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

The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution
Your Price: $74.25 CDN
Author: Harry C. Box
Publisher: Focal Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 593
Pub. Date: 2010
Edition: 4th
ISBN-10: 0240810759
ISBN-13: 9780240810751

About the Book:

Comprehensive. Detailed. Practical. This indispensable 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.

The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook is a friendly, hands-on manual covering lighting and rigging equipment, day-to-day practises, and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture lighting.

The Set Lighting Technician's Handbook delves into every aspect of lighting: from lighting design decisions to set protocol and teamwork, from rigging safety to equipment troubleshooting, and basic electricity to advanced electrical systems planning. Whether you're a Lamp Operator, Best Boy, Rigger, Gaffer, Videographer, or Director of Photography, this trusted, longtime industry favourite covers what's important on set.

Reflects all the current industry safety standards, guidelines, practises and codes. New to the expanded 4th edition: more 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.

What people say:

"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, Groundhog 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 for Filmcrew Magazine

"Harry Box's Set Lighting Technician's Handbook is a gold mine of information about safety, lighting and studio procedures." — Ron Dexter , ASC

"There are charts and lists galore. In fact, the book's great virtues are its clarity and its comprehensiveness." — W.A. Vincent for Choice

"Box's book is a romp in the playground of everyday movie magic… the gadgets, their monikers, and the puzzle masters that bring meaning to vanity and career success are explored within the Set Lighting Technician's Handbook." — Mike Dilley for Take 1

"In plain language, Box discusses day-to-day practice on the set, current equipment in use and extensive tricks of the trade useful to everybody from the director of photography to the gaffer, rigging crew, best boy and lamp operator…. Box thoroughly demystifies the world of film lighting." — Ray Zone for American Cinematographer Magazine

"Having worked in motion picture lighting since 1978 and a Gaffer for 10 years, I can appreciate that [Box] took an approach which can be understood by anyone in the industry… As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive book written about motion picture set lighting, …covering over 90% of what a set lighting technician actually does when he goes to work." — Russ Caldwell, gaffer

"The language of the book is clear and utilizes a style that assists the reader to assimilate the information into work practices. The appendices are an excellent compilation and I know they are unique to the SLTH. One would have to go to several other lighting and camera books, the National Electric Code Guidebook, and manufacturers' data sheets to look up the same information that has been included by this author." — Michael Gallart, gaffer, rigging gaffer, and best boy

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 Chris (CW). He has worked on major motion pictures, independent feature films, telefilms, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and industrials.