After a long post-Thanksgiving nap, The Freak of the Week has awoke – buried waist-deep in a flurry of submissions, not unlike the first winter snow. Hurray for that!
To kick off the holiday season, we start with John Fabian, of Mokena, Illinois. A longtime fan of AtmosFX, John says he first started using digital decorations during Halloween 2010. He says for about 2-3 years, he was the only person around projecting digital decorations. “Then I noticed one of the local haunted houses had one in a window,” he added, “so my secrets were getting out.”
About that same time, he decided he wanted to decorate for the Christmas season, too. AtmosFX hadn't yet launched its AtmosCHEERfx line, so he had to improvise. “Since holiday content wasn’t around, I would edit scenes from holiday classics,” he said. “I started with GIF loops of the Grinch in my attic window, and then editing favorite scenes from our favorite movies.”
As John pans upward towards his attic window in the video, you can see several images from back in the day, like Charlie Brown’s pal Linus, Buddy from Elf, and Olaf from Frozen.
We’ll think of them as prehistoric digital decorations. As holiday-themed digital decorations did become available, John quickly snapped them up. It is nearly impossible to ignore John’s use of Santa’s Workshop in the front window – the clarity of the image is as strong as we have seen.
As John narrates in the video, his set-up took “a long weekend,” but the results are clear. Fantastic precision on the rooftop lights – and we love the trees. John says he has had people come from as far as Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan to see his displays.
But the best is the comments he gets are from his neighbors. “We get compliments in the middle of summer saying they can’t wait to see what we are going to do this year,” John says.
That’s quality Freak of the Week stuff, John!
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