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    Senior Member escozooz's Avatar
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    Hi DIY Folks,

    I am not a great DIY guy, I even recruited others to put together my cine-dolly for me.

    I am looking for alternative for a overhead/butterfly to filter the sun outside. I was thinking of making it out of PVC and drilling holes it it to put rope to hold it down. I was also thinking of using a sheet or something instead of buying a $200 silk.

    Has anyone built something similar? I will post my results when its done.

    Thanks.


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    I got these plans off the internet a while ago (my apologies to the original author, I don't remember where I got it). I built a couple of them and used them for my film INVITATION, they worked very well.

    Here's a link to a PDF of the plans: http://www.day7studios.com/nrestudio...n_diffuser.pdf


    Hope that helps,
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    Thanks Larry

    Great link !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry R
    I built a couple of them and used them for my film INVITATION, they worked very well.
    How did you mount/hang them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Lewis
    How did you mount/hang them?
    That's what "grips" are for



    I just had people hold them, you could use spring loaded clamps or c-stands. One note of caution, outdoors on windy days they act like sails on a ship...hard to hold.

    I am working on a modification that would add a stand to the existing frame. If I get it working I'll post a modification to the plans here.
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    I just searched through all 39 pages of Amvona's E-Bay store, but didn't see this on there at the moment ... but here's a link to the product from their retail site: http://www.amvona.com/v7/shop/?page=...roduct_id=2314

    I've seen these go out the door for less than $150 through E-Bay, so if you don't want to DIY, I think you can still get a pretty good quality product for $150 or less, plus shipping. I've gotten a ton of stuff from them (through E-Bay), and typically pay no more than 25-30% of their retail pricing, and have been SUPER happy with the majority of their stuff.
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    Very good!


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    Very cool, Norm. $150 would be good, on the link you gave it said $400+...my cheapie DIY version cost $35 But it's not as sturdy and needs people (grips) around to hold it.


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    If you can't sew and don't mind spending a little bit more money, you can get material like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

    I got the 39x39 version for some diffusion panels for my work lights. Made the frame out of PVC just like Escozooz. Nice and cheap. Good times.

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    Shower curtains and PVC how about? Shower curtains make great diffusion just so long as they don't get too hot and they are dirt cheap.


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