Using Sharkstooth Scrim to Create Special Effects

Sharkstooth Scrim is an open weave material that is used to produce special effects on stage. If Sharkstooth Scrim has a higher concentration of light on the front side, it appears opaque. If Sharkstooth Scrim has a higher concentration of light on the back side it appears translucent. Because of this property, scrims are often used for reveals, or to create mist, fantasy, or dreamlike effects? Follow the tips below and you'll be on your way to becoming a theatrical special effects master using one of the simplest tricks in the book.

Lighting Sharkstooth Scrim to Hide Objects

Lighting Sharkstooth Scrim to Conceal Objects on Stage

To make objects appear invisible behind the scrim, light from above and in front (downstage) of the scrim only. This will cause the scrim to appear solid and opaque to your audience. They won't see it coming when you flip the switch and reveal that something is behind the scrim! The scrim shown at left is being lit from the front so it appears opaque and hides anything behind it.

Lighting Sharkstooth Scrim to Reveal Objects

Lighting Sharkstooth Scrim to Reveal Objects on Stage

To pull off that big reveal, light the object or person from above and behind (upstage of the scrim) using instruments placed behind the scrim only. The scrim will suddenly appear transparent to your audience and they'll be able to see what's happening behind the scrim. This effect is commonly used to help a character take a trip down memory lane, or perhaps allow a glimpse into a character's imagination or dreams. The scrim shown at left is the same as above except now when instead lit from behind it appears transparent.

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