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Color To Black And White Live Stage Effect

Catchy trick for the Academy Awards show or something
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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 very colorful.

Then they introduce the segment about classic movie history, the music swells and they say "Let's step back into 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 movies, 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 treated.

When 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 them.

I think when mixed with the white lights the uv illuminated colors should look natural enough to make it a surprise when they turned off and everything goes black and white.

doctorremulac3, Feb 28 2011


       Nice for a live event. + Fairly trivial to do for television / movies.   

       Reminds me of another stage technique I will post separately.
csea, Feb 28 2011

       It would only be worth doing for a live effect since for tv you could just hit a switch and get the same thing.   

       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.
doctorremulac3, Feb 28 2011

       On the down-side, all your actors would go blind.
Loris, Feb 28 2011

       Hey, not my problem. This is showbiz, sometimes you gotta take one for the team.   

       Besides, there's plenty more where they came from.
doctorremulac3, Feb 28 2011


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