WHAT IF the Christmas Tree tells of a wonderful story, a story of dreams and brokenness, of faith and salvation, of life and eternity… YOUR story!
“The Christmas Tree Story” is a relatable allegory full of rhymes and whimsy about a lonely tree rooted in a dark forest who longs for a more meaningful life, a life much deeper than his roots could ever provide him. One day he is found and carried home to a house full of light to become a Christmas tree! With his new base and decorations, he is now renewed and transformed! As he thinks about his journey to this point, he notices a cross on the wall and quickly realizes that all the decorations symbolically represents much more than anyone ever imagined. “The Christmas Tree Story” reclaims this beloved tradition and decoration as a powerful symbol of life before and after salvation.
About the Book
“The Christmas Tree Story” book is beautifully illustrated and fun to read with its whimsical rhymes. The imaginative drawings and crisp colors will capture the attention of children young and old!
About the Movie
The illustrations from the book come alive in this beautifully animated and musically rich short film! The film is a cinematic telling of the popular family book seen through the wondrous eyes of a little girl named Emily (Aven Edge), whose imagination takes over as her father (Scott Edge) reads her “The Christmas Tree Story” on Christmas Eve.
Achieving the popup book effect required world building with inginuity. Every set was design to transform with sliding, folding and pageturning effects.
Character & Prop Design
In a popup-book-world full of blended families, recognizable character design was key. In telling each of their stories a long list of props with creative designs was also imperative.
With bombs exploding, easter eggs rolling, everything folding and pages turning, the animation had to be smoothly done and perfectly synchronized with narration.
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Filmmaker, author, and founder of SkyGate Studios in Little Rock, Arkansas, Scott has been telling stories for large audiences for over 15 years. Inspired by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, his passion is to provide metaphorical perspectives on timeless truths. “The Christmas Tree Story” is his second children’s book. He and his wife Amber have two children.
Directional Pastor of The Summit Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, Bill is a frequent conference speaker, writer, and consultant to churches, drawing from his 42+ years of pastoring and revival ministry. He and his wife Holly have eight children.
Movie Cast & Crew
Based on the Book by:
Scott Edge with Bill Elliff
The Summit Church
H. Keith Hamilton
Director of Photography:
Joey and Treva Phelps
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