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The whole design of this DIY 4×4 is something I did back in the day when I was starting out in the movie business, and we didn’t have cool aluminum frames. The frames we had were like the little wrought iron frames that surround the flag. They were very small, bent easily in the wind, and it was hard to affix the tape to them because they had a round surface, not a flat surface. I didn’t have the money to buy frames, so I built them myself. Back in the day, I was responsible for building over eighty of these things.
Usually to get an aluminum frame, you’ll have to spend $120-$130.00, including shipping costs. To make our DIY version, it’s going to cost us just $25.00. You can make it with tools you have just laying around your house.
This is the perfect DIY home project. Slap on a little paint and call it a day – you’ve got a nice homemade frame. Pair this with some homemade diffusion, perhaps a shower curtain. Create another frame to hold some DIY bounce and you’re pretty well set up. Everything can pretty much be improvised and done yourself with a little ingenuity and handiness.
To follow along step by step and download the plans for the project, visit Shane’s store. We’ve got this bundled up with some other great articles on DIY lighting. Learn about metal halide sports fixtures, the headlight gag, DIY bounce solutions, how to build the perfect key, and more!
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