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J&M Special Effects Class

Monday, May 19, 2008 - 2pm-8pm - 524 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sponsored by The ESTA Foundation Seminars & Training Committee and J&M Special Effects
Presenter - Gregory Meeh

A professional-level class on special effect application and equipment, systems, real life application, compliance and safety. Gregory Meeh, award winning special effects designer, founder, and president of J&M Special Effects, will conduct the class.

Each technical section will include experienced J&M technicians expert in the area and will include examples of functioning equipment as well as applicable safety information. All participants will receive a binder with class outline, specification sheets and diagrams, references and space for notes.

The day, which includes dinner, will end in classic J&M style, with a bang. Attendees of the class will be invited to an outdoor pyrotechnic (indoor in inclement weather) demonstration to display the variety and functionality of pyrotechnics.

The class is limited to 20 attendees. Registration deadline is May 10, 2008. The fee for the class is $395 including dinner, $295 for members of ESTA, IATSE and USITT.


1:50pm: Safety Gear

2pm: Intro to SFX
Slide show and narration - Gregory Meeh and Jeremy Chernick

2:30pm: Designing Special Effects
Based on hundreds of images and drawings from 35 years of special effects design, Gregory Meeh will comment on and discuss the techniques and applications used to realize the needs of many types of productions, from the Off Broadway originations of Broadway hits to major Las Vegas hotel venues to fashion shows, auto shows and daytime television.

3:05pm: Confetti and Snow
Snow rollers that can deliver up to two hours of continuous storm, snow that evaporates requiring no clean up between performances, biodegradable snow, equipment that will launch large volumes of confetti up to 200' feet in the air for stadiums and exteriors

3:40pm: Water Effects – Equipment and Systems
Rain bars developed for An Inspector Calls that won the Outer Critics Circle award for special effects. Antidrip rain bars. How to make a waterfall. High pressure mist. Maintaining water quality and temperature.

4:10pm: Coffee Break

4:25pm: Atmospherics – Equipment and Systems
Water haze: fact or fiction! LN2, Dry Ice, LCO2 glycol, glycerin, mineral oil. Real life application: Perception is reality

5:05pm: Wind
Fans, fans, and more fans - practical applications and problems. HVAC and special effects.

5:20pm: Dinner Break
A light dinner will be provided

6:20pm: Flames – Equipment and Systems
Fuels: gas, gel, solids, fluids. Standards: NFPA 160. Licenses and permits. What is an AHJ?

6:35pm: Firearms

Terminology - how to ask for what you need - revolver, pistol, semi auto, full auto - demonstration of types, safety. Training - what are the essentials? “What’s the problem, it’s a blank.” Licenses, permits and paperwork.

6:50pm: Pyrotechnics
Sparks, poofs, bangs, cannons and a small aerial display. Equipment, systems and product. Planning an effect. Safety, licenses, permits and paperwork

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