SIC Preview: Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light
- July 11, 2012
- Shane Hurlbut, ASC
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You will learn:
- How to use a Medusa Light for a scene.
- The tools and materials needed to start building.
- Using practical sources from home to create your light.
- How to use this tool safely on set.
- How to manipulate fire looks by using DIY sources.
- Understanding how to use an uneven source to create cinematic images.
- Understanding how to properly use dimmers to get your look.
- Which gels to use to achieve your light quality.
- The tricks and tips when using this light source on the job.
The look of fire has always been one of the most alluring sources that one could harness. The uneven and organic look of the light is dream-like and hypnotizing. While it looks beautiful, it doesn’t always emit a lot of light and can be extremely hard to control when on the job. Once you bring in a bunch of other lights and solutions, it becomes cumbersome and too much work.
Shane Hurlbut, ASC designed a versatile and mobile solution to creating that fire-look. Utilizing only items from household and store items, he created a fire light that is based off of Medusa’s hair. It creates an easy to use source that anyone can build for a nominal fee. This article breaks down what tools and materials you’ll need to create this light. You’ll leave with a tool ready for your next shoot!