- Aerial Choreographer
- Angels in America: Flying the Angel
- Flying (David Copperfield)
- Performer Flying system in action at the Olivier, National Theatre, UK
- Special Effects Designer - American Theatre Wing
- The Nutcracker: Tricks and Illusions at the Royal Ballet
- Wicked: Special Effects
Reading / History
Stage Effects - How To Make and Work Them (1928)
Drop Bags / Petal Drops
Used to drop lightweight material onto the stage. Can be released electrically (via a solenoid) or via a string.
- Burning Logs / Campfire
The method depends on the distance the audience is from the effect, and the size of the campfire.
Option 1: Real logs that have been treated with flameproofing solution over a metal frame (e.g. inverted hanging basket for plants) below which are 3 light bulbs (maximum 40 Watts) surrounded by lighting gel, which are connected to dimmers which are controlled by a lighting desk running a flicker effect. The brightness and rate of the effect can easily be varied. A small smoke machine can be added into the mix to provide a smoke effect.
Option 2: The same logs and frame, but instead using a fan, light sources and silk flames (see video below) to produce the illusion of flames (works best over a long distance)
Option 3: Use lanterns in various colours pointing at the actors to produce the light from the campfire, rather than focussing on the fire itself.
Option 4: Use reflective material (e.g. foil) under logs and then focus profile lanterns onto the camp fire from the rig – the foil will reflect the light into the audience without the danger of hot lamps.
See the Trap Doors and Lifts page for more information.
See separate section.
Smoke / Haze
- Rain on Stage
- Water Effects
|PRG Scenic Rigging & Automation [USA]|
|Unusual Rigging Rigging, suspension and automation [London, UK]|
|Chicago Flyhouse [Chicago, USA]|
|Fisher Technical Services 3D Flying [USA]|
|Flying by Foy [Las Vegas, USA]|
|Flying by Foy [Borehamwood, UK]|
|Hall Associates Flying Effects [Chicago, USA]|
|Hi-Fli [Manchester, UK]|
|North American Association of Flying Effects Directors (NAAFED) [USA]|
|The Fly Guy Paul Rubin [USA]|
|ZFX Flying [Louisville, USA]|
|Silicon Theatre Scenery Scenic automation and performer flying [The Netherlands]|
|Look Solutions [Germany, Europe]|
|LSG Low Smoke Generator from Le Maitre Carbon Dioxide input required|
|LSX Low Smoke Converter from Le Maitre|
|Smoke Factory [Germany, Europe]|
|Theatre FX [USA]|
|Chabuki Kabuki Drop Mechanism [USA]|
|https://www.showtex.com/en/products/hardware/roll-reveal-systems/hispeed-reveal Hi-Speed Cloth Reveal [Belgium / International]|
|Special Effects Suppliers / SFX Supplies Hire and Sales [UK]|
|Strictly FX [IL, USA]|
|Theatre Effects [USA]|