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SFX for The Foreinger

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Category: Producing Theater
Forum Name: Lights and Sound
Forum Discription: Technical discussion
Printed Date: 6/18/24 at 4:40pm
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Topic: SFX for The Foreinger
Posted By: SamD
Subject: SFX for The Foreinger
Date Posted: 11/02/12 at 8:13pm
I'm thinking of directing The Foreigner and wanted to pick your brain on a good way to make Ellard (the klansman) disappear. We have no trap door on our stage, nor do we have room for a second floor! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Posted By: colugino
Date Posted: 11/04/12 at 11:44pm
I am not familiar with the show but what about fog? I did Into The Woods a few years ago and for the scene at the end when the witch disappears we took a fog machine, PVC pipe (with holes drilled all the way across in a straight line every two inches or so and painted black that we connected to the fog machine), set the holes facing up. When it was close to the scene we had crew bring out the pipe and fog machine, she walked over it and then we sent a "fog curtain" in front of her and she then just walked off stage.

Posted By: directorjm
Date Posted: 11/09/12 at 8:10am
Not sure what you mean by "nor do we have room for a second floor" but when we did it we faked a staircase to a "second floor" and used the landing (about five steps up, I think) as the location for the "dissolving" (also used it for the cellar in Act I).

Posted By: pdavis69
Date Posted: 11/19/12 at 8:40am
I have done this show twice now.  Both times I had Ellard standing on the trap door to the cellar.  I hinged the wall behind him so when he set off flash paper in his hand the lights went out and he just stepped back through the wall and it closed behind him.  As for not having room to do a basement for the trap door, we didnt either.  I built a 3 ft high box with a lid aginst the back wall.  The actor entered the box from the back and pretended to climb a ladder out of it.

Patrick L. Davis
Fort Findlay Playhouse

Posted By: fatdogmgk
Date Posted: 11/19/12 at 3:39pm
I have directed it before and we used the same solution as directorjm, a short staircase, leading to a landing, and the trap being in the top of the landing.

Posted By: vickifrank
Date Posted: 11/20/12 at 8:07am
A scrim?


The theater scrim people

Posted By: SamD
Date Posted: 3/21/13 at 8:05pm
Thanks, for your replies, everyone. We've only 10 feet from the stage to the ceiling, so we're pretty limited. I've got a FX guy on it and we'll probably end up doing the platform/stair fake. Thanks again!

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