BANG! The Science of Movie FX
Ever wondered how they create those amazing explosions in the movies?
Well, it can be quite complicated. In fact, a lot of the time it's more complicated than actually setting off a real explosion.
In BANG! The Science of Movie FX Peter and James attempt to shed some light on how it's done. Through the show we explore smoke effects, blast effects and, of course, fire with plenty of humour along the way and an exploding shed.
This show can be performed indoors or outdoors but will require a PA and, preferably a stage if outdoors and, as with all UK events, is dependant on our lovely weather. If indoors, some of the demos will need to be scaled down a bit but, don't worry, we can still explode the shed!
This show gives a glimpse behind the scenes of those big budget action movies. We explore the physics and chemistry of real explosions and how those effects are simulated 'safely' in the movies.
By the end of the show we would hope that everyone will:
- Have a basic understanding of the chemistry of combustion
- Have a basic understanding of how an explosion occurs (with older/more able audiences we can look at the differences between detonation and deflagration)
- Have a basic understanding of the properties and effects of a shockwave
- Have an idea about (just a small part of) the work of an SFX Technician
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|Published||13 September 2017|
|Last modified||13 September 2017|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Design and technology, Engineering, Science, Physics, Practical work, Demonstrations, Chemistry|
|Age||5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19, FE/HE|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
POA. This is a premium show which involves two presenters and requires setting up the day before the event. We can do up to 3 one-hour performances in a day or we can combine a single show with workshops. Contact us to find out more!
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