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Sunset Boulevard pool effect question

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Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#0
Posted: 12/29/05 at 9:14pm
Can anyone please explain it to me? It sounds interesting. Any pictures of it? Thanks.
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re: Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#1
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:13pm
I'll try to find you a photo. It was an amazing effect, and it opens the show!
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re: Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#2
Posted: 12/30/05 at 11:32pm
They use a scrim that's slanted 45 degrees. The actor lies on it, while other actors in the scene stand behind it. The rest is lighting. There's a great description and photo in George Perry's coffee table book for the show.
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re: Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#3
Posted: 12/31/05 at 6:38pm
It really was a phenomenal effect. It made the audience feel like they were at the bottom of the pool looking up at the body floating over them. Joe Gillis entered with a group of reporters and photographers snapping pictures like they just left OJ's crime scene, and Gillis was left alone onstage beginning the narrative.
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re: Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#4
Posted: 12/31/05 at 7:45pm
It was quite faithful to the film classic - but, onstage, at that time - it was awesome!
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re: Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#5
Posted: 12/31/05 at 7:53pm
I thought, early on , they were going to try & use a real pool. I guess it was not feasible. The effect was great though
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re: Sunset Boulevard pool effect question#6
Posted: 12/31/05 at 7:55pm
the end pool effect is cool too when the stage raises up like the edge of a pool and he falls into the orchestrat. such a great show.
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I couldn't find a photo.. I was just going to mention the end when he falls face first into the pool effect too - that was cool!
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Try this - http://www.closeup.co.uk/blvd/html/plus/index.htm then click on Experience. It's scene 1; not the best photo, but will give you the general idea.
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Doesn't look like an actor on a scrim which is tilted fwd about 45 degrees. Looks more like a projection or the figure being painted on the scrim to me.