Rippling Water and Stage Lighting Effects

During the next two months, I will be directing a new re-telling of The Little Mermaid. This version doesn't have any of those catchy Disney songs. But I am hoping it will have a lot of imagination and some rather impressive albeit low-budget special effects. The first technique I am trying to learn is a water ripple effect. Surprisingly, I haven't found to many "How To" videos on Youtube. There are a lot of DJ lighting companies selling digital projectors, but I want to do it the old fashioned way!

(Plus, I've got a small budget. This is community theater we are talking about!)

There are some good websites that offer some practical advice. "Theater Effects" is a commercial website that not only sells just about any theater tech device you could wish for, they also offer a free list of "Fun Facts and Helpful Hints." Lots of topics are covered: Anything from bubbles to fog to that ripple effect I'm looking for. They don't also give detailed step-by-step info, but they provide a good overview of how each effect works.

Another handy website is "Stage Lighting for Students," perfect for anyone who is looking for a free, easy-to use guide that covers the basics of lighting design.

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Bradford, Wade. "Rippling Water and Stage Lighting Effects." ThoughtCo, Oct. 30, 2014, Bradford, Wade. (2014, October 30). Rippling Water and Stage Lighting Effects. Retrieved from Bradford, Wade. "Rippling Water and Stage Lighting Effects." ThoughtCo. (accessed November 24, 2017).