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Kevin Ridgeway
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Yep, we use a lot of Ba$tard Amber, both regular and dark. For actually lighting our easter island style trussing we use the new Steel Blue. It works well, but of course that is for effect as you mentioned.

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!Bastard! Amber? I've never even heard of that.


Ok, I'm back!! Miss me? Here's what I found:
The reason it is named !Bastard! Amber (besides making hordes of middle school theatre students giggle madly) is because it was actually a mistake. The company was trying to mix up a batch of normal Amber and something went wrong. However, when a director picked it up, he really loved it. Then they had to reverse engineer it and figure what screwed up the color in the first place, so that now they could do it on purpose.

Generations (well, I exagerrate. Not quite generations) of techies, Directors, and theater-types have been grateful ever since.

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HI there Frank, I use par 56 500 watt fixtures. I bring 4-8 depending on the show. I also have a few ellisoidals as well but that's a bit much for the small shows. I can have the whole thing up and running rather quickly. The ellipsoidals make a great spot light for small venues. brian
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Much good advice has been given, but I’ll try to augment it and comment a little. First, Michael Messing’s advice was excellent – You can use Video lights or you can bring in Thousands of dollars worth of lighting instruments, dimmers, cabling etc. What you choose will likely be somewhere in the vast expanse in between. It all depends on how involved you want to get, how much technical expertice you have or want to acquire, Whether you have a Lighting man or at least a StageManager with your show or if you are a "one-man show"

There is never any one right answer or "Right way to do it". The first thing to ask is "What type of a show do you do?" "How big is your show?" and "Where do you plan to perform?" What is right for a high school stage would be completely wrong for a home Birthday party, and likewise what is fine for a church basement is totally wrong for a full sized Theatre.

What types of venues do you want to use this equipment in?

As for Gel, I do use primary colours in my act. Blue wash for a levitation, and Red for a sawing illusion, For the most part however, a neutral colour is the way to go. "Ba$tard Amber" has been mentioned. This is a popular colour and is designated as Rosco (brand) #02. I much prefer – and would recommend Rosco #33 ("No Color Pink") This is what I use for not only my own show, but most of the plays and concerts that I light. It is more flattering to the skin colour, whereas #02 (Ba$stard Amber) is too yellow and can make caucasion skin look a nit Jaundiced.

I would highly recommend paying a visit to a Theatrical lighting supplier and asking for a Rosco swatchbook. It contains a small chip of all the different gels in the line. This is the best way to learn about the options that are available.
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For front lighting, I use four Par 38s on each side of the stage on light poles to raise them up about 10 or 11 feet. These Par 38s are inexpensive (only $18.00, very light weight, and use standard edison based bulbs. Remember, its not about watts, its about lumens. I found some 75-100 watt bulbs at Lowes or Home Depot, that produce 1100 to 2000 lumens. Perfect for smaller venues. The larger venues we play, usually already have Pars as part of the house system.

The link for the Pars is
I am not affiliated with Entertainment Systems, but I have been a happy customer. They also have some LED par cans, here is the link
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Michael Taggert
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Great advice from all of you I have also been in a situation where I needed to augment my own system and found a unique way to temporairly fill the gap.My local Music shop has a portable system that is used to rent to garage bands for the occaisional gig. it is a handy little system That rents for 50 bucks. two tripod trees that raise to a height of 10 feet. four par 56 on each one and a simple controller They rent it with new gels each time in primary red blue green and yellow (straw) I purchased The color gels I like from a theatrical supplier ( I use lee filters because I can get them localy)
This little system is there when I need it but I didn't have to Buy a new system for the occaisional use. I add this to my system and Bingo no more dim stages.
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Donal Chayce
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My apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but can someone tell me if gels can be used with the quartz video lighting that Michael (Messing) referenced in his posts?

I'm looking for a small, portable, easy-to-set-up lighting system to use when the available lighting isn't adequate enough (e.g., hotel ballrooms; banquet shows, etc.) After much research, I'm leaning toward the quartz lights because of their portability and simplicity. However, I'd like to soften the glare with something other than a diffuser--ideally by using a colored gel (ba$tard amber, special pink or no-color pink).

Would anyone care to illuminate me?

(Pun intended. Smile)
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Thanks, Michael, for your PM!
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