I've recently been given a load of theatre floods, i'm guessing which were usually used for lighting backdrops... essentially, i've got 18x 500w theatre floods, and am trying to find a use for them.
So far i've been using my redheads, with diff and if neccessary ctb for overall soft light but losing a lot of light in the process, then my arri's for any additional key, backlight etc... but i've been thinking about rebuilding the theatre floods into large soft banks of about 3Kw each (which as far as i know is the maximum output of any UK household mains).
Does anyone have any suggestions on how i could maybe go about doing this? I'd like to get rid of the outer metal housings and mount 6 of them per frankenstein creation on some sort of metal bracket, just to keep the weight down, but am really unsure as to where to even begin. As well as this, is there any solid material that i could use as permanent diffusion, but thats A... not going to cut too much light (damn you M2!), and B... not going to burn, and how far away would this need to be from the bulbs themselves so as not to burn the diffusion itself.
I think these softbanks are my plan at the moment, so if anyone has any ideas or suggestions its very much appreciated... in fact, if anyone has any better ideas for these lights use, then thats extra appreciated.
People of cinematography.com... please help me put these things to good use... in fact anything so i can take them out from under my bed. Thats where old clothes are meant to go!
Edited by Ollie Bartlett, 16 January 2008 - 09:04 PM.