This tutorial will show you how to put together an inexpensive light that looks and works much like an expensive Kino Flo.
Kino Flos are a great option for lighting your film, but they tend to be out of most indie filmmakers’ price range and can be less color accurate than what’s desired. However in this tutorial from Indy Mogul, DP James Codeglia shows you how to build “covered wagons” like the ones he used while working on several J.J. Abrams films. Like Kino Flos, they are low profile, lightweight, powerful lights, but will cost a whole lot less.
As far as I can tell, Codeglia’s DIY light is pretty standard compared to other covered wagons, except for one slight difference—a difference that gives it that Kino Flo functionality. Instead of designing it with the bulbs facing up, he sets the bulbs on their sides, which gives the light a low enough profile that it can be put just about anywhere.Learn How to Build a DIY Kino Flo with 4 Incandescent Lights