Aerial beam effects energize the stage, and haze makes the beams bright and bold. But not all haze is created equal, and choosing the right haze product matters — particularly in less-spacious venues, and for actors and singers who have expressed concerns about how different hazers might affect their vocal cords.
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There are two main types of haze production. One technique breaks mineral oil into a fine, atomized mist via a spray pump that uses either electricity or compressed CO2. The other technique turns a glycol/water mixture into haze in a process that’s nearly identical to the one used for denser fog effects.
Both types of fluid may be called the same thing — “haze fluid” — but with their different formulations, they are definitely not always compatible or interchangeable.
Without getting into the specifics of certifications or Material Safety Data Sheets, (MSDS), this month’s Buyers Guide includes a basic comparison of some of the different hazer types and configurations now available. We encourage you to investigate haze machines further by talking with the manufacturers, dealers and others, and by doing your own investigation online.
An expanded version of this Buyers Guide is coming soon!
It will be posted at www.plsn.com/bg/201208.