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Vince Becquiot
Lighting / booth grid with C-stands
on Jun 5, 2009 at 8:53:06 pm

Could someone recommend a system that could work for us.

Since we have a load of 8' c-stand and the sand bags to go with them, I've been thinking of a safe / affordable way to build a lighting grid, as well as a sound booth for location work.

We are only talking about 10 lights max all around (likely arri 1/2k and kinos), 4 pipes all around and one more above center.

Any recommendations on piping and clamps?

Thanks,



Vince Becquiot

Kaptis Studios
San Francisco - Bay Area


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Mark Suszko
Re: Lighting / booth grid with C-stands
on Jun 7, 2009 at 7:42:46 pm

This may or may not help, but I am a huge fan of the Manfrotto Auto-Poles. These work vertically or horizontally, and you can add extensions to make the span a greater distance. In my youth, we used them extensively to throw up an "instant light grid" near the ceiling of a room without needing any light stands. Moreover, we could assemble our instruments on the floor, then lift the pole into place and lock it in. The things have a down side in that they don't hold as much weight as a truss or a DJ's lighting tree. but they are inexpensive and versatile, for all of that. We would hang maybe up to five Lowels on one sometimes.


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JB Letchinger
Re: Lighting / booth grid with C-stands
on Aug 23, 2009 at 5:37:39 am

sound on location - VO... get some furniture pads and throw them over the C stands, with the arms at 90 degrees to the stands... add some grip clips... you can put these on 3 sides or so of the talent...

as far as a grid... I'd refer you to the Gripping forum on the cinematographer.com board...
http://www.cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=40843
and this thread in particular
http://www.cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=40221
basically just buy or scavenge semi-lightweight pipe and bolt it to the girders in your ceilings... use hardware - not rope.
autopoles are a bit pricey and C stands are not meant for this, will be unsafe, just get in your way, and be better used elsewhere.

JB


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