Flashcards in Expendables Deck (38):
durable black foil used on hot lights to control spill and shape the beam. It is available in rolls of 12 in. (50 ft.), 24 in., and 36 in. (25 ft.).
These are used to attach gels and diffusion to the lights.
(the metal spring-loaded oversized paperclips) are also handy for attaching gels and fabricated snoots.
used to cover power cables where they cross doorways and other traffic areas. It comes in rolls 24 in. wide, up to 100 ft. long
These are small, low-amperage Edison sockets and plugs that can be connected to #18 zip cord quickly with no tools. Quick-on plugs can be used on small practical lamps
Light 18-gauge household lamp cord used for wiring small practical lights. Part 530 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that all cords and cables used for set lighting be hard usage or extra hard usage cables. Zip cord does not meet this requirement, so therefore quick-on plugs, add-a-taps, in-line taps and zip cord are not approved for lighting devices except where the cord is part of an approved assembly like the cord of a table lamp
an insulated cap used to splice two bare wires together
Household dimmers of 600 and 1000 W are commonly used to dim small lights and practicals
Lamp sockets (medium screw base, E26) are used to mount lightbulbs in set pieces and soft boxes. photo bulbs will melt plastic sockets
(150 W max) screws in between the lamp socket and the lightbulb, allowing the bulb to be dimmed
When rigging practical lights in sets, it is sometimes handy to have a plug-in 15-A switch on the line
male and female Hubble Edison plugs to replace the plugs on stingers and power cords when they burn out
#12 Copper Wire
black, white, and green #12 wire, which is handy for wiring special lights and devices. A twisted pair of red/black wire is commonly used, too.
Spare bus fuses for deuce boards and bull switches are usually provided by the rental company
Gang Box Fuse
20-A BAF bus fuses, the essential replacement fuses for gang boxes. Gang box fuses blow routinely, so be sure to have plenty on hand
These 60-A fuses are used in inline fuses on 100-A to two 60-A Bates splitters
sed for color-coding cables and spider boxes. It comes in a variety of colors (red, white, blue, black, and green) and is handy for insulating wire splices.
heavy 2-in. fabric tape that rips cleanly in the direction of the weave. It is stronger, more durable, and more adhesive than paper tape.
Black 2-in. paper tape is handy for masking light. It has less of a tendency to pull the paint off walls than gaffer’s tape.
White and colored Cloth Tape
This 1-in. and 2-in. cloth tape is used for labeling and color coding equipment... Colored gaff tape?
3M transfer tape) This is a sticky film that is handy for mounting gels in gel frames.
Best Boy Paint
Best boy paint is white, heat-resistant paint used to repaint the reflective surfaces of soft lights without altering the color of the light emitted
This is a spray applied to shiny surfaces to tone down reflective glints
Streaks and Tips
Colored hair spray is used to tone down or black out surfaces that are too bright. It is water-soluble, washes off easily after filming, and comes in shades of auburn, beige, black, blond, brown, gray, pink, silver, white, and others
These are bulbs used in practical lamps, usually household (medium screw base) bulbs. Various types are used, among the m photoflood bulbs, household bulbs, floodlights, spot-lights, and small fluorescents
High color rendering index (CRI) tubes replace fluorescent tubes in offices and commercial buildings where the existing fluorescents are not correct for photography
These are replacement bulbs for electricians’ flashlights
use AA for flashlights; AAA for light meters; disk batteries for voltage/continuity meters; and 9 V for amp probe and light meters.
Cotter pins are used when hanging lights to prevent the receptacle from slipping off the pin
Visqueen Heavy Plastic Sheet
used to protect equipment and electrical connections from rain, precipitation, dew, dust, and sand. It comes in 100-ft. rolls, 20ft. wide (folded to 5 ft.)
put on the legs of stands to protect floors, in sizes of 3/4in. for small stands and l in. for large stands
a heat-resistant cloth that will not burn when a hot light is placed on it. It protects ceiling and wall surfaces from heat damage
Ex: put a baby on a drop-down pin, can put refracil on the shitty drop down ceiling so it won't melt.
a stiff wire, also called stovepipe wire.
made of white cotton rope. It is used for tying cable to pipe, among other things. Commonly used weights are #6, #8, and #10
Trick line and Mason line
#4-weight nonstretch rope. Trick line is black. Mason line is white. It comes in handy for odd jobs, such as making stinger tie strings and power cord hangers
Bungee Cords and S-hooks
lack rubber bungee cords come in various sizes and should be ordered to fit the shelves of the truck and carts
used for plugging several low-amperage lights into one outlet. General Electric makes a cube-shaped tap from which the device gets its name, but any connector that serves the same function may be called a cube tap (15 A max)