How to Make a DIY Overhead Light – Controllable, Cinematic Bounce

Sometimes, creating your own solution is the best way to get around issues that you might face when working on budgets in your video/photo work. Rob Ellis makes a DIY overhead bounce, which can be controlled via makeshift flags, and also use velcro tape to make the bounce material swappable – giving you more options when it comes to using the canvas. And the whole setup is very light, meaning you’re able to hang it from cheaper boom arms – don’t go too cheap though ;)[embedded content]


  • A1 stretched canvas 
  • Cable ties
  • Hook and loop velcro tape
  • Pins
  • Screws
  • Black material (we used “theatre curtain”, good thickness, flame retardant, etc – the classic one to use it duvetyne)
  • Bounce material (we used unbleached muslin – makes for a warm, smooth, bounce light)

He also used a bradawl to make the holes, screwdriver to screw in the screws (what a sentence) and fabric scissors to cut the material. And a stapler! 


About  Rob Ellis:

 I’m a cinematographer from the South West of England, UK, specialising in professional, cinematic video. I love producing unconventional, creative work and my efforts range from music videos, to short film, to promotional content for shops and companies.. Let’s Get Connected: | Facebook | Instagram

Text, image and video via  Rob Ellis

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