AtmosFAN Shows the Power of 12,000-lumen Projector

What happens when the neighbor across the street allows you to mount your 12,000-lumen projector in their house? Oh, you know it: Amazing things! That’s the case at Brandon Aguilar’s home in Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif. – he (plus his generous neighbor) has put together a mind-blowing whole-house projection mapping display that is out of this world!

For the uninitiated, projection mapping is the technique of projecting onto something other than a flat, white screen to create a three-dimensional effect. Using software – some free, some for purchase – you can combine multiple effects on one large, unusual “canvas” like the entire facade of Brandon’s house. (Click here to read Projection Mapping 101.)

To create that projection map, Brandon had to create an intricate outline of his entire house, including the windows, doors and more. Once done, he was able to take selections of AtmosFX Decorations (as well as other graphics) and place them in exactly the spot where he wants them to show up on his house. For example, the use of Halloween Window Decoration and Bone Chillers Decoration in every window? It may look like several window projections using several projectors and several applications of Window Projection Material, but it is not.

“Even the windows, which appear to be rear projected, are actually front projected,” Brandon tells us. “Everything you see in the video is happening from a single projector.”

Of course, a setup up like this takes a lot of time to prepare – Brandon says the display took him 1 to 2 months to get it looking just right. And so it does! Not only does the use of Halloween Window look great, so does the display of Halloween Monster Bash Decoration on the garage door, and Creepy Crawlies 2 Decoration on the second floor.

“We’ve used AtmosFX for years, but for our setup this year we really took it up a notch,” he adds. “We’re projecting from a massive 12,000-lumen projector, mounted in the house across the street. It’s a 100-foot throw, but this allows us to front project on the entire front of the house.”

Of course, there are a few other nice touches that truly round out Brandon’s display – like the sharp use of lighting and props all around the house.

It all adds up to a truly dazzling display that, according to Brandon, attracted huge crowds. “They say it looks like it’s right out of Disneyland,” he says. “They’re amazed by what they’re seeing.”

Great work Brandon – we cannot wait to see how you take your display up yet another notch this Halloween!

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