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  • The Alternative to Dry Ice

    fog-effectAccording to tradition, artificial fog effects were created by dry ice. If dry ice isn’t handled with great caution, its tremendously cold surface temperature can damage bare skin. Don a pair of heavy gloves before picking up a block of dry ice, and never bring it anywhere near your mouth. The heaviness of carbon dioxide makes it a possible breathing hazard as well. You should only use it in well-ventilated areas.

    Fortunately, a safer, more reliable solution exists in the form of fog liquid. The liquid form is much more versatile than dry ice, which creates a single fog effect. Liquid can be found online in specialized forms for any desirable application. If you’re working on an independent movie and you need low-lying fog for a scene set in a swamp, there’s a fog for that. Smoke-like fogs for burning building simulations are also popular.

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  • Halloween Decorations the Whole Neighborhood Can Enjoy

    halloween-fogWith October just around the corner, it’s time to start planning what decorations you’ll use to make your house festively inviting for trick-or-treaters. Scarecrows have always been a popular addition to any front porch. You can even add your personal touch to the stuffed man of straw by replacing his head with a homemade, hand-carved jack-o-lantern. His face will light up, as if he’s alive, with every flicker of the candle set inside.

    Spray-painted, Styrofoam gravestones are another super spooky and ever-so-popular decoration. Be sure to grab a few of them and maybe a severed human arm, which you can display reaching out from one of the graves. And for those who want constant and live mood creators, there’s nothing like Halloween fog. All you need is a tiny fog machine to produce layers upon layers of billowy fog. Get started today!

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  • Planning a Spooky Halloween

    haloweenWhen planning a spooky Halloween party or haunted house it’s extremely important to create and maintain a nail-biting, scream-worthy atmosphere. First you’ll need a bunch of cobwebs to cover the railings and light fixtures, and if you throw in a few plastic spiders you’ll achieve that extra cringe factor from your guests. Next, you should cover every inch of wall space with black trash bags to drown out the light. To keep your space from becoming completely pitch-black, you can add a few black lights in the corners.

    If you want some extra tips to make your event even spookier, read on. You can purchase fake, human body parts at most Halloween stores. And for that extra gory kick, get a tube of fake blood to smear on your kidneys, eyeballs and feet. The final mystery ingredient is a fog machine. Make sure you stock up on plenty of fog machine fluid, because if you want your fog to last all night long, it will need to run continuously.

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  • The Ground-Hugging Effect

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    It’s a law of nature that hot air rises, which is why low-hanging fog can be such a difficult effect to pull off during theatrical productions. Still, certain shows call for a dreamy, fantastical atmosphere that is best portrayed with the presence of fog. There’s nothing worse than all-encompassing fog that obscures the performers’ faces, however. It becomes necessary to strike the perfect balance.

    At first, many directors and stage hands turned to dry ice “pea souper” machines, which disperse ground-hugging carbon dioxide gas. Although suitable for creating the desired effect, these machines are exceedingly difficult to use and maintain. Fog machines with built-in coolers are specially equipped to create low lying fog. These machines run on fog juice rather than dry ice, and they are many times easier to handle.

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  • Foggy Filmmaking

    foghorrorMy parents aren’t always supportive of my decision to study film at college. They tend to voice the same old tired objections: How will you get a job out of school? Why do you need to pay for course credit just to watch movies? Wouldn’t you prefer to go to medical school? The fact is, I enjoy making movies more than anything else in life. And anyway, I cover all of my own expenses with a day job at a restaurant.

    The latest project I’ve been working on is a horror movie that requires a number of special effects. It goes without saying that I’m on a shoestring budget, but I still needed to establish a spooky atmosphere. Several of the scenes take place in a dark churchyard afterhours, so I used a smoke machine to create fog effects. The script could probably use a bit of work, but the shots I have so far are perfect.

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