How To Build A Soft Box


IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is Part 6 of a 22 part series that takes you on a journey from Script to Screen.  Every nuances is discussed in detail from the first scout with the director, the tech scout, the pre-rig, the blocking, rehearsals to the final angle composed, lit and shot.

This lesson is all about understanding how to build your soft box that is a mix of some carpentry, foam core and screws.  I have been building soft boxes my whole career.  It is a way to funnel light from above that is as controlled as you want it by boxing in the source.  Specifically with this application we are using it to mimic the practical chandelier that is in the dining room table area.   This source has a huge part to play in our scene because this source will take us through late afternoon light as a warm fill light, then transition into the main key light at dusk and with some more contrast added create a very volatile emotion with dark set eyes and moody undertones.

Chris Pilarski 26 days ago

Shane, this was awesome. Thank you so much.

AdamJamesTaylor 26 days ago

This is a great one!

cameracamera 12 days ago

If you were to use a soft box for a dining scene, would you typically make it just a bit smaller than the table itself? At what point does it begin to get toppy?

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    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    12 days ago

      @cameracamera Hi Cameracamera, Yes, you make it smaller than the table itself, you do not want the soft box to get over the head of the people sitting at it, this will create that skull eye effect. Here is a good tutorial on toplight,

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cameracamera 12 days ago

Love the DIY lessons.