5th Edition

Set Lighting Technician's Handbook Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution

By Harry C. Box Copyright 2020
    624 Pages 465 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    624 Pages 465 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A friendly, hands-on training manual and reference for lighting technicians in motion picture and television production, this handbook is the most comprehensive guide to set lighting available. It provides a unique combination of practical detail with a big-picture understanding of lighting, technology, safety, and professionalism, essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting.

    The fifth edition delves into every aspect of lighting and features vastly expanded sections on controlling LED lights, color science, lighting control systems, wireless systems, Ethernet-based control systems, battery power, and modern set protocol for productions small and large. With a generous number of original images, the book illustrates the use of soft light, the effect of lighting angles, and how the gaffer and DP build an effective lighting plan around the blocking of the actors. This encyclopedic volume of technical knowhow is tempered with years of practical experience and a much-needed sense of humor.

    This is the ideal text for professional lighting technicians across film and television including lighting directors, gaffers, DOPs, and rigging crews, as well as film and television production students studying lighting, camera techniques, film production, and cinematography.

    It includes a revamped companion website with supplementary resources, forms, checklists, and images.

    Chapter 1 Set Basics: Your First Barbecue

    Chapter 2 Preproduction Planning: the Package, Expendables, Personal Tools

    Chapter 3 Lighting Objectives

    Chapter 4 Lighting Strategies

    Chapter 5 Manipulating Light: Tools, Techniques, and the Behavior of Light

    Chapter 6 Color

    Chapter 7 LED Lights

    Chapter 8 Established Lighting Instruments

    Chapter 9 Operating HMI Lights

    Chapter 10 Stands and Rigging

    Chapter 11 Set Protocol

    Chapter 12 Lighting Control Networks

    Chapter 13 Electricity

    Chapter 14 Power Distribution Equipment

    Chapter 15 Dimming Equipment

    Chapter 16 Electrical Rigging

    Chapter 17 Working With Electrical Power

    Chapter 18 Power Sources

    Chapter 19 Special Circumstances and Practices

    Chapter 20 Specialty Lighting Equipment

    Chapter 21 LED Color Science and Technology

    Appendix A Photometric Calculation Tables

    Appendix B Lamp Tables

    Appendix C Flicker-free Frame Rates

    Appendix D Electrical Tables

    Appendix E IP and NEMA Equipment Ratings

    Appendix F Equipment Suppliers and Manufacturers

    Appendix G Gels and Diffusions

    Appendix H LED Lights



    Harry C. Box has worked in the motion picture and television industry since 1987 with significant experience as a lighting technician and gaffer and later as a camera operator. Harry also works for the industry trade association ESTA focusing on issues relevant to the motion picture/television market.