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Make a sword safer?

Stage Combat Question. Is it possible to take a bladed weapon and render it safe for use on-stage (without damaging the weapon itself)? I seem to recall from my days as a DragonCon volunteer that cosplayer's swords had to be taped* and/or bated (or else the sword had to be peace-tied so as to prevent its leaving a scabbard), but I can't find a description of the safety-making process. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Aug 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Lav Mics for the Outdoor Stage?

Lav Mics. What about 'em? We encourage our actors to cheat out, to be confident in their lines and to project. And yet, there are times when they need just a little more help being heard. So, here is a follow-up to a question I asked two years ago ... now that we've a little experience, if we decided to add lav mics to our audio arsenal, is there are make and model that you would recommend for theatre? For outdoor theatre? For outdoor theatre in a climate that can shift from nary a drop to downpour in under a minute?
posted by grabbingsand on Sep 29, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I elevate a platform safely?

StageCraftFilter / EngineeringFilter. What is the best way to safely elevate a 4' x 8' rigid platform (theatrical) to about five feet from the stage? Currently, I have it situated atop four 4x4 posts, each five foot tall, each at a corner, bolts through the frame of the platform and the post. The posts are connected by 4' long 2x4s in front and back (about halfway down), and 8' long 2x4s on either side (halfway down). This works, but only just. It is not stable. I'm not putting an actor on a wobbly platform. So what else should be done to stabilize this contraption? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Sep 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Texturizing Theatrical Sets Like Jackson Pollock?

SetPaintingFilter. When I was in college theatre, our sets were never finished until our company technical director walked the set, paint brush in hand, adding texture to the platforms with what seemed to be a very ordered splatter pattern. He'd do this alone, the night before we opened. The textures didn't take away from the set, but added depth. So what was he doing? I've seen the phrase "splatter wash," but can see no details on the method, the mix for the paint, anything. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jun 16, 2008 - 7 answers

How-to build a light box for theatre?

I need some pointers on making a light box. Now, before you point toward some other posts about either an all-white surround for photography or a means of defeating winter-time depression, I should point out that I'm needing to make a light box for theatre ... [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jul 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Shotguns and PZMs for the Stage?

Say I was producing outdoor theatre. (I am.) And let's say that I wanted to mic my performances. (I do.) How best to do it, I wonder. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Aug 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Cube set design?

TheatreFilter. In college, I saw a touring company perform Two Gentlemen of Verona using a very simple set made from maybe a dozen sturdy (but lightweight) cubes. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Jan 10, 2006 - 10 answers

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