Fire at the American Airlines Center in Dallas during a Rihanna concert. Using fire on stage is a very serious undertaking. Even the professionals have bad days. If your HS director wants to have even the simplist of candles on stage, advise them against it.
Scott Parker visited with GAM's Joe Tawil at the USITT 2011 Conference in Charlotte NC. Joe showed off GAM's newest wizz-bang Prism rotator that slips into the gel frame slot of your lighting unit. It's an overview and slightly commercial in nature. Enjoy.
Scott Parker visited with Rosco's Chad Tiller at the USITT 2011 Conference in Charlotte NC. Chad showed off Rosco's newest wizz-bang line of gobo rotators. It's an overview and slightly commercial in nature. Enjoy.
Well, we did water, so we thought we should add fire.
Again, thanks to Michael Powers for allowing us to publish his Techie Corner articles.
Welcome back to the Techie’s Corner. The last several columns have been about water, so now it’s time to talk about fire, hot burning fire. Leaping flames flashing and flickering or, in the case of many stage effects, a gimmick that can make an audience feel the warmth from a fire that couldn’t melt an ice cube.
There are probably a 1,000 ways to make fire on stage and only a few of them actually involve flame or combustion. However, long before we actually make the fire, we have to decide just what the fire is supposed to accomplish. Is it just eye candy for the set or is it establishing the mood of the moment. What is the mood? Is the fire a warm flickering glow of romance or a feeble attempt to ward off the cold of a hovel a la “Boheme”? Maybe it is the warmth of friendship around a campfire or the despair of the homeless gathered around a fire in a trash can. nMaybe it is the evil, mysterious glow beneath the witch’s cauldron in Macbeth or the entire face of a building during the burning of Atlanta. Is the fire a friend that wards off the cold or an enemy that is trying to steal our home and threaten our safety?
Techie's Corner - Fire and more fire.
Last month we discussed what fire could do, some of the moods it could evoke and some situations and reasons for using it. For a review, please read last month’s article available in the back issues of TRE. As with past articles, the illustrations are not currently supported by our archive storage. So, if you read the article and would like to see the illustrations, please feel free to contact me and I will send them to you.
Last month we looked at a battery operated fire effect. This month I will describe a line voltage (USA 120VAC) device. This device can be made to imitate the flickering of a fire, a TV set or any other low level, random flickering light source. The device involves a 15 to 40 watt, 120 volt lamp, and a fluorescent starter and miscellaneous wiring for each lamp you use in the effect. Note: There are many types and brands of starters and some starters will need a ballast to provide sufficient power to operate the lamp. If your circuit does not work without a ballast, it will be cheaper to buy another type of starter than to buy a ballast. The starters cost between $ .50 and $3.00, ballasts run $15 to $30 each.