Blood Effect in Pool

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As the actor lied there, the blood was pumped into the pool in the corner underneath his body.  This was done using a hand-operated diaphragm pump operated from offstage.

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The audience could see the blood fill the pool over the course of about 10 seconds.

HOW TO: Create a Rain Effect on Stage

For this rain effect on stage, the designer wanted a thin curtain of water falling like rain across the entire width of the stage just in front of the upstage wall of the set.  This is a classic rain curtain system: holes drilled in a pipe hung above the stage and a trough below the pipe to catch the water after it fell.  However, this system overcame 3 obstacles that have challenged me in the past:

 

  1. As the pipe fills with water, the rain starts at the holes closest to the source. To solve this, instead of hanging the PVC with the holes at the bottom of the PVC, they along the side, facing downstage.  This allows the water to fill the pipe halfway up along the entire length before it can escape any of the holes.
  2. The sound of the rain completely drowns out the dialogue of the actors. By covering the trough with a fiberglass window screening, this dramatically muffled the sound of the rain hitting the water and trough below.
  3. The splashing of the rain soaks the deck and nearby scenery. The same window screening used to soften the sound also prevents over-splash.  The drops of water are dispersed when they hit the screen.

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