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For this, I got inspiration from this video on YouTube where they played this video of the Happily Ever After fireworks show at Walt Disney World onto a Lego model of "The Disney Castle". It came out awesome, and I wanted to do something similar.
While I'd love to have that Lego set, I don't have any place to put it, and on top of that, I don't have $350 to spend on it... however, Lego released the much more budget-friendly Mini Disney Castle which sells for $35 and still has some excellent details and even comes with a Mickey minifig! I used this as my starting point.
I dug out my Dell short-throw 1080p DLP projector, and projected it onto the castle. It didn't match up perfectly, which I had expected. I bought a second Lego Mini Disney Castle for parts, and made a bunch of modifications to the model to add a few small spires, adjust heights and proportions.
Then I built a base using some gray rocks made out of Lego, to line it up perfectly with the projector.
For MakerFaire, I also made a projection screen to set up behind it. For this I used some 1/2" PVC pipe and fittings, and made space for a roughly 2x3 foot screen. For the screen itself, I used about a yard light-blocking fabric from Joann Fabrics for about $8. The fabric I picked out was tan, with a white backing. I'm using the white backing side for the screen. The main criteria I was looking for in a fabric was something with as little surface texture and depth as possible. I think this material choice was a great find!
Lighting Effects for Lego Models
- "Night" - dark blue, as though it's just night time by itself
- "Glow 1" - the wonderful color mix of orange, reds, gold and lavender
- "Glow 2" - same as Glow 1, but roughly mirrored left-to-right for some variation
- "Twinkle" - just like "night" but with a twinkle of cyan on the lights occasoinally