4x4-frame

 

Controlling light is one of your biggest challenges and responsibilities, as a cinematographer. Scrims, Butterflies, diffusers, Sunbounce, or whatever you want to call them, can be the difference between an award-winning shot and a dull underexposed, or over-exposed, blown-out shot. The great thing about these things is how versatile they are. They can hold a light diffusing silk in one shot, softening the light for a beauty shot, and hold a black flag, to block out unwanted light, on the next shot.

Thanks to Ryan Walters for this great DIY project !! – original article can be found here

4×4 frames can be a great tool to help you shape light, however they can be cumbersome to transport when space is at a premium. Add to that the additional cost of buying a 4×4 break away frame, and you might opt to forgo the 4×4 frame all together. In this post I show you how to build your own frame that will get you 90% of the way there for about 1/3 of the price. Read on for links to everything you need to make this project happen.

 

 



See The Frame In Use On Set:
Lighting Alchemy: Behind The Scenes of Working From Home


The Real Thing:

Matthews Break-A-Part Frame ($123)
Matthews Main Site
Nothing beats the real thing. If you have the cash, just spend the money and buy the frame – it’s a solid investment.
The Parts List: ($50 – $58*)
(4x) Quick Frame Tube [48.25″ long – Part Number: 9000 N] $5 – $6 each on Ebay*. ($20 – $24 total)
(4x) Quick Frame 2 Way Connector [Black Elbow – Part Number: 9220 N] $2 – $3 each on Ebay*. ($8 – $12)
– See below for a parts list for an 8×8 Frame
*As with anything on Ebay, prices are subject to change, and the parts may not always be available. If you can’t find the parts on ebay, you can also buy direct from 80/20 through the main site.)
Accessories / Rags:
4×4 Rags
The Tool List:
Hacksaw
Gorilla Glue
Hammer
Tape Measure
Sharpie
8×8 Frame Parts List**: ($100 – $116*)
(8x) Quick Frame Tube [48.25″ long – Part Number: 9000 N] $5 – $6 each on Ebay*. ($40 – $48 total)
(4x) Quick Frame 2 Way Connector [Black Elbow – Part Number: 9220 N] $2 – $3 each on Ebay*. ($8 – $12)
(4x) Quick Frame Butt Connector [Black Elbow – Part Number: 9215 N] $2 – $3 each on Ebay*. ($8 – $12)
 
*As with anything on Ebay, prices are subject to change, and the parts may not always be available. If you can’t find the parts on ebay, you can also buy direct from 80/20 through the main site.)
 
** I DO NOT recommend building anything larger then an 8×8 frame using this method. If you need a larger frame, rent or buy the real thing. If you build anything larger then an 8×8 frame, there is a good possibility that it will not be structurally safe.
 
Until Next Time, Get Out There And Shoot!
Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer

original article can be found here

 




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