Well, we did water, so we thought we should add fire.
Again, thanks to Michael Powers for allowing us to publish his Techie Corner articles.
to the Techie’s Corner. The last several columns have been about water,
so now it’s time to talk about fire, hot burning fire. Leaping flames
flashing and flickering or, in the case of many stage effects, a
gimmick that can make an audience feel the warmth from a fire that
couldn’t melt an ice cube.
are probably a 1,000 ways to make fire on stage and only a few of them
actually involve flame or combustion. However, long before we actually
make the fire, we have to decide just what the fire is supposed to
accomplish. Is it just eye candy for the set or is it establishing the
mood of the moment. What is the mood? Is the fire a warm flickering
glow of romance or a feeble attempt to ward off the cold of a hovel a
la “Boheme”? Maybe it is the warmth of friendship around a campfire or
the despair of the homeless gathered around a fire in a trash can.
nMaybe it is the evil, mysterious glow beneath the witch’s cauldron in
Macbeth or the entire face of a building during the burning of Atlanta.
Is the fire a friend that wards off the cold or an enemy that is trying
to steal our home and threaten our safety?
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