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Is a 20' Speedrail possible? Alternative?


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#1 Christopher Wedding

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:25 AM

Well, I''m back against a wall, literally. I need to get some back lights behind the talent and they are and eight piece band that's on a stage against a wall practically. They fill this 4x20 ft stage pretty well, and there is nothing to rig to above them *not to mention only a few feet. My only thought is to run a speedrail above them, but I'm not sure if there is one that long (not that I couldn't make it) but also the safety involved.

I'm shooting on 7277, 320T around an F4 and I think a few small units (150-300W) will give me some nice separation. But I need to rig them to something. Maybe a side of a 20x Frame?

Anyone have any thoughtsexperience/tips/horror stories?

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#2 ChrisConnelly

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:14 PM

Speedrail does come in 20' lengths, you could always just goalpost the speedrail with two stands and big bens or speedrail ears on either side of the stage if you just need something to rig a small light or two from.
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#3 Michael Collier

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 02:27 AM

If you wanted to do it quick and cheap, you could get some 4x8 collapsible reflectors and mount them to a 4x20 homebuilt pvc overhead frame. Then 4 lightstands can prop it up above the set, and you can place your lights behind the set, maybe behind a speaker or something. This would aliviate saftey concerns, because the whole unit will be lighter than several 300w heads on a speedrail, and there is no electricty involved in the overhead. If you wanted a soft backlight, that would do it for about 20 bucks and whats on the grip truck.
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#4 Michael Nash

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 03:01 AM

20' of PVC is gonna sag like a hammock...
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