Focal Press Book: Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, & Electrical Distribution (Fourth Edition)

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Focal Press Book: Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, & Electrical Distribution (Fourth Edition)


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  • Author: Harry Box
  • 594 Pages
  • Published in 2009
  • Guide to Motion Picture Lighting
  • Onset Reference and Training Publication
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Comprehensive, detailed and practical, the fourth edition of the Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution from Focal Press is a friendly, hands-on manual covering the day-to-day practices, equipment, and tricks of the trade essential for anyone implementing motion picture lighting, including the lamp operator, rigging crew, gaffer, best boy, or director of photography. This handbook offers a wealth of practical technical information, useful techniques, as well as aesthetic discussions.

The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook focuses on what is important when working on-set: trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol, and safety. It describes tricks and techniques for operating a vast array of lighting equipment including LEDs, xenon lights, camera synchronous strobes, black lights, underwater units, lighting effects units, and many others. Since its first edition, this handy on-set reference continues to be widely adopted as an instruction manual by union training programs as well as top university film production curriculums.

About the Author: Harry C. Box has worked in television and motion picture production since 1989. Over the years he has performed substantial work as a lighting technician, gaffer, camera operator, director of photography, and as an educator. His recent credits include network and cable television series, such as Heroes (NBC), Brothers and Sisters (ABC), and Everybody Hates Chris (CW). He has worked on major motion pictures, independent feature films, telefilms, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and industrial productions.

New to the Fourth Edition
  • Detailed information on LED technology and gear
  • Harmonized with union safety and training procedures
  • All the latest and greatest DMX gadgets, including remote control systems
  • Details on how to use and troubleshoot many new and useful lights
  • New additions to the arsenal of electrical distribution equipment that make our sets safer and easier to power
  • More rigging tricks and techniques
  • The same friendly, easy to read style that made the original version of this book so popular
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  • Chapter 1 - Set Basics: Your First Barbecue
  • Chapter 2 - Preproduction Planning: Lighting Package, Expendables and Personal Tools
  • Chapter 3 - Light Fixtures:The Basic Tungsten Lighting Arsenal
  • Chapter 4 - Stands & Rigging
  • Chapter 5 - Lighting Objectives & Methods
  • Chapter 6 - Manipulating Light: Tools, Techniques, and the Behavior of Light
  • Chapter 7 - Electrician's Set Protocol
  • Chapter 8 - Light Fixtures: The HMI Arsenal
  • Chapter 9 - Fluorescent Lights
  • Chapter 10 - LED Lights
  • Chapter 11 - Lighting Control: Control Networks, Moving Lights, Advanced Devices, and Computer Applications in Lighting
  • Chapter 12 - Electricity
  • Chapter 13 - Distribution & Dimming Equipement
  • Chapter 14 - Working with Electrical Power
  • Chapter 15 - Electrical Rigging
  • Chapter 16 - Power Sources
  • Chapter 17 - Special Circumstances and Practices
  • Chapter 18 - Specialty Lighting Equipment

Appendix A: Photometric Calculations & Tables
Appendix B: Lamp Tables
Appendix C: Flicker-Free Frame Rates
Appendix D: Electrical Tables
Appendix E: IP & NEMA Equipment Ratings
Appendix F: Equipment Suppliers & Manufacturers
Appendix G: Lighting Equipment Order Checklist
Appendix H: Expendables Checklist
Appendix I: Gels & Diffusions


Subject Lighting Books and Tutorials
Author Harry Box
Edition 4th
Format Paperback
Pages 594
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number 9780240810751
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published August 2010
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2"
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