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Rippling Water and Stage Lighting Effects

By March 22, 2013

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During the next two months, I will be directing a new re-telling of The Little Mermaid. This version doesn't have any of those catchy Disney songs. But I am hoping it will have a lot of imagination and some rather impressive albeit low-budget special effects. The first technique I am trying to learn is a water ripple effect. Surprisingly, I haven't found to many "How To" videos on Youtube. There are a lot of DJ lighting companies selling digital projectors, but I want to do it the old fashioned way! (Plus, I've got a small budget. This is community theater we are talking about!)

There are some good websites that offer some practical advice. "Theater Effects" is a commercial website that not only sells just about any theater tech device you could wish for, they also offer a free list of "Fun Facts and Helpful Hints." Lots of topics are covered: Anything from bubbles to fog to that ripple effect I'm looking for. They don't also give detailed step-by-step info, but they provide a good overview of how each effect works.

Another handy website is "Stage Lighting for Students," perfect for anyone who is looking for a free, easy-to use guide that covers the basics of lighting design.


April 12, 2013 at 6:08 am
(1) David says:

I wanted to quickly let you know about a new project I’m working on.

It’s called LearnStageLighting.com and the goal is to teach churches basic lighting skills. We hope to someday turn it into a well respected site of valuable information.

Don’t worry, I haven’t added you to any lists and I won’t be spamming you, but if you like the idea and would like to help out, here’s what you can do:

Visit LearnStageLighting.com

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