Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 350.  Wednesday, 2 June 1993.
From:           Zac Spitzer <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 2 Jun 93 00:20:16 +1000
Subject:        Unusual Fire Effect for Hamlet
In about 1 and a half months I am doing a production of Hamlet, I am the
Lighting Designer/Tech/Director etc and for the opening scene, the one written
by Will Shakespeare, the director and I have envisaged the three characters of
Marcellus, Horatio and Bernardo huddled around a little fire which will have
been seen to of gone out and then having the ashes stirred summoning a glow
from the "coals." This would be the only light on stage. The stage is a thrust
stage with an audience of about 190. The entire setup will be visible, it will
be placed on a small platform at the back of the stage atop some steps. Power
can be supplied through the trap on the platform which is used for Ophelia's
My idea for creating this effect is to have two or three heating elements (
longish ones ) running on a very slow chase to provide flicker. Has anybody
tried this? Anyone had problems doing this or forsee some?
Any other suggestions are welcome, but what I imagine the effect to be like it,
this method seems to be far more realistic than the more traditional methods.
What about the ghost?????
 Zac Spitzer
 Melbourne, Australia

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