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About: Video guru- Mark Apsolon is a man on a mission to show everyone that is interested in doing video production and film making how to do it on a budget. He has done everything from green screen chromakey to t...

In this episode of Video tips and trick Mark discuss how to build home made barn door for a work light. They can be used for lighting your green screen chromakey (green screen or blue screen) backdrop or lighting your subject for a film or video. Its another fun build on Mark Apsolon's video tips and tricks.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great light Mod Mark. A little crude but thats the world of video/photography on a budget.. Keep up the great work.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Rather than actually going to all the work, time and cost of building barndoors for a work light, you could just use some black wrap (also called black foil).  A 50 ft. roll costs less than $25.  It will work just as well as your barndoors, while being lighter, taking only a minute to install and costing less than half as much.  Black wrap is also more rigid than the lightweight aluminum you discuss.  Another benefit of black wrap is that it is malleable and can be shaped into a greater variety of positions than barndoors.  If you aren't overly rough with the black wrap, it is 100% reusable.  It can also be completely removed from the light for increased portability.

    You also mention your barndoors will make your lights look more professional.  First of all, it's not the tools you use, but the results you get that make you look professional (Academy award-nominated Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC used strings of Christmas lights taped to a pizza box to create a fire effect in "Lust, Caution").  Second, if you're concerned about "looking professional," if you're using work lights, not even putting barndoors on them will make you look "more professional."  You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.  Fortunately, for the image-conscious videomakers out there, black wrap is a professional filmmaking tool and can be found literally on every professional film and TV production.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work Mark, a real class way of giving the worklights a make over.