Special effects can have a tremendous effect on any event. Imagine walking into a ballroom that has been turned into a forest, with the scent of pine reaching into the lobby, or even a room that has been transformed into an ice-skating rink, complete with falling snow.
Special effects can really affect all your senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. You can fill a room with sound coming at you from all angles, using surround sound, instead of just the stage area. You can fill an entire room with scent. You can light up the room with a laser show, fireworks or robotic lighting and bring in sweeps of colors. You can create high energy with fast rolling light beams or have undertones of light crawl across the floor. Smoke or dry ice can be brought in to give more effect. Custom images or logos can be inserted on clear walls or floors. Events can even be cybercast live.
Check to make sure your special effects meet and exceed all safety regulations. Are there any safety regulations to be aware of? Are the materials being used flameproof? Find out what can go wrong, and what can be done to prevent it. Let your suppliers know what else is going on in the room. Consider the consequences of having candles burning on the tables during a confetti shower. That sounds like recipe for diaster to me. Make sure your confetti is flameproof, or you could end up with a lot more excitement than you ever wanted.
Special effects can also be extremely complicated, so it is essential that you find out how much setup time is required and know all costs involved, including labor and power. Are there permits required? Again, you may need to budget for a fire watch to be on duty during the event. A fire marshall and the venue may have to approve all proposed plans. They can advise you of what needs to be done for your event to move ahead.
Use your imagination and do your research and homework and you will have great experience using special effects for your events.
Joshua Gair – Impact Entertainment Services