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  • Paperback: 615 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4 edition (Aug. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810751
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,466 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

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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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Da Silva on Aug. 28 2013
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This book is definitely the best primer I've found so far about film and video lighting.

It contains all of the technical information you could ever need, organized into handy tables and appendices. Portions of this book are definitely not for beginners!

That being said, however, it also contains a great background section about all of the roles, methods and equipment used in the lighting department.

Wonderful book for novices and professionals alike!
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Very informative, a must for anyone looking for comprehensive knowledge of this field and the perfect guide for techs working there already
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Top Marks for the Handiest reference book on lighting ever!
Highly Recommended and Essential guide to Film and TV lighting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must-have Lighting book March 23 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must read for ETCP Electrical Test Sept. 18 2010
By Gary J. Sleeman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BEST BOOK ON THE TOPIC I HAVE READ Feb. 19 2011
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Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Fourth Edition: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution

As any one who as read my reviews before knows I am into film making and love reading books on the subject. So when I was given the chance to learn more about the lighting process and read this book I jumped all over it. I had a decent amount of knowledge on lighting before but one can always learn more. So when this arrived in the mail I was ready to get to reading.

This is with out a doubt the best book I have read on lighting giving you everything you could ever want to know about it. From the equipment and what is best used for what all the way to how to use it. And the little intricacies that you wouldn't even think of are here. The book is easy to read to but like some of the other reviews have said you may not understand everything at first. That is fine, just keep reading and learning, because there was stuff here I had to reread.

Now this book does focus on film lighting mainly but trust me it will help in any setting and form of entertainment of photo shoot. Harry Box did an excellent job with this book going into every technical breakdown but he makes it an easy read. Also I must say that he even covers lighting techniques that you may have never even thought about. I will not give them away but I am sure when you read it you will know what I am talking about. I do recommend this book as it is the best on the subject I have ever read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly Good Feb. 22 2011
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I'm studying directing in San Francisco. Instructor was adamant that this book will serve more that its purpose for my lighting class. I want to write and maybe direct if the opportunity presents itself. The first few chapters will enhance anyone's confidence about the structure of a set. It is also useful for lighting setups in any household. (The previous/older edition costs more than this! Do you need anymore proof?) I will update later in the semester if the chapters drop-off in later chapters, but I'm half way through and feel that I will keep the book even after I graduate as my instructor suggested.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wealth of information. Oct. 4 2010
By Jonathan Pav - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book based on other reviews that I read on Amazon; I'm glad I did because it's exactly what I was looking for.

I've read other books on this subject; they were OK, but they tended to focus on the same indoor and studio lighting situations. This book goes into every professional film lighting situation that you're likely to encounter, with relevant historical and real world anecdotes along the way.

I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a comprehensive guide, reference and generally an interesting and informative text.


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