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Orange Shaft of light

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Hughesie, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. Hughesie

    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    hi im working on a show and i am asking a lighting question on behalf of the lighting designer

    the dirrector has told him that he wants a 5m shaft of light on the side of the stage (like a orange neon)

    any ideas

    where a bit light on budget

    (more details when i get them)
     
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    len Well-Known Member

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    5m long or 5m in diameter? 5m long and stopping at a specific point?
     
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  3. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    The trick to a shaft of light isn't the instrument. You can create a nice shaft of light with just about any instrument that will focus a fairly hard edge. The trick is that the light needs tiny particles floating in the air to hit in order to be visible as a shaft of light. So that means you need a little bit of fog or preferably a hazer to give that air something for the shaft of light to illuminate. Rent a hazer, grab an ellipsoidal or two and throw in some orange gel... nothing too expensive there.
     
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    Toss an iris in any ellipsoidal and you can get the size you need. Like gafftaper said, create some kind of atmosphere and the shaft of light will really stand out. I had a client that wanted a light coming down from the catwalk to be God. I ran a hose out of a coldflow unit and gaff taped it to a 10 degree Source 4 and the smoke "fell from heaven."

    Matt McCormick
    www.cablepick.com
     
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  5. Hughesie

    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    The Producer has just gone behind the designers back and ordered some neons i will upload pic's when were going to show for you guys and i will find out the cost
     
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  6. Kelite

    Kelite Apollo Staff Premium Member

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    <The Producer has just gone behind the designers back >

    Come now- that doesn't REALLY happen. Does it?!
     

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