Movie + Book

Written and Directed by Scott Edge

“The Christmas Tree Story” is a wonderful, Seussical, whimsical tale that reclaims one of the most beloved holiday traditions, the Christmas tree, as a meaningful symbol of life: both before and after salvation.

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THE STORY

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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. 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

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Layout Design

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.

Animation

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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MEDIA

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Film Clip:

“Will You Read It to Me Tonight? PL-EASE?”

Film Clip:

“There once lived a tree…”

News Story:

“Faith Matters: A Christmas Tree Story”
(KARK-TV)

CREDITS

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Book Authors

Scott Edge

Scott Edge

Author

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.

Bill Elliff

Bill Elliff

Co-Author

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

Cast:

Dad:
Scott Edge

Emily:
Aven Edge

Crew:

Written and Directed by:
Scott Edge

Based on the Book by:
Scott Edge with Bill Elliff

Produced by:
The Summit Church

Edited by:
Kyle Uptergrove
Scott Edge

Visual Effects:
H. Keith Hamilton

Animation:
Scott Edge

Director of Photography:
Kyle Uptergrove

Gaffer:
Justin Farley

Production Assistants:
Trevor Cook
Lukas Arnold
Kurt Kamphausen
Hudson Jones

Special Thanks:

Joey and Treva Phelps
Amber Edge
Capillya Uptergrove

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