When you work for Rosco, Halloween is the best holiday of the year! It’s the one time of year we get to show off to all of the muggles (non-entertainment folk) what we do. When the cheapo fog machines hit the Target/Wal-Mart shelves, we get to turn to our friends and loved ones and say “That’s not a REAL fog machine.” THIS is a fog machine!
Halloween is also the season for fluorescent paint. Sure you can buy some one oz jars of it at your local hobby or craft store – we do that too in our fluorescent paint kits – but we also sell it by the GALLON! Last year, I took one of our VividFX paint kits and painted my pumpkin, plus I added some of the VividFX colors to a small bucket of pumpkin seeds to make my Puker Pumpkin.
Don’t forget about ClearColour, Rosco’s unique line of fluorescent paints that appear completely clear under normal light and fluoresce brightly when bathed with UV-rich blacklights. Check out this ghostly triptych of Mr. Vincent Van Gogh painted by scenic artist Joan Newhouse with ClearColour. (Update: ClearColour was discontinued in 2013)
LED’s are a great way to add a little light to your scene without ruining all of the eery darkness. However, the beam of an LED is often so directional that it’s hard to get them to achieve a subtle glow. This is where Rosco’s LitePads come in extra handy – especially our 3″ Round unit. I used it in place of a candle in one of my pumpkins last year to make this particular pumpkin stand out:
I also ducted fog from the Delta 3000 into the back of this pumpkin. So, the different color temperature and the smoke gave it an electrocuted effect.
Cinematographer Pablo Rosso also wanted a way to add subtle illumination to his actors without flooding the dark, brooding set in last year’s [Rec] 2 so, he simply applied 3″ Round LitePads to the uniforms of his SWAT units:
Nothing can bring the creepy into your Halloween decor like modifying the lighting. Another element I added to my yard last year was an X24 bathing my front yard. I swapped out one of the standard effects gobos, replaced it with a Cyan Ripple Colorwave and set the speed ultra-slow on both gobos. Throw a little fog into the yard to show off the moving beam of colored light and you’re sure to draw the trick-or-treaters in.
Filmmaker, and horror effects master, Robert Hall used our X24 to add some hydrophobic suspense into his online, thriller-series Fear Clinic for FEARnet.com. The series premiers online October 26th – but as our gift to you, enjoy some videos from the series and look in the background for the X24:
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Have a fantastic Halloween from all of us at Rosco!