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I'm looking at the Magic Gadget Shadowmaker. 6k max, 3 20A outputs. Its day rate is a little high for my indie budget. Would cheap store bought strobes be a good alternative?

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The flicker box does have a lightning option. I would recommend it. Stobes are nowhere near the level of look that box can give you.
It will depend, of course, on the size of the area to be covered, since you do only have 3 20A Circuits.

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With any 'flicker' lighting, shouldn't one consider wither the capture is digital or film, and if digital, rolling shutter issues?

 

With that in mind, perhaps some older 'louvered' light may be better for digital with rolling shutter, than 'strobe' or similar lightning simulation.

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Your cheapest option for a no-budget, practical, lightning effect is to place window shutters in front of a continuous light source. :) Open and close them quickly, in short bursts. If you want blue color, either gel the source or white balance to a tungsten unit with Full CTO. (This white balance trick will leave your tungsten sources looking blue, on camera.)

If you have 1ks or 2ks from your school, you might be able to rent proper "shutters" for them from a film rental house, very cheaply. Otherwise, as I said, wooden shutters. ...the kind you might find on a window or patio door. Try Home Depot, or maybe your location has shutters? Good luck!

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