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The presenters and dancers in the background walk onto
stage, the gal's dress is bright blue, the man's wearing a
red rose, their skin is pink (if they're white) and the
dancers and set props are
Then they introduce the segment about classic movie
history, the music swells
and they say "Let's step back
a simpler time, where the good cowboys wore white hats, damsels
were in distress and heros where fast on the draw..."
then BAM! everything on the stage turns to black and
white, and they do their tribute to black and white
tv or whatever.
What you'd do is have everybody wearing black and white
makeup with a semi transparent overcoating of colored
fluorescent makeup. Their clothes would be black and
white with a
translucent covering of fluorescent colored cloth and
the black and white stage props would all be similarly
they first walk out the white lights are augmented with
bright ultraviolet lights causing the colors to fluoress and glow, but
when the the uvs are turned off, the color turns off with
I think when mixed with the white lights the uv
should look natural enough to make it a surprise when
turned off and everything goes black and white.
|Nice for a live event. +
Fairly trivial to do for television / movies.
|Reminds me of another stage technique I will post separately.
|It would only be worth doing for a live effect since
for tv you could just hit a switch and get the same
|But you bring up a good point, at the Oscars,
people might just assume that's exactly what you
did so maybe it would be better used in Broadway
plays, live musical performances etc.
|With a little creativity it could be fit into various
live productions requiring flashbacks, dreams,
stuff like that. Maybe use it for the Broadway
version of the Twilight Zone or something. How
ever it was used, it should make for a good
"transformation" special effect that could be cool.
|On the down-side, all your actors would go blind.
|Hey, not my problem. This is showbiz, sometimes you gotta take one for the team.
|Besides, there's plenty more where they came from.