Tom Lange | July 28, 2015
One semester is all Ken Cole needs to teach his students how to control the weather.
In a new course, Special Effects for Studio and Stage, the associate professional faculty member taught Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) students how to brainstorm and design a wide range of practical illusions for use in creative productions.
The group of about 10 students simulated explosions, used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds, built props out of scraps and spare parts—and, yes, conjured up a realistic rainstorm.
“The goal was to allow our students to experiment in technologies and effects that they wouldn’t encounter in their normal course of classes or projects,” said Cole, who debuted the course in spring 2015.