I am working on a low budget short film and I am looking for a portable lighting kit that that has at least a fill, back, and key light as well as reflectors and diffusers (if possible). My budget is under $200 - maybe $250 max. I am hoping to use the kit for the coming 3 years as I am still in school, so a durable kit would also be a plus. Thanks for your help!
Shop used is my first and best advice. A lot of people are dumping their perfectly good halogen-based kits and upgrading to LED or Flo- based lighting. A used Lowel kit Will hold value and out-last your career, if you halfway take care of it. And you'll save money for the accessories you need.