the show not to run. This is usually not a big deal as visitors will come back the next night, but a Live Stream will be different. I have no control over the weather, so, sorry to say, if it rains I cannot do a Live Stream. My goal has always been to have the show running by December first, and to date, I have not missed that start date. Another challenge is the internet. Doing a Live Stream relies on access to the internet, so if the internet is down so would the Live Stream. Again, I have no control of this possible issue. The last challenge will be finding music that can not only be used for the Live Stream but is also music that I can use to distribute on a DVD. I have found such places, so all that will need to be done is to pick music and sequence the lights to it

I hope to deliver all rewards on schedule, but there is always the possibility for unexpected things to delay my schedule. Please keep in mind, the thank you cards, T-Shirts, and calendars will be mailed out as soon as possible, but the DVDs will not be sent until after the 2018/2019 light show has been recorded and the discs produced, sometime the first part of 2019. I will keep all backers updated throughout the process.

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    This is it! With this reward you can really get involved. You will be able to choose one song that will be used in the show. The song must be a song I can use in distribution and less than four minutes long. There are several places songs can be found, some have restrictions and some do not. I will even sequence your own original music, as long as you will give me permission to use and to distribute it on my DVDs for a profit. What a way to get your music out in the world! I will even send you a free copy of the show. (Remember it will not be shipped until February 2019.)

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