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TRANSLITE

Bag hanging from overhead chains.
A WHITE BACK TRANSLITE IN STORAGE. WRAPPED IN PROTECTIVE PLASTIC IT IS HUNG FROM THE HEAVENS
Three large transparencies on frames.
WHITE BACK TRANSLITES MOUNTED ON WHEELED FRAMES FOR EASY POSITIONING

`11/3/2 Supernatural (TV Series)

A translite is a huge transparency or slide that hangs behind a scene to make it look like it is in a location other than where it really is. Ie: A set in a stage may have a translite of fields and stream to give the viewer the impression the setting is out doors.

There are 3 types of translite, transparent, opaque, and semi opaque.

When we think of a transparency (commonly called a slide) we think of 2 by 2 inches. Translite transparencies are 20 by 20 feet, give or take, but work the same way. A bright light is projected on the rear of the slide so we can see the picture.

An opaque translite has a white background so the light can not come through and has to be lit from the front.

A semi transparent translite is two identical transparencies glued together with a dot matrix in between. This allows a small amount of light to come through from the rear giving a sense of night time. Or it can be lit from the front giving a day time effect.

For a description of how these are made see the article in Wikipedia.

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