Set Lighting Technician's Handbook
Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution
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Harry C. Box has worked in television and motion picture production since 1989. Over the years he has done 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 industrials.
Comprehensive. Detailed. Practical. Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Fourth Edition, is a friendly, hands-on manual covering the day-to-day practices, equipment, and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing 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, xenons, 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 a training and reference manual by union training programs as well as top university film production programs.
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
* Many new and useful lights and how to use them and troubleshoot them.
* 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 has made this book so popular.
Taylor and Francis
; May 2013
615 pages; ISBN 9781136046575Read online
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Title: Set Lighting Technician's Handbook
Author: Harry Box
1 Set Basics: Your First Barbecue; 2 Preproduction Planning: Lighting Package, Expendables and Personal Tools; 3 Tungsten Lighting Arsenal; 4 HMI Lighting Arsenal; 5 Fluorescent Lighting; 6 Stands and Rigging Hardware; 7 Lighting Objectives and Methods; 8 Manipulating Light: Tools, Techniques and the Behavior of Light; 9 Electrician's Set Protocol; 10 Specialty Lighting; 11 Electricity; 12 Electrical Distribution Equipment; 13 Power Sources; 14 The Work World; Appendices and Glossary
In the press
"In plain language, Box discusses day-to-day practice on the set, current equipment in use and extensive tricks of teh trade useful to everybody from the director of photography to the gaffer, rigging crew, best boy and lamp operator....Box thoroughly demystifies the world of film lighting."
- Ray Zone, American Cinematographer Magazine
"The language of the book is clear and utilizes a style that assists the reader to assimilate the information into work practices. The appendices are an excellent compilation and I know they are unique to the SLTH. One would have to go to several other lighting and camera books, the National Electric Code Guidebook, and manufacturers' data sheets to look up the same information that has been included by this author"--Michael Gallart, gaffer, rigging gaffer, and best boy
"Harry Box's Set Lighting Technician's Handbook (Focal Press) is a gold mine of information about safety, lighting and studio procedures." - Ron Dexter, ASC
"There are charts and lists galore. In fact, the book's great virtues are its clarity and its comprehensiveness." - W.A. Vincent for Choice
"Box's book is a romp in the playground of everyday movie magic...the gadgets, their monikers, and the puzzle masters that bring meaning to vanity and career success are explored within the Set Lighting Technician's Handbook." - Mike Dilley, Take 1
"Having worked in motion picture lighting since 1978 and a Gaffer for 10 years, I can appreciate that [Box] took an approach which can be understood by anyone in the industry...As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive book written about motion picture set lighting, ...covering over 90% of what a set lighting technician actually does when he goes to work."--Russ Caldwell, gaffer
"Anyone looking to learn the art of film and TV could do a lot worse than read this book." - Lighting & Sound