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A different water question.

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by jumpjet, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. jumpjet

    jumpjet Active Member

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    Someone recently asked about shimmering reflecting water, but I'm looking for creative ideas for a different effect. I want to have a thunder clap followed by a slow roll of thunder, accompanied by a flash of light and then a series of little flashes.. The effect is that the character is indoors, and the shape of the light is framed by the imaginary "windows." Fine, easy, slap in a gobo.

    What I'd like to do is:

    Show rain streaming down the windows. Any thoughts on this?

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    soundman Well-Known Member

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    are the windows real or just gobos?

    I have a few ideas if the windows are real.
     
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    Mayhem Senior Team Emeritus Premium Member

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    Do you have access to a video projector? If so, would making a short video clip of water running down a widow work if you were to project it?
     
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    damn....i saw what gobos to use with the rsoc vortex gobo rotator to get that effect...but i, myself, am lookign for it too.
     
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    So video editting programs apparently have an effect that adds rain to a seen. probly wouldn't be the right effect, but you could film a window, then add rain and use a projector
     
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    ship Senior Team Emeritus Premium Member

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    For the rain, think of how a common scroller works if not even use a wide format scroller that's DMX controlled only instead of using gel, use something that will do the rain effect on the window. Perhaps some of the glass with non-movable moisture/drips, and the scroller with the rain hitting the window and it's drops running down the window.

    Could otherwise do it manually by way of a similar second roll of plastic moving.

    Otherwise, a rain gutter mounted below the window and plastic layed out to protect the stage and do a garden hose against the wall I would think.

    As for lighting, it's just cues and flashes or washes. 50 years ago it might have been someting really arcing back stage by way of like a wrench on a car battery.
     
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    Have you looked into using gobo rotaters? probably the route I would. Maybe have one unit with a gobo of the window projected onto the floor and then the unit with the go-tator projecting its spinning image on top of that, and shuttered down to light only the window parts. Assuming you have the budget or access to them.

    -dan
     
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    Ok, sorry I haven't responded to this more quickly, but I had bookmarked cb/index.html, and I thought the site was temp offline or something...dumb.

    Ok, I have scrapped the idea of the streaming rain in the light, but I appreciate the tip on the strobe cap! I am going to try to locate one of those.
     

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