Theatrical Effects

Below is a whole range of special, magical and visual effects. All used today over the globe in numerous productions. Most experts know everything about these effects. But when it comes to ‘when what to use and how’, many seem to fail. Rianfil has leading experts who can consult you in these effects, with the intended result in mind…


The Japanese performance artist Kagemu combines CG and live action into an impressive performance. After seeing a performance of him you completely understand how useful it is to have a non-static background in your theatre. It can be done via projectors or via a large led screen.

This can also reduce costs for plays: you don’t need to have and to carry around dozens of backdrops but just a single usb stick with the backgrounds in high quality or a harddisk for video backgrounds like Kagemu’s.

Video mapping

With video mapping you can distort your video projection in such a way that it’s projection seems to be completely okay on a non-flat survice. Basically you just need one projector and a program transforms the image so that it fits perfectly on the objects.

This is basically the same as what Kagemu does. Only he uses a flat background. With video mapping you can project everything on anything.

Kingdom of Dreams

In India, in the center of the Bollywood scene, you can find this state of the art theatre that took imagery to the next level, as colourful and spectaculair as the extravagant scenes in their movies.

And because all the technology is already there, it became the best place for large tv-events as well. It’s not as simple as clicking a few buttons, but all you need is a group of creative artists to change the sceneries. No backdrops, no extra costs for backgrounds…. They have it or can make it in their computers…. Isn’t that cool? Isn’t that what every theatre should need? This is what get’s your theatre booked….

Peter Pan 360

If you decide to perform a grand musical in a circus then, then why not use the tent as much as you can for imagery and mindsetting…?

Three times the screensize of an Imax cinema……! And listen to the end: 2.7 million pounds in totall!!!

Any circus could easily install this with just some minor adjustments. Get things moving…..


LightConverse software offers real-time, photo-realistic 3D visualization of any type of show. Features include realistic-looking fixtures, photometric rays and gobo visualization, fixture constructor, video inputs, animated objects, animated fog, customizable 3D libraries. Software updates are free of charge for life. The realism and speed are the best in the industry.

Once you edit the whole show, with all the special effects in this one program, you can translate it to also one program that does it all for you. Not several people on several computers during the show… Just one program that arranges everything from lights to fire and mechanical movement.

Any theatre could use such a system. Create your own stage in it with all the standard lights. With just a few clicks you can help upcoming performing bands or school performances with state of the art effects. With just one click you can add a cool lightset to any performance.

Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku (初音ミク?) is a non existing female singer coming to live with a series of futuristic programs. During live shows her dancing is done live on the spot with the use of kinect technology, and her singing is created live with sounds from a keyboard using vocaloid.

Hatsune’s voice was created by taking vocal samples from the voice actress Saki Fujita at a controlled pitch and tone. These different samples all contained a single Japanese phonic which when strung together would create full words and eventually phrases. The pitch of the samples was to be altered by the synthesizer engine itself and was constructed into a keyboard style instrument within the Vocaloid 2 program.

But those lucky Asians can already buy all the techniques to create their own virtual live performances at home.

With a keyboard they can create songs. Sounds are song in by famous singers and can be bought on dvd’s. You can use these sounds to create words, and therefore songs, on the keyboard, or just add and edit them in the program. Then you can add music, also being able to do that on the keyboard as well. When your song is done you can create a virtual stage and your virtual singers. Connect you kinect to it and you can have your performers react on what you are doing. Virtual singers and dancers in a virtual world singing a virtual song…


Vocaloid (ボーカロイド Bōkaroido) is a singing synthesizer. Its signal processing part was developed through a joint research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain in 2000 and originally was not intended to be a full commercial project. Backed by the Yamaha Corporation it developed the software into the commercial product “Vocaloid”. The software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. To create a song, the user must input the melody and lyrics. A piano roll type interface is used to input the melody and the lyrics can be entered on each note. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations, add effects such as vibrato, or change the dynamics and tone of the voice. Each Vocaloid is sold as “a singer in a box” designed to act as a replacement for an actual singer.

Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands. The project is aimed at broadening the Xbox 360’s audience beyond its typical gamer base. Kinect competes with the Wii Remote Plus and PlayStation Move with PlayStation Eye motion controllers for the Wii and PlayStation 3 home consoles, respectively. A version for Windows was released on February 1, 2012.

Kinect was launched in North America on November 4, 2010,[3] in Europe on November 10, 2010, in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore on November 18, 2010, and in Japan on November 20, 2010. Purchase options for the sensor peripheral include a bundle with the game Kinect Adventures and console bundles with either a 4 GB or 250 GB Xbox 360 console and Kinect Adventures.

After selling a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days, the Kinect holds the Guinness World Record of being the “fastest selling consumer electronics device”. More than18 million units of the Kinect sensor had been shipped as of January 2012.

Augmented Reality theatre seats

theatre seats are already being equiped with sound, but where are the screens??


With touchscreens in every seat everyone can get aditional information during any show from those screens. You could choose from different close-ups, or extra info on the characters. It needs special lighting but further than that the technology is already there. theatres can add a virtual shop where people can see what drinks are available and with info about upcoming shows. Maybe even being able to book tickets right there and then in your theatre seat..


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