Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade at Roundabout Theatre Company.

Cue Mother Nature...Go!

Lisa Mulcahy

Wind, rain, fog, and smoke—these visually striking elements can enhance a production tremendously. But to do it right, you need to be sure you have a view toward how atmospheric effects should compliment your show as a whole—and leave lots of time for working out the kinks. You really need to understand how to properly plan and execute your effects, from both an aesthetic and a safety standpoint. You want to be thinking about the details of an atmospheric effect as early in the production as possible so all the other production elements can make any accommodations in advance for the atmospheric effect. SD sought out some expert advice on atmospheric effects by consulting J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn, New York.

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