In this blog, BizVid Communications, a San Diego leader in video production, feels that it’s time to make “light “of yet another video production process. Simple lighting techniques can add significant production value and command greater attention for amateurs and professional videographers, alike. Today we’ll talk about the use of a “Go Between’ light, also known as a Gobo.
Simply put, a Gobo is a light pattern projected against a surface to add interest in the background of a set. This technique is best applied where the brightness of a setting can be controlled. A special light can be devoted to project a pattern on a wall behind the primary action. These patterns may be grids, starbursts or nearly anything one can imagine. These patterns or stencils can be purchased or even created, using a heavy foil, light metal, or some other non-combustible material. Additionally, color gels can be added to create more interest. Sometimes a company logo or recognizable design (like a lightning bolt) can be used to emphasis a topic or point.
It’s amazing how impactful a simple light can make a set. Often Gobos are used to augment a nicely lit background, in conjunction with other props, such as furniture. Other times, they can effectively take the place of other props or settings and still offer an environment of great interest and quality.
The use of a Gobo is often a simple way of making a production look professional without spending a lot of money in set designs. We sometimes make custom gobos for our clients; StageSpot does a great job!