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Alice in Wonderland: Growing/Shrinking

Discussion in 'Special Effects' started by Randy Storms, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Randy Storms

    Randy Storms Member

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    I had a director approach me today looking for ideas to pull off the growing/shrinking schtick in Alice in Wonderland. Anyone have a proven technique? (Yes, I have already done a search and I am aware of the similar thread from 2011.) She is also looking for any other "gee-whiz" SFX that might be used for that show.
     
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  2. What Rigger?

    What Rigger? I'm so fly....I Neverland.

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    I did it once where the Alice was upstage of a white muslin drop, and backlit from the deck, casting a shadow on the fabric. If she walked US toward the light, she "grew", and if she walked DS she "shrank". But I think the production was actually a ballet, so it was all very loosely interpreted, and there was no dialogue, so there was no issued with verbally interacting with other characters, etc...
     
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  3. John Scrip

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    Did the same. Meh, but it get the idea across.
     
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  4. TheaterEd

    TheaterEd Renaissance Man Fight Leukemia

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    We used a periaktoi for a production of Alice junior which would rotate to make the background look bigger or smaller as appropriate. Also, Meh, but got idea across. If I were to approach this again, I would consider using projection to either show a pre-recorded and edited scene, or project backgrounds that grew and shrank.
     
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    rsmentele Well-Known Member Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Can you do a projected background? Edit the image as the 'effect' occurs?
     
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    JChenault Well-Known Member

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    I opine that what needs to change size is not Alice, but the furniture around her. If you can’t do a realistic projection, how about using whatriggers suggestion ( shadow from an up stage fixture) to change the furniture size?
     
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  7. Amiers

    Amiers Renting to Corporate One Fixture at a Time.

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    Check this out.

    Wrap the furniture in blow up furniture and when the potion thing happens blow them up.

    Alternatively

    You have 2 sets of blow up furniture one small and one large. when potion is drank one set deflates while others inflate.
     
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  8. Jay Ashworth

    Jay Ashworth Well-Known Member

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    Leave Alice the same size, and resize everything else on the stage.

    For extra points, resize the audience.
     
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    TimMc Well-Known Member

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    Two pills in every program (Jefferson Airplane in the pre-show music is optional), sugar-free mints of different colors.
     
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