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Possibly the first “How To” video written in rhyme and set to music! It’s unusual, quick and fun!…
IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A GIANT BOOK, CLICK ON “SHOW MORE” to read many details about what it really took to build it.
In January, 2013, I created a giant-book-video-screen for Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. So many people commented on it that I thought I’d make a video to show the process. Special thanks to Ryan Chapel for the drawings of the book and the form. And many special thanks to Jim Anthony for the word “Bigature”.
Here’s some additional information not covered in the video:
It took approximately fifteen, 4 x 8 foot sheets of 1/2 inch thick, styrofoam insulation, (available at building supply stores) which were used for the base as well as the support slats. Since just a half-inch thick isn’t the right scale for the book’s cover, I added 2.5 inch strips under the base, around the outside edge of each section, with a couple strips across the middle of each for support, making the base pieces (the book’s cover) three inches thick. (See the photo of the back in the video)
For the 12 formed pieces, I got 1.5 inch thick, 4 x 8 foot foam sheets to add more strength to the structure. Since the forms are only one foot tall, I cut all twelve pieces out of three sheets. I used a “hot knife” to cut out the shapes.
Rolls of paper 9 feet tall can be found through photography suppliers – paper backdrops. If the paper you get happens to be too thin and the slats show through, you can simply add another “page” to the structure. But when a projector shines on the book, the reflected light is usually bright enough to hide the supports underneath.
When gluing the three sections of a half-book together, I also used several 2.5 inch screws to help hold things together before running hot glue all the around the outside edges between the pieces.
The two halves were never glued together. They just sat next to each other on stage, propped up with four music stands, and with two strips of duct tape holding them together from behind. Each 7.5 by 9.5 foot half-book was ridiculously lightweight – at about 10 pounds – maybe less.
The book was built lying flat on the floor, but when it was stood up, there were a couple large wrinkles in the paper that appeared from slight sagging. However it’s not a problem since the light from the projector hits the book straight on, so the wrinkles simply disappear.
The lighting on stage added the dark strips along the sloped edges of the pages.
The graphics created to project onto the book all had a darkened strip down the center, so that the area near the spine looks a bit darker.
If you really want a giant book – but don’t want to make it yourself, I might be persuaded to do it for you – for the right fee, of course.
If you have any other questions about making a giant book, please feel free to ask.
I also composed the music for this video. A Song Called “Giant Book.” Coincidence?