# Water Effect on a Boat

#### Foxinabox10

##### Active Member
This year for our musical, we're doing Anything Goes. It's entirely set on a boat and we're building the front of the boat out in to our pit. The director would like some sort of effect that will put the "reflection" of the non-existent water in the face of the actors when they lean over the edge. The boat is about three or four feet tall so that is all the room I have to work with if I put it on the floor. Any ideas?

#### soundman

##### Well-Known Member
A pan of water of a metal base that has some ripples lit by an elpsodel at a step angle should do the trick.

#### Foxinabox10

##### Active Member
I don't think that using actual water is going to work for what we're trying to do. Any other ideas? Also, any general ideas for the show?

#### ship

##### Senior Team Emeritus
See if you can find a ripple machine. Sorry but I forget who makes the fixture.

Otherwise some moving lights have that effect available and I'm sure there is a USITT home made effect available for doing this.

Also many projected flame effects if you slow down the speed and change the coloring would have a similar effect.

#### LDSFX

##### Member
Get ahold of a Gam Film F/X. Try putting it at a low angle at the edge of the pit railing, creating a steep uplight position. A split color gel will also create nice difraction within the beam.

-Nick

#### BillESC

##### Well-Known Member
The AquaSplash by Visual Effects will do the trick.

Its' a relatively small fixture and projects the image of reflected water.

Here's a link to a quick time movie.

http://www.visualeffectsinc.com/visualeffectsweb/products/annex/v9970dlx.html

#### gafftaper

##### Senior Team
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Here's what you need and it's cheap!

-Cheap disposable aluminum Turkey roasting pan
-a mirror... I used the 12 inch squares available at the home improvement store
-An IV drip line... find someone who's a nurse to get you one for free
-An empty 2 liter bottle.
-an Ellipsoidal and Gel

Fill the pan, put the mirror in the bottom, fill the 2 liter bottle and cut the cap so you can shove the IV drip in it. Hang your IV from something nearby and let it drip from 5 inches or so over the pan. You now can precisely control the drip rate of water. Set it up so the water drips in the pan at a moderately steady drip so that it creates a continuous series of ripples... you don't want a lot of waves overlapping. Shine an ellipsoidal with your favorite gel color into the pan at an angle. You can aim where the reflection of the mirror goes by the adjusting both the instrument or putting something under the mirror to change it's angle. It looks great!

Need more reflections... go spend another \$5 and make another one.

#### soundop

##### Active Member
Wow now thats a good idea ^^^^^

#### gafftaper

##### Senior Team
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It takes some playing with to get it located in just the right place to shine where you want, but I guarantee you will get the look you are dreaming of... as if an ellipsoidal was shining up through an agitated swimming pool. I had mine set up to shine across one side of the proscenium. I needed it in the second act of "the good doctor". I preset the drip rate on the IV line and close pinned it off so it wouldn't drip. At intermission I had the ASM go unplug the drip line and I was ready to roll.

#### saxman0317

##### Active Member
theres a great ripple machine...take a reflective flexible material, staple onto plywood in a ripple shape, and have a person or two behind the boat moving one or two of these sheets from behind with the sheets in front. If you have blue panels it looks like water to, and its alot less than a ripple machine