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Topic: In the hands smoke for stage
Message: Posted by: Peter Pitchford (Feb 4, 2013 06:04PM)
After a completely disappointing experience with pure smoke (it's tough to see close up, let alone on stage), I was wondering if anyone had any leads toward something that will work on stage. I am not interested in dangerous chemicals.

Message: Posted by: Rudy Sanchez (Feb 4, 2013 07:19PM)
The very best is made by Danny Sylvester. It is called the the lil wonder pocket volcano and can be seen here in action.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mySfskxbQcg
You can purchase it here..... http://www.sylvesterthejester.com/merch.html
It's much better than anything else out...not cheap.

Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Feb 4, 2013 07:40PM)
I know from experience as a cinematographer that to see smoke or rain, you've got to backlight it.

Message: Posted by: makeupguy (Feb 5, 2013 10:32AM)
James.. you front light smoke.. and back or side light rain. If you back light smoke.. it shows up LESS.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Feb 5, 2013 11:07AM)
On 2013-02-05 11:32, makeupguy wrote:
James.. you front light smoke.. and back or side light rain. If you back light smoke.. it shows up LESS.

I was wondering about that. It would seem that smoke would act like a scrim. I'd like to see photographic examples of each.

Edit: I just Googled "How to photograph smoke" and saw the recommended process.
Message: Posted by: Peter Pitchford (Feb 5, 2013 12:05PM)
I've seen Dan's smoke device and I would love it. Right now, I'm having a tough time justifying $400 for what I am going to use it for (a single puff one time). I know in the long run, that is worth a magical moment in an act that you will use for years. But I need to be absolutely sure this is what I need before pulling the trigger.

Interesting thoughts on the lighting. I need to be more conscious of this so thanks for making me aware. Michael, I'll do some searching on this.

Thanks for the help.

Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Feb 5, 2013 01:13PM)
I've never actually shot "smoke" but what we call "Mole fog." It's the fog chemical process from Mole Richardson, the lighting company. If you don't like fog or rain in particular, it won't image on film.