Olio Drop

Spaces with low ceilings present a particularly challenging situation for those wishing to use backdrops. And olio drop is a form of a roll drop with a tube is at the bottom. Here are some terrific examples of their use and construction from around the Internet....

Runaway

As you can see, an OOPS happened. While unloading several costumes from a pipe that was used for temporary storage, the supervisor wasn’t paying attention and allowed too many costumes to be removed. The arbor started to creep. By that time it was too late. Up went...

Fly System

We’re taking out some of the slack in our fly lines. The problem is that the pipes stop about 6 feet before the height of the ceiling. This cuts down significantly the height of our drops and scenery. This is where we’re performing our surgery. We’re removing...

Flying Bat

This flying method is a very simple example. If you were to take it further, you could imagine how to fly a person. It works the same way, but uses much heavier equipment. The flying of people and of heavy objects is best left to the professionals who have the proper...

Curtains and Drapes

Curtains are hung in either of a few ways. Flat or full are the most popular. Flat is simply hanging the cloth stretched across the pipe. Pulled tight it looks like a sheet on a clothes line. Curtains hung “full” have a much, well, fuller look. Instead of stretching...