A discussion of safety in the Performing Arts for professionals, students, teachers, and administrators. A sometimes terrifying look at some surprising conditions, what you might do about them; and how to plan for better safety in your facility, teaching program, and career.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Make Angles Fly - Not 'Make Angels'
Photo courtesy of Abel Aluart
'Tis one of the the seasons for churches to attempt high profile productions, and a few schools, too. If it involves flying people, angels, Santa Claus, Peter Pan, or anybody else, then it is REALLY DANGEROUS. Hire professionals to do the work so that everybody makes it home for Christmas. The November-December issue of Church Production magazine has a really great article about Hall Associates Flying Effects (http://www.flyingfx.com/) installing a computer-controlled system for three-dimensional flying of actors. This article by Jim Kumorek discusses many important points about this type of very specialized rigging. You can find it here: http://www.churchproduction.com/go.php/article/on_a_wing_and_a_prayer_and_a_wire?p=1
Remember: Your frequent flier miles won't do you any good if you're being shipped in a box.