Welcome to the mod scenes podcast. This is your host, Stephen, and I’m thrilled to be chatting with you today about creating a stage backdrops out of smoke. Yes. Smoke. So I have this crazy idea, um, and it’ll take a few minutes to, to, to get to, so pardon the, the rabbit trail. Cause there is a rabbit trail. That’s going to get me to why we would do a stage design out of smoke. So, uh, let’s start with the reason we came up with this, uh, this process. So I was thinking about, so we’re obviously in the Mazzi shop, we make cool stage backdrops. Uh, but I was thinking, you know what, I want to shop the look just as cool as our products are. So what can I do to make it look really awesome? A little while ago, we put some led lights into our stage design and our stage design manufacturing facility, uh, in, in there you can, that way we can turn on lights at any point and our productivity led and look really cool.

Um, so yeah, um, but further than that, uh, I wanted to, uh, make it look even cooler because, you know, I was like, you know what, this, uh, this, uh, you know, the lights are really cool and we’ve got a little bit of scenic up and it looks really cool. And CNCS lit up in colored led lighting is really cool. However, if we could do let’s, what can we do to be even more over the top? So my whole thought was what we can, we do to make our stage backdrops uh, shop facility, uh, look like Willy the Willy Wonka is a factory of stage design. So like just absolutely madhouse crazy. Um, I wanted to see if I could figure out a way and I came up with this brilliant idea. So it involves clear acrylic and actually specifically clear acrylic pipes. So you can get clear, clear PVC, actually clear PVC pipes.

You can buy clear PVC pipes, uh, from a couple different suppliers across the U S um, they’re really cool because you can see everything that’s through them. They’re made specifically for the food industry. Uh, so say if you have a chocolate factory and you’re shooting chocolate through this giant hose, you want to see make sure, you know, you don’t have, I don’t know, small children flowing through it or whatever. Um, you would use this. So, um, so yeah, so I, I want to use some of that. And so I’ve decided what we’re going to do because what we’re going to get, you know, some elbows, some long pieces and whatnot, and we’re going to actually pipe and fog throughout our room, uh, just for the visual of it, because that would be awesome. Right. So the fogger would start at one end of the building.

Well, maybe not one in the building, heavy, a lot of pipe, but, uh, let’s, let’s say start at one end of the, let’s say the packing area and, uh, run up and around. Yeah. And it would kind of sneak around. We have this a little, uh, a little section off to the, uh, left-hand side where we do like our order, uh, tracking and it’s sneak around that and then come back to the other side and then I’ll put the fog, uh, just like through some little holes, uh, the fall, and we can have a shot foul on it to turn on and off if we wanted to not have fog in the office. And of course we wouldn’t use it all the time. It could be one of those cool things that we do. And we’re like, Hey, we should throw some fog in here with the product to see what it looks like, uh, and like an actual show setting.

Uh, so, uh, yeah, I think it’s going to be cool. Uh, that’s my, uh, that’ll be my pet project at some point. Uh, it’s not today, but at some point in the near future, it will be. Um, uh, so yeah. Um, let’s see, what else? Uh, so, um, so the whole thing, the whole thing got me thinking though, so we’re gonna do this really cool fog thing on the, uh, ready is really cool fog thing, and it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be like super cool. Uh, but at some point we’re going to have to, like, I was like, we, if we’re going to do it in the shop we got to do as a set design, that’d be awesome. Uh, so just trying to figure out, um, how we’re gonna, how we’re gonna incorporate that and make it work and do a set design with fog and the acrylic, um, because it would just be awesome really.

Um, so I was thinking about it. We, uh, made a tower out of clear acrylic and, uh, like, well, we could just pump fog into the bottom, through the mouse hole. Uh, so the mouse hole is a little, uh, like cut out so that we can push fog through, uh, it’s actually made, so we can push cables through if you have like lights on the inside of your, um, you know, your tower. Um, but we’re gonna make a tower out of clear acrylic, uh, and then just to fill it with fog and it’s gonna be so cool. Uh, so there’s me geeking out on, uh, a mixture of lighting and scenic stuff, creating a fog tower. Um, but I thought, you know, okay, well, this is a really cool to have a self standing tower that’s, uh, you know, got fog in it and it looks really sweet and awesome and right.

Wasn’t I right. But the more I thought about it, I’m like, you know what, we could do a backdrop with this. How awesome would that be? So I haven’t figured out all the details, um, but essentially we would have to make a sealed, uh, backdrop. Uh, my thought is we use on the backside that we use a Visqueen. So it’s a plastic, uh, thin plastic. We hang that behind a little bit, uh, behind the backdrop. So like say 12 inches. And then we take, and we put, uh, they’ve got the Visqueen all like 12 inches back behind the, um, stage backdrops. And we make a stage backdrops out of solid, uh, curly panels. So you can see through them. Uh, and then we get to F 100. So an F 100 is a heavy duty fogger from high-end systems. And we just fill that thing with fog like nobody’s business.

Um, I think it would be credible. Uh, so, uh, and then we’d have to seal the edges, of course. And we probably do that with, uh, either more half, half panels or maybe even some foam. I was thinking we could do foam because it’d be a little bit easier. Uh, this is probably not something that we would do on mass scale, just more to, uh, to, uh, appease my inner lighting geek. So, um, so yeah, so that’s my new idea for crazy stage backdrop. Uh, let me know your thoughts and, uh, your crazy ideas for stage backdrops. I’d love to hear them and see, uh, see what I can do to help you. So thanks again for tuning into the monsoons podcast and listening to us, uh, Jabber about cool stage design stuff. Uh, if there’s any way we can serve you, don’t hesitate to reach modscenes.com or via phone at (530) 723-6421, uh, or carrier pigeon, or, uh, lighting at Graham oh, Morse code lighting, lighting signals. I would take that. Uh, you’ll just have to like, you know, call me and let me know. I need to look for him. So anyhow, thanks again for tuning into the Mod Scenes podcast for learn about awesome stage backdrops with us and for being awesome in general. Thanks so much.