Magazine article American Cinematographer

DIY: The (Almost) Instant Diffusion Frame

Magazine article American Cinematographer

DIY: The (Almost) Instant Diffusion Frame

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While working on the book A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget, I spent hours perusing the aisles at my local hardware store, looking for ideas for inexpensive DIY grip gear. I was particularly excited to find a window-screen frame-replacement kit, which can be made to serve as an effective alternative to a traditional diffusion frame or net.

The kits come in different sizes that can be cut down to fit your specific window; I bought the largest one I could find and built it without cutting it, creating a 3'x3' square. Once the frame is assembled - a simple process of sliding-in corner joints and then attaching the sides - you can fit it with any kind of material that you desire. For a diffusion frame, I reached for a large cut of liner's silk, an inexpensive silklike material that comes in many different shades - bright white or off-white are most useful - and performs like a classic Hollywood silk but at a fraction of the price. …

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