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Constructing a simple, reusable Chinese Lantern

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Lighting

Cinematographers have known of and used Chinese Lanterns in their work for many, many years. Chinese Lanterns are widely used today in films and television when the DP calls for a soft, positionable light source that can be rigged and adjusted quickly. Build your own Chinese Lantern for $30 with my step-by-step pictorial guide.

TAGS: Acrylic globe, socket, nuts, rod

Walking the Line between 4:3 and 16:9

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Editing Workflow

Lens adapters, variable mode cameras, and letterbox FX can bridge the 4:3/16:9 divide during the slow TV transition

TAGS: aspect, ratio, conversion, adapt, should, HDTV, HD, SD, standard, definition, high