Hey all. So I know some of you know this, but the theme for my schools annual talent show this year is Back to the Future. The theme really only connects the pretty unrelated acts, but there are skits interspersed that apply directly to the theme. So for the finale, I want an unbelievable sound and light show culminating with the DeLorean travelling through time (we're making a DeLorean, we're figuring that out later). The lihgts are all going to start flashing and building, the sound is going to be building, until BOOM! AUDIENCE IS BLINDED AND WOWED. Then the lights go out...except for the characteristic tire tracks of flame left on stage. ---------------------------------------- Of course, we can't do pyro. But what I want to do is emulate that effect with lighting. I'm thinking that while most of the audience can't see the stage, if I have flat orange light emanating from the ground, it'll light up the haze enough for the audience to realize the effect. The problem is how to cheaply create groundlight with incredibly thin materials. Best case scenario: Californeon, electroluminescent tape. Flat and bright. Of course, for what we'd need it'd cost about $3600. Moving on. So now I have to figure the best way to evenly distribute some flat light. Some ideas I came up with : >Orange rope lights, if I can get 'em and if they're cheap enough. Not the best effect, but maybe I could put them in a 'box' of diffusion to make them look better? Like I said though--for the most part, the foor isn't visible to the audience. >GAMTubed flourescent lights. These aren't exactly flat, but they're cheap and bright enough so that if we just had single bulbs forming a line it wouldn't look stupid. >Some sort of box. For argument's sake, it'd be like laying a fresnell on the ground and pointing it towards the audience. Then, encase the beam in a long box, but with the top open, in hopes that the light would bounce around in the box enough to come out of the top. ANY OTHER IDEAS? Cost is a big factor, but I really want this effect. Needs to be thin, bright, linear, and orange.