The History of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

by Lou Galli

This year, I created my first mini-documentary. It was a lot of fun but also very challenging. The project took longer than I expected. Researching the topic, writing the script, collecting and editing the video footage and recording the audio was time consuming. Although I have been creating web, mobile and desktop applications for 20+ years, I never created a film that told a story. This project gave me a true appreciation of how hard that is.

As a Disney fan, I picked a topic that I loved and knew a lot about. EPCOT's nightly closing show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Although the evening spectacular has been around for over 20 years, it is still better than any halftime show, fireworks show or Olympic ceremony. Illuminations will be sadly missed when it closes in September 2019.

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