Dave Bryant - Special Effects Design

Lighting & Special Effects Design - Environmental Artist - Creative Director

 

The implementation of effects plays an important role in complementing the lighting scene and creating the 'WOW' factor

These visual effects are created through the use of water, fire, smoke pyrotechnics and electro-mechanical devices

Large-scale effects are capable of creating huge impact and spectacle, however the greater challenge often lies in providing small, subtle and simple solutions

 

Effect Type

Client

Event

Venue

Water screen

Midnight Design Ltd

Outdoor Events Show

London Docklands

The water screen is a large out-door effect enabling projected 3d-like and moving images to appear as if in thin-air

Screen sizes can be from 6m to 50m

Effect Type

Director

Event

Venue

 
High-power fans

Paul Unwin

Insignificance

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Effect Type

Client

Event

Venue

 
Gas & water

Warner Bros

Cinema Launch

Star City Birmingham

 
Effect Type

Client

Event

Venue

 
Dancing Waters

Midnight Design Ltd

Midnight open day

Wandsworth London

Choreographed fountains provide instant magic and an exciting centre-piece to any event

The use of coloured lighting in the sequence adds considerable drama

Effect Type

Client

Event

Venue

 
Yosemite Rush CO2 curtain

Westway Events

Eraser film premiere

Alexandra Palace London

 
Effect Type

Client

Event

Venue

 

 

Fire

Channel Four / Blomstein International

Party

Battersea Power Station London

Effect Type

Client

Event

Venue

 
Fire & fireworks

Jaguar

Car launch

Desert Dubai

Dave has also been instrumental in the development of many special effects systems including -
 
Vulcan - kerosene / paraffin burner An automated / programmable fire effect designed to produce jets and balls of fire 15 metres in the air - controlled by industry-standard lighting consoles
Flambeaux gas burner A popular visual fire effect, seen here in a traditional basket

Many visual styles of burner have been developed

These effects can be as a stand-alone device, or the digital versions can be choreographed into a synchronised theatrical sequence

 
CO2 fogger An alternative to smoke effects, the CO2 cloud forms instantaneously from a series of digital nozzles, enabling waves of cloud to be generated on demand

The advantage of CO2 over smoke is it's ability do vanish instantly after use

The effect can be controlled from an industry-standard lighting console

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