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Haze vs Fog Machines

  • 1.  Haze vs Fog Machines

    Posted 3 days ago
    Doing Into the Woods and I'm looking at whether I should get a haze machine or a fog machine. I see benefits in both, but I also worry about setting off alarms with both of them. That's the last thing you want in the middle of Last Midnight.

    I would love to have some general fogginess in the woods, especially in act 2. Mostly I'd like to have some smoke or fog around a couple of the more magical moments of the play.

    Would love some feedback!

    Kevin Goff
    Theatre Teacher - Mountainside High School
    Beaverton School District
    Beaverton OR

  • 2.  RE: Haze vs Fog Machines

    Posted 2 days ago
    From what you are describing it sounds like you want both. For a general foggieness you will want a hazer running at about 20%. For a heavy magical fog you will want a fog machine. 

    A lot will come down to budget. I have purchased several over the years  ... a cheap Halloween style machine will probably not produce anything that will work for you. I  purchased a nice Chauve basic fogger about 10 years ago ... I use good quality fluid and it still works great. 

    I have two cheap (100 each) low lying fog machines I purchased from Amazon (they use ice or dry ice to keep the fog low) and I used them for the rooftop scene in Mary Poppins. They worked great for that show but when I pulled them out a year later I could only get one of them to work. The melting ice (dry ice was too expensive and didn't work any better than regular ice for us) was a mess too. 

    I have an awesome Chauvet Vesuvio that was awesome for the Cinderella transformation scene, Pinocchio getting his nose, and The Addams Family ancestors coming out of their crypt. It produces a strong burst of fog and has led lights as well so you can create some awesome effects. It was about $500. The cool thing is that I can hang or sit on the floor and so when hanging it will shoot straight down. It needs to be run via dmx though so be aware of that. 

    Most recently I purchased an actual hazer for The Addams Family ... I wanted the whole show to have an eerie ness about it. I looked into renting (because they start about $800) and realized with shipping of the rental I could just buy it. 

    They are super helpful if you give them a call. They also sell their own brand of fluid which I have had very good results with. 

    Toni Thomas
    English & Theatre Teacher & Director
    Ogemaw Heights High School

    Sent from my iPhone 

  • 3.  RE: Haze vs Fog Machines

    Posted 2 days ago
    I personally prefer haze. It lingers longer. I tend to use fog more as an effect. I have not had any issues with alarms with haze, but have had with fog. Better safe than sorry. Good luck!

    Garry Tiller
    Theatre Arts Teaching Artist
    Sidwell Friends
    Washington, DC