Deadline: October 8th. That’s SHOWTIME. However, if I miss this, it just means I get until the next show to do this.
There is a blackout between scenes, it’s about 20 seconds. It goes from a rather boring scene to a carnival type scene. We’ve had a guy doing poi juggling, who I think will be back. He uses these LED sticks which are cool. To bring more color, I want to improve my skills to a point where I can do some 5A stuff, maybe 4A later on, but for now, the objective is 5A with a fail-over to 1A. Of course, I need to improve my skills a LOT between now and then. To do this, I will need to come from the master control position(sound console, monitoring equipment, playback and more, in fact I AM the show’s tech god) to the stage for this little scene to add more color to the blackout, then exit back to my cramped quarters.
What I am wanting to do is the following:
I want to select a yoyo that will be well suited for 5A play, but not only that, 5A in the dark. This means I want to add a lighting system to the yoyo, In addition, I would love it if I could obtain glowing strings and a light-up ball-shaped counterweight that will change colors like the Shinwoo light.
If I have to be stuck with one LED color, I would choose blue because it goes with something important to the performance. If any of you are fans of Repo! The Genetic Opera, then you’ll know I’m going for a Zydrate blue theme in that case.
Cost is a secondary factor, just something to deal with. About the only restrictions are that I want to go plastic because I think it will work better with a pair of Shinwoo LED lighting kits. Not sure if I should go clear or white plastic, or maybe I should go with a polished metal.
Brand isn’t important. Again, cost isn’t the main issue. Just an issue to factor in and budget for. I’m not brand loyal. And ideally, I’d like to obtain as much of the products I will use from YYE. Even though this is mainly for just ONE show that I do several times a year, I might also use it at other dark events I run. And no, I don’t have a current yoyo that I want to modify with the exception of a white Duncan Freehand that I purchased with the idea of doing this modification to, assuming I get to it. But I’m not opposed to going all new items currently not in my possession. This will be a “purpose built” item.
One last note:
Someone suggested blacklights for helping see the string. While blacklight is an option that is available, that’s reserved for a scene. But even so, I’m sweating like a pig setting up lots of heavy gear under pressure and I’m gonna sweat through my shirt. Even changing my shirt is risky. And the sweat that might get into my hat or falls onto my shorts… no, too many places to have a distraction. Yeah, shows are messy when you’re a production company.
Also, I’m not afraid to do the work myself, but if the fees are reasonable, I’d have someone else do it and ship me the finished product. I don’t mind DIY, but sometimes it can get hectic around here.
Any and ALL suggestions will be considered. Chances are I’ll have to do this all again with a 4A yoyo next year.
In all honesty, I’m also a newbie. Chances are I’ll suck too hard to be able to do this by October. STILL, if I practice hard enough, who knows what I can achieve. Worse case is “no, sit down, you suck” or I compromise with whatever 1A stuff I can do.