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Just wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of how to make some covered wagons as Roger Deakins calls them?

A basic piece of wood with multiple lights connected in a row then covered with muslin or similar material.

 

If you had any pictures that would be great.

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Just wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of how to make some covered wagons as Roger Deakins calls them?

A basic piece of wood with multiple lights connected in a row then covered with muslin or similar material.

 

If you had any pictures that would be great.

 

What kind of lights are you trying to connect? Where would you be using them?

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They are really simple to make. Mine are made from 4' lengths of cheap pre-cut pine shelving about 6" wide. Each has 6 ES lamp sockets on it, wired in a parallel circuit. To cover them I use chicken wire stapled to the long sides of the wood and curved into a tube. I then fix the muslin to the wire, and it's done. You can get just about all the bits you need from Home Depot or other hardware store.

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They are really simple to make. Mine are made from 4' lengths of cheap pre-cut pine shelving about 6" wide. Each has 6 ES lamp sockets on it, wired in a parallel circuit. To cover them I use chicken wire stapled to the long sides of the wood and curved into a tube. I then fix the muslin to the wire, and it's done. You can get just about all the bits you need from Home Depot or other hardware store.

 

I've used the cardboard/plastic housing for a 4' 2-bank Kino as the base, then put the batten strip / row of lightbulbs inside that, diffusion around the outside -- that way I could use the Kino base plate for rigging to a gobo head, though it's easy to add a pin or baby spud to the back of a batten strip.

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