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Lighting a Sharkstooth Scrim Part 3 (of 3)

For more information on lighting a scrim check out our following blog posts:

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 1)

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 2)

 

Here is the third article in our series on “How To Light A Scrim.” This article is derived from questions most frequently fielded by our salespeople at Rose Brand.

Does it matter in which direction the “tooth,” or opening in the scrim, is oriented?


Vertical Tooth AlignmentHorizontal tooth Alignment

Vertical tooth alignment (left) Horizontal tooth alignment (right)

The tooth is about twice as high as it is wide, and this is the common orientation when sewing the scrim. The properties of the scrim, however, are not affected if the tooth is rotated. In fact, this may be done to save a user money and more efficiently use the available widths of scrim in stock. 

Another common reason for rotating a scrim is to More...

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 2)

Opaque Scrim

Figure 1: A correctly lit sharkstooth scrim in an opaque state.

For more information on lighting a scrim check out our following blog posts:

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 1)

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 3)

 

The most common placement of lighting instruments for a scrim is above and directly in front of the scrim. However, that isn't the only lighting position that will be effective. Remember: angle angle angle! As long as your lighting is oblique, and can wash the scrim, it doesn't have to be from above. If your scrim is in an extreme downstage position, for example, footlights can be very effective for scrim washes. (In this case, the “spill” light is lost up in the flies, behind the proscenium and/or masking borders.) In a “wing and drop” set, More...

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 1)

For more information on lighting a scrim check out our following blog posts:

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 2)

How To Light A Sharkstooth Scrim (Part 3)

 

One might think that a fabric company has little to do with lighting. After all, while scenery and lighting design are inexorably linked, how important can fabric be to either? Yet the choices a designer makes in fabric, as with all the other elements, will directly affect the final look of the production. This series of articles discusses common types of fabric, why they are used, and challenges they may present to a lighting designer.

ANGLE, ANGLE, ANGLE
Lighting vis-à-vis fabric is nowhere more critical then when dealing with sharkstooth scrim (or simply "scrim" as some refer to it). Lit correctly, a  sharkstooth scrim provides one of the most magical effects: the bleed-through. If the scrim is lit correctly, it can appear completely opaque; as the lighting is changed, the scrim will “dissolve,” allowing the scene behind it to “bleed through” the scrim or the scenery painted on the scrim. Continue the change, and the scrim will disappear completely, as if by magic. But what is the “correct” way More...