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Silhouette Nativity


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This should have been my first post, as the Nativity is the most important part of my show (and rightfully so), even though it won't be dancing to any music.  A couple of year ago my wife, 4 year old daughter and I saw this amazing silhouette Nativity.  The concept appeared to be quite simple, but upon trying to research it on the internet I have had zero success in finding out how he did it.  I am almost tempted to drive to the neighboring town and the house where I think it was at, knock on the door and ask them how they did it.  Before I do, I wanted to check here.

 

The easy part (well relatively easy) is projecting the image of the nativity on a piece of plywood, cutting it out and then painting it.  That I can handle, no worries.  What really caught my eye was how he lighted the nativity.  Rather than projecting a flood light on it from the front, he projected a light on it from behind - very cool.  What I am not sure of is, do I need a stable behind Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus to completely enclose it to give it the desired effect.  I am hoping someone might have made something similar before.  

 

I don't want to cast a shadow behind the nativity, rather I want to backlight it creating a shadowbox-esque appearance.  

 

Any thoughts or feedback is greatly welcomed!

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I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but I've seen some very nice silhouette Nativities and I believe all they were was plywood cut-outs painted black, in front of a white stable/screen, with back lighting on the screen, not on the front of the cutouts.  Another version I saw had the black cutouts outlined in clear rope and it was very attractive.

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