For the show I'm doing, the script says that the stage becomes gold. I decided to just buy a sheet of gold gel and chuck it in a follow spot. I looked through all my swatch books looking for a good gold.
Any ideas for what a good "gold" color would be. All of the colors I found were either to yellow or to orange, and not very goldish...
I think gold is hard (we have the problem all the time b/c our school colors are blue and gold) because so much of what makes gold gold is the shine and sparkle. If you get right down to it, gold is really a dull yellow, but it shines which is how everyone thinks of it.
We usualy end up using a yellow instead of gold, it usualy looks more like people think it should then if we tryed to get a really accurate gold.
(the same idea is in effect with sliver, it's really just gray, but shiny... (take a close look at a gold or sliver crayon, just lots of shiney specks in it to really make it different))
Actually what I did was combined the gels in the same light. It may ruin both gels by sticking them together but if you don't mind the sacrifice I think its worth it. Also, if you need the beam more gold and less yellow, you can always throw in another amber, or vise-versa.
Ohhh, in the same instrument. Huh, well, that would still necessitate another wash of lights. I will have to talk to the directors about this. The script says one of the characters turns the stage gold, but from a design aspect I don't think that is a good idea. I'll have a talk with them and see how interested they are about keeping that.
From memory - Lee has their catalog online and whilst it is not going to be as good as having the swatchbook - it may be of use. And yes - they have two swatchbooks - one sorted by number and the other by colour.