View Full Version : The illusion of water

03-16-2009, 05:03 PM
I have a pirate ship 7' wide by 21' long that sits in the sand. On one side it is "beached" and we have large and small rocks down the one side. On the other side we would like to give it the illusion that it still sits partly in the water. We would like the "water" area to be approximately 18' wide running down the side of the ship and 8-10' out from the side of the ship. Any ideas on how to make it look like its sitting in water without actually digging a shallow pond, lining it and filling it with water?

03-16-2009, 05:25 PM
I do remember a vendor at TW several years back that sold lighting equipment for dj's and concert shows.
The company is Visual Effects, Inc.
They sell a lightning device called the Aquaslash, and the Aquasplash Deluxe.

The Aquasplash has several color options, and it gives the moving water effect.
The Aquasplash Deluxe gives you the ability to freeze the color of your choice.

It doesn't say in their catalog how big of an area it will project.

I do not have their price list for this, and it was back in '04 or '05 when I saw this.

Their website is:


Hope this helps.

03-16-2009, 05:28 PM
It looks like they only have the Aquasplash Deluxe on their site. It's product # is: V-9970DLX

03-16-2009, 05:37 PM
How did you build your boat? Do you have any pictures? We are thinking of adding a pirate ship to our haunt this year.

03-16-2009, 05:40 PM
There is no "one effect fits all" answer to this problem. The first question is, how well is the water section lighted? Is it close to the patrons or beyond ten feet away? Does the audience look down on the water or across it? The answers will determine what effects will work best. If the water is mostly hidden, lights with moving gobos shining up at the ship might work good. Translucent plastic lightly stretched across the opening being rippled by fans underneath might work. The effect used depends upon what's being seen and from where.

03-16-2009, 07:46 PM
Infoam is right... whatever you do you CAN'T forget the light that would usually reflect BACK onto the ship. Water does that at night. Vincent This Time!

Allen H
03-16-2009, 09:01 PM
At Terror on church street we had a bridge scene over "water" the water was a clear resin in a thin layer on the floor , thats a good non moving water effect
Low lying fog perhaps even combined with a projection could be very good
A tight layer of clear plastic with fog trapped underneath could give a good look
A blue oil lamp that has the bubbles moving through the light would look cool like this one
http://www.djcraig.net/weddinglighting (http://www.djcraig.net/weddinglighting)
I will say cellophane but I mean the thicker plastic that is iridescent crumpled and stapled in place
I would go with the actual water in a trench, but thats just my vote.
Good luck with whatever you do and let us know how it turns out,
Allen Hopps

03-17-2009, 11:35 AM
How did you build your boat? Do you have any pictures? We are thinking of adding a pirate ship to our haunt this year.

Actually we didn't build the boat. It was a float built on a utility trailer for one of the local junior high schools who wanted to do the Peter Pan theme so one of the girls dad and a friend built it. I spotted it in the parade and told them I wanted to buy it and they sold it to me for $200! It was a great deal. I do have some pictures but am technologically challenged and have no clue how to get them from the camera to the computer. My son said he'd help me the next time he came into town so hopefully within the next week or so I will be able to get you a few pictures.

03-18-2009, 08:40 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I particularly like the aquasplash deluxe. I let you know how it all turns out.

03-18-2009, 09:28 PM
You could also try low lying fog...kinda hard to do outdoors though...but if you could use it, then also project the aqua light onto the fog, that would probably be convincing.

Allen H
03-19-2009, 06:10 AM
I agree, with Ican, thats why it was my second suggestion. ;)
Allen H

03-19-2009, 10:01 AM
I agree, with Ican, thats why it was my second suggestion. ;)
Allen H

Ha man i didnt even see that...credit to you for bringing it up first!

Allen H
03-19-2009, 10:29 AM
I do agree with ya, I think that would be the best way to go!