RESTON, VA — Last week, Nova Labs member David Stewart debuted a new and instantly popular animated holiday lighting class. The class covered the basic components required to animate one’s own Christmas or Halloween light show. Nova Labs regulars and newcomers from as far away as Sydney, Australia were eager to get the upper hand in their quest to secure total victory in unofficial holiday lighting competitions throughout various Northern Virginia neighborhoods.
Stewart designed and built features for several shows, including The National Zoo – Zoo Lights, Meadowlark Gardens – Winter Walk of Lights, and Rocky Run Christmas, a private show at a McLean home that raises money for charity.
Attendees were provided a detailed overview of the types of hardware and software required. A wealth of techniques, online-resources, and vendor options were discussed in an interactive format. Demonstrations of hardware, software, and animation techniques were provided along with a video presentation of common props and techniques. Holding the initial class in June was a logical choice since, according to Stewart, the more intricate and advanced displays begin set up in late October in order to be ready in time for the holidays.
The Introduction to Animated Holiday Lighting class will be presented again in the late-summer or early fall as well as a follow on class that will discuss the integration of RGB LED lighting into a display. To stay informed and to sign up for the encore presentation, join our Meetup!: http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/.