Set Lighting Technician's Handbook

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

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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:
* More coverage of the aesthetics of lighting* Detailed information on LED technology and gear* Material is harmonized with industry safety and skills training curriculum* More coverage than ever before about setting up and running DMX512 networks and DMX512 enabled devices, including wireless DMX512 networks* Completely revised and updated sections of HMIs, tungsten light fixtures, and fluorescent technologies* Additional information on dealing with current harmonics, working with portable generators.* New section on using 480V power* In addition to previsualization software, new material provides a primer on creating professional light plots and using computer aided design software* New additions to the arsenal of electrical distribution equipment that make our sets safer and easier to power* More rigging tricks and techniques* Written in the same friendly, easy-to-read style that has made this book so popular* Companion Web site contains exclusive articles written by the author, illustrations, and an indispensable resource center with key industry links. Please visit
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Product details

  • Paperback | 594 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 1,224.69g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Focal Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 140 Line drawings, black and white; 16 Halftones, color; 45 Halftones, black and white; 25 Tables, black and white
  • 0240810759
  • 9780240810751
  • 139,916

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Set Basics: Your First Barbecue
Chapter 2 Preproduction Planning: Lighting Package, Expendables and Personal Tools
Chapter 3 Light Fixtures: The Basic Tungsten Arsenal
Chapter 4 Stands and Rigging
Chapter 5 Lighting Objectives and Methods
Chapter 6 Manipulating Light: Tools Techniques and the Behavior of Light
Chapter 7 Electrician's Set Protocol
Chapter 8 Metal Halide Arc Lights -- HMI
Chapter 9 Fluorescent Lights
Chapter 10 LED Lights
Chapter 11 DMX and Networks
Chapter 12 Lighting Control Programmer: Control, Moving Lights and Computer Aided Lighting
Chapter 13 Electricity
Chapter 14 Electrical Codes and Standards
Chapter 15 Distribution and Dimming Equipment
Chapter 16 Rigging
Chapter 17 Aerial Lifts
Chapter 18 Power Sources
Chapter 19 Special Circumstances and Practices
Chapter 20 Specialty Lighting
Chapter 21 The Work World
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Review quote

"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
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About Harry C. Box

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.
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