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Monday, November 28, 2005

'Tis the Season

Very rarely does something worth repeating make its way through the office email forward machine. This time I struck gold. This video has been racing through the internet for the last week and shows Christmas lights synchronized to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards in Winter" (from The Lost Christmas Eve album). The word on the street is this is the product of Carson Williams of Mason, Ohio, who used 88 Light-O-Rama channels to control his 16,000 christmas lights. It appears to be done using classic stop motion photography. Stop motion was the central theme of my Uncle's favorite movie, The Wizard of Speed & Time, which was written, directed, produced, audited, gripped, funded, cranked, cameraed, composed, starred, etc. by Mike Jittlov. It's crazy campy and all sorts of 1989, but has some fantastic moments. I'm afraid that Jittlov went a bit crazy, as evidence of his website WizWorld. And also his film.

Maybe there's some connection between wizards and stop motion that I don't understand.

My father is all about the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Everytime we make it home for the holidays their "rock" is pouring out of the living room speakers. I guess their live show is pretty spectacular (lights galore, and I like lights), but I think I prefer my prog to be a bit more on the early Yes side of the spectrum.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards of Winter.mp3

The Wizard of Speed & Time Trailer.mov (large file)


  • At 3:31 PM, Blogger =A= said…

    That movie still makes me feel sick, and the only time I've seen it is over 5 years ago. The staying power is undeniable. And Trans Siberian Orchestra? Where's the Holiday Jazz Love?

  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger Lea said…

    I can help you to speak French if you want. ;)

  • At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm 99% sure that this was NOT stop motion, I do professional light designing and the equipment needed to do something like this is readily available for rental... you can also tell this is one continual shot because first of all, the lights wouldn't 'fade' in and out as they do in the video. Lights take time to warm up and down and you can see the intensity change as the lights turn on and off. Also, you can see off to the right of the second floor of the house that there is some sort of cell phone or radio tower with a flashing light on it. The light blinks at regular intervals, not associated with the lights on the house, which leads me to believe that this is in fact one continous shot.
    Nonetheless, THIS VIDEO IS AWESOME

  • At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Correcting the comment above, i meant to the LEFT of the house


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