Big thanks to Robert DeLapp, who’s been kind enough to pass along a bunch of great stories and details about the special effects on Laboratory. As the Director of Special Effects at Landmark Entertainment Group during the mid-80’s, Robert coordinated all of the amazing magical effects that made this show so special.
A few highlights from our conversations:
- Typically one company (vendor) is chosen to handle all of the special effects, but Robert took a “divide and conquer” approach, awarding effects contracts to numerous vendors based on their strengths and estimates.
- A custom fog chiller, nicknamed the “Blue Whale,” lived in the basement of the show building (roughly under the cauldron) and provided all of the fog effects on Laboratory.
- The suit of armor effect was incredibly complex, featuring an internally-lit gold suit, covered by a translucent silver shell, and featuring intricate fiber optics throughout.
Visit the Effects page for all of Robert’s great additions and stories.