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SIC Preview: How to Build a DIY Trash Can Fire Light (With Hardware Store Bulbs)

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

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You will learn:

  • How to use a Trash Can Light for a scene.
  • The tools and materials needed to start building.
  • Using practical sources from your local hardware store 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 Magic Gadgets.
  • Knowing what gels to use to achieve your light quality.
  • The tricks and tips when using this light 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 cracked the code on what makes a perfect and mobile solution to creating that fire-look. Utilizing only items from a hardware store, he creates a fire light that is built in an aluminum trash can. This trash can light creates a direct and easy to use source that anyone can build for a nominal fee. This guide breaks down what tools and materials you’ll need to create this light so you can recreate this lighting effect DIY style for your next shoot!

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Marcos October 13, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Hello, I have a question, is there any chance of heating and damage the color correction filter?

Joe Blow December 15, 2016 at 7:59 PM

I’m not in the ‘inner circle’, so how the hell did I get here?

Shane Hurlbut, ASC December 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM

The Hurlblog is the little sibling of the Inner Circle. Learn from me here on a higher level, go in depth in the Inner Circle. Hope to see you on the inside!


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