Magazine article American Cinematographer

DIY the Pie-Pan Leko Gobo

Magazine article American Cinematographer

DIY the Pie-Pan Leko Gobo

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Last month we talked about ellipsoidal refledor spotlight (ERS) fixtures, aka "Lekos." One feature of an ERS is that it can accept a metallic gobo in a holder in the body of the fixture so that it will projed a pattern of light. Companies such as Rosco and its GAM Products division manufadure these templates in nearly any shape and pattern you can imagine. But that isn't the only way to get what you're looking for. A do-it-yourself technique that I've employed many times is to create my own gobo using just a few simple tools that should be readily available at your local grocery store.

This projed starts with an aluminum pie pan. These typically come in 8" rounds and are a fairly thick aluminum. Although the sides are often crimped and textured, the base is usually fairly flat - and it's the base that will be of use to us.

Using a pair of heavy scissors, tin snips, a box cutter or an X-Ado knife, cut the circular base away from its sides. Slip the base into the Leko's gobo holder and trace around the opening with a Sharpie; then, trace around the whole holder. Pull the pan base out of the holder.

Now, using that area within the traced circumference of the opening as the canvas for the gobo design, draw out whatever shape or pattern you have in mind: clouds, a window pane, tree branches, stars - anything. …

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