Can't we just paint a pigeon blue?
December 9, 2010 10:18 PM Subscribe
I'm directing a high school play and need to make a bluebird fly away on stage, but using a real bird is out of the question. How can I create this effect?
posted by MShades to Media & Arts (17 answers total)
The drama class I teach is doing an adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck's "The Blue Bird" in February. The story is about these two children who go on a magical quest to find the Bluebird of Happiness, only to discover that it was at home all along.
At the end of the play, they have the blue bird in a cage, and the Fairy Berylune (who commissioned the search in the first place) wants to see it more closely. She opens the cage door and the bird flies away.
I have absolutely no knowledge of stage magic or special effects, so my only idea is to have someone in the flyspace with a fishing line, and I'm not sure we can even get anyone up there. Any ideas on how I can make this effect work?