Rosco E276 Blackout
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Filmmakers spend a lot of time planning how to use light to improve a shot. What’s equally important, however, is the absence of light. That’s where Rosco’s E276 Blackout can be a helpful component in filmmakers’ lighting kit.

E-color+ filter range

E276 E276 Blackout is a new addition to Rosco’s e-color+ range of lighting filters. The e-color+ range utilizes the same three-digit name and number system employed by Lee and other gel companies. This makes it simple to know what you need on set.

Rosco constructed the E276 Blackout from a 3 mil (76 microns) thick opaque polyester film. It has a matte/frosted black finish and is available in 60” x20’ (152.4 cm x 6.1 m) rolls.

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Control your light

There are lots of ways in which you can use E276 Blackout to help control light. For example, natural daylight coming through a window can be a beautiful light source. However, at times you will need to block it out. This may be to shoot an interior night scene during the day or to manage the aesthetic of a scene. According to Rosco, you can use the E276 Blackout to quickly cover a window in these situations.

Negative fill

Rosco E276 Blackout is also ideal for negative fill. You can think of negative fill as the inverse of a reflector. While the latter bounces light to reduce shadows, negative fill reduces bounced light and increases shadows. You can use the E276 Blackout with a 2×3, 4×4, or 5×5 gel frame just like a flag. It can also be used straight from the roll with a grip arm and C-stand.

Create your own cookies

A cucoloris (or “cookie”) is a type of flag with holes cut into it and is used to create shaped shadow patterns. For example, a cookie can create the effect of light beams through a Venetian blind or tree branches. E276 Blackout can be easily cut with a matte knife or scissors to create your own custom cookies on set to enhance your lighting effects.

The Rosco E276 Blackout is available from your local Rosco dealer now.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.