Stage Lighting

Throwback: Scattered Light

Matt Groves from The Naz in Grove City, Ohio brings us this starry light ray effect. (Originally posted Apr 2013)

This effect was achieved with twelve sheets of 4’x8′ 1/2″ plywood vertically standing in between the truss sections upstage. They randomly drilled holes in the plywood using 2″, 1 1/2″, and 1″ hole saws. After drilling the holes, they painted the wood with flat black paint. Then they stood the plywood up against the truss and zip-tied them to the top horizontal truss for stability. After placing the lights behind the wood to shoot out of the holes, they saw that they were going to have to contain the light because of it spilling on the projection screen behind. So they draped black puppet curtains behind the truss to create a “nook” for the lights to sit in. The seams in between each sheet of plywood were seamed and covered up with black gaffer’s tape. To achieve the “light ray” effect they placed two small hazers in front of the wall to catch the light.

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