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

Harry Box
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Book Description

2 Aug 2010

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4 edition (2 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810751
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless 2 Jan 2014
By C. Long
Format:Paperback
This is probably the most comprehensive book I've read on film and television lighting. I work as a DoP and gaffer and although the book only arrived today, I can see this fast becoming a great resource. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the practical use of set lighting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great 12 Dec 2013
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I've had previous editions of this book and like to pass on the old one when I upgrade. This, the 4th edition is presented extremely well, is bang up to date and is indispensable. The best thing about this book is the lack of an opinion which plagues a lot of cinematography books, this is simply the tools, how they work, why you would use them and that's it. You apply your current project needs to this information and develop your own technique.

Great book as always!
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5.0 out of 5 stars with a wealth of useful information on equipment 11 Sep 2014
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This is a thorough, detailed and comprehensive handbook, with a wealth of useful information on equipment, techniques, and practices. A great source of insight and inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have Lighting book 23 Mar 2011
By Kiyo M. - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for ETCP Electrical Test 18 Sep 2010
By Gary J. Sleeman - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Even amateurs learn a lot! 27 Feb 2013
By Getitright - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set and Stage Electricians, Theatre Techies and Film Buffs Should Buy This Book 10 May 2011
By Walt Boyes - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pro, very technical. 23 Mar 2011
By C.J. Hustwick - Published on Amazon.com
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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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