Friday, April 28, 2006

Super Mario Brothers, as a Black Light puppet show

This video impressed many at the special FX company I work for. Most of us recognized the entire level of the classic Nintendo game, Super Mario Bros., performed live using bright objects held by people wearing black. This sort of theatre can be seen in Prague and other places, and as Andrew pointed out below, the objects are often painted with UV paint and the light is a black light, enhancing the illusion of inanimate objects moving or disappearing.

Nice to see blacklight Black Light Theatre finally reach the masses!

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posted by Brian at 10:29 AM


Blogger Andrew said...

Very cool video! Although I this isn't technically blacklight, more like "Black Theatre". They both work the same way, but there does not appear to be UV light utilized here since none of the signs glow.

Thanks for sharing!

April 29, 2006  
Blogger Brian said...

Hmm, yes. I tried to find the correct terminology here. I've seen "Black Light Theatre" and "Black Theatre," though I didn't pick the latter because of its confusion with African-inspired Theatre. Heh. Would have been cool if they'd used UV light though, eh?

April 29, 2006  
Blogger Sean Johnson said...

That is great. I love that they worked in so many of the classic scenes and classic moves.

April 30, 2006  

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