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

Harry Box
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August 2, 2010 0240810759 978-0240810751 4

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

www.focalpress.com/cw/box-9780240810751


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"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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"Harry has taken the mystery out of set lighting for the beginner or pro. Current and includes the most up-to-date tricks of the trade. A book written by a pro who loves and respects his craft and is selfless in sharing information." Mike G. Moyer, gaffer, Steel Magnolias, In the Line of Fire, Ground Hog Day

"Box's style is reminiscent of an old buddy showing his best friend the ropes& perhaps the most easily read technical handbook to date& the broadest in scope and coverage, yet carefully covers the essential details." Seth Greenspan, Filmcrew Magazine

The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook is a friendly, hands-on manual covering lighting and rigging equipment, day-to-day practices and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting. The book delves into every aspect of lighting: from lighting design decisions to set protocol and teamwork; from rigging safety to equipment troubleshooting; from basic electricity to advanced electrical systems planning. Whether you re a lamp operator, best boy, rigger, gaffer, or director of photography, this trusted, long time industry favorite covers what's important on set.

New to the expanded Fourth Edition:

    * Expanded coverage of LED lights, lighting control networks, computer applications in lighting, advanced automated and digital lighting devices, creating effects with ellipsoidal spotlights, wet locations and GFCI protection, rigging, dimmer systems, modern battery technology, small generators and much more

      *Reflects all the current industry safety standards, guidelines, practices, and codes

        *Companion website offers exclusive content, including tables, illustrations, articles, historical information, and more. Please see http://booksite.focalpress.com/box/setlighting

          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.


          Product Details

          • Paperback: 615 pages
          • Publisher: Focal Press; 4 edition (August 2, 2010)
          • Language: English
          • ISBN-10: 0240810759
          • ISBN-13: 978-0240810751
          • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
          • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
          • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
          • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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          5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
          5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have Lighting book March 23, 2011
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          I also have the Lighting for Digital Video and Television, Third Edition book (also a Focal Press release), which seemed more like a book geared more towards students; I was hoping for something a little more professional and this book is exactly what I was looking for focusing on lighting. It is very descriptive and technical from what each lighting crew is responsible and the equipments. It is also helpful explaining in detail of how a cinematographer decides on the lighting and the necessary involvement of the crews for each other; not just a simple generic description of it.

          It is like the The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age, but focused all on lighting. I can see that this book won't just benefit filmmakers/gaffers but anyone interested in electrical components.

          I definitely recommend for anyone interested in filmmaking/gaffer/cinematographer. This is a must-have for lighting. I really wish I had this book sooner when I had to be the cinematographer for a Super 16mm student short film.
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          5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
          5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for ETCP Electrical Test September 18, 2010
          Format:Paperback
          Although this book is basically about Motion Picture production, the later electrical chapters are a must read to study for the ETCP Electrical Certification Test. Break-a-leg.
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          1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
          5.0 out of 5 stars Even amateurs learn a lot! February 26, 2013
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          This book is a professional guide to set lighting, but you'd be amazed how many DECORATING tips and ideas I got by reading it! The lighting tips are amazing, but the book also has lighting equipment reviews, so you know exactly what lighting does what. I used the info to create perfect accent lighting around our home that is so natural and impressive, guests think I had a pro do it. Really, if you want to understand lighting, this is the book!
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          1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
          3.0 out of 5 stars If it contained real page numbers, would be great! January 16, 2013
          By GGBooks
          Format:Kindle Edition
          This is a thorough and well-written book. The kindle edition does not contain real page numbers, which makes it extremely hard to reference information or to discuss the book with other readers.
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          1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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          Harry Box's fantastic single volume textbook is now in its Fourth Edition,
          with lots of updates and new practices for the professional stage
          electrician. Even if you don't want to join IATSE or work in Hollywierd,
          this book will further your education into how film sets are lit, and what
          the best practices for safety, electrical distribution, and quality
          performance are.

          Part of my job as a content creator is to keep up with the "how to" not just
          the "here write this script" part. This book will help me do that, in a very
          big way.

          If you are a professional stage or soundstage electrician, you need to buy
          this book.

          If you are a film buff, and want to find out how those effects you like so
          well are done, you need to buy this book.

          Walt Boyes
          Editor in Chief
          Control and ControlGlobal.com
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          1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
          5.0 out of 5 stars Very pro, very technical. March 22, 2011
          Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
          Ever walk by a movie set and wonder exactly what all of the piles of equipment are used for? Harry's looking out for ya.

          This book is an extremely well laid out, exhaustive guide for basically everything you need to know to prepare to shoot professionally. Not only does it demystify the often egotistical, obfuscating world of lighting and cinematography, but it does it with grace and style. This is the fourth edition of the book, which was originally published in the early '90s.

          Just to be clear, this is a technical guide for aspiring pros by a pro, focusing on serious, well-budgetted productions. There is little discussion of lighting aesthetics. So, while it is excellent, it might be overkill for your needs.

          Yet to his credit, Harry Box is such a clear and concise writer that he has made most of the material interesting and applicable to even people who are considering wading into deeper waters. For instance, preproduction planning is covered extremely well, and it should help clarify any thoughts you have in deciding upon the scale and variety of equipment to employ on a shoot.
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          1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
          5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't ask for more, packed with information March 5, 2011
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          From the product description area;

          "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"

          Many times you take a general product description with a grain of salt.... I see no way to improve on the above statement, what a pleasure that is.

          While there are a couple of short chapters on how to light a scene, this is not a book for that part of the process.

          This book covers the nuts and bolts, nitty gritty end of things that you need to know to be able to have what is needed on the set/stage before anyone can even begin to light a scene, right down to how to tie the proper knots in a rope to safely hold cables and fixtures in place etc.

          Information on the various pieces of equipment, down to the titles and jobs of the people you would be working with and depending on.

          I could not believe how much information is in this 592 page book, will take some time to get through all the chapters and pages, but look forward to every one and the knowledge they hold.

          Would like to say, even if you don't plan on using the information in your work, if you have interest, you will finally know what all those people do you see listed in the movie credits 8-) And soon be spotting what they used and how they lighted your favorite movie scenes.

          Tremendous book, well written and understandable, could be used as a text book in lighting school, and/or as a complete quick reference for needed information on the job.
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          Most Recent Customer Reviews
          5.0 out of 5 stars THE book you need buy if you have any interest in professional...
          A spectacular resource... Had I bought this book right off the bat 3 years ago, my film-making experience would have been exponentially greater than it is now. Highly recommended
          Published 4 days ago by Lucas M.
          5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
          Everything you have to know about lighting and more. Very we'll written book, detailed and at the same time creative
          Published 11 days ago by Katy M.
          5.0 out of 5 stars what you need to study
          most up to date book you need for the field .. study this and it will help pass your electrical test
          Published 4 months ago by Joseph C.
          5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
          This is a must have book. This book alone won't teach you everything you need to know about film and television lighting. Read more
          Published 5 months ago by Nicholas A Rains
          5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
          I learn more from this book than I do in film school. If you're interested in lighting for film and digital, this is a must have.
          Published 6 months ago by klee
          5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Film Crew
          I ordered this for my son, a filmmaking student. He says that it is incredibly informative to anyone planning on working in the grip or electric departments of a film set.
          Published 7 months ago by Mary Note Law
          5.0 out of 5 stars The best set lighting technical book out there.
          The text book for learning the basics of working on a motion picture lighting crew.
          The best set lighting technical book out there.
          Published 7 months ago by Prairie Soul
          5.0 out of 5 stars Electrician's Bible!
          There is no better book for learning the ins and outs of electrical rigging. This is - literally - a lifesaver.
          Published 10 months ago by Audrey Goldfarb
          5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent.
          The book arrived in a timely fashion, just in time for school. This book is very informative, and I recommend this book to future lampies.
          Published 11 months ago by Eric Pickett
          5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - An essential reference guide for the library.
          This book covers so much detail of the lighting aspect of film that it's no wonder most refer to it as the must have 'bible' for filmmakers. Read more
          Published 14 months ago by finaldraft151
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